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Twenty years ago in the dead of night, four seemingly random individuals pulled the ultimate heist and almost walked away with half a million dollars. But by daybreak, their plan had been shot to hell. One of them was in the hospital. One was in jail. One was dead. And one got away with it. Arden Maxwell, the daughter of the man who disappeared all those years ago -- presum Twenty years ago in the dead of night, four seemingly random individuals pulled the ultimate heist and almost walked away with half a million dollars. But by daybreak, their plan had been shot to hell. One of them was in the hospital. One was in jail. One was dead. And one got away with it. Arden Maxwell, the daughter of the man who disappeared all those years ago -- presumably with the money, after murdering his accomplice -- has never reconciled with her father's abandonment of her and her sister. After countless personal setbacks she decides to return to her family home near mysterious Caddo Lake, and finally get answers to the many questions that torment her. Little does she know, two of her father's co-conspirators -- a war hero and a corrupt district attorney -- are watching her every move. Ledge Burnet, a rebellious teen at the time of the heist, evaded his jail sentence by enlisting in the army. Now he's back in town to care for his ailing father -- and to keep his eye on the county's corrupt district attorney, whom he suspects was the real murderer. Although the two are bound to silence because of the crime they committed together, each has spent years waiting and hoping that the other will make a fatal misstep. But the arrival of their elusive accomplice's daughter, Arden, who may know more about the missing money than she's telling, sets them both on red alert. She ignites Ledge's determination to expose the D.A.'s treachery . . . and sparks a desire he wishes to deny.


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Twenty years ago in the dead of night, four seemingly random individuals pulled the ultimate heist and almost walked away with half a million dollars. But by daybreak, their plan had been shot to hell. One of them was in the hospital. One was in jail. One was dead. And one got away with it. Arden Maxwell, the daughter of the man who disappeared all those years ago -- presum Twenty years ago in the dead of night, four seemingly random individuals pulled the ultimate heist and almost walked away with half a million dollars. But by daybreak, their plan had been shot to hell. One of them was in the hospital. One was in jail. One was dead. And one got away with it. Arden Maxwell, the daughter of the man who disappeared all those years ago -- presumably with the money, after murdering his accomplice -- has never reconciled with her father's abandonment of her and her sister. After countless personal setbacks she decides to return to her family home near mysterious Caddo Lake, and finally get answers to the many questions that torment her. Little does she know, two of her father's co-conspirators -- a war hero and a corrupt district attorney -- are watching her every move. Ledge Burnet, a rebellious teen at the time of the heist, evaded his jail sentence by enlisting in the army. Now he's back in town to care for his ailing father -- and to keep his eye on the county's corrupt district attorney, whom he suspects was the real murderer. Although the two are bound to silence because of the crime they committed together, each has spent years waiting and hoping that the other will make a fatal misstep. But the arrival of their elusive accomplice's daughter, Arden, who may know more about the missing money than she's telling, sets them both on red alert. She ignites Ledge's determination to expose the D.A.'s treachery . . . and sparks a desire he wishes to deny.

30 review for Thick as Thieves

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sheyla ✎

    Sandra Brown is a must-read for me. She is one of my favorite writers. I couldn’t pass on Thick as Thieves. I'm extremely thankful to Grand Central Publishing for my early copy. In Thick as Thieves, a heist gone wrong, a murder, and a father’s disappearance twenty years ago are at the center of the story. Arden Maxwell decides to move back to her family home when she realizes she is pregnant. Her home has been isolated and left unkept since her father disappeared that awful night twenty year Sandra Brown is a must-read for me. She is one of my favorite writers. I couldn’t pass on Thick as Thieves. I'm extremely thankful to Grand Central Publishing for my early copy. In Thick as Thieves, a heist gone wrong, a murder, and a father’s disappearance twenty years ago are at the center of the story. Arden Maxwell decides to move back to her family home when she realizes she is pregnant. Her home has been isolated and left unkept since her father disappeared that awful night twenty years ago. Arden might not realize it at the beginning but she is looking for answers. After tragedy strikes, she is determined to find out more about her father's disappearance and it seems like Ledge Burnet might have some or all of the answers. Life has not treated Ledge Burnet fairly. He lost his parents at an early age and his uncle and his wife took him in. Soon after, his aunt died and it just became the two of them. Ledge was placed in juvie for smoking marijuana. An error he's not going to repeat until the night Arden's father disappears and he is being taken to jail after he's stopped by cops and drugs are found in his car. Ledge is certain he was framed two decades ago and he, as much as Arden, wants to know the truth. As with the majority of the books by Sandra Brown I've read, this one is a page-turner. The suspense was killing me. Some things I guessed, some others took me by surprise. Mrs. Brown can write great enemies. In this case, Rusty was an evil man with too much power and a hateful soul. It was so easy to hate him. My sole complaint would be the ending. Everything resolved too neatly for me. Anyway, the end was not enough for me not to enjoy it. Cliffhanger: No 4/5 Fangs A complimentary copy was provided by Grand Central Pub in exchange for an honest review. MrsLeif's Two Fangs About It | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mo

