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Over a span of twenty years, four boys have been kidnapped from their bedrooms, suffocated, and buried nearby in a shallow grave. Serial killer or coincidence?That’s the question investigative reporter Maxine Revere sets out to answer when an old friend begs her to help exonerate his wife, who has been charged with their son’s recent murder. But Max can do little to help bOver a span of twenty years, four boys have been kidnapped from their bedrooms, suffocated, and buried nearby in a shallow grave. Serial killer or coincidence?That’s the question investigative reporter Maxine Revere sets out to answer when an old friend begs her to help exonerate his wife, who has been charged with their son’s recent murder. But Max can do little to help because the police and D.A. won’t talk to her—they think they have the right woman. Instead, Max turns her attention to three similar cold cases. If she can solve them, she might be able to help her friend.Justin Stanton was killed twenty years ago, and his father wants closure—so he is willing to help Max with her investigation on one condition: that she work with his former sister-in-law— Justin’s aunt, FBI Agent Lucy Kincaid. Trouble is, Max works alone, and she’s livid that her only access to the case files, lead detective and witnesses depends on her partnering with a federal agent on vacation. She wants the career-making story almost as much as the truth—but if she gets this wrong, she could lose everything.Haunted by Justin’s death for years, Lucy yearns to give her family—and herself—the closure they need. More important, she wants to catch a killer. Lucy finds Max’s theory on all three cases compelling—with Max's research added to Lucy’s training and experience, Lucy believes they can find the killer so justice can finally be served. But the very private Lucy doesn’t trust the reporter any more than Max trusts her.Max and Lucy must find a way to work together to untangle lies, misinformation, and evidence to develop a profile of the killer. But the biggest question is: why were these boys targeted? As they team up to find out what really happened the night Justin was killed, they make a shocking discovery: Justin’s killer is still out there … stalking another victim … and they already may be too late....

Title : Shattered
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ISBN : 9781250129277
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Number of Pages : 400 Pages
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Shattered Reviews

  • Zoe
    2019-03-03 13:29

    4+ Stars!Fast-paced, spine-chilling, and extremely disturbing!In this latest novel by Brennan she gives us an exciting crossover thriller featuring Max, the tough and tenacious investigative journalist of this series, and Lucy the troubled, extremely clever FBI agent from her other series as they take on a 20-year-old cold case that highlights just how psychologically and emotionally devastating the loss of a loved one, especially a child, can be on the entire family and may not be quite as cold as first believed.The writing is clear and tight. The characterization is well done. And the plot is a skillfully executed police procedural with twists, turns, emotion, family drama, heartbreak, lies, murder and an ending that will not only satisfy but leave you wanting more.Shattered is a highly entertaining, harrowing whodunit that doesn’t disappoint and even though it’s the fourth book in the series it can definitely be read as a standalone novel.Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.All my reviews can be found on my blog at http://whatsbetterthanbooks.com

  • ♥Rachel♥
    2019-03-01 16:17

    I LOVE the Maxine Revere series! She’s an investigative reporter driven to solve cold murder cases. Max can be abrasive, but she’s principled, and loyal, and underneath all the prickle she’s got a heart. These stories start off tackling the evidence, witnesses; a bit crime procedural, but the tension increases bit by bit as we get closer to the truth! Shattered was a nail-biter by the end!Maxine is approached by a John Caldwell, a former boyfriend from college, when his wife is accused of murdering their eight-year-old son, Peter. He wants Max to look into similar cases and prove his wife is innocent. Max is intrigued by the three cold cases and quickly spots similarities, but one of the unsolved cases is of seven-year-old Justin Stanton and she’s facing a major road block if she doesn’t agree to work with FBI agent Lucy Kincaid, Justin’s aunt. Max is infuriated by the forced partnering; both Lucy and Max like to run the show and don’t trust easily. Max isn’t certain that Lucy won’t take over and run with all the information she’s uncovered, and Lucy’s not certain that Max won’t exploit her family’s tragedy for sensationalism and ratings. Surprisingly, they end up working very well together; respect, trust, and admiration slowly growing between them. The dynamic between Max and Lucy was fascinating, each trying to figure each other out. They were great together, and I hope we get to see them work together again! The process of getting to the bottom of the murders, trying to find a connection between them and understand the motivations of the murderer was riveting. Lucy and Max both bring their talents to the table and tackle these heartbreaking, unsolved crimes. It becomes imperative to find this person when they realize another child might be in danger! By the end things were very intense, and I was so nervous for all involved! As far as reading the Lucy Kincaid series first, I don’t think it’s necessary. I have read the first Lucy Kincaid book and others where she’s a secondary character or in the periphery, so I did have some prior knowledge of her past, but her background is detailed enough in Shattered to grasp the emotional toll Justin’s murder had on Lucy and the family. Justin and Lucy were best friends, both seven when he was abducted and murdered, a tragic event that forever shaped her future. I think you could read Shattered as a standalone, but without reading the past Maxine Revere books you’d miss fundamental parts of her personality. She’s driven to find the truth, and get justice for victims. She can be kind of a bitch sometimes, but she’s totally grown on me! Also, you wouldn’t understand the relationship struggles she’s having: with Nick, her boyfriend and David her assistant/bodyguard and platonic friend. I was pleased with the final outcomes. I wasn’t thrilled with Nick at all by the end of the last book. I’m happy that Max is finally recognizing that she needs and deserves more, especially after seeing the love and absolute trust between Sean and Lucy. While this current mystery is solved to satisfaction, the last scene has me chomping at the bit to get the next Maxine Revere book! I haven’t seen any information on a release date, but I can’t wait! A copy was kindly provided by Minotaur Books via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This review is also posted at The Readers Den.

