What Doesn't Kill Her (Cape Charade Series #2)

What Doesn't Kill Her (Cape Charade Series #2)

by Christina Dodd


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Against all odds, Kellen Adams has proved she can survive and thrive. But to protect the family she never knew, she must now defend against a menace she couldn’t have imagined.

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ISBN-13: 9781335507532
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 01/29/2019
Series: Cape Charade Series , #2
Edition description: Original
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 190,910
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Christina Dodd writes "edge-of-the-seat suspense" (Iris Johansen) with "brilliantly etched characters, polished writing, and unexpected flashes of sharp humor that are pure Dodd" (ALA Booklist). Her fifty-eight books have been called "scary, sexy, and smartly written" by Booklist and, much to her mother's delight, Dodd was once a clue in the Los Angeles Times crossword puzzle. Enter Christina's worlds and join her mailing list at www.christinadodd.com.

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What Doesn't Kill Her 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 74 reviews.
JudyArm 10 months ago
A great read! I could not put this book down till I had read every word! This finale of the Cape Charade series does not disappoint. Love this series.
dibbylodd 11 months ago
I'm usually not big on thrillers. This series works for me because the characters are so well developed. Plenty of excitement involving interesting people.
TheGrumpyBookReviewer 12 months ago
Kellen Adams is one badass woman. She can definitely take care of herself when being attacked. Unfortunately, she has a bullet lodged in her brain that causes mental lapses. She also didn’t know that, while in a year-long coma, she gave birth to a baby girl whose father, Max, is the love of Kellen’s life. Author, Christina Dodd, knocked it out of the park with What Doesn’t Kill Her, book two of the Cape Charade series. Dodd has created a kick-ass character who protects her daughter at all costs, even while protecting a priceless objet d’art from a group of men sent to kill her and take the sculpture. I found the book a little slow to get started, but soon the action was non-stop, and the characters compelling. Kellen keeps what she calls her “mental Rolodex” and each time a new person comes on the scene we get a description of said person in ALL CAPS. After I realized what was going on (there were several of these at the beginning) it made sense, but the all caps were annoying. Overall, it is a compelling story, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was, however, disappointed at the cliffhanger ending.  Max makes three statements, followed by “Find out Kellen’s fate in the next book….” That seemed too much like a soap opera, and like a blatant effort to sell the next book in the series. What Makes This Reviewer Grumpy? Incorrect verb usage:   “loan” in place of “lend”, “in” in place of “into”, “brought” in place of “taken”, “bring” in place of “take, “was” in place of “were”; A few incomplete sentences; Missing commas; Consistently misplacing the word “only” within sentences; Split infinitives; Beginning sentences with conjunctions.
Allyson_A More than 1 year ago
Kellen Adams (Cecilia Adams Lykke) is derailed trying to sneak into the wine cellar, when she notices Roderick Blake in need of a rescue from the roof three stories above. The rescue earned her an injury and while recuperating Max informs her of a job that Nils Brooks suggested for her delivering a rare artifact to someone called The Restorer. Kellen encounters troubles, one being the stowaway of her seven year old daughter, Rae. Rae overhearing her father, Max, say that they need to bond and decided that was her opportunity to go on an adventure with her mommy. Kellen finds herself without her cell phone, hunted by groups of bad people, a rare artifact to deliver, and a daughter she needs to protect. Kellen can take care of herself, and she's going to need to teach Rae a few tricks along the way, while learning that her mother instincts are there. After all, they are ThunderFlash and LightningBug! This is my favorite series! I loved Rae and Zone's character, both very stubborn and determined. I'd love to see Zone show up more, even if he is a hermit. I laughed with the visual when Kellen trying to ditch the Di Luca family for a respite, and hides behind shrubbery, only to get invaded over and over again by those needing her immediate attention. The ending left me excited for the next book in the series! I would like to thank NetGalley and Harlequin-Romance for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
KimF18 More than 1 year ago
Another amazing book. Extremely entertaining, captivating, and interesting read. I could not put it down. Wonderfully written with strong and intriguing characters. I want to read more from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can’t wait for the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For the cliff hanger ending.
Melanie0280 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed What Doesn't Kill Her. I couldn't put this book down until I had finished. It was a roller coater ride from start to finish. Christina Dodd continues her Cape Charade series with a bang. It picks up with Kellen Adams trying to figure out what to do with her seven year old daughter. An unknown assailant is after Kellen once again putting her daughter and family in the cross fire. The book keeps you tense with apprehension and takes you on twists and turns. Who is after Kellen? Will they succeed? To find out, read What Doesn't Kill Her. Now I can't wait to read the next one. It will be hard to wait a year.
