ARC BOOK REVIEW: Out of Nowhere by Sandra Brown

Publication Date: August 1, 2023
Format: E-book
Genre:  Mystery Thriller

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
 416 pages
Buy: Kindle | Audio


At a Texas county fair, amidst carousels and a bustling midway, children’s book author Elle Portman is enjoying a rare night out with her favorite cowboy: her two-year-old son, Charlie. But just as they’re about to head home, the unthinkable happens: a shooter opens fire into the crowd, causing widespread panic to erupt all around them.

Also caught in the melee was corporate consultant Calder Hudson. Arrogant, self-centered, and high off his latest career win, he’s frustrated and confused when he wakes up in the hospital after undergoing emergency surgery on his arm.  The doctor tells him that he was lucky—that as far as gunshot wounds go, he pulled through remarkably well.  Others weren’t so lucky, which instills in Calder a furious determination to get justice . . . a goal shared by Elle.

Their chance encounter at the police station leads to a surprising and inexplicable gravitation to one another, but even as the attraction grows, Elle and Calder can’t help but wonder if the unimaginable tragedy that brought them together is too painful and too complicated to sustain—especially while the shooter remains at large.


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I tore through this book in a day.  I loved it.  I was in the mood for a good faced paced thriller and this fit the bill.  There is a bit of a love story in there as well. While Elle's reactions to losing her son aren't quite accurate, in my opinion watching my wife and her best friend both go through the pain of losing a child I understand why it was done the way it was.  Elle also gets closure and someone to which she can blame, which none of the people I know did. 

I loved that the characters were changed by their experiences and the trauma wasn't just brushed aside.  I was particularly creeped out by the chapters or little tidbits that were written as if by the actual killer. Definitely a book that hooks you from the beginning, takes you on a journey but doesn't leave you hanging which I appreciate.  I forgot how much I've enjoyed Brown's other books which were also quick fun reads.  Definitely recommend this read. 

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