  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    2019-03-08 12:07

    I did know before I started to read this book that it was the latest book in the Max Revere series. What I did not know that this was a crossover with Allison Brennan's series about Lucy Kincaid. So, this was not a book in one series I haven't read before, it was a new book in two series that I had never read before. That was new for me (at least I think so). But, to be honest, I didn't worry so much about that. Most series are often easy to get into. As long as one starts to get the hang of who is who. And, the only real problem I had was in the beginning when the Kincaid family was introduced, and boy, they were many. But, after a while, I did get the whole picture thanks to Max Revere learning more herself about the Kincaids.READ THE REST OF THE REVIEW OVER AT FRESH FICTION!

  • Joyce
    2019-03-17 12:13

    To see all my reviews, you can visit me at: www.princessofpaperback.wordpress.comEven though this is part of a series, it can still be read as a standalone. The author did a wonderful job at keeping the reader immersed and executing a well thought out storyline.My only problem with this book was that there were characters from two different series meshed into this one, which made it overwhelming and a tad confusing. I had to go back a couple of times to remember who was who.Otherwise, this was an overall great read.

  • John W.
    2019-03-05 16:18

    SHATTERED is a fast moving mystery suspense thriller embracing the issues of finding justice for four young boys who have been kidnapped and murdered. Allison Brennan introduces the storyline when a personal friend of Maxine Revere asks her to investigate the kidnapping and murder of his son. He contacts Maxine for help when the police arrest his wife for his son's murder. Maxine’s research finds unsolved cases of three young boys, who over the last twenty years have been kidnapped, suffocated and buried in shallow graves.The storyline’s pace increases the level of intrigue, and the author introduces several sub plots that change the direction of the investigation. Brennan adds twists and turns uncovering clues revealing evidence that the killer is still stalking young boys. Maxine and Lucy, dig into the details of all the investigations to develop a murderer’s profile. Both come to the conclusion they may be looking for a serial killer. Brennan describes the fragile working relationship developing between Maxine and Lucy as they come to trust one another. The author keeps readers guessing as they follow the investigation and at the same time, Brennan shows the human sides of Maxine and Lucy. As Lucy and Maxine work together, Maxine sees the close bond between Lucy and her husband, Sean giving Maxine food for thought about her relationships. As the investigation unfolds, the author shows Lucy developing insight to her family relationships, the horrible events in her past and how they affected her family’s relationships with her. SHATTERED delivers suspense and action on every page as Allison Brennan building towards an ending that will take readers breath away. Brennan’s new novel is a must read and earns a five-star ranking.

  • Donna
    2019-03-01 08:08

    A young boy is kidnapped from his bedroom, drugged, suffocated with his blanket,and buried in a shallow grave fairly close by with his favorite toy. His mother is arrested and charged with his death. His father knows TV journalist Maxine Revere and asks her to look into the death and find the real killer. Max only investigates cold cases but she finds 3 other murders that are exactly the same over the last 20 years. One of those murders involves the Kincaid family who are inherently private people. In order to gain access to details, Max must work with FBI agent Lucy Kincaid to track down the murderer.This is my first time reading any of the series involving Max Revere. I have read several of the Lucy Kincaid books and I like the way Allison Brennan combined the two individuals. Both of these ladies are great characters. Even though their styles are different, the two meshed together very well. Now I'll have to go back and start reading earlier books in the Revere series.

  • Santhiya Dobby a free elf
    2019-03-26 10:20

    This book was one of the stories I have been eagerly waiting to read and I wasn't disappointed. In fact, I couldn't put the book down once I started. It was that much exciting.I love Lucy. She's one of my all time favorite characters. Maxine piqued my interest in the previous books. I have to say that I wanted to read this book because of Lucy more than Maxine but the author have written it so well that I will look forward to Maxine's next story as well. This book is like an intersection in the road for Maxine. The first three books show who Maxine is and what drives her to find answers to a point of obsession. This book lets her grow into a person. In this book, Lucy helps Maxine in the case as well as her life so that she can choose what really she wants and what's important. And we see Lucy discovering what makes her tick as Max put it. I loved the plot. I loved how Lucy and Sean was used in this book. I liked Maxine in this book. I'm looking forward to both the characters' next books.

