Brown, Sandra. Low Pressure. Grand Central Publishing, 2012. 467p. $26.99. 978-1-4555-01557.
Sandra Brown weaves a tale of murder, love, lust, and a natural disaster in Low Pressure. The main character, Bellamy, seems to have it all -money, looks, and a career as a famous writer. Though maybe a reluctant writer. Bellamy’s novel, written under a pseudonym, has cracked open her sister’s unsolved murder case.
In Low Pressure, Bellamy hesitantly teams up with her dead sister’s old boyfriend, Dent Carter. Dent brings with him a suspension of guilt, a shady past, and a lust for Bellamy.
The book recounts the murder, which took place at a Memorial Day picnic, and the tornado that wiped out much of the evidence on that day twelve years ago.
At times, the dialogue and the situations were just a bit too contrived, but the clues dropped along the way kept me reading. Every bad guy in town with a grudge against Bellamy Lyston and her family seemed to crawl out of the woodwork. Any number of people could have committed the crime.
Add to this, an ailing father, an angry mother, and a suspicious stepbrother and all the components of the thriller kept me on edge. Sandra Brown has a formula for her romance/mystery novels, but the formula works. The novel’s language is accessible, and the desire to solve the crime before the end of the book compels the reader to race through the pages.