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Playing Dead

A Novel of Suspense

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Sentenced to death for crimes he didn’t commit, ex-cop Tom O’Brien is now a hunted fugitive. After fifteen years in prison, he’s determined to prove his innocence–but first he must convince his daughter, whose testimony helped put him behind bars, that he has damning evidence of a plot to frame him.

Claire is no longer the naïve teenager who arrived home to find her mother and her mother’s lover shot dead and her father holding the murder weapon. She’s a successful fraud investigator who assumes everyone lies. Though Claire is convinced of her father’s guilt, curiosity propels her to look into the disappearance of a law student who claimed to have proof of Tom’s innocence. But seeking answers only leads to more questions, reinforcing Claire’s belief that there’s no one left to trust.

Obsessed with the O’Brien case, FBI agent Mitch Bianchi befriends Claire under false pretenses, certain that Tom is not only innocent but in grave danger–and not just from the cops. As the three race toward the truth, a murderous conspiracy tightens its noose–and Claire becomes the target of an ice-cold psychopath who will kill to protect his secrets.

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Customer Reviews

Simply awesome

Allison Brennan is the best romantic thriller to date! Awesome to read, I could hardly put it dawn.

Good Romantic Suspense!

For fifteen years, Claire O'Brien has believed that calling her dad to tell him about an indiscretion she witnessed caused her father to murder her mother and a lover. Now, Tom O'Brien has escaped from prison after an earthquake and has been on the run for several months. When he contacts her and tries to plead his innocence, Claire begins to start looking at all that happened, as well as current events that seem to have a connection to her family's past, and wondering if her father is really guilty.

Mitch Bianchi, who has been dating Claire and really cares for her, is living a lie. Claire believes he is a writer, while he is truly an FBI agent looking for her escaped father. Although Mitch knows his time with Claire is going to end very badly, he can't keep from falling even deeper for her. Mitch has been reviewing Tom O'Brien's case due to assistance Tom provided after the earthquake in capturing some of the very dangerous inmates who escaped. Mitch has begun to believe in Tom's innocence.

Meanwhile, a killer has hidden in plain sight for decades, and he is not finished.

I enjoyed this book by Allison Brennan, the last of her Prison Break trilogy. I loved seeing quite a few familiar characters, and I really liked both of the main characters, Claire O'Brien and Mitch Bianchi. The book held me engrossed, and I was kept guessing, trying to tie all of the threads of the story together. The plot was fairly complicated, much more so than what I expected at the beginning of the book, and I found reading it a very enjoyable experience.

Playing Dead
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  • $7.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Suspense
  • Published: Sep 30, 2008
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 480 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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