  • Laura
    2019-03-01 08:28

    Book reviews on www.snazzybooks.com The synopsis for this novel instantly intrigued me – not only do I love crime/detective novels, but I really like it when they include a journalist’s investigation, as they don’t have to stick to the procedures and red tape that the police do. When there’s more than one case which may be linked? Love it! And when some of them are cold cases? This book seems right up my street!I wasn’t sure if the fact that I hadn’t read any of the others in this series, which centers on investigative reporter Max Revere, would matter but it doesn’t seem to at all. I got the hang of who’s who pretty quickly and although I didn’t know all the background of the characters (such as what exactly went wrong between Max and her boyfriend, Nick, and also her ‘friend’ David?), I still picked it all up well enough to not dampen my enjoyment.From reading other reviews I can also see that apparently this is a book that feature a character from another of Allison Brennan’s series – FBI agent Lucy Kincaid. I enjoyed reading about both characters and the way they interacted, as well as other people involved in the investigation too – though it felt like the Kincaid family was absolutely huge as more characters were introduced. I’ve no doubt that’s partly because I haven’t read previous books in that series, though, but I did have to stop a few times and try to figure out who was related/ associated with who!Still, Shattered is definitely an enthralling read which kept me wanting to read on to find out whether the cases were all linked, and if so who did it?! I loved reading about the different personalities, methods and attitudes Lucy and Max brought to the case, and following them as they piece the clues together.Allison Brennan’s writing is skillful and keeps the tension up throughout. There are some twists and turns, as well as some darker parts which really make you think. Definitely worth giving a go!Many thanks to St. Martin’s Press and Netgalley for providing a copy of this novel on which I chose to write an honest and unbiased review.

  • Cindy ~ SnS Reviews
    2019-03-24 10:27

    When an author takes two of her beloved characters from different series and puts them together in one book – Brilliant.. Have to say though I'm Team Lucy... Love the all the Kincaid's who were also in the book as a tragedy that impacted all them 20 years ago becomes a focus of Maxine's. Tenacious investigative reporter Maxine Revere is asked by an old college boyfriend to help prove the crime his wife has been accused of – murdering their son – isnt true. Max wants to help but she doesnt deal in active open cases.. Her specialty is cold cases. Well turns out there are some similarities to 3 cold cases and Max decides she is going to pursue those in hopes if she finds the killer of those cases she will find the killer of her friends son. Plot twist - The father of the first boy killed 20 years ago happens to be Lucy Kincaid's ex brother in law – the father of her nephew who she grew up with as they were around the same age as there was such a huge age gap between her older sister and herself. His death impacted everyone – even Lucy who was just 7 at the time. Andrew is willing to help Max anyway he can but he knows other than Lucy all the other Kincaids are going to block any attempt into dredging up the past and the pain that comes with it– even if its to find the killer. Knowing that Lucy is just as tenacious in wanting justice both on the job as FBI agent and also in her personal life he takes Max's discovery to her hoping that she will agree to help Max. Funny part about that was Max didn't want a partner and it didnt take her long to totally piss off Lucy's extremely protective husband Sean. Once everyone put aside their ego's and got down to the investigating the two worked well together. Lucy has so many traits that make her a great agent – and she doesnt let them interfere with her doing her job.. Max is a great investigative reporter but she lets her pride and ego get in the way. I was riveted during the investigation on finding out the who, what and why of the killer. Loved this book and would love more of these two together..

  • Jeanie
    2019-03-24 16:09

    You want the truth. I understand that drive. I really do. I am always seeking the truth-but more than that, I am looking for answers. I am driven by a much darker force than truth. I need justice, I need to know that killers will be caught, that they will be punished. Max Revere is on a case for a her show that solves cold cases. It is the most compelling as it deals with human behavior and finding the truth. Her old college friend has called for help. His wife is on trial for the murder of their little boy that was taken and then found several miles from his home. Is this senseless murder connected to a cold case from twenty years ago? Where a killer buried the victims in a place where they played. Three cases that have similarities in the span of 20 years. Max knows she needs to start with the first victim of Justin Stanton and they only way she can get answers is to have Lucy Kincaid FBI agent partner alongside her. Lucy is also related to the victim and specializes in profiling the serial killers. Where there is tension, character development is prevalent and it is between Lucy and Max. They both want the truth but they need each other to get to the killer. A killer that has methodically killed little boys and left families shattered. This is the best one that I have read of these series. I loved how the relationship between Lucy and Max became one of respect where there was caution. These two characters were different in many aspects but their strength and weakness brought them together to solve the crime. It also dealt with what makes a mind want to kill children. The why of the crime is what made this such a compelling thriller. I loved it.A Special Thank You to St. Martins Press and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to provide an honest review.

  • SniderBeeBooks
    2019-03-23 09:12

    Shattered by Allison Brennan is the fourth book in the author's Maxine Revere series of books. Allison Brennan is well established as a law enforcement procedural thriller writer. In Shattered, Max teams up with another of Brennan's beloved protagonists, Lucy Kincaid. Together, they attempt to solve the cold case murders of three pre-adolescent boys which may or may not be linked to a current trial in which Max's ex-boyfriend's wife is the accused. One cold case victim, Justin, is Lucy Kincaid's nephew.Consistent with my other Allison Brennan experiences, this book revolved around an interesting concept and was convincingly written with law enforcement realism in mind. The protagonists are complex, flawed, and relatable. Standing in my way of a truly enjoyable experience is the execution of joining two protagonists from different series. This book became very much about Lucy Kincaid even though it is in Max's series and should have been her show. If this book was an addition to the Lucy Kincaid series, or if the levels of involvement were shifted from Lucy to Max, it would have been a really exciting addition to either series. I imagine that loyal Allison Brennan readers will love this book and treasure these two characters in the same pages. That said, readers are also going to find a lot of backstory in this book. Not only is the series protagonist's backstory reviewed, as one may expect, but the addition of Lucy Kincaid's backstory made the book difficult to get into. There was so much review and catch up in the first half that those already up to date may feel bogged down while readers new to either protagonist may feel overwhelmed.It had been several years since I had read an Allison Brennan book and I was very happy to be reintroduced to her intelligent writing.