    It's between a three and four for me. I'll say it again and plenty of my friends on here have said it, the recent SB books are not a patch on her older books. I did enjoy this one and it kept me guessing but, honestly, it had none of the "edge of your seat" stuff that her books like Chill Factor or Mean Streak had. Those books, I could just not put down and they are ones that I did re-read and listened to on Audible. This one, not sure I will pick it up again. Maybe, years from now! Maybe war It's between a three and four for me. I'll say it again and plenty of my friends on here have said it, the recent SB books are not a patch on her older books. I did enjoy this one and it kept me guessing but, honestly, it had none of the "edge of your seat" stuff that her books like Chill Factor or Mean Streak had. Those books, I could just not put down and they are ones that I did re-read and listened to on Audible. This one, not sure I will pick it up again. Maybe, years from now! Maybe war had left L. Burnet taciturn and borderline rude. Or perhaps he was standoffish by nature. Yes, her heroes can be surly and wary but I do like them. "I apologize for yesterday. Sometimes I come across as rude when I don't mean to be." She gave him a look, and he added, "Okay, and sometimes I mean to be." And the "bad guy" is usually a motherfucker of a creep and this case was no exception ... Ledge's description of him had been inflammatory, but regardless of that, she would have instantly mistrusted the man's toothy smile. The monkey is cute ... the bad guy definitely was NOT. Came down to money, as everything does. I found the character development a bit rushed too ... granted there was an attraction but (view spoiler)[after what happened to Arden, did she not get back in the saddle again very quickly? I thought their coming together was a bit quick! No? Maybe it was just me. (hide spoiler)] "He knew every square foot of this lake, all the bayous." "I'm stacking up lies like firewood, and I hate that like hell." I just cannot give this a solid four or five stars, especially if I am comparing it to previous books which, in my opinion, were of a much higher standard. I wasn't a huge fan of her last offering either so maybe it is me and I am just becoming a bit lacklustre about her books. She will still be an auto buy for me so, fingers crossed, the next book will be a five star.

  3. 4 out of 5

    A.

    3.75 Stars Standard Sandra Brown. Not her best, not her worst. I enjoyed it but I guessed the culprit early on. I still love her writing, though. I wish she wrote more than one book every year...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Corina

    I realized I LOVE reading romantic suspense novels in between all the other genres I read. And I was actually surprised by how much I was looking forward to it and in the end really enjoyed it. AND Sandra Brown is VERY good at it - so definitely a win-win for me :D full review to come..... ___________________________________ I received a copy of this book from the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review. My opinions have not been influenced by the publisher or the author. Find more revie I realized I LOVE reading romantic suspense novels in between all the other genres I read. And I was actually surprised by how much I was looking forward to it and in the end really enjoyed it. AND Sandra Brown is VERY good at it - so definitely a win-win for me :D full review to come..... ___________________________________ I received a copy of this book from the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review. My opinions have not been influenced by the publisher or the author. Find more reviews and book recommendations on my blog Follow me on Bookstagram

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lisazj1

    3.5 stars but I'll round up to 4 just for the last quarter of the book. I love Sandra Brown's writing but her last couple of books just haven't wowed me, though it honestly pains me to say it. 😕 The biggest thing missing for me, just like last time, is chemistry between her MCs. I fully admit it could just be me but I completely didn't feel that here. The characters were likable, mostly, but I just didn't love them. The one I felt the strongest about was the damn bad guy, and I absolutely loathed 3.5 stars but I'll round up to 4 just for the last quarter of the book. I love Sandra Brown's writing but her last couple of books just haven't wowed me, though it honestly pains me to say it. 😕 The biggest thing missing for me, just like last time, is chemistry between her MCs. I fully admit it could just be me but I completely didn't feel that here. The characters were likable, mostly, but I just didn't love them. The one I felt the strongest about was the damn bad guy, and I absolutely loathed him. 😡 However, SB's writing remains as stellar as always, and I was pulled along with the plot regardless. I wanted to know where it was going. And the last part of the story, the plot, action and chemistry came crashing to the front, (view spoiler)[though I was still disappointed that Rusty wasn't at least castrated. Maybe fed to the gators? 🤔 Seriously, I fucking hated that little creep (hide spoiler)] . Not my favorite, but I'll still read whatever SB writes.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Farshana ❤️rainnbooks❤️

