Sophie Hannah says it's 'the perfect thriller', now read Sunday Times bestseller Lisa's Gardner's compulsive and unputdownable thriller CRASH & BURN. A WOMAN, UNABLE TO REMEMBER THE EVENTS OF A CAR ACCIDENT, JUST WANTS TO KNOW WHERE HER DAUGHTER IS.... If you love Karin Slaughter and Tess Gerritsen, you'll love Lisa Gardner.
My name is Nicky Frank.
I'm in hospital, afraid. All I can think about is Vero. I have to save her but I can't find her. She's just a little girl. The man by my bed tells me we're married and there is no Vero. He says that six months ago I suffered a brain injury, that I have dramatic mood swings and large gaps in my memory. I get angry and I drink. All of which explains the car crash that put me here.
Now a Sergeant Wyatt Foster has questions about the accident. He has concerns about my husband. And he's worried about a missing girl. He would like to know what happened to me. So would I.
This is my life. Watch me crash and burn.
Nothing is what it seems in this expertly crafted standalone from Thriller Award winner Gardner. After a luxury car is discovered at the bottom of a ravine in rural New Hampshire, along with its confused and injured driver, Nicole Frank, Sgt. Wyatt Foster and PI Tessa Leoni, last seen in 2013's Touch & Go, get on the case. What begins as a run-of-the-mill car accident turns into an investigation that uncovers a whole history of sickening crimes. Nicole's suspiciously taciturn husband, Thomas Frank, informs Foster and Leoni that his wife suffers from postconcussive syndrome, a result of a previous fall down the basement stairs, and of some subsequent stumbles. A recovering Nicole confusedly rambles about a young girl called Vero, who may or may not be her daughter. A subplot involving Foster and Leoni's personal relationship is a welcome distraction from the horrors that Nicole confronts as her latent memories slowly resurface. Gardner keeps the reader guessing to the end.