Lisa Gardner

Right Behind You

"..easy to read style, and her ability to develop realistic characters."


Is he a hero? Eight years ago, Sharlah May Nash's older brother beat their drunken father to death with a baseball bat in order to save both their lives. Now thirteen years old, Sharlah has finally moved on. About to be adopted by retired FBI profiler Pierce Quincy, and his partner, Rainie Conner, Sharlah loves one thing best about her new family: they are all experts on monsters.

Is he a killer? Then the call comes in. A double-murder at a local gas station, followed by reports of an armed suspect shooting his way through the wilds of Oregon. As Quincy and Rainie race to assist, they are forced to confront mounting evidence: the shooter may very well be Sharlah's older brother, Telly Ray Nash, and it appears his killing spree has only just begun.

All she knows for sure: he's back. As the clock winds down on a massive hunt for Telly, Quincy and Rainie must answer two critical questions: Why after eight years has this young man started killing again? And what does this mean for Sharlah? Once upon a time, Sharlah's big brother saved her life. Now, she has two questions of her own: is her brother a hero, or a killer? How much will it cost her new family before they learn the final, shattering truth? As Sharlah knows all too well, the biggest danger is the one standing right behind you.

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Gardner is generally known for writing dark, often gruesome thrillers, so 'Right Behind You' had a completely different feel to it as it centred a lot more on emotion and family, rather than the crimes themselves. Whilst Gardner is an excellent storyteller, I did feel a little robbed as I was expecting a nail biting, edge-of-the-seat thriller. Instead I was given a heart-warming, feel good book with the crime plot added as an after-thought. The majority of the book dealt with family relationships and happy ever afters - and this isn't why I read Lisa Gardner's books. Even the plot was predictable, with the outcome being guessed very early on. Definitely not one of Gardner's bests if fast-paced, violent crime thrillers is your genre of choice. However, the book was saved by Gardner's easy to read style, and her ability to develop realistic characters.

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