  • Dawn
    2019-03-03 08:31

    For Max Revere, finding the truth is her call as she investigates cold cases that catch her attention. When one of her college friends calls her up to help find the truth in the matter of his son’s death. Is his wife a killer or did someone else do it? Max can’t help since the trial is less than 2 weeks away and the police as well as the DA insist they have the right person on trial for the murder. When Max finds three other cases that are similar in nature, she dives into those cold cases hoping that in solving those cases she might be able to help her friend. What Max gets when she goes to San Diego and the first cold case/murder, Justin Stanton, and when she finds out the father wants her to work with his former sister-in-law, well let’s just say Max is less than pleased. But when FBI Agent Lucy Kincaid Rogan strolls through the door, Max finds herself facing a woman who is determined to find justice, to find the truth in her nephew’s murder as well as the other two cold cases. Lucy finds Max’s theory compelling and intrigued from the start. But as these two formable women draw closer to the answers they search for, another child is in the cross-hairs of the killer. Will Max and Lucy be able to figure the truth out and get justice for those three families? And will Max be able to tell her friend what the truth is in his son’s murder without breaking his already fragile heart into a million pieces?SHATTERED brings two series by this acclaimed and talented author together in a story that literally will leave you on the edge of your seat, flipping (or in my case swiping the screen) pages to see where Max and Lucy go next. It’s tense, engrossing and downright enthralling as the reader finally finds out what happened to Lucy’s nephew twenty years before. This story is layered and totally intriguing with a few twists I didn’t see coming. The writing is tight and the pace of the story flows quickly. I highly enjoyed Max and Lucy together and apart as both women try to work within the parameters of the law and their own ethics and morals. What really intrigued me was how Max couldn’t read Lucy at all. Max takes pride in figuring people out and it was fun to see her so stymied over trying to see what makes Lucy tick, so to speak. I also loved seeing the Kincaid family again. Those scenes are heartbreaking, joyful and at times quite tension filled as family dynamics go into play, even in a fictional world such as this one. Ms. Brennan does a wonderful job conveying so many characters personalities and vulnerabilities within the pages of SHATTERED. I loved how Lucy has grown as a person with in the series and her love story with Sean continues though not as focused in the story as it is Lucy’s series. SHATTERED is more than a mystery/thriller, its about the characters as well. They are well written, multidimensional people that I would adore meeting and basking in their presence for a day, heck even an hour. Sean and Lucy are delightful especially since I finished Make Them Pay (Lucy Kincaid #12) and Two to Die For (two book anthology) recently. The author does an amazing job having the characters grow with each book, showing how they are strong yet also putting the spotlight on their vulnerabilities as well. Max and Lucy are tough women, determined to find truth and justice no matter what, even as they cross lines at times to get that information. Ms. Brennan delivers a heart pounding ride from start to finish and its one you cannot help but want to go along with them. All I can say is buckle up, it’s about to get bumpy! If you haven’t tried either series I highly recommend you grab the books, settle in and binge read them. They are highly entertaining and this is one author I automatically buy or pre-order because her books are just that good. I look forward to seeing where both Lucy and Max go in the future and see what this author has in store for them next because the ending of Shattered leaves the reader with not answers but a whole lot more questions than ever before. This is an objective review and not an endorsement

  • Paris(kerbytejas)
    2019-02-23 15:17

    Long with a bit of redundant info but a good story.

  • Diane
    2019-02-27 11:20

    Shattered by author Allison Brennan is a fast paced, unstoppable read which delivers big on suspense and great characters! This new book explodes with two of Brennan’s greats…Maxine Revere and Lucy Kincaid! Maxine Revere is an investigative reporter with a TV show with NET. She delves into murder cold cases and digs until she has answers. I enjoy the Maxine Revere series!I also admire the Lucy Kincaid series and this one is full of Lucy’s insights into her family, the past, and how horrifying events have changed the whole family and their perception of her.So together you have Maxine and Lucy working on a case which could involve the unsolved murder of Lucy’s nephew, Justin. But during the course of the story -TRUST- between Maxine and Lucy is very fragile.I don’t post spoilers, but this is written so well and the characters are portrayed with such respect for their pasts, emotions, and their priorities in racing to chase down a killer of young boys.This is one of the very best books I have read this year and love it! Great Job, Allison Brennan in bringing together two of my favorite characters!!

  • Sharyn Simcox
    2019-03-13 08:12

    I just don't get the great reviews. The good plot is ruined by families squabbling they don't wantcasesreopened,which is totally unrealistic.Ask any real cold case detectives. The find the profiling done by Lucy unrealistic.Wonder what real profilers would say about the leaps andboundsshe makes. Guess I've read to many good books to like mediocre ones.