    Many thanks to Net Galley, Hodder & Stoughton and the author for a chance to read and review this book. All opinions are expressed voluntarily. A year back, there was this lovely feature in Goodreads that helped us to check the MOST READ AUTHORS as a list. No prizes guessing the top author in my list, none other than SANDRA BROWN. Ever since reading Prime Time, I have been an ardent fan of this prolific writer and from the time she had begun to write stories that provide a perfect mix of romance Many thanks to Net Galley, Hodder & Stoughton and the author for a chance to read and review this book. All opinions are expressed voluntarily. A year back, there was this lovely feature in Goodreads that helped us to check the MOST READ AUTHORS as a list. No prizes guessing the top author in my list, none other than SANDRA BROWN. Ever since reading Prime Time, I have been an ardent fan of this prolific writer and from the time she had begun to write stories that provide a perfect mix of romance and intrigue in equal doses, I have never, ever been disappointed. Thick As Thieves is Sandra Brown at her best and for long time fans, be assured this one has all the unique characteristics that mark her novels. Edgy suspense, grumpy and irascible heroes, toe-curling chemistry, and a mind-blowing twist at the end. The hero Ledge Burnet is obviously, the surliest, the most obnoxious, and the rudest handsome devil that one might come across but with a heart of gold that the reader is left gushing, oohing and aahing 🥰🥰🥰. The heroine, Arden Maxwell may seem timid in comparison but she is no pushover by any means. The antagonist, Rusty Dyle is as creepy as it comes with his peculiar ways of exacting revenge and manipulating people and abusing the position of power. A whole host of other lovable characters like Don, Lisa, Crystal, each of them playing a definite part in this story, Sandra Brown has once again proved why she is the supreme best in the genre of romantic suspense. The story is centered in a small town in Texas where a crime of 20 years has been lying dormant, the undercurrents churning and simmering that a single event, that of the return of Arden causes the cauldron to boil over. What exactly happened one night in 2000 when 4 thieves stole half a million dollars and made a pact of life? The mystery that gets divulged in bits and pieces leaves the reader on tenterhooks until the action-filled final chapter. The revealing surprise at the end had me thunderstruck, this in spite of the fact that I had been waiting and expecting some twist as it is one of the trademark characteristics of a Sandra Brown novel. Highly recommended for fans of fast-paced sexy romantic suspense, read it one GO! This review is published in my blog https://rainnbooks.com/; Amazon India, Goodreads, and Twitter.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    Arden Maxwell had returned to her childhood home in Caddo Lake, Texas after twenty years of being absent. Her father, Joe Maxwell had disappeared back then and although he’d been declared dead, no one had seen or heard of him since then. Arden’s sister Lisa was against her moving back home, living in the old, rundown house the two women had grown up in, but Arden took no notice of her sister. Twenty years ago there’d been a robbery, a murder and Joe had vanished. He was blamed for both events. A Arden Maxwell had returned to her childhood home in Caddo Lake, Texas after twenty years of being absent. Her father, Joe Maxwell had disappeared back then and although he’d been declared dead, no one had seen or heard of him since then. Arden’s sister Lisa was against her moving back home, living in the old, rundown house the two women had grown up in, but Arden took no notice of her sister. Twenty years ago there’d been a robbery, a murder and Joe had vanished. He was blamed for both events. Arden was determined to get answers, to get some closure over the disappearance of her dad, but little did she know that her return would stir up old memories and put her in terrible danger. Two of the thieves were still around, and their antennae were vibrating. Watching Arden, keeping tabs on her, stalking her – none of it was off limits. The slick, silkiness of the threats, the constant looking over her shoulder – what would happen when the past connected with the present? Thick as Thieves is another well written suspense novel from the pen of Sandra Brown. She knows how to ramp up the tension, to have the evil oozing off the page. There were plenty of twists but the major couple at the end I didn’t see coming. I thoroughly enjoyed Thick as Thieves and recommend it highly. With thanks to Hodder & Stoughton UK via NetGalley for my digital ARC to read in exchange for an honest review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    ♥Rachel♥

    Arden is back in her small hometown after twenty years to find answers. A half million-dollar heist, a murder, and her father’s disappearance has left her with a lot of questions. Her reappearance doesn’t go unnoticed and unfortunately her return draws the attention of a nefarious person from the past. Does Arden know more about the theft and where the money went? Well, that speculation spells danger for Arden. Ledge has had his own trouble in this little Texas town, but he’s paid his due taking Arden is back in her small hometown after twenty years to find answers. A half million-dollar heist, a murder, and her father’s disappearance has left her with a lot of questions. Her reappearance doesn’t go unnoticed and unfortunately her return draws the attention of a nefarious person from the past. Does Arden know more about the theft and where the money went? Well, that speculation spells danger for Arden. Ledge has had his own trouble in this little Texas town, but he’s paid his due taking military service in lieu of a jail term and come back home a hero. Mostly he keeps to himself, only staying in town to keep an eye out for his ailing uncle, but with Arden back the past comes back into full focus, and the trouble he’s managed to avoid comes roaring back up. Arden has no idea the hornet’s nest her presence stirs up, but Ledge knows, and he makes it his mission to keep her out of trouble’s sights. I love Sandra Brown’s twisty mysteries! Her “heroes” are far from perfect, skirting the edge of right and wrong at times, but at the heart of things are good. Ledge is cast from that mold, and I couldn’t help but root for him! Oh, Ms. Brown writes the sexiest heroes! Ledge was raw masculinity, gruff, and not concerned with winning any popularity contest. Ledge and Arden are oil and water at first, yet the sparks of attraction fly between them making for a delicious push and pull until they finally succumb to irresistible forces! I think it’s best to go in with any Sandra Brown with minimal knowledge and let her take you on a ride. Keeps you hooked, she’s the queen of the cliffhanger chapter, and a twisty surprise or two! She kept me on the edge of my seat, and I usually end reading her stories straight through because I just have to know how it all turns out! She’s on my list of auto-buys and I think any suspense/thriller/romance fan will gobble Thick as Thieves up like I did! A copy was kindly provided by Grand Central Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    ♥Sharon♥

    I will forever be a Sandra Brown fan. I will say her current stuff doesn't match up to her older books. Some of my favorites are Envy, The Alibi, Chill Factor, Lethal. I could go on and on. They kept me on the edge of my seat worrying and wondering how things would play out. Her new stuff just doesn't ring those bells with me. BUT!!! I did enjoy this one. I'm not going to say much about it. It is a story that is best going in blind. Thick as Thieves is told between the past and the presen I will forever be a Sandra Brown fan. I will say her current stuff doesn't match up to her older books. Some of my favorites are Envy, The Alibi, Chill Factor, Lethal. I could go on and on. They kept me on the edge of my seat worrying and wondering how things would play out. Her new stuff just doesn't ring those bells with me. BUT!!! I did enjoy this one. I'm not going to say much about it. It is a story that is best going in blind. Thick as Thieves is told between the past and the present. It is easy to follow along so this didn't bother me at all. Ledge Burnet was great! He was an ass at times but you couldn't help but fall for him. As per usual it takes a bit of time for things to heat up between him and Arden. It was worth the wait. The mere mention of hair over his pecs and "his yummy trail" that begged to be followed had me wanting for a more! lol Loved Arden Marshall. She had his number right from the get go. She gave Ledge as good as she got. Life hadn't been easy for her and her sister and it was about to get worse before it got better. There is a nut job at the heart of everything too. What a psycho. Some good secondary characters as well. This one is definitely worth the read if you are a fan of SB. I found the beginning to be a little slow, in the middle things started to pick up and after the 75% point I loved every minute. Ohhhh there is a twist or two!!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Anita

