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Oct 27 2012 11:00am

Fresh Meat: Stalked by Allison Brennan

Stalked by Allison BrennanStalked by Allison Brennan is the fifth book in the Lucy Kincaid romantic thriller series (available October 30, 2012).

This book continues the popular series about Lucy Kincaid, a character developed by writer Allison Brennan. Lucy is at the FBI academy and working hard to complete the course and become a field agent.

She’s doing this while fighting past demons and current insecurities, which keep popping up while she’s going through the rigorous training required for an FBI agent. Added to her troubles, the enigmatic agent, Rick Laughlin, is working at the academy while preparing for a trial and he’s convinced Lucy should not be FBI and goes out of his way to prove that.

I liked this book from the beginning. In between the scenes with Lucy and the people she interacts with are first-person narratives from the younger brother of a murder victim from years ago. When it is determined a number of new murders are related to this old case and the now-grown brother, which Lucy worked on as a consultant, the FBI steps in and searches for a killer who is equally skilled at eluding them. Lucy is working behind the scenes on the case and Laughlin is watching her every move.

It was easy to identify with how Lucy’s insecurity caused to her to make mistakes in areas where she normally excelled. Nothing’s more nerve-racking than having someone hovering over you while you try to achieve a goal.

There’s so much of Lucy’s past that relates to this newest rash of murders that I felt the narrative was a little heavy at times, but it didn’t keep me from reading to the last page. I had to know what happened and if Lucy and her friends were going to survive this new, shadowy threat.

This scene from Stalked gives you a glimpse of the many things Lucy’s juggling:

During lunch, Lucy found Kate eating in her office. Kate was the senior cybercrimes instructor at Quantico and was part of a joint task force on tracing online child pornography. It was a particularly difficult job for anyone, even a seasoned agent like Kate.

“What do you want?” Kate asked Lucy without looking at her. Her eyes were focused on her computer.

“We need to talk.”

Kate stared at her computer for a long minute, then leaned back in her chair. She nodded and Lucy sat down.

“You worked with Rich Laughlin before— before everything.”

Lucy still had a hard time talking about Adam Scott. “Before you left D.C. twelve years ago.”

“I’m not talking about Laughlin.” Kate’s face was set tight; she was trying hard not to react to anything Lucy said. Why was she being so controlled?

“But—”

“I thought you wanted to talk about Tony Presidio.”

“I’m okay. Thank you for signing Sean in; it helped, talking to him.”

 “And what?”

“You and Tony were the subject of a staff meeting this morning. You’ve involved yourself in the middle of an investigation. I don’t have to tell you that being the subject of a staff meeting isn’t good.”

Lucy shifted in her seat. “I don’t understand.”

Kate tilted her head and raised her eyebrows. “You didn’t know.”

“Know what? What’s wrong?” Had she missed something? Done something wrong? With all the pressure from Laughlin and her firearms test and Tony’s death and Weber’s book, had she missed something important?

“Hans is here to put Tony’s office in order, and work on the profile Tony began on the murder of that writer. No one knew you were working with Tony until Hans told us.”

Lucy said carefully, “There was nothing wrong with me doing extra work. I did it on my own time.”

“Not when it impacts your overall performance.”

I thought Brennan did a good job of keeping Lucy involved in the case and keeping her working toward her goal at the FBI Academy even though both were very challenging for Lucy. We also got a little visit with some characters from earlier books whose romance got a little spark in this one. She had a nice balance of work and personal relationships throughout the book.

Savor this one because the next book won’t be out until June 2013. I can hear Carly Simon singing “Anticipation” now.

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Leigh Neely is an almost-famous former newspaper and magazine editor. She currently does freelance work, blogs at womenofmystery.net, and recently sold the novel she wrote with her writing partner, Jan Powell. Look for Second Nature by Neely Powell in late spring 2013. She also wrote the short story, “A Vampire in Brooklyn,” which is in the anthology, Murder New York Style: Fresh Slices.

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72 comments
1. Missy Emery
I love Lucy Kincaid! Actually I love all of your books Allison! Have a great weekend!!!
2. Audrey B
Lucy is a great character to follow ... Allison always brings us right into her adventures!
Rachel Saunders
3. rtjka
I love the Lcy books! I can't wait to add this one to my Brennan collection!
4. linda gwiazdowski
i love all allison brennan books would love to win this book.
Elizabeth Flores
5. lzbthflrs
Love your books and can't wait for Tuesday! I've read all of your books
and can't wait for Stalked.
6. Rosemarie Novelo
Can't till this book comes out. Love Allison Brennan Lucy Kincaid books. She gets so wrap up in the story that you can't put the book down. Also can't wait till the next book Stolen. It Sean story who happens to be Lucy boyfriend . These are must reads in my book.
Rica Martin
7. ricker23
Have enjoyed all of Allison Brennan's books, and specifically Lucy Kincaid. They are always very well written, with well-thought out storylines, no gaps or unbelievable plots. Can't wait for Stalked!!
Anna Hartt
8. anmhartt
Love Allison Brennan's books, especially the Lucy Kincaid series. These are wonderful, always well written books. Cannot wait to get my hands on a copy of the newest book.