  • Charlene
    2019-02-24 09:11

    I'm not sure whether I've read any previous Lucy Kincaid or Max Revere books by this author; some of the Kincaid characters seem familiar, but I haven't recorded here that I've read about them. This book has both series in view, and it is fairly easy to get into, except for the names of all the Kincaid family members!The crimes investigated here are particularly heinous. Young boys suffocated and buried near their homes, one approximately every five years for the past twenty years. Max finds a tie between the crimes and this book is a hold-your-breath search for a possible serial killer. Other reviewers have said this can be read as a stand alone; I would not hesitate to read it again, even though I didn't go back to read six or seven other books that cover Lucy or Max.

  • Christine
    2019-03-16 12:14

    I love this author and have enjoyed many of her books, this one didn't do it for me.I should have known from the jacket and that the main character is a journalist that I wouldn't like it. For some reason journalist stories annoy me. I gave it quite a bit of chapters to change my mind, but unfortunately I didn't want to pick it up anymore.Looking forward to the authors next one.

  • Lady Heather
    2019-03-21 14:18

    What an exciting, suspenseful, edge of your seat thriller.Full review to be posted closer to release date.

  • Sparkymom
    2019-03-12 13:31

    Okay, so I've got to be honest and say that I read the first Max Revere novel and didn't like it at all. Max just came across hard and unlikable and frustrating. I didn't end up continuing with the series despite my love of Allison Brennan. I only tried this one because it featured Lucy Kincaid, and I am nothing if not addicted to anything Kincaid/Rogan. As I started this book, I still wasn't fond of Max, and I didn't trust her motives with Lucy. The more I read though the more I respected Max and began to begrudgingly like her. The interplay between Max and Lucy was really interesting with neither really trusting at first and each trying to figure the other out. Lucy was at her best, and we also got to revisit several members of her family. I loved the self discovery and the self confidence that built with the characters. The story really drew me in , and by the end, I was liking Max and feeling a need to know more about what might happen between her and David. Any future Lucy Kincaid book was definitely going to be on my reading list, but it looks like Max Revere #5 will be too. Net Galley provided an ARC for honest review.

  • Awna Stark
    2019-03-08 11:34

    a very easy and quick read. Left me wanting to know more about the new character Lucy Kincaid. I hope that she will be a new addition to future Max Revere stories.

  • Darcy
    2019-03-14 13:36

    Since I found out that Max and Lucy would be working on finding Justin's killer in this book I have been looking forward to it. Both are so different, I expected them to but heads pretty hard, not to find a way to work together and even come to admire each other. I was glad that Max quit digging into Lucy's past, granted it came after Sean threatened her, but after getting to know Lucy better Max didn't feel the need. I especially loved the offer that Lucy gave Max at the end, loved that it seemed like these 2 will keep in touch.I was surprised at how quickly Lucy and Max were able to figure things out with Justin's murder. With the way each thought they were able to play off each other making some big leaps to the next step.I was a bit stunned with how Lucy's family reacted, hated that Lucy was vilified by most of them, especially her dad. Sure some of them came around, but I have a feeling those harsh words won't be forgotten anytime soon. I both loved and hated that Lucy remembered past moments with Justin, times she made herself forget. Enough time has passed that now Lucy could remember them with it not hurting so much, but she lost so much not remembering her best friend. I don't think the Kincaid's realized how much Justin's death altered them all, but when Lucy laid it all out for the killer it was obvious, and I loved that Lucy showed the killer that their actions had bigger consequences. It will be interesting to see how Lucy's role in this book will affect her career. Max's involvement in the current crime made me sad. I hated that she had to see her friend hurt.

  • DP Lyle
    2019-03-08 15:14

    Another excellent Maxine Revere novel from Allison Brennan. This series just keeps getting better. In this installment, Max is asked by an old friend to help clear his wife who has been charged with the murder of their young son. Max, of course, does not get involved in active cases rather only cold ones. But, there have been three similar murders of young boys over the past 20 years. Are they related? Is a serial killer at work? Or did the wife actually killed her son? And why is the wife vehemently resisting Max’s looking into her murder charge? Max ultimately must work with FBI agent Lucy Kincaid to dissect each of the murderers to seek a connection to the current case as well as to hopefully bring resolution to the previous three. This is a well-written and well-paced thriller that will keep you guessing until the end.DP Lyle, award-winning author of the Jake Longly, Samantha Cody, and Dub Walker thriller series