    I love Sandra Brown and "Thick as Thieves" does not disappoint. She can create a story like very few authors and you always get a twist for the ending. Her hero and heroine are at odds from their first meeting and trust is not something either of them feels for the other. Lust, yes - Trust, no. The plot draws you in from the first chapter and I couldn't put this book down. In the middle of a dark, stormy night twenty years ago four people pulled off a remarkable heist and get away scot free. Then I love Sandra Brown and "Thick as Thieves" does not disappoint. She can create a story like very few authors and you always get a twist for the ending. Her hero and heroine are at odds from their first meeting and trust is not something either of them feels for the other. Lust, yes - Trust, no. The plot draws you in from the first chapter and I couldn't put this book down. In the middle of a dark, stormy night twenty years ago four people pulled off a remarkable heist and get away scot free. Then the double crosses begin. By dawn the haul, a half a million dollars, has vanished, leaving one in the hospital. one in jail, one dead and one - gone. Seeking answers to the most traumatic event of her life, Arden Maxwell moves back to Caddo Lake, TX. She wants to know why. Why did her father abandon her and her older sister, Lisa? She thinks the answers lie in solving a twenty year old robbery. A mystery that someone wants solved and someone else wants left alone. Ledge Burnet was the youngest of the robbers and the first to be betrayed. That turned out to be good for Ledge as he ended up as decorated war hero. When he returns to Caddo Lake, his mission is to care for his ailing uncle and watch every move of the man who betrayed him, the corrupt county district attorney, who may have also been the murderer from that night long ago. Ledge and Rusty are in a game of cat and mouse, bound together by a code of silence, but Arden upsets the balance and forces Ledge to confront both his past and his need to protect Arden.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Gretchen (About That Story)

    This was a riveting and thrilling story that kept me guessing until the very end! It was so exciting to read with all the twists and turns, incredible characters, and intriguing mystery happening. I couldn't put it down. This story is the definition of a page-turner! I loved it! This was a captivating read with a fantastic build and details, I was completely pulled in. I loved the back and forth storytelling between past and present and loved the different POVs and getting all the history. It had This was a riveting and thrilling story that kept me guessing until the very end! It was so exciting to read with all the twists and turns, incredible characters, and intriguing mystery happening. I couldn't put it down. This story is the definition of a page-turner! I loved it! This was a captivating read with a fantastic build and details, I was completely pulled in. I loved the back and forth storytelling between past and present and loved the different POVs and getting all the history. It had so much depth and I loved the emotion, drama, and tension woven in. It all flowed so well. I enjoyed all the characters and I loved the intricacies of their perspectives. There were so many great characters involved that added to the richness of the story. Not everything was as it seemed and there were several twists along the way that kept me on my toes, and I loved them all. I loved the romance taking place between Arden and Ledge and how it evolved over the course of the story, it was really well executed. Ledge was so gruff and protective and Arden was full of determination. I loved the tension between them and their building attraction, I could feel the pull they had to one another. The thriller aspect mixed with the romance was flawlessly done. I couldn’t wait for these two to get together. This was my first time reading Sandra Brown and I feel like I have been seriously missing out. This was an exceptional story which made for a totally addicting read. You have to read it and experience it for yourself. I highly recommend it. Complimentary copy received for review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rach

    The story starts off with four men who have to commited a heist worth half a million dollars. By daybreak the plan has gone wrong. One was in hospital, one was in jail, one was dead and one got away with it. We are then brought to the present with Arden Maxwell who is daughter of the one who got away with it. She decides to move back to the family home in Caddo Lake, Texas were the heist was commited. Arden is being watched by two of her father's co-conspirators who still live in town. Ardern mee The story starts off with four men who have to commited a heist worth half a million dollars. By daybreak the plan has gone wrong. One was in hospital, one was in jail, one was dead and one got away with it. We are then brought to the present with Arden Maxwell who is daughter of the one who got away with it. She decides to move back to the family home in Caddo Lake, Texas were the heist was commited. Arden is being watched by two of her father's co-conspirators who still live in town. Ardern meets Ledge Burnet to ask him to do work on the house and the sparks fly between them but Ledge has insider acknowledge on the heist and Arden's father. The secrets starts to come as someone goes after Ardern and Ledge tries to protect her. Sandra Brown certainly knows how to write a romance supense. The book is set in the present and past. There is plenty of action in the book with two characters who the sparks fly between. There is final twist at the end of the book which i didn't expect at all. If you like a book with plenty of action, romance and some down right greedy characters then i would recommended it to you. I received a ARC from Netgalley and Hodder & Stoughton for an objection review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Irene Sim

    I'm wavering between 3 and 3,5 stars. I didn't feel the Sandra Brown excitement, intrigue and chemistry between the MC's as I did in her previous books. I had guessed the big reveal almost from the start - minus a small detail (view spoiler)[ I had really believed that Joe was the 4th heist member (hide spoiler)] - and the vilain isn't as cunning as in Outfox for example. I had reached 30% of the story and I felt that I was still in the prologue. IDK, maybe I wasn't in the mood for a SB book. Bu I'm wavering between 3 and 3,5 stars. I didn't feel the Sandra Brown excitement, intrigue and chemistry between the MC's as I did in her previous books. I had guessed the big reveal almost from the start - minus a small detail (view spoiler)[ I had really believed that Joe was the 4th heist member (hide spoiler)] - and the vilain isn't as cunning as in Outfox for example. I had reached 30% of the story and I felt that I was still in the prologue. IDK, maybe I wasn't in the mood for a SB book. But lately her stories fell a little short for me, I think she needs to up her game....

