A copy was kindly provided by Dutton via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Their father drank too much or snorted too much. Lisa Gardner's latest thriller following her runaway hit Find Her takes her wildly popular brand of suspense to new heights. Telly has had his problems. Telly had a bat he beat their father to a pulp. Sharla and Telly Ray are stand-out characters, with the story being told in part by Sharla, along with Telly Ray's memories and how he came to live with his foster parents.
Because as Sharlah knows all too well, the biggest danger is the one standing right behind you. It has been about eight years since Gardner wrote, Say Goodbye. Their father had attacked their mother with a knife. Lisa Gardner can tell a story! They have not seen each other since the night Telly killed their father. All the clues lead to one person and I found myself questioning everything and needing answers. Now thirteen years old, Sharlah has finally moved on.
If you're anything like me, you'll find it's pretty easy to forge a connection with this cast of characters. More bodies pile up as he leads the the authorities including Quincy and Rainie on a manhunt. Lisa Gardner's latest twisty thrill ride, Detective D. Or is it someone else? Or a murderer on a killing spree? Telly loved Sharlah, would feed her, make sure her clothes were clean, and take her to the library each day after school to read her favorite books. I would adjust my thinking and continue. Is Telly out to harm her? However, there is a lot of back story with Rainie and Quincy that you will miss out on if you sta 4. The motivation was tangled and fascinating and the truth was highly complex.
Now, finally Sharlah may get her forever family. That's a large part about why this book was such a nail-biter. When her brother returns to the scene things get dangerous, luckily for her, she has unequally qualified parents. Or was that just asking for trouble? And how much will it cost her new family before they learn the final, shattering truth? The characters are believable and very easy to imagine. I have read all of her books. Quincy and Rainie fear for their daughter.
Also loved Cali, the cheese maker and tracker. Then the call comes in. A murder at a local gas station has the Sheriff there requesting the help of Quincy and Rainie. Telly Ray Nash shot and killed his foster parents. As always with Lisa Gardner's books, they are well-written with appealing characters and suspenseful moments. It starts off with a nine-year-old-boy protecting his five-year-old sister from a father who is drunk and high and attacking the family with a knife.
Her parents are dead, with no surviving relatives. Her fast-paced and exciting novels twist when you expect a turn and turn when you expect a twist. Sharla and Telly Ray were sent to separate foster homes. Or is there more to the case than what meets the eye? She has moved around in the foster system too and has her own emotional baggage but now she has been taken in by Pierce Quincy and Rainie Conner who plan to adopt her. Lisa lives in the mountains of New Hampshire with two crazy pups and an ancient rescue dog. If you have read the other books in the series, you know the challenging journey this couple has traveled. Gripping and intense, the pace was electric! They are experts in monsters.
It can be read as a standalone. I was beyond thrilled when I heard that we would be getting a new book in this series. Upon the discovery of two other related murders Quincy feels that Sharlah might be his next victim. Lisa Gardner is one of my favorite authors. The frantic manhunt begins and a thrilling ride ensues.
Also loved Cali, the cheese maker and tracker. This was an engaging mix of characters each of them bringing so much to this story that we quickly came to love. Sharlah Nash is 13 and has had a troubled past. For Sharlah and her foster parents, there is further cause for concern when recent pictures of his sister are found on Telly's phone. Why does he have photos of Shariah? 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.
I have, somehow, never read Lisa Gardner before. And what does this mean for Sharlah? Sharlah and Telly's parents are dead, they have no other relatives, and they are placed in the foster care system. 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. Then the call comes in. I'm not saying she thought this all through consciously and deliberately as a 5-year-old, but somewhere in her head. We also see how Quincy and Rainie are trying to solve this case and deal with being parents.
This is book 7 in a series but it can be read as a stand alone story. Sharlah now lives with Quincy and Rainie. And the relationships have developed over 7 books. Sharla Nash's older brother killed their drunken father with a baseball bat 8 years ago. Only an author as talented as Gardner could make the book so intensely satisfying.