  • Kathy
    2019-03-17 11:11

    In Shattered, intrepid investigative reporter Maxine "Max" Revere reluctantly teams up with rookie FBI Agent Lucy Kincaid Rogan to investigate a series of kidnapping/homicides that span twenty years. This latest mystery is the fourth installment in the Max Revere series and also features the heroine from the Lucy Kincaid series. Fortunately enough back story is provided for both Max and Lucy that Allison Brennan's newest release can easily be read as a standalone.Max's investigative skills are put to the test when her former college boyfriend John Caldwell requests her help after his wife Blair is arrested for the murder of their eight year old son. John has discovered three other cases with similar MOs and he is hoping that Max will find enough evidence to not only exonerate Blair but hopefully catch his son's real killer. Max specializes in investigating cold cases and since Blair's trial is about to begin, no one on either side of the case is willing to talk to her. So Max turns her attention to the twenty year unsolved death of the suspected first victim, Justin Stanton, in hopes of unmasking the murderer. Justin's father, District Attorney Andrew Stanton will only co-operate if his former sister-in-law Lucy and Max agree to work together.  Despite their somewhat tense first meeting, Max very grudgingly decides to join forces with Lucy in order to try to uncover the killer's identity.Max is still rather brusque as she tenaciously pursues the truth with a single-minded focus that makes a force to be reckoned with. She is initially quite put off by Lucy's husband Sean who is over-protective of his wife and somewhat combative towards Max. His prejudgment is based solely on her occupation and while she resents his overbearing approach, she quickly realizes she needs Lucy's assistance if she is going to uncover new evidence in the decades old cold case of the death of Lucy's nephew.  Extremely curious about her temporary partner, Max resists her natural temptation to dig into her past. After her efforts to keep Lucy out of the loop swiftly fail, Max graciously concedes defeat and stops resisting working with Lucy.Despite a very troubled personal history, Lucy has an impressive track record when it comes to solving crimes. She is a little impulsive and often acts without thinking about personal safety. Her situation  on the job is a bit tricky at the moment since she is working with a new  boss who does not give her the leeway Lucy has experienced in the past. Nonetheless, she is committed to finding Justin's killer even when faced with shockingly strong opposition from her family. Lucy's instincts and keen insight are instrumental in setting the course for the investigation and she and Max soon settle into their temporary partnership.The investigation moves at a steady  pace but Lucy and Max quickly discover the passage of time, lack of physical evidence and reluctant family members are somewhat formidable obstacles for them to overcome.  However, the disparate pieces of information from the various cases begin to  fall into place and they soon have a viable theory about  how and why the killer targets the victims.  From that point forward, their investigation picks up steam and with Andrew's assistance, they narrow down their suspect pool.  Their search for the murderer then becomes rather urgent as Lucy and Max realize the killer might be preparing to  strike again.Shattered is an intricately plotted mystery with an unusual premise and a fascinating dynamic between two unlikely partners. Despite a little repetition, the storyline is engrossing and unfolds at an even pace. Allison Brennan does an outstanding job bringing the protagonists from two unrelated series together and although Max and Lucy are initially distrusting of one another, they uneasily set aside their differences in order to find a suspected serial killer. All of the story arcs are completely wrapped up by the end of Shattered, but a shocking revelation about an unresolved storyline from Max's past will leave readers anxiously awaiting the next installment in the Max Revere series. Fans of the Lucy Kincaid series will be very curious to see what awaits Lucy when she returns to San Antonio.

  • Debi Lantzer
    2019-03-25 10:23

    When I requested an advance reader copy of this book from NetGalley, I had NO idea it was a series, and apparently even further, this book combines characters from two different series.  Nonetheless, after reading the book cover to cover, I can assure you that even if you didn't know that there was a series, or even two series, this book totally serves as a stand alone.  In fact, now I'm so curious about the other books in both series, that I'm definitely adding Allison Brennan to my "must reads" in the future!The protagonist is Maxine "Max" Revere, who is an investigative reporter who specializes in missing persons and cold cases. In this story, Max travels from New York to Arizona to help an old college ex-boyfriend, John Caldwell, who has since married his wife, Blair.  John begs Max to help his family, as his son, Peter was recently murdered and Blair is on trial for that murder.  He brings her to see how Peter's murder is similar to three cold cases and John is crazy upset that his wife is being charged.  Max must determine if she is guilty or if the young boy is the latest victim of a serial killer.Max is used to calling the shots and uses the staff from her show to fact check so she is rather "put out" at first when she is pressured to work with a partner, FBI agent Lucy Kincaid, the relative of one of the victims of the older cases Max is looking into. For Max it is quite an adjustment learning to take direction from others instead of leading the charge.Since I haven't read Ms. Brennan's previous series, I didn't know Lucy Kincaid or her husband, Sean, but neither of them made a great first impression to me.  I felt that Sean is overprotective of Lucy and he was very pushy. In fact, if he felt that anyone disagreed with him, he was a bit of a bully.  As the story progresses, these key characters become much more likable to readers as we understand a bit of their history.The process of getting to the bottom of the murders, trying to find a connection between them and understand the motivations of the murderer was truly riveting. I felt that each page I turned could be "the page" - the one that would reveal the truth, but it didn't turn out that way until the end. I found that Lucy and Max both brought their differing styles and talents to to resolve these heartbreaking and unsolved crimes. As the story progresses, it becomes absolutely necessary to both of them to find the "killer" because they realize another child is slated to be murdered.As everyone knows, I don’t write spoilers.  I will say though that this story is so well written and the characters are very developed that I felt like I could know them.  I have to say that the last scene of this story had me chomping at the bit to read the next Maxine Revere book! I'm not even sure when the next one comes out, but believe me, but I can’t wait! I received an advanced readers digital copy of this book from NetGalley and St. Martin's Press in exchange for my honest review and unbiased opinion. Thanks NetGalley and St. Martin's Press!