  14. 4 out of 5

    Anne OK

    There’s not much in the world of books that makes me happier than the arrival of each new release from Sandra Brown. The suspense factor was really done well here, and her latest is a total win-win. After all these years, she still manages to surprise and thrill me as she brings her heroes and heroines to life on the pages of her books. I can only think of one other author's books I may have read over and over as many times as Brown's. SB once again sends us to a small town in Texas for the sett There’s not much in the world of books that makes me happier than the arrival of each new release from Sandra Brown. The suspense factor was really done well here, and her latest is a total win-win. After all these years, she still manages to surprise and thrill me as she brings her heroes and heroines to life on the pages of her books. I can only think of one other author's books I may have read over and over as many times as Brown's. SB once again sends us to a small town in Texas for the setting of her latest sexy romantic thriller. After two decades, there’s still a missing person and a half-million dollar heist, an unsolved murder -- and the mayhem that follows proves it’s not over yet! Each gripping page is filled with danger, desire, greed and vengeance. Hang on tight because we’re just getting started, and there are lots of twists, turns and surprises ahead. Without disturbing the pace, Brown easily moves readers back and forth in time with flashbacks from present to past when the heist happened two decades ago – never giving away too many clues before the full truth -- and nothing but the truth -- is finally revealed at the very end. All the while readers enjoy a fast-paced story with plenty of action scenes, lots of tension, and that ever desired romance building between our hero and heroine. Like so many of Brown’s larger-than-life Texas heroes, I’m a sucker for each and every one. And Ledge Burnet doesn’t escape me either. An ex-Army Special Forces sniper with a dark past, he walks that fine-line between right and wrong. But beneath it all, he has a heart of gold and a body to make all the girls swoon. Ledge is broody, moody and oh so goody! (Yeah, pay no attention to me – it’s 3:00 A.M.!) When it comes to heroines, this author doesn’t slack in that category either. They may be battered and beaten and carrying a heavy burden, but they are stand-outs with their dignity, drive and inward and outward beauty. And Brown always manages to make a perfect match. Arden Maxwell is just such a character. Her strength and determination was very appealing. Together, Ledge and Arden are opposites who can’t fight the magnetic pull. At first sight, there’s immediate attraction and sexual tension. I admit they fought the good fight but lost the battle to irresistible forces. Did you believe it would go any other way? And then there's the bad boss guy! And oh wow – does Brown ever give us a scumbag villain this go-round. He's a dirty and totally crooked District Attorney. Bad, bad Rusty Dye, the baddest man in the whole damned town. The plot thickens because there’s bad blood between Ledge Burnet and Rusty Dye. Even when you think this author has finished with you, don’t count on it. Because here comes that trademark twist for which Ms. Brown is notoriously famous, and is always smoothly achieved in her wrap-ups. This final blow is staggering and completely blindsided me. Just when you think you know it all, you’ll discover you’ve got nothing – you don’t know jack! Once again, Ms. Brown pulls off another perfectly drawn romantically and suspense-filled tale. With a blend of action and edge-of-your-seat suspense that’s well-balanced with just the right amount of romance to appease readers, it doesn’t get any better than Thick As Thieves. After each and every book, I can still say that Sandra Brown never ever disappoints. Some may be higher on my list of favorites, but they all are winners. For years, she has been and still is one of my top favorite authors. NOTE: In a recent interview, Ms. Brown assured readers that next year’s release won’t include the Covid-19 virus. But it will have a historical backdrop that takes place after World War I and, of course, includes the romance and suspense. And so we begin that long and torturous wait for the arrival of her next intriguing story.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jannelies

    What I liked most about the book was the fact that the reader doesn't have to work out by himself what's happened to the four thieves. Well, not all of it anyway. Pretty soon it is obvious what happened to some of the characters, which makes it all the more interesting to read why and how it all happened. It may be not very nice to say so, but I thought the bad guy to be the most interesting character in a way. Even from a young age, he knows how to make people do what he wants. He's a master in What I liked most about the book was the fact that the reader doesn't have to work out by himself what's happened to the four thieves. Well, not all of it anyway. Pretty soon it is obvious what happened to some of the characters, which makes it all the more interesting to read why and how it all happened. It may be not very nice to say so, but I thought the bad guy to be the most interesting character in a way. Even from a young age, he knows how to make people do what he wants. He's a master in finding ways to get what he wants, and what he wants is power and money. I really got to hate him during the story. Arden and Ledge (I still can't get my head around his silly name) are interesting in their own way, but very soon it becomes obvious that they are the ones that are going to solve the mystery so no surprise there. I liked the twists at the end an all in all, found it a nice read. Thanks to Netgalley for this digital review copy.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Donna Hines

