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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,151 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Erica Spindler Narrator: Orlagh Cassidy Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2010 ISBN: 9781427208675
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In this bare-knuckled adrenaline ride from New York Times bestselling author Erica Spindler, Alex Clarkson's worst nightmares are about to come true…

A sinister, hooded figure…

When Alexandra Clarkson starts having terrifying visions filled with blood and ceremonial images, she tries to find a rational explanation – maybe her mind is playing tricks on her, resurrecting creepy tableaux from her research on religious ceremonies and sects. But when Alex's mother, Patsy, commits suicide without leaving behind any information, Alex is left wondering: could she be haunted by something from the childhood she doesn't remember?

Naked, writhing bodies…

Detective Daniel Reed was the last person to speak to Patsy. What he reveals to Alex is shocking. Twenty-five years earlier, Patsy was married to Harlan Sommer, one of Sonoma County's most prominent vintners, when their infant son disappeared without a trace. The loss destroyed the Sommers' marriage, causing Patsy to leave and take Alex with her.

A dead child…

Called on to investigate the identity of a baby's remains unearthed in a Sonoma vineyard, Reed had picked up a trail that led him to Patsy in San Francisco. Now Reed and Alex both wonder if the cold bones could be her baby brother Dylan, and Alex decides to accompany Reed back to Sonoma for the investigation. No sooner does she arrive, however, than she is drawn deep into the search for a twisted killer…

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Quotes & Awards

  • “SPINE-TINGLING. Star Magazine on Breakneck

  • A GRIPPING STORY that unfolds with breakneck speed, heart-quickening suspense and characters you can't help but root for. Bookreporter.com on Breakneck
  • BREAKNECK SUSPENSE...Breakneck is a taut thriller, which proves Erica Spindler is still a master of suspense. With adrenaline fused prose, you will find yourself sitting up into the wee hours unable to put the book down until you reach the very last page. Ulster Tatler (Ireland)
  • A FIRST-CLASS THRILLING READ...Breakneck grabs the interest immediately and never lets go. This is a timely and enthralling piece of work, and has a message for all computer users. Fresh Fiction Review
  • Erica Spindler never disappoints...Breakneck literally moves at breakneck speed. Reader to Reader.com

  • TOP PICK! Filled with well-developed, multidimensional characters, Spindler's latest boasts fast-paced action and emotional tension.... The intricately woven plot makes this novel a sure winner for readers who like to keep guessing all the way to the end. Romantic Times BOOKreviews on Breakneck
  • A MUST READ. In this gripping new thriller, we are introduced to a tough, new detective duo set to take the crime fiction world by storm...a great read. Evening Telegraph (UK) on Breakneck

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gabrielle | 2/11/2014

    " Alex is making love to her ex when she first sees the hooded figure. They found a young boys remains who the believed was kidnapped. His name is Dylan. Alex's mother took a whole bottle of olls and killed herself. Her mother circled an article in the paper before her death. Alex called the number and found out that she knew the guy. And that the remains were actually her brother's that she didnt know that she had. This book is crazy good and keeps you guessing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb | 2/5/2014

    " I have loved all of Erica Spindler books. Alexander is trying to find out where her real father is....her mother never told her "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carole | 2/5/2014

    " I liked her earlier work better--but this was a pretty good read--the whodunit stayed a mystery until the end--which can be rare depending on the author. Never the less--I do plan to read her novels in the future. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Madeline | 2/2/2014

    " A good mystery for summer reading! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marianne Stehr | 1/31/2014

    " I love Erica Spindler, she is one of my favorite authors, so her work almost always gets five stars from me, but this one was really good. It kept you guessing until the end, everytime I thought i knew who di it, that person would die or somehow get out of it. A real good, real quick thriller "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 1/29/2014

    " Pretty fluffy but a page-turner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/26/2014

    " I'm from Sonoma County so it made it interesting! I love books like this! Highly recommend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marie Heiston | 1/22/2014