Scifi_Warrior More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading the book but at first I forgot it was a continuation of her last book but after I started to get into the book. It was interesting to see what the next in the main character's story. I liked how the main character was trying to get to know her daughter while staying alive from the bad guys while at the same time rebuilding a relationship with the father of her child. I do like how the humor stayed with the characters no matter the situation they where in. I liked the blend of the characters you came to love in the first book like the friends that the main character served with, are there as support whether it be an ear or protection and the hotel staff and guests that fell like family and want to help. The only trouble I had with the book was that it ended as it was going from one adventure to the next adventure that brought a new mystery after solving another that you didn't see until the end. With the ending of the book, it brought a new mystery that has one waiting for the next book. I really liked the writing and the style as I have enjoyed the adventures with Mrs. Dodd in each new book and collections they come from the Victorian to Modern with fantasy mixed in. I hope the new book comes out soon as I want to know the next mystery with the cast of Cape Charade.
TinaC More than 1 year ago
Like her previous books, this is a fantastic book. Could not put the book down once I started it. It has mystery, suspense, romance, etc. Kellan is a well written character. Has a keep you on the edge of your seat to the end of the story. Keep up the good work.
Emilia_P More than 1 year ago
This book was extremely entertaining, which is what I always get when I pick up a Christina Dodd book. I'm a huge fan of her historical romance books, but I find that her writing style and amazing dialog works just as well in a work of suspense. If you're looking for dialog that will make you laugh out loud, this is it. I totally understood what Kellen went through every time Rae spoke too loudly, or said something totally off the wall. I've been there with my own kids, and it seems to me that Ms. Dodd has been through this too. However, full disclosure, I have never had to deal with my kids while also running from assassins. The story is fast-paced, making the book hard to put down. I can't wait for the 3rd book in the series, especially after the ending to What Doesn't Kill Her.
Foxbrains More than 1 year ago
Advance copy given in exchange for an honest opinion What doesn’t kill her is the second in a series about an Army veteran and her unusual story. The story picks up where the first book, “Dead Girl Running” left off. Kellen Adams, just saved the world (or her little chunk of it) and found out that she had a seven-year-old daughter. Of course, just like anyone else who suddenly finds out that they have a seven-year-old, she had no idea how to react. She had no idea what to do, and she spent so much of her life becoming hardened and heroic, that she was missing those “softer” motherly skills. She starts off by saving an ungrateful petty individual from his certain death. He gives her a warning, “Run B***” If that wasn’t bad enough, when it became obvious that she had no clue how to be a mom, the father of her child found her a job. A simple security job with another character from the first book, Nils Brooks. Whenever Kellen does something, she tends to get tangled in a mess that only a super hero can make her way out of. In this case, she ends up in the woods, running for her life, from a group of people after an artifact, that may not even be real. But with a stow away, Rae, her seven-year-old daughter who somehow just materialized in the back of a van…. Ms. Dodd does a nice job of mixing in some back story at convenient times. You don’t need to have read the first book, but Kellen is much more likeable if you did. The back story is so complicated that I found myself thinking that I was always missing something. Turns out I was. Some of the back story is hard to follow, some of it makes little sense. But mostly entertaining. My few complaints that I also had in the last book. - Glock pistols do not have safeties that the user needs to switch on or operate. And the military back story tends to be a little cliché. Army veterans are not all super heroes. If you like cliff hangers you will be pleased. If you don’t then you will surely hate that this novel has one. Overall an entertaining read, and I look forward to the next adventures of Kellen Adams.
BMarquart More than 1 year ago
All I can say is "Wow!" With Christina Dodd's latest thriller, "What Doesn't Kill Her", you just don't know what will happen next. Kellen Adams dashes from one thrill to another as she struggles to bond with her newly discovered 7 year old daughter, Rae Di Luca, and figure out her relationship with Rae's father, Max Di Luca. Along the way there is one deadly threat after another. I gasped and laughed and cried. And that ending - what? I can't wait for the next book in the series!