    Sandra Brown has brought it home with passion, intensity, and lively characters that are all her own. If you're a huge fan like me- you'll fall in love with this one rather quickly. She's the master of thrillers and leave no doubt this will rock your world!! It begins with a past history from twenty years earlier in which a heist that involved millions resulted in one hospitalization, one dead, and one that got away. That one that got away was the father of these two ladies (Arden and Lisa) which w Sandra Brown has brought it home with passion, intensity, and lively characters that are all her own. If you're a huge fan like me- you'll fall in love with this one rather quickly. She's the master of thrillers and leave no doubt this will rock your world!! It begins with a past history from twenty years earlier in which a heist that involved millions resulted in one hospitalization, one dead, and one that got away. That one that got away was the father of these two ladies (Arden and Lisa) which were termed the 'golden child' and the scapegoat. However, rolls can switch and in this case the scapegoat is the one you want to keep your eye upon as her roll switches up with her father's. The real question centers upon the take-down which was quite gruesome involving a swamp, a boat, and an alligator or two. Now, Brian Foster is dead but the story surrounding his fate, the missing bag of money, and the father's disappearance is still swirling. Where's Joe Maxwell? Does he still have ownership of this wealth? Is he alive or dead? Does he ever think of those left behind? Things boil over when Arden returns to her homestead and must deal with a stalker aka District Attorney Rusty Dyle. Rusty is quite the character who gets away with more than one can imagine and is dirtier than the pond scum. Sure, there's some side stories with burglaries and the family's acceptance to hide the secrets but there's more to this missing money as many wonder if it's been spent. Remember all that sparkles isn't golden and there's some shady apples in here that need to be picked out. Money is usually at the root of all evil and in this case it's at the center and in full view of those who are open and honest enough to see through the smoke and fog. That homestead is going to be a crucial meeting spot in more ways than one but will the walls speak or will one of the characters do that for them? It's a busy story with some fab chills, thrills, and spills so make it worth your while and get yourself a copy -today! Thank you to my curbside pickup marathon reads courtesy of my local libraries during this lovely pandemic for keeping me entertained and in this case with a large print.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany

    Usually I can guess an ending or have a good idea of what will happen, this one was a total surprise.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Niki

    With her life in shambles, Arden Maxwell decides to move back into her childhood home and try to finally put her father’s abandonment of herself and her elder sister behind her. Even after twenty years the scandal of her father’s disappearance immediately following the theft of half a million dollars, and a murder that presumably went along with it, is still being felt. Arden is looking for answers but has no idea that her movements are being monitored by two of her father’s former accomplices, With her life in shambles, Arden Maxwell decides to move back into her childhood home and try to finally put her father’s abandonment of herself and her elder sister behind her. Even after twenty years the scandal of her father’s disappearance immediately following the theft of half a million dollars, and a murder that presumably went along with it, is still being felt. Arden is looking for answers but has no idea that her movements are being monitored by two of her father’s former accomplices, one a decorated veteran and the other the county’s corrupt District Attorney. Ledge Burnet was a rather troubled teen when he found himself strong-armed into participating in the theft, only to find himself set up for jailtime immediately after on a drug charge, which he avoided with military service. He’s returned to his hometown to care for his ailing uncle and has taken to keeping an eye on the D.A., who he suspects is responsible for the twenty-year-old murder. Neither can make open accusations against the other without implicating themselves in the process, but each waits for the other to make a mistake. When Arden arrives, tension spikes as both men believe she may know more about the missing money than she’s letting on. She makes Ledge even more determined to take down the D.A., and keep her safe, no matter how much he’d like to deny the desire he feels for her. This was my first read from this author and part of my recent branching back into reading more romantic suspense. I enjoyed this overall as it was different from anything I’ve read before. I liked the sparks between Ledge and Arden and his determination to keep her safe, but for her part I found Arden to be rather insufferable with her constant sniping at Ledge. I do wish Ledge had been more honest and forthcoming, but it’s also not like Arden gave him many opportunities and, in a way,, this tension between them made their relationship more satisfying in the end. This book was rather unique in terms of suspense as the identity of the villain is never in question, only when he will strike and just how far he’ll go to protect himself. I liked this aspect a lot, but I still felt like this was a little bit slow toward the middle and it took a while for the suspense to really build. I definitely didn’t expect the twist at the end and that had me wanting to go back and reread parts of the book, which I take as the mark of a gifted storyteller. I enjoyed this read and will check out more works from this author. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lynsey A

