ARC Review | Outfox by Sandra Brown

Outfox by Sandra Brown
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publication Date: August 6th, 2019
ARC from the publisher

Sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats, this new novel will feature Brown’s signature combination of steamy romance and jaw-dropping plot twists.

FBI agent Drex Easton is relentlessly driven by a single goal: to outmaneuver the conman once known as Weston Graham. Over the past thirty years, Weston has assumed many names and countless disguises, enabling him to lure eight wealthy women out of their fortunes before they disappeared without a trace, their families left without answers and the authorities without clues. The only common trait among the victims: a new man in their life who also vanished, leaving behind no evidence of his existence . . . except for one signature custom.

Drex is convinced that these women have been murdered, and that the man he knows as Weston Graham is the sociopath responsible. But each time Drex gets close to catching him, Weston trades one persona for another and disappears again. Now, for the first time in their long game of cat and mouse, Drex has a suspect in sight.

Attractive and charming, Jasper Ford is recently married to a successful businesswoman many years his junior, Talia Shafer. Drex insinuates himself into their lives, posing as a new neighbor and setting up surveillance on their house. The closer he gets to the couple, the more convinced he becomes that Jasper is the clever, merciless predator he’s sought–and that his own attraction to Talia threatens to compromise his purpose and integrity.

This is Drex’s one chance to outfox his cunning nemesis before he murders again and eludes justice forever. But first he must determine if the desirable Talia is a heartless accomplice . . . or the next victim.

| Book Review |

Sandra Brown is an author who has been on my radar for a long time. When I read the synopsis for Outfox, I knew this was where I was jumping on. I’ve been reading a lot more Thrillers lately, and the thought of a Thriller-y read mixed with Romance, my favorite genre, was something I couldn’t let pass me by. But hold the phone…there was a lack of romance here for me. Yes, there was some attraction, but there was very little build up. The romance was just kind of…there. BUT – I didn’t care, to be honest. I was so invested in the cat and mouse game between Drex and Jasper, that that was all I wanted. I was so hooked on Drex and his relationships with his two FBI buddies, Gif and Mike, that I just wanted more of that. And it delivered! The way they had each other’s backs and went to the wall for each other had me loving their dynamic. And Jasper taunting Drex in all of their conversations with double meanings and sly grins left me so satisfied, and to be honest, a bit giddy. Even just writing this review, I have a huge smile on my face thinking of the banter. Drex’s butting heads with the FBI superior, Rudkowski, had me laughing aloud so much; I loved it every time Drex goaded him. Whether he rose to the occasion or not, it was fun to see. Talia’s character really was the only one that fell flat for me. And I think it’s because the other characters were so stellar that she just couldn’t compete. It wasn’t that I didn’t like her; I did. She was a nice person and a loyal friend anyone would be lucky to have. She just paled in comparison to the big personalities in this book. While this was more Suspense than Mystery, there was a HUGE twist at the end that I don’t think anyone saw coming, and it makes me want to reread the entire book to see if I can see any foreshadowing that I was oblivious to before.

I thought Outfox was a highly entertaining read. Once I picked it up, I just didn’t want to put it down. If you’re a fan of Criminal Minds, you are bound to love this book. Instead of a mere 42 minutes spent catting and mousing, you’re going to get an entire read that will keep you enthralled until the very end!

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14 thoughts on “ARC Review | Outfox by Sandra Brown

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  1. This is good to know. I have a Sandra Brown on my shelf and really need to pick it up. The camaraderie and the banter would be a huge hit for me, too.


  2. I’ve been wanting to try one of Sandra Brown’s books too. I always hear such good things about them. I love Criminal Minds so this one might be a good place for me to start. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it. It sounds like a very entertaining story.


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