Saturday, December 22, 2018

Review - The Switch

Title:   The Switch
Author:  Sandra Brown
Genre:  Mystery/Thrillers
Publisher:   Grand Central Publishing
Format:  Print ARC
No. of Pages:  512
Date of Publication:  November 27. 2018
My Rating:  5 Stars


From #1 New York Times bestselling author Sandra Brown comes another masterful creation, a riveting novel of suspense, revenge, and unpredictable twists and turns...

When Melina suggests that her twin sister Gillian take her place as a media escort to an astronaut, she initially refuses. The following morning Melina is horrified to learn that her sister has been murdered. Now she must work together to learn the truth behind her sister's death, and discover the identity of the killer, whose plans are far from over.


They did it when they were kids, so what harm would it cause now? Gillian and Melina Lloyd decided to switch places when Melina was assigned to escort astronaut, Christopher “Chief” Hart, at a publicity event. Things turned out quite horribly. Sadly, Gillian was brutally murdered after returning home.

Melina is devastated, quite naturally. One of the reasons is she feels that it should’ve been her not Gillian. She feels this way not only due to switching places, but also due to the horrific messages painted on the walls where her twin was murdered. 

Chief and Melina become reluctant partners, in large part, this is due to the fact that a Chief was the last person to see Gillian alive. Through no fault of their own, they had become embroiled in something mysterious and potentially dangerous. 

This certainly is no cut-and-dried mystery. The reason for the brutal murder is due to incredibly nefarious and far-reaching reasons. The story is built on several levels, with a diabolical tale that has affected many lives. The element of danger and suspense never lets up, not even for a minute. All the while the emotions that are shared between Melina and Chief have an undeniable intensity. 

The twists and turns are top-notch and comes with a lot of guesswork. I absolutely loved what has been done in this story in terms of plot and how it lends itself to keep readers guessing. 

This is not the first time that I have read this mesmerizing book. Each time I have read it I still found it just as captivating. Amazingly, I read this 512-page book from cover-to-cover in one sitting. I look forward to continuing to read books by this favored, prolific author. I highly recommend this book to those who enjoy thrillers. The Switch is an excellent way to showcase the talent of Sandra Brown for new readers of hers. 

Many thanks to Grand Central Publishing for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


Sandra Brown is the author of more than sixty New York Times bestsellers, including STING (2016), FRICTION (2015), MEAN STREAK (2014), DEADLINE(2013), & LOW PRESSURE (2012), LETHAL (2011).

Brown began her writing career in 1981 and since then has published over seventy novels, bringing the number of copies of her books in print worldwide to upwards of eighty million. Her work has been translated into over thirty languages.

In 2009 Brown detoured from romantic suspense to write, Rainwater, a much acclaimed, powerfully moving historical fiction story about honor and sacrifice during the Great Depression.

Brown was given an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Texas Christian University. She was named Thriller Master for 2008, the top award given by the International Thriller Writer’s Association. Other awards and commendations include the 2007 Texas Medal of Arts Award for Literature and the Romance Writers of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award.


  1. Fab review. I do like the sound of the book.

  2. I enjoy Sandra Browns style of writing. This one on my TBR list :)

  3. Wow one sitting it must be a great read. Thanks for sharing.
    Gemma @

  4. Wow, it says a lot you've read this many times! I love the twin switcheroo thing!

  5. Oh, I thought I was tired of twin books. I guess iI can give this one a shot