Private Investigator Tessa Leoni comes up against a case where even the victim cannot be trusted in this propuslive thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling author--with a cameo by her fan-favorite character, Boston Detective D.D. Warren.
Nicole Frank shouldn’t have survived the car accident, much less the crawl up the steep ravine. One thought allows her to defy the odds and flag down help—she must save Vero. If the girl even exists.
Arriving at the scene, Sergeant Wyatt Foster joins the desperate hunt for a missing child, only to learn that Nicky suffers from a rare brain injury that causes delusions. According to her husband, there is no child. Never has been. And yet Nicky remains adamant. She must save Vero.
For Wyatt and investigator Tessa Leoni, nothing about this case is simple. It turns out Nicky has recently suffered more than one close accident. Is she indeed delusional, as her husband claims, or perhaps she knows more than she thinks? Because clearly someone out there won’t rest till Nicky crashes and burns....
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.
Pretty good... the story suspenseful, the ending plays out well. Had some tearful moments.
Crash and Burn
This story started out strong then seemed to beat the proverbial dead horse. As if the author had been given instructions to stretch the story out 5 extra chapters. Also, do the story lines have to be about the absolute worse situation a child can possibly be put in and live through? Can’t a story be compelling without graphic abuse?
A well-woven plot and stimulating read
Lisa Gardner writes an incredible mystery that has you guessing until the end chapters. Her language is compelling and difficult to walk away from . Excellent!