Following the success of the New York Times bestseller FIND HER, Lisa Gardner is back with the heart-pounding Sunday Times bestseller RIGHT BEHIND YOU. Quincy and Rainie encounter their most personal case yet in the seventh novel in the FBI Profiler series. 'No one owns this corner of the genre the way Lisa Gardner does' Lee Child.
Thirteen-year-old Sharlah Nash knows that the first time her brother killed eight years ago, he did it to save their lives.
Now retired FBI profiler Pierce Quincy and his wife Rainie Conner have offered Sharlah a new life of safety. She desperately wants to believe this is her shot at happily ever after.
Then two people are murdered in their local convenience store and Sharlah's brother is identified as the killer.
Telly Ray Nash is on the hunt for Sharlah and as the death count rises it becomes clear that nothing and no-one, including Pierce and Rainie, will stop him getting to her.
Now, Sharlah has one chance to take control.
She can run for her life... or turn and face the danger right behind her.
Bestseller Gardner's edge-of-your-seat thriller brings back law-enforcement couple Pierce Quincy and Rainie Conner, last seen in 2008's Say Goodbye. Quincy, a retired FBI agent, and Conner, an investigative consultant for the Bakersville County (Ore.) sheriff's department, have been fostering 13-year-old Sharlah for three years and want to adopt her. When Sharlah was five, her father fatally stabbed her mother in a drunken rage. In self-defense, her nine-year-old brother, Telly, beat their father to death with a baseball bat. In the tragedy's aftermath, the siblings were separately fostered. Now a security camera catches 17-year-old Telly shooting a clerk and a customer to death in a gas station. Telly's foster parents are later found slain in their home. While Quincy and Conner work on protecting Sharlah and locating Telly, Sharlah makes plans of her own. Revealing chapters from the children's point of view show them trying to match wits with adults. Devilishly clever twists propel Gardner's tale of family bonds fractured, mended, and sometimes destroyed. Five-city author tour.
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Kept me guessing
Wow, another thrilling novel.
I couldn’t stop reading.
Hoping there’s more to come from Rainey & Quincey.
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On the money again
Best selling American crime novelist much taken with police procedure and whizz-bang forensics like they have on TV, but not so much IRL here in Oz.
Eight years ago, Shahlah May’s older brother Telly Ray, aged nine, beat their drunken, drug-addicted, violent father to death with a baseball bat in the family trailer after he stabbed their mother and was showing every intention of doing the same to his offspring. Now 13, Shahlah is being fostered - soon to be adopted - by a couple of the author’s old favourites: retired FBI profiler Pierce Quincy and his ex-cop partner Rainie Conner. They live in semi-rural, coastal Oregon doing freelance profiling work for law enforcement agencies. I didn’t know that was a thing. Only in America, I suppose. Essentially, they’re experts on monsters: criminal crazies not King Kong or the ones from animated movies. They must be good at it based on the six previous books Ms Gardner has penned about them. Telly Ray has moved from foster home to foster home because of IED, which means “Intermittent Explosive Disorder” unless you’re living in the Middle East or Afghanistan. Wouldn’t you know it, the kid, now 17, lobs into care with a much loved schoolteacher and his wife living in the same area as his little sis. It’s summer and hot, hot, hot. People get dead. There's a manhunt for Telly Ray. All is not what it seems, surprise, surprise.
Prose finely crafted. Ms Gardner is good at this stuff. Plot a tad porous but moves along briskly. Adequate twists and turns, some repetition. Denouement satisfying if somewhat predictable.
Chalk up another win for Ms G