LucyCesar More than 1 year ago
Advance copy received from the Author and Publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. This is the second novel in the Cape Charade Series. The first Novel is Dead Girl Running, and it is preceded by the novella Hard to Kill. All the books can be read on their own, but I recommend reading them in order if possible. I loved the first two books, so I was very excited to receive my copy of What Doesn’t Kill Her. I wasn’t disappointed – the book kept me enthralled and I couldn’t put it down. This book has even more twists and turns than Dead Girl Running and it moves at a very quick pace. If you love adventure, thrillers, and plot twists you will enjoy this book. The series touches on some difficult themes including spousal abuse, and PTSD. The female protagonist (Kellen) is a strong, vital character who has overcome many hurdles. In Hard To Kill Kellen’s character continues to develop emotionally as her links to Max di Luca and her daughter Rae grow. Rae is very precocious and I found the character to be alternately interesting and annoying. Christina Dodd not only gives us a great set of characters in these novels – the scenery is wonderful as well. These novels take place in the Pacific Northwest on the Washington Coast and her writing makes us feel as if we are there – in particular the scenes in the mountains when Kellen and Rae are being chased make you feel as if you are in the Olympic forest with them. If I have one quibble it’s that the book ends on a cliff hanger and waiting for the next book in these series will be difficult.
mlyn2 More than 1 year ago
A great second book in what I assume will be a three book series. We once again see Kellen performing super hero stunts (running up a mountain carrying her seven yo daughter a heavy artifact and a bag of provisions while evading the bad guys). Great fun and a quick read. It has a cliff hanger ending leaving us wondering if there is anything else that can be done to try to totally ruin this women's life.
rrbsmom More than 1 year ago
If you’re looking for action, adventure, susoense, mystery, and aclittle romance look no farther than Christina Dodd’s What Doesn’t Kill Her. This book continues the story started in Dead Girl Running, but there’s enough of a back story that you could read it and not get lost. Kellen Adams is a very interesting character and you spend your time either wanting to shake her or hug her; hervlife has definitely not been an easy one. I recommend that you pick up a copy of What Doesn’t Kill Her and go along for the ride.
CAD0720 More than 1 year ago
What Doesn't Kill Her is the second book in Christina Dodd's Cape Charade series. This book picks up where the first one leaves off, and you really should read the first book, Dead Girl Running, before you read this one. In What Doesn't Kill Her, we find Kellen Adams living with her newly discovered 7 year old daughter, Rae, and the father of her daughter, Max DeLuca who we met in the first story, at his vineyard in the Pacific Northwest. She doesn't seem to be able to bond with Rae and it's bothering Max. In order to give Kellen a break and a sense of purpose, he arranges a simple protection job for her. Turns out the job is not as simple as she was lead to believe, and she needs to protect more than just an ancient artifact... This story was suspenseful, funny and lightly romantic all in one. While I really enjoyed this second story in the series, I did not enjoy the cliffhanger ending - curse you Christina Dodd for not having the third book out and ready for us to read!
Smokeyec More than 1 year ago
This was yet another book knocked out of the park by Christina Dodd. The main story was great. Rae was an absolute delight and that twist at the end...I can't wait for the next installment! Highly recommended.
mcg0 More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. You really need to read the previous book in this series to understand the backstory, although it is briefly given in this story. As unbelievable as it seems, Kellen Adams is on the run with her daughter, who she is just now getting to know since she gave birth to her while in a coma, then joined the Army, unaware of her daughter's existence. This is a roller coaster of a ride, but Kellen and Rae are a treat, and I read this book in just a few hours. There is a lot of family and love in the form of Max and his big Italian family. My only disappointment is that this book ends on a cliffhanger to be continued in October.
A-bibliophile More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! The newest installment in the Cape Charade series is my absolute favorite. Though, I think Kellen's character is strong, intellectual, resourceful and more, Rae, the daughter she didn't know she had, steals the show. I loved the twists and turns in this story but the best part is the evolving relationship between mother and daughter. Rae is a precocious, smart, adventurous child raised by a loving father and grandmother under a few odd circumstances (those surrounding her mother, Kellen). The child is intelligent, funny and so delightful. The interactions between Kellen and Rae kept me entertained and made me shake my head at times and laugh out loud. I found myself rooting for Kellen not to let this opportunity to be an important force in this child's life pass her by. I loved Max and his persistence in maintaining the relationship between him and Kellen despite some very difficult obstacles. It is clear that he loves both Kellen and Rae, wanting to do whatever it takes to keep his family together. There are so many pleasing parts to this story that I hated to see it end and especially with a cliffhanger. I cannot wait for the next book, Max's story, to come out. Thanks for a wonderful read, Christina!
Sallylc More than 1 year ago
Christina Dodd continues her Cape Charade suspense series with “Wht Doesn’t Kill Her.” Retired Army Captain Kellen Adams takes a job and then finds herself on the run in the wild Olympic Mountains. She is surrounded by friends and enemies but she can’t always tell which is which. This is a character driven, action-packed adventure that combines high adrenaline suspense with Dodd’s trademark humor. From start to finish it keeps you guessing what will happen next. Once you begin reading, you won’t want to put it down. I highly recommend this book.
