ARC AUDIO BOOK REVIEW: Overkill by Sandra Brown


Publication Date: August 16, 2022
Format: Audio
Genre:  Romantic Thriller
Narrators: Kyf Brewer

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
10 hours 10 min
Buy: Kindle | Audio


Former Super Bowl MVP quarterback Zach Bridger hasn’t seen his ex-wife, Rebecca Pratt, for some time—not since their volatile marriage imploded—so he’s shocked to receive a life-altering call about her. Rebecca has been placed on life support after a violent assault, and he—despite their divorce—has medical power-of-attorney. Zach is asked to make an impossible choice: keep her on life support or take her off of it. Buckling under the weight of the responsibility and the glare of public scrutiny, Zach ultimately walks away, letting Rebecca's parents have the final say.
Four years later, Rebecca's attacker, Eban—the scion of a wealthy family in Atlanta—gets an early release from prison. The ludicrous miscarriage of justice reeks of favoritism, and Kate Lennon, a brilliant state prosecutor, is determined to put him back behind bars. Rebecca’s parents have kept her alive all these years, but if her condition were to change—if she were to die—Eban could be retried on a new charge: murder.
It isn’t lost on Zach that in order for Eban to be charged with Rebecca’s murder, Zach must actually be the one to kill her. He rejects Kate’s legal standpoint but can’t resist their ill-timed attraction to each other. Eban, having realized the jeopardy he’s in, plots to make certain that neither Zach nor Kate lives to see the death of Rebecca—and the end of his freedom. 


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I really liked this book, although I did find Eban's character almost a caricature of what a truly evil person is like. Fast paced and packed with action I really liked the characters and the difficult situations that are discussed.  How do you decide to take someone off life support? When is the correct time? What if you did nothing and the person responsible for hurting your loved ones gets away with it? What can you live with? Its all about difficult choices that no one wants to make.  

I really felt for Rebecca's parents.  Its one thing to imagine what someone who is in that situation would do but since I just lost a daughter this was very real for me and I felt that the emotions Brown brought to the parents were all too real. Even Zach's reaction to everything spoke volumes and also felt very accurate.  

I did appreciate the love story aspect to it and I'm glad it wasn't just a quick love at first sight jump into bed etc, the situations didn't call for that and I appreciated how the author stuck to the story line and let the romance fall in line. 

As I stated before I thought Eban's character was almost a little too over the top.  I understand he was a spoiled unrepentant rich boy but even some semblance of hiding his crazy would have maybe made him a better character. 

Overall I thought this was a good read or listen as it were.  The narrator was excellent and I would recommend this. 

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