    " Blood Vines is an extremely intoxicating read. Alexandra Clarkson and Detective Danny Reed made this book more inticing with their hormones blazing. IThe characters of this book brought romance, lies, deception, and mystery with them. Set in the wine country of California, the people tried to hide their secrets and run off or murder anyone who got int he way of protecting them. This book kept you in suspense with the turn of every page. The plot was has a somewhat psychological twist wtih a spider web of deception and lies at every paragraph. This one keep me guessing on who really was behind all the murders and eerie attempts at getting rid of Alex. I found this book not only good, but was unable to set it down until I read it all the way through, then re read the book to make sure I didnt miss anything. In my own opinion I think this book is one of the best, but I am a huge fan and find it hard to say with one is the best. Erica is a talented writer that brings excitement with every book she writes. We need more authors like her, that can catch the audience with a dull moment. Her books are exciting from the first to the last page. Thanks Erica, your awesome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 1/19/2014

    " I enjoyed this book very much. It has a good story line and a complete conclusion. I have found so many recent books lack in their conclusion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 VLynch | 1/11/2014

    " This was a very good book, lots of twists and turns with no idea where the story will end. Keeps the reader interested, however, I would have like a bit more character development. So, I could visualize them better and get to know them better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joyce | 12/18/2013

    " Good, easy read. Light romance and mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa Currier | 12/3/2013

    " Not my favorite by Spindler, but still a good read. The setting in wine country was interesting. There were plenty of plot twists, likeable main characters. It was a good, fast paced read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 10/24/2013

    " One of my favorites by Erica Spindler... although, I must admit, ALL of her books kept me hooked! She is my favorite author! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tonya Spears | 10/15/2013

    " I have to say, my heart was pounding out of my chest while [we] were in the caves. I've always enjoyed Erica Spindler's books. I do wish she would go back to using some of her old familiar characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jannah | 8/24/2013

    " As always, Erica Spindler knocks my socks off! IMHO, no one does suspense better! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Akilesh Sridharan | 6/25/2013

    " A Spine-chilling Detective Novel - Neatly Told and Well-Crafted. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 4/17/2013

    " I really enjoyed it. Very fast paced. Just wanted to keep reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy T | 4/3/2013

    " This was an awesome suspense novel. I really want to give this book 4.5 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dianna | 3/13/2013

    " I'd even go so far as to say 4 1/2 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Thompson | 3/13/2013

    " I can usually figure out who the bad guy is, but this book had me guessing! Loved it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 SenoraG | 11/22/2012

    " Not nearly as good as her other books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bobbie Greene | 10/15/2012

    " One of the best books I have ever read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Coral Duran | 9/28/2012

    " was well written and suspenseful. kept me guessing til the very end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Candace | 2/21/2012

    " Excellent book. I thought I knew who it was and was thoroughly surprised at the ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bobby Sands | 12/21/2011

    " Spooking good "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandi | 10/7/2011

    " 3.5/4 good read and suspenseful. Was trying to figure it out the whole time! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Penny | 8/29/2011

    " Read this and it turned me on to Spindler. Have read several since reading this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ericavandyk | 4/27/2011

    " Loved Loved Loved this book, and all her other books. I read them like I eat chocolate. I just can't get enough.
    Love the thrill of the hunt! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alyssa | 4/26/2011

    " Very well researched!!! This was an amazing book by a wonderful author! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 4/17/2011

    " This was my first time reading this author. I really liked the book,lots of mystery and some romance. I liked that although you could predict some of the book,there were still some twists. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ron | 4/10/2011

    " Blood Vines by Erica Spindler was a good quick read. It wasn't ground breaking or anything but it's definitely worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 4/6/2011

    " I enjoyed this book very much. It has a good story line and a complete conclusion. I have found so many recent books lack in their conclusion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 3/24/2011

    " I didn't see the end coming. I thought it was someone else entirely. I really liked Detective Reed, but sometimes Alex could wear on me because she never told anyone the entire story until it was almost too late. Overall a great book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 3/22/2011

    " What a terrific book. Kept me on the edge till the end. Learned alot about California wine country. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 3/14/2011

    " Great book!! Erica Spindler is one of my favorite authors and she didn't disappoint me with this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 2/18/2011

    " Not my favorite by Spindler, but still a good read. The setting in wine country was interesting. There were plenty of plot twists, likeable main characters. It was a good, fast paced read. "

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