    When it comes to Romantic Suspense, Sandra Brown is the reigning queen of the twist and little turns to the story. Most times while reading her books you have know idea of the real bad guy. This one was the exception. You knew Rusty Dyle was the bad guy and you will absolutely despise him. His character is so evil and so manipulating, that you want nothing but a satisfying punishment for him. While I didn't get exactly what I wanted with him, I was left feeling a little satisfied. However, as sta When it comes to Romantic Suspense, Sandra Brown is the reigning queen of the twist and little turns to the story. Most times while reading her books you have know idea of the real bad guy. This one was the exception. You knew Rusty Dyle was the bad guy and you will absolutely despise him. His character is so evil and so manipulating, that you want nothing but a satisfying punishment for him. While I didn't get exactly what I wanted with him, I was left feeling a little satisfied. However, as stated, with a Sandra Brown you always get a little bit of a twist. Since the true bad guy was so obvious I was left wondering through most of the book where the twist would come from in the story. We already knew who the killer was so that left me wondering, what will come next? The story was good and the love story was sweet. Ledge was part of the heist 20 years ago, the one where Arden's father was involved, and the night he disappeared. Ledge knows that Arden is in danger from Rusty and is doing everything in his power to keep her safe. As always there is a strong attraction between the two main characters and these two have a bumpy relationship. Ledge is trying to keep her safe and Arden only wants to know the truth of what happened to her father. While not as exciting as previous books by Sandra, this was still a good read. Some Random: ❖ Heartbreak for Arden at the beginning of the book. It wasn't really necessary for the story, though, except to maybe make a little more of a connection between Arden and Ledge. ❖ Protective hero. Always a fave. ❖ Her sister is a controlling, condescending, snooty twat bag. I did not like her. She thinks because she raised Arden she has say in her life as an adult on what she can and can't do.(view spoiler)[FOR GOOD REASON! I KNEW SHE WAS NO GOOD. (hide spoiler)] ❖ (view spoiler)[In all honesty, I don't know how Arden forgave her sister. I suppose she did raise her and take care of her, so that's something. On the other hand, she had to raise her since well, she was the one who KILLED THEIR DAD!!! Seriously, she is the absolute worst. (hide spoiler)] ❖ Some very sweet and hot times between these two. ❖ Sandra had a bit of the hot and spicy between these two. ❖ Sensual too. Quotes & Faves: ♥ He covered the distance between them in two strides, cupped her jaw with one hand and the back of her head with the other, tilted her face up, and melded her mouth with his. ♥ “Christ.” He lowered his head and focused on the one stair step between them. “Because I would be seeing you every day, but having to keep my hands off you.” He looked up at her from beneath his brows and spoke from the heart. “And I don’t think I can do that.” ♥ He raised his head and looked at her. He didn’t say anything, but his eyes drew her toward him. When she was still steps away, he reached for her, pulled her between his legs, wrapped his arms around her, and pressed his face into her middle just below her breasts. Her fingers replaced his in the thick tangle of his hair. She bent her head over his. For a time they just held each other.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kay

    " Twenty years ago in the dead of night, four seemingly random individuals pulled the ultimate heist and almost walked away with half a million dollars. But by daybreak, their plan had been shot to hell. One of them was in the hospital. One was in jail. One was dead. And one got away with it." Sounds really good right? It's like watching a movie trailer and thought, wow, I gotta watch it! Then once you watched it the trailer was the better than the movie. That's how I feel about this book. 😌

  21. 4 out of 5

    Darcy

    This one was just ok for me. I liked Arden at times, but often it seemed like she had her head in the sand. Ledge was meh for me, I think he was supposed to come off as a redeemed bad boy, but to me he just came off as a bit sad. The rest of the characters...well for the most part all of them were awful for their actions in the past and present. By the time we got to the end and learned what really happened all I could think was what a waste of so many people and most of those that were in on th This one was just ok for me. I liked Arden at times, but often it seemed like she had her head in the sand. Ledge was meh for me, I think he was supposed to come off as a redeemed bad boy, but to me he just came off as a bit sad. The rest of the characters...well for the most part all of them were awful for their actions in the past and present. By the time we got to the end and learned what really happened all I could think was what a waste of so many people and most of those that were in on the crime got what was coming to them.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Deb

    Another romantic suspense book from Sandra Brown. It was pretty good. It kept me interested, and cruised right along. It had suspense and a bit of a surprising twist at the end.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Diane Matlick

    “If you were paying attention last night, you know everything you need to know.” Not the best Sandra Brown (those are 10 star reads for me) but still pretty good just lacking a little bit of the intensity I like to feel for the couple and the suspense. But definitely worth a read for any SB or romantic suspense fan- she truly is the best.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jessica (the naptime writer)

    I always find it fascinating how gray Sandra Brown’s characters are. How they skirt the line of truth in so many ways; how they often do bad things for the right reasons (or maybe it’s more accurate to say they often do bad things with good intentions). With Thick as Thieves, Brown’s romantic suspense that just released 08/25, Brown writes a hero who lies, lies, lies. But I still (mostly) liked him (see CW below). Maybe it’s because in many ways Ledge Burnet is Brown’s most sensitive hero I’ve met I always find it fascinating how gray Sandra Brown’s characters are. How they skirt the line of truth in so many ways; how they often do bad things for the right reasons (or maybe it’s more accurate to say they often do bad things with good intentions). With Thick as Thieves, Brown’s romantic suspense that just released 08/25, Brown writes a hero who lies, lies, lies. But I still (mostly) liked him (see CW below). Maybe it’s because in many ways Ledge Burnet is Brown’s most sensitive hero I’ve met yet. He’s certainly pretty sensitive in his initial consideration—if not fully his treatment—of Arden Maxwell, who, months after suffering a public miscarriage at the grocery store, approaches him for help with a house reno. Ledge says no. The problem is that Ledge is already intimately acquainted with Arden’s family, something Ledge doesn’t want to admit to Arden. (After all, being one of the perpetrators of a store robbery that Arden’s dad was accused of committing before he abandoned her & her sister doesn’t seem like a great basis for a relationship, professional or otherwise.) The other problem is that whether she knows it or not, Ledge *is* aware that Arden’s being watched by the orchestrator of that long ago heist. As always, Brown’s book held my interest. The gray, unpredictable characters; the air of the forbidden (or at least the supremely complicated) between the leads; the twists & turns of the mystery. Those are all well done. I was less enamored by (trying to keep it pretty spoiler-free): how easily Arden forgives; how little I ended up actually knowing Arden; and something else mentioned below in the CWs. In the end, I simultaneously enjoyed this book a lot in the moment & also felt like there are big issues for me, including that from a romance perspective, Ledge & Arden’s relationship doesn’t exactly have a rock-solid foundation to me. CW: character (not a lead) uses racist language; reference to sexual assault of minor; murder; specific flashbacks to miscarriage. And the hero makes reference to attempting to touch his teen friend intimately (who had previously been a victim of abuse) when he was a teen after, as she says, “I had told you that no man was ever going to touch me that way again.” She laughs off the memory but several aspects of the incident are troubling to me. 3⭐️ Thicker Than Thieves is available now. Thanks to Grand Central Pub & Forever Pub for my complimentary finished copy. All opinions provided are my own.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey Domokur of Crazy Reader Chicks

