Before We Were Strangers by Brenda Novak

Before We Were Strangers – Brenda Novak

Something happened to her mother that night. Something no one wants to talk about. But she’s determined to uncover her family’s dark secrets, even if they bury her.


Before We Were Strangers – Brenda Novak

Before We Were Strangers

by Brenda Novak


Hardcover, 384 pages
Published December 4th 2018

Before We Were Strangers – Brenda Novak


Before We Were Strangers – Brenda Novak



While I read Before We Were Strangers I realized again how much I enjoy romantic suspense. Especially when the story feels like a real mystery that keeps me on my toes throughout the entire book.

Besides the slow burn and second chance romance that wound its way through the novel, and made my romance reader heart happy, the exciting and suspenseful search for answers was the main attraction of this story.

From the very beginning the author pretty much served the main suspect on a silver platter. But don’t fear!! The author leads the reader on a fascinating quest to solve a cold murder. With more than enough twists and turns to keep me from getting bored Brenda Novak delivered a solid performance, and a truly thrilling story.

The supporting cast was a kaleidoscope of interesting and flawed characters that gave the story a very realistic feel. Everyone had an agenda, and the author did a wonderful job of weaving it all together.

At this point all I can say is, if you love romantic suspense, a strong cast and a fascinating and thrilling plot give this book a try. It felt to me like how a romantic suspense novel is supposed to be written. A mystery that keeps the reader involved until the very END!!


ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review.


Before We Were Strangers – Brenda Novak


Five-year-old Sloane McBride couldn’t sleep that night. Her parents were arguing again, their harsh words heating the cool autumn air. And then there was that other sound–the ominous thump before all went quiet.

In the morning, her mother was gone. The official story was that she left. Her loving, devoted mother! That hadn’t sat any better at the time than it did when Sloane moved out at eighteen, anxious to leave her small Texas hometown in search of anywhere else. But not even a fresh start working as a model in New York could keep the nightmares at bay. Or her fears that the domineering father she grew up with wasn’t just difficult–he was deadly.

Now another traumatic loss forces Sloane to realize she owes it to her mother to find out the truth, even if it means returning to a small town full of secrets and lies, a jilted ex-boyfriend and a father and brother who’d rather see her silenced. But as Sloane starts digging into the past, the question isn’t whether she can uncover what really happened that night…it’s what will remain of her family if she does?

Before We Were Strangers - Brenda Novak

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Brenda sold her first book, and the rest is history. Many of her novels have won or placed in contests such as the National Reader’s Choice, the Bookseller’s Best, the Write Touch, the Award of Excellence and the Beacon Award for Published Authors.

Brenda and her husband, Ted, live in Sacramento and are the proud parents of five children—three girls and two boys. She juggles her writing career with her children’s softball and soccer games, field trips, carpool runs and homework sessions.

When she’s not spending time with her family or writing, Brenda is usually working on her annual fundraiser for diabetes research—an on-line auction held at her website May 1st – May 31st. Her youngest son, Thad, has diabetes, and Brenda is determined to help him and others like him. She also enjoys traveling, watching sporting events and biking–she rides an amazing 20 miles every day!



Before We Were Strangers – Brenda Novak

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