  • Angela
    2019-02-24 10:36

    Shattered is the fourth book in the exciting Max Revere series, and it's a definite must read! When an investigative reporter and a FBI agent come together to solve 3, possibly 4, murders going back 20 years, it'll be a battle of will, intelligence, and emotions that makes for an incredible story. Both women are used to doing things their own way, getting what they want, and although Lucy is used to working with a team of other agents, Max is used to working on her own. They are both determined to find out if these murders are related, and if so find the person responsible for these seemingly senseless murders, even though both are doing this for their own reasons. Maxine Revere, aka Max, is a well known investigative reporter that has her own tv show, but only investigates cold case murders. She's extremely curious by nature, has to know everything about everyone, which doesn't go over well with the private people that Lucy and her husband Sean are. Lucy Kincaid Rogan is technically a new FBI agent, but because of her personal experiences, as well as other things, she's not your typical newbie. She and her husband Sean agree to meet with Max to hear what she has about Lucy's nephew's and the other boys murders. Reluctantly deciding to work together, Max and Lucy quickly discover that these murders have been committed by the same person, and Lucy is able to form a working profile. The closer that they get to solving this, they realize that it's extremely likely that the unsub could have a new target, and they work harder to find them to make sure that no one else is hurt. Will Max and Lucy be able to put aside their differences, and learn to work together to catch the unsub? Although Max is extremely curious about Lucy, what makes her tick, and especially about her background that everyone wants to keep secret, can she keep herself from digging any further, and respect Lucy and Sean's request for privacy? Will Lucy end up loosing her family's respect and support for going against them by looking into Justin's murder? Can Max and Lucy actually solve the murders of these boys that go back 20 years? You're going to have to read it to find out! You won't be disappointed!This was a fantastic story that finally gave answers to the mystery that was Justin's murder. If you've read any of the Kincaid series, then you'll be familiar with Justin, and how his death created so many problems within the family. If you haven't read them, it's not necessary to do so prior to reading this, but I would definitely recommend that you check them out. They are amazing stories where you'll learn more about each couple, the Kincaid and Rogan clans, and the dynamics between their families. The Max Revere series is also another fantastic group of stories that if you haven't read, you definitely need to. I strongly recommend this book, and exceptional author! I have voluntarily reviewed this arc provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

  • kathyrn
    2019-03-20 08:35

    Thanks to both netgalley and St. Martin's Press Minotaur Books for an ARCFor the first time ever, FBI Agent Lucy Kincaid is teaming up with investigative reporter Max Revere! (view spoiler)[Over a span of twenty years, four boys have been kidnapped from their bedrooms, suffocated, and buried nearby in a shallow grave. Serial killer or coincidence?That’s the question investigative reporter Maxine Revere sets out to answer when an old friend begs her to help exonerate his wife, who has been charged with their son’s recent murder. But Max can do little to help because the police and D.A. won’t talk to her—they think they have the right woman. Instead, Max turns her attention to three similar cold cases. If she can solve them, she might be able to help her friend.Justin Stanton was killed twenty years ago, and his father wants closure—so he is willing to help Max with her investigation on one condition: that she work with his former sister-in-law— Justin’s aunt, FBI Agent Lucy Kincaid. Trouble is, Max works alone, and she’s livid that her only access to the case files, lead detective and witnesses depends on her partnering with a federal agent on vacation. She wants the career-making story almost as much as the truth—but if she gets this wrong, she could lose everything.Haunted by Justin’s death for years, Lucy yearns to give her family—and herself—the closure they need. More important, she wants to catch a killer. Lucy finds Max’s theory on all three cases compelling—with Max's research added to Lucy’s training and experience, Lucy believes they can find the killer so justice can finally be served. But the very private Lucy doesn’t trust the reporter any more than Max trusts her.Max and Lucy must find a way to work together to untangle lies, misinformation, and evidence to develop a profile of the killer. But the biggest question is: why were these boys targeted? As they team up to find out what really happened the night Justin was killed, they make a shocking discovery: Justin’s killer is still out there … stalking another victim … and they already may be too late. (hide spoiler)]New York Times bestseller Allison Brennan's two series collide in a powerful, enthralling read about the craving for revenge and the desire for justice.Websitehttp://www.allisonbrennan.com/TwitterAllison_Brenna["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Christine
    2019-03-06 16:33

    Maxine "Max" Revere is an investigative reporter specializing in missing persons and cold cases. She travels from New York to Phoenix to help an old college friend whose son's murder is similar to three cold cases she's investigating. Her friend is upset that his wife has become a suspect and Max must determine if she is guilty or if the young boy is the latest victim of a serial killer.I enjoy the Max Revere series and love to see Max in action, with the help of her friend, assistant, and bodyguard David Kane, investigating cases by not backing away from difficult questions or dangerous situations. Max is used to calling the shots and I admire her take-charge attitude. In this case, she is pressured to work with a partner, FBI agent Lucy Kincaid, the cousin of one of the victims of the older cases Max is looking into. It's an adjustment for Max and the reader to see Max having to take direction from others instead of leading the charge.When I started reading the book, I didn't realize Max would only be one of the main characters and that "Shattered" also featured Lucy Kincaid and her husband Sean, from the author's other series. I'm don't follow that series, so I was previously unfamiliar with these characters. Neither Lucy nor Sean made a great first impression. Sean is overprotective of Lucy and becomes quite pushy and almost bullying when anyone disagrees with him or his wife. Lucy and her family play a large role in the book and again since I don't follow that series, I found this to be intrusive from the regular flow that I enjoy in a Max Revere book. I'm sure fans of that series would have a different opinion.I like the way the case wrapped up and respected Lucy and was able to better tolerate Sean by the end of the book. David still contributed to the investigation, but with Lucy's involvement, he and Max didn't work as closely together as they usually do and I miss their rapport. They share a great scene toward the end of the book that fans of Max will love. As a follower of only Max and not the Kincaids, I would give the book 3.5 stars and have rounded that up to 4 since I do like Allison Brennan's writing.I received this book from NetGalley through the courtesy of St. Martin's. The book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.