    I will always read a new Sandra Brown story when it comes out. Ledge was a broody man and I do love me some broody men. I enjoyed this book and I also didn't guess all of the twists. I really like when I don't guess the twists, I had some ideas of what was going to happen, but I was pleasantly surprised with others. I really enjoyed this read.

  26. 4 out of 5

    JoJo

    This book is definitely a page-turner. I read it in one sitting. I enjoyed the writing style but I didn't care for the actual plot. The mystery was predictable and you knew who the villain was from the beginning. The romance felt unnecessary. I didn't feel the chemistry between the characters. I picked this up to read something out of my comfort zone and discovered that romantic suspense isn't the genre for me. Overall, I enjoyed the experience of reading it and I understand how people would lov This book is definitely a page-turner. I read it in one sitting. I enjoyed the writing style but I didn't care for the actual plot. The mystery was predictable and you knew who the villain was from the beginning. The romance felt unnecessary. I didn't feel the chemistry between the characters. I picked this up to read something out of my comfort zone and discovered that romantic suspense isn't the genre for me. Overall, I enjoyed the experience of reading it and I understand how people would love it but it just didn't work for my reading taste.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Review to follow!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tanja ~ T's Book ~ KT Book Reviews

    It's no secret that I love pretty much anything Sandra Brown writes. Thick as Thieves is no exception. Smart, ever challenging the reader to guess what comes next, type of thriller. For an author that has been around its a true talent to keep things fresh and engaging. Brown has it and she keeps giving! ~Tanja Follow me on Instagram✿Twitter✿Facebook✿Pinterest✿ It's no secret that I love pretty much anything Sandra Brown writes. Thick as Thieves is no exception. Smart, ever challenging the reader to guess what comes next, type of thriller. For an author that has been around its a true talent to keep things fresh and engaging. Brown has it and she keeps giving! ~Tanja Follow me on Instagram✿Twitter✿Facebook✿Pinterest✿

  29. 5 out of 5

    Zoe

    Menacing, absorbing, and well crafted! Thick as Thieves is an intricate, steamy thrill ride that takes you to Penton, Texas and into the lives of Arden Maxwell and Ledge Burnet as they investigate and unravel all the lies, secrets, deception, and corruption that has tainted their past, and attempt to finally uncover what really happened on that one night twenty years ago. The writing is taut and smooth. The characters are secretive, complex, and scarred. And the plot, using a past/present, back-an Menacing, absorbing, and well crafted! Thick as Thieves is an intricate, steamy thrill ride that takes you to Penton, Texas and into the lives of Arden Maxwell and Ledge Burnet as they investigate and unravel all the lies, secrets, deception, and corruption that has tainted their past, and attempt to finally uncover what really happened on that one night twenty years ago. The writing is taut and smooth. The characters are secretive, complex, and scarred. And the plot, using a past/present, back-and-forth style and told from multiple perspectives is an intense, mysterious tale filled with familial drama, police corruption, palpable chemistry, coercion, manipulation, thievery, violence, and murder. Overall, Thick as Thieves is another adrenaline-pumping, twisty, highly satisfying page-turner by Brown that has just the right amount of suspense and romance to keep you engaged, invested, and guessing until the very last page. Thank you to Grand Central Publishing for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    "Thick as Thieves" about how a heist that happened twenty years ago and how it affects two families and greed. Arden Maxwell was pregnant and had nowhere else to go decided to came back to Caddo Lake and her family home. Arden Maxwell family home needed work, and she contracted Ledge Burnet to repair her home. However, both Arden and Ledge has secrets that could destroy their friendships. The readers of "Thick as Thieves" will continue to follow Arden Maxwell and Ledge Burnet to find out what ha "Thick as Thieves" about how a heist that happened twenty years ago and how it affects two families and greed. Arden Maxwell was pregnant and had nowhere else to go decided to came back to Caddo Lake and her family home. Arden Maxwell family home needed work, and she contracted Ledge Burnet to repair her home. However, both Arden and Ledge has secrets that could destroy their friendships. The readers of "Thick as Thieves" will continue to follow Arden Maxwell and Ledge Burnet to find out what happens. Thick as Thieves is another fantastic book from Sandra Brown, I engage from the first page of this book. I love Sandra Brown portrayal of her characters and the way they intertwine with each other throughout this book. I like Sandra Brown description of the setting of "Thick as Thieves" that compliment the plot of this book. "Thick as Thieves" was well written and researched by Sandra Brown. The readers of "Thick as Thieves" will understand the grieve that Alzheimer's disease has on the suffer and the people around then. Also, the readers of "Thick as Thieves" will realise the importance of not to keeping secret that can affect other people. I recommend this book.

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