Middle-of-the-nighter More than 1 year ago
Do you still have the urge to curl up with a good book and some chocolate until spring? If you’ve got the chocolate, "What Doesn’t Kill Her" is the book! Former U.S. Army Captain Kellen Adams is a force to be reckoned with – a superhero without the cape, according to her 7-year-old daughter, Rae - the daughter Kellen didn’t even know she had until recently. And if you’re thinking, c’mon, how could she not know?! Well, let’s just say there were extenuating circumstances… and that’s not the only thing making Kellen’s head hurt! There’s Max, Rae’s father, who Kellen has warm feelings for, but doesn’t remember being intimate with – awkward!! There’s the marble relic, a triple goddess head Kellen is tasked with safeguarding until she can deliver it to an authenticator/recluse who lives in a remote area of the Pacific Northwest. Of course, the straightforward delivery mission goes awry. Kellen is betrayed by her partner in the mission, mercenaries are trying to kill her and steal the head, and Rae has stowed away on the delivery truck so she can spend time bonding with her mommy – unbeknownst to Kellen, of course. So, whew, there’s a lot going on! "What Doesn’t Kill Her" picks up where "Dead Girl Running" leaves off. Do you need to have read "Dead Girl Running" first? No. this is a complete book by itself. (But fair warning - you will want to read "Dead Girl," too, if you read this book.) If you like strong female leading characters (even 7-year-old ones!), who kick it up a notch when the pressure’s on, you’ll love this book. If you’re looking for a great treating-myself-binge-read, this is your book. If you’re one of those chapter-or-two-a-day-to-relax kind of reader, you clearly have a lot more self-discipline than I do and probably don’t crave chocolate either, but you’ll love the book anyway. Push winter aside for a bit - get the book. Eat the chocolate!
mspring4 More than 1 year ago
I have been anxiously awaiting the second book in the Cape Charade series and I wasn’t disappointed. Kellen Adams has a new challenge trying to figure out how to connect with her 7-year-old daughter she just found out about. Kellen is at a loss as she works on her relationship with Max and her daughter, Rae. While trying to figure out her life, Kellen decides to take a security delivery job to help her find purpose. Things go wrong when is double crossed and finds out Rae has tagged along and is now in danger. I can relate to Kellen’s need to protect her child at all costs while trying to bond with her. I enjoyed watching Kellen develop into a mother and protector. I also really enjoyed Kellen and Max rediscovering who they are as a couple. There are so many plot twists! The ending left me wanting the next book to come out now! Highly recommend reading this book.
ChrisLA More than 1 year ago
Christina Dodd does not disappoint in her second Cape Charade book. Former Army Captain Kellen Adams is trying to figure out her new life after discovering she is a mom to a seven year old daughter, Rae. Max, Rae's father and Kellen's ex-lover, finds Kellen a security job that should have been a simple job. But wherever Kellen goes trouble tends to find her. Not only are people hunting Kellen as well as the priceless artifact she is guarding, but her daughter Rae decided to sneak in the van for some bonding time. The forced mother-daughter bonding time had me on the edge of my seat one minute, then laughing uncontrollably the next. But Max will stop at nothing to protect his daughter and Kellen. This unconventional family is not one anyone should mess with. This book has it all, family connections, romance, comedy, and most of all action and suspense. The ending will leave you wanting to know when the next Cape Charade book will be out.
ReadsWithGranddaughters More than 1 year ago
This Cape Charade series story charged forward from page one and did not let up until the final word - and with a cliffhanger, to boot. Suspenseful, thrilling, warm and loving, protection of family is key. The humorous, intelligent, and strong-willed seven-year-old daughter of Kellen and Max, Rae, does’t miss a thing. Her brain is a sponge, but in typical childlike fashion, her imaginative ways also breed trouble. The different settings are perfect for what happens. The dangerous terrain of the wilderness and the Olympic Mountains is the perfect setting for Kellen, Rae, and an artifact to be pursued. What better way to bond than to fiercely protect your own. Oregon’s Di Luca Winery has its beauty, but a killer is out there, always following Kellen. Yearning Sands Resort, on the North Pacific Coast in Washington has the beauty of the cliffs and ocean, Kellen’s best friends through the military, and the elder Di Lucas. It was wonderful having them brought into the action. Kellen, Max, and Rae are amazing characters that won’t stop at anything in order to protect one another. I can’t wait for the continuation of this well-written, thrilling series.