LOW PRESSURE, Sandra Brown’s latest novel, has something for everyone. This is not at all unusual for her work --- one does not acquire a track record of over 60 bestsellers by writing books aimed at a niche audience --- but this is one of those novels that anybody can walk away from with satisfaction, beginning with the first sentence and ending with the last paragraph.
Let’s start with that first sentence, which is found in the prologue. It introduces Bellamy Price, the book’s primary female interest, and puts her in sympathetic peril. Not major peril, mind you, but close enough to make readers feel sorry for her. Bellamy, as things are rapidly revealed, is the author of a real-world crime novel that is based on a family tragedy --- one involving her family --- that took place almost two decades previously. Bellamy’s sister, Susan Lyston, was murdered during the course of a tornado that took several lives. A man named Allen Strickland was tried and convicted of the crime and, in turn, was killed in prison.
"There is simply no good place to stop, as Brown’s penchant for frequent changes of scene and character keeps the narrative moving at a breakneck pace that will captivate readers.... LOW PRESSURE is both a classic and groundbreaking work of romantic suspense..."
No family truly recovers from this type of occurrence; indeed, as Bellamy commences a tour in support of her novel, Low Pressure, forces are converging that will increase the turbulence that never entirely dissipated. Bellamy herself originally wrote Low Pressure under a pseudonym in hopes of disguising her family’s story as the basis for the book’s premise. However, an investigative tabloid reporter quickly linked Bellamy’s story to the tragedy that occurred so long ago, and the resultant publicity has been a double-edged sword.
It has thrust Bellamy into the spotlight and, to her publisher’s understandable delight, made her novel a runaway bestseller. This all comes at a bad time, though. Bellamy’s father is dying from a terminal illness, and the reopening of the old story does the extended family little good. Furthermore, the new attention given to the murder has attracted Strickland’s brother, Ray,