“There are two motives for reading a book; one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it.”
Since a very young age, I have been obsessed with books. Series like The Berenstain Bears, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and even Cam Jansen were a big part of my childhood. However, it wasn’t until I read Harry Potter, along with Charlotte’s Web, that I truly understood how people could boast about books. Books became my sanctuary, a means of escaping reality, and a way to learn and live through different stories.
Fiction has always been one of my favorite genres, especially when it dabbles into fantasy, mystery, and crime thrillers. That is why I instantly fell in love with The Witness by Sandra Brown. I had never heard of her before high school, but one fateful day, I found the book sitting in my older sister’s room. She had told me that her coworker recommended the author to her and even gifted her the book, and since the synopsis on the back intrigued me, I gave it a chance. I can recall how easily the book sucked me in. The words quickly fell off the pages as I ran through each paragraph— I simply could not let the book go.
Sandra Brown is a phenomenal writer with books that feature action, crime, and a healthy dash of romance. And if you are into the trope “opposites attract,” then her novels are going to leave you breathless in more ways than one way! So be warned, these books can get a bit hot and steamy.
Simply put, I have read many of her books over the years, and I still have more to read, but after some long thought, I came up with this list of my top 5 Sandra Brown books.
I hope that you will be able to read a book and be able to boast about it one day as well.
Top 5 Sandra Brown Books:
- The Witness
Kendall Deaton pulls herself and her baby boy out of a wrecked car, and a mixture of courage and fear gets her to the top of a ravine, where she flags down help. But she doesn’t dare reveal her true identity to the authorities and instead plans her immediate escape. Kendall, the best public defender in Prosper, South Carolina, has stumbled upon the town’s chilling secret, which turns her marriage to one of Prosper’s most powerful men into a living hell. Now Kendall is a terrified mother trying to save her child’s life, a reluctant witness who knows too much about an insidious evil, and a woman surrounded by forces that will stop at nothing to protect what is “theirs.”
When Honor Gillette’s four-year-old daughter, Emily, informs her that a sick man is lying in their front yard, Honor rushes from her house to help him. But the “sick” man turns out to be Lee Coburn, accused of murdering seven men in cold blood the night before. Deadly, desperate, and armed, he promises Honor that she and her daughter won’t be hurt as long as she does as he asks. But everything changes when Honor makes the terrifying discovery that even those closest to her can’t be trusted. From FBI offices in Washington, D.C., to a rundown shrimp boat in coastal Louisiana, the desperate trio runs for their lives from the very people sworn to protect them, and, by risking all, they unravel a web of corruption and depravity that threatens not only them but the fabric of society.
When New York publisher Maris Matherly Reed receives a tantalizing manuscript from someone identified only as P.M.E., its blockbuster potential—and perhaps something else—compels her to meet its author. On an eerie, ruined cotton plantation on a remote Georgia island, she finds Parker Evans, a man concealing his identity and his past. Maris is drawn into his tale of two young friends and a deadly betrayal… and to Parker himself.
- Mean Streak
Dr. Emory Charbonneau, a pediatrician and marathon runner, disappears on a mountain road in North Carolina. By the time her husband, Jeff, reports her missing, the trail has grown cold. Literally, fog and ice encapsulate the mountainous wilderness and paralyze the search for her.
While police suspect Jeff of “instant divorce,” Emory, suffering from an unexplained head injury, finds herself being held captive by a man who refuses to reveal his name due to his violent and dark past. She is determined to escape from her captor and is willing to take any risks to survive. But before she can escape, the two encounter dangerous people who adhere to their own code of justice. Emory can’t bring herself to look the other way, even if it means breaking the law, after a desperate young woman is caught at the center of a dispute. Rising tension and barely restrained passion blur the lines between right and wrong, and Emory begins to wonder if the man with no name is her rescuer from death and heartbreak.
- The Crush
When Dr. Rennie Newton is summoned to jury duty, she brings to the courtroom the same level of competence that she displays in the operating room. Her commitment to precision compels her to deliver a not-guilty verdict in the murder case against notorious contract killer Ricky Lozada. Days after Lozda’s release, Rennie’s rival colleague is brutally murdered, causing her carefully constructed life to crumble to pieces. Although Lozada’s menacing shadow looms over the murder, Rennie becomes the prime suspect. Meanwhile, her new admirer, Lozda, grows more and more obsessed with having her, which leads her to an uneasy alliance with Wick Threadgill. Threadgill has his own personal agenda to take down Lozda, and even though he is mistrustful of Rennie, it is with absolute certainty that when the killer strikes again, they won’t see it coming.