  • Janet
    2019-02-28 13:25

    Max is a woman on a mission. She is driven to solving cold cases, and fortunately, is independently wealthy and has the resources to accomplish much that law enforcement agencies cannot. She is a loner, and none too thrilled when she is obligated to team up with an FBI agent on one of her cases. She is also a reporter, with her own TV show about the cases she is solving, so the feeling is mutual, as law enforcement and reporters don't trust each other much, or mix well. A friend asks her to investigate the murder of his young son. His wife is the accused and is standing trial. He notices striking similarities between this crime and some older cold cases, some from many years ago. He thinks it may be the same killer and that this evidence could set his wife free. The story is about Max and the FBI agent, Lucy, investigating these murders and coming up with surprising results. In the process, they develop respect and admiration for one another, and even the beginnings of a friendship. One of the main things I enjoyed about this book was the well developed main characters. Both Max and Lucy are so well fleshed out that I almost feel that I know them. I actually miss them. I'm already hoping for more from this author about these two. The plot is complex but easy to follow. The investigations and the solution are clever and credible. Of course there are surprises in store for the reader, but I want to avoid spoilers so I won't even hint at them. The organization and pacing are excellent until the very end where it seems as though there is an extra part tacked on. This doesn't detract from the plot but seems curious. I think you will be thoroughly satisfied with this book. It is a mystery thriller done right. It would be great fun for a summer read, but it would also be perfect for a snowed-in afternoon in the depths of winter. My plan is to take one or two of this author's books the next time I have a long flight in coach class, where escape is almost a necessity. Wherever and whenever you read this, I don't believe you'll be disappointed. Note: I received an eARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  • Pam
    2019-03-01 15:25

    Maxine "Max" Revere is a talented investigative reporter. That's why red flags went up when a former boyfriend calls here to tell her his wife is on trial for killing their son & everyone is missing the other similar crimes. He's positive it's the work of a serial killer. As Max starts to look into the prior crimes, she hits a roadblock. The father of the presumed first victim, DA Andrew Stanton, told her his ex-wife's family would stall & block her investigation unless she convinced Lucy Kincaid Rogan that her theories were on the up & up. Lucy is Andrew's ex-sister-in-law. Rookie FBI Agent Lucy Kincaid Rogan isn't sure what to believe. Is Max just trying to sensationalize her cousins death or does she really have a lead? Why is the family overreacting the way they are? Lucy is tired of always being concerned someone might figure out what happened to her. If she can figure out who killed Justin, that's a good thing. She isn't sure about Max's motives so she decides to stay close. Allison Brennan has two wonderful series & has managed to come up with the perfect cross over story to bring them together. At first I didn't think the personalities of the main characters, Max & Lucy would work together. They were both too much alike - strong, independent, aggressive, intelligent, used to being in charge. Max wasn't used to having her hands tied or her integrity questioned. Lucy didn't trust Max or her motives. She had to give her credit though. Max knew what she was doing & had researchers behind her finding the information she needs. I ended up admiring them as a team. They each knew their own strengths & what they brought to the table. The action is fast paced & riveting. The plot grabs your attention & through twists & turns keeps you on the edge of your seat. The tension between Max & Lucy adds to the drama without detracting from the facts. The tension between Lucy & her family is new & ramps up the stakes of the case. I really enjoyed this story & hope Max & Lucy end up working together again.

  • Donna Hines
    2019-02-25 08:36

    Maxine Revere is an investigative reporter with Maximum Exposure, a cold case crime show on NET (Tv/Internet Interactive Show).Lucy Kincaid is her sidekick and they go out in search of long awaited answers for the truth about 5 young boy's ( 7-9yo) murder victims. Many unanswered questions need to be solved with specific details to each case being fully evaluated.I've not read any from this series of which this is #4 so I was truly intrigued by the protagonists here. These are two very strong characters and whether separate or together hold their own quite well throughout the plot.The suspense was just enough to keep readers active and involved as they use their FBI and Detective Skills to slowly unwind the truth from the fiction.As we know, victims of crimes of passion such as sexual crimes, murder, etc.. are often from someone they know or have had relationships with so it's no wonder that many of the spouses are in question for acts of infidelity and beyond. Could the crimes which seem to have more than one thread of connection from the past 20 years be more than mere coincidence? Could they be from a mercy killing done solely by a female perpetrator? Why were certain sentimental objects left with each victim? Lucy is someone who truly makes you wonder what is her motive and what makes her tick. Could her past as a victim herself be reason enough to want to be the sole person to bring this killer(s) to his or her knees?Could the past relationships bare witness to the present and be the key that unlocks it all?One thing is for sure Allison did a great job of keeping the thrills and chills rolling right till the end without a hitch. Allison made it known that nobody deserves death and that yes knowing the truth is valuable.So with this I will rate a 3 star for likeability.