Allison Brennan makes the stories fun, interesting and edge of seat...read them, you will like them!
Terrie Farley Moran
12. Terrie
This review makes the book sound unmissable--I'm in!
Rhonda Mccoy
13. rhondamcc68
I have read every one of her books and cant wait for this one and anticipate enjoying the next too.
Allison Brennan
14. Allison_Brennan
Thanks so much for the kind words about Lucy Kincaid! I'm very excited about this upcoming book. Writing about a mystery set in part at Quantico was a challenge, but lots of fun :)
MaryC
15. maryc
Love Lucy Kincaid and am very happy that release day is tomorrow!
Anna Hartt
16. anmhartt
Woo hoo!!! Book releases today!! Have to finish a book I am reading...
Beverly Price
17. bocababe
I have read most of her books and I really enjoying reading them. I would love to win a copy of this one.
Kelley Tackett
18. tackettfamilyky
Looking forward to reading Allison's books. Would love to win one!
Anne Muller
19. anne38
I have a couple of books in this series on my TBR pile. Your review of Stalked makes me want to shuffle them up to the top.
Michael Gora
20. middlebass
I've read a couple of the books in this series, and plan to read all. I love them.
erin f
21. efender1
Sounds fantastic! Thanks for the giveaway!
Deanna Stillings
22. reader123
I've read others by this author, but not this series. I must find the first one, but would love to win this one! Dee grammyd01 (at) comcast (dot) net
Allison Moyer
25. The Loopy Librarian
I haven't met this character yet, but she sounds complex and very human. I'd very much like to get to know her. Thanks for the giveaway!
Becky Hantsbarger
27. BeckyIA
I've read some of Allison Brennan's previous books and thoroughly enjoyed them. I'd love to give this one a read too!
Annette Estell
29. AEKZ2
I'd love to read Stalked- sounds good
Kay Zarrugh
30. mskayz
Sounds intriguing! I love a good mystery/thriller!
Deborah Dumm
32. deb730
I can't wait to read this book. It sounds amazing!!!!!!!!!!
36. rhonda
My type of book.Thanks for giveaway.
Kenneth Konczal
37. kek620
I immensly enjoyes the entire series to date
Linda
38. 1bigthrillerfan2
Loved the interview with Allison Brennan...and I would be soo thrilled to win 'Stalked'...I am a big fan of Allison's books......
40. lilhmb
A new Allison Brennan is always welcome. I look forward to a new Lucy.
Bob Alexander
41. rx_alex
Allison Brennan has been on my to-buy list. I've collected all the books of a dozen or so mystery/suspense writers.
Jackie Wisherd
43. JackieW
I've read one of Allison's books and would love to read more of them. This sounds like a good one for my next read.
Crystal Blackburn
45. lovesmysteries
I would love to win a copy of this book. It sounds good.
William Hamilton
46. billham68
I have not read any of Allison Brennan's books, but my wife raves about them. Maybe now is the time for me to add Allison to my reading list.
Marie-Louise Molloy
47. Wezzie
Would love to read a new series! Thanks for the chance to win! :)
sheila True
51. Sheila
Enjoyed reading about the new Lucy Kincaid book, sounds like a great read.
Beth Talmage
52. wordygirl
My niece would love this. I'm putting together my Christmas gift list--thanks for letting me know about this one.
John Maline
53. jpmaline
This looks like its worth giving it a shot!
54. J
Can't wait to read this!
Carol Lawman
55. juju2cat
I need another mystery to read with all this cold weather coming!
56. Betty O
I have read all of Allison Brennan's novels and am eagerly looking forward to the latest Lucy Kincaid book.
Darlene Slocum
57. darandsam
This appears to be a good read. This fits right in with my favorite TV programs.
58. margiec
This sounds like another page turner that you won't want to put down until it's finished. I'm glad that I am fixing to retire so that I can stay up late and read it uninterrupted. All of her books are like this.
59. Brianna Lee Book Reviews
Awesome! Thanks for this great opportunity to win! I'd love to review this book if I won!
AnnMarie Bozek
61. changes2
OMG! I should not have read the first two chapters, now I have to put this book on my must read list! It would be fantastic to win a copy!
Sheila Korman
63. skkorman
I love Brennan's books—thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of her new one!
Jeane Howell
64. jeaneintexas
I believe this would be a good read. I like the comments about the writer,who is new to me. She sounds as if her books are all good. Thank you for having the drawing.
Ann Thaxton
65. akt713
I would love to read this book , Allison Brennan is a great writer!
Karen Cherubino
67. kcherubtx
I love Allison Brennan's books, especially the Lucy Kincaid series!
vicki wurgler
68. bison61
read the scene from Stalked-sounds good
Anna Hartt
70. anmhartt
To those that have never read any Allison Brennan, I suggest you read all of them. You will NOT be disappointed. If you have not read any of the Lucy Kincaid series I would suggest you read all of them before reading this one, or this one will ruin the other books for you.

I hope you all enjoy reading the book!!!
Thank you Allison Brennana - I am already looking forward to the next book...
Jennifer P
71. Jen P
Great review.... Makes me want to read this ASAP!
Got my fingers crossed.
72. Mary Thompson
I have loved all the books in the series so far.
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