Friday, 22 September 2017

Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner

I like books that draw me into the story so that each time I open the page I am once more a part of the action, surrounded ( in my mind) by the smells, tastes and sights, so that each time I stop there is a small wrench as I return to reality.

Lisa Gardner books do this for me. From the very first page she draws us into the story, pulling us along at breakneck speed until we are left breathless and exhausted, not wanting to stop, needing to be there, in the middle, watching and processing.

I also like books where the climax of the story isn’t telegraphed in capital letters, where right up until the end there is still uncertainty and doubt about what is really happening and who the real protagonists are.

This book sees the return of retired FBI profiler Pierce Quincy and his partner Rainie Connor, very popular characters created by Gardner and back here in their seventh book. However, the story does not revolve around them, but their soon to be adopted daughter Sharlah and her brother Telly Ray Nash. As Sharlah herself tells us in the book, the one thing best about her new family: they are all experts on monsters!

Eight years ago Sharlah May Nash’s older brother Telly Ray beat their drunken father to death with a baseball bat and then went on to break Sharlah’s arm with that same bat. She hasn’t seen Telly since that day. Now thirteen, Sharlah has an about to be forever family and is starting to trust again.

Then the call comes in. A double murder at the local petrol station followed by the discovery of two more bodies, and the face in the video footage is that of Sharlah’s brother Telly.

Why after eight years has he started killing again? Why are photos of Sharlah found in his room and is Sharlah his next victim? Once upon a time her big brother saved her life. Now she has to ask herself: is her brother a hero or a killer? As Sharlah knows, the biggest danger is the one standing right behind you, so where is Telly Ray Nash?

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Catalogue link: Right Behind You

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