THE SURVIVORS CLUB
. . . that’s what Jillian Hayes, Carol Rosen, and Meg Pesaturo call it. They won’t consider themselves victims. They are survivors. They helped lead the investigation that caught the man who changed their lives forever. Now they are the prime suspects in his murder.
Could three ordinary women have been driven to do the unthinkable? Detective Sergeant Roan Griffin knows all too well what can drive even the best people to cross the line. Has someone in the Survivors Club become a killer? And if so, can he blame her, let alone bring her to justice?
“Starts fast and never stops moving. Clever, complex, and original!”—Phillip Margolin
“Has it all: provocative plotting, engaging characters, and a razor-sharp emotional edge.”—Stephen White
“This club is worth the dues.”—People
BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Lisa Gardner's Love You More, and a peek at the script for The Killing, AMC’s original series, which tracks the murder of a Seattle teenager and the gripping investigation it sparks, only on AMC.
One cannot read this excellent new novel by bestselling author Gardner (The Next Accident) without wondering what actors might play these characters, especially the detectives. (Russell Crowe in his Bud White mode should star as Roan Griffin, and Dennis Franz seems a natural for the rumpled and sarcastic Fitz.) A sensitive but tough Rhode Island state police detective just returned from a bereavement leave (his beloved wife has died of cancer), Griffin encounters a hell of a case: a serial rapist, Eddie Como, is professionally hit in the courthouse parking lot, but whoever set up the kill doesn't want any loose ends: a car bomb results in an extra-crispy assassin. The prime suspects for this crime are Eddie's surviving victims: Jillian Hayes, who was beaten when she nearly caught the man after he raped her young sister, Trisha, who died; Carol Rosen, neglected wife of a successful attorney with a secret, who was raped in her own home; and the first victim, young Meg Pesaturo, who has mob ties but remembers nothing about the attack. But this is only the beginning of the case, for the rapist seems to rise from the dead to strike again and an old nemesis of Griffin's may have everything to do with it. The three-dimensional characterizations are compelling, and the plot barrels along with surprising new twists that feel inevitable once they occur. Though the plot doesn't jell until our hero meets his match in city cop Fitz, the book then rocks and rolls right up to a nail-biter ending coming perhaps a tad too quickly. Roan Griffin is a triumph: hurt, tightly wound, but holding it together and regaining his compassion and ability to reach out. And the grace-note minor characters the wily nurse Toppi and Jillian's silent former singer mother, Libby are gems. Gardner should hit the charts again with this one.
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Very suspenseful! Stayed up late several nights just to finish ... Twists and turns, how does she think this stuff up. Great book. I think is should be a movie.
The Survivors Club
This is a magnificent book and I have it paperback. Everything comes together at the end, but the journey to the truth from the beginning is what grabs you. The trust isn't always as it may seem.