Penguin Publishing Group:1/31/17
digital review copy; 400 pages
hardcover ISBN-13: 9780525954583
FBI Profiler Series #7
Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner is a highly recommended police procedural/thriller due to be released 1/31/17.
Eight years ago, at age 9, Telly Ray Nash killed his drunken father before he killed Telly and Sharlah May, his 5 year old sister. Now Sharlah is 13 and about to be adopted by Pierce Quincy, retired FBI profiler, and his partner, Rainie Conner, an investigative consultant for the Bakersville County (Ore.) sheriff’s department. Sharlah hasn't seen Telly since that night. Although he was never charged with any crime, Telly and Sharlah entered the foster system separated from each other for her safety. "Sharlah loves one thing best about her new family: They are all experts on monsters."
When Quincy and Rainie receive a call about a double murder at a gas station and an armed suspect on the loose, it appears that the killer is Telly. Now 17, Telly was being fostered nearby. Quincy and Rainie need to keep Sharlah safe. But, why is Telly suddenly becoming violent and how far will his killing spree go? He saved Sharlah years ago, but is she still safe from her brother now?
Gardner does an exemplary job keeping the pace steady while tension incrementally increases until the action is accelerated to a breakneck clip in this thriller. The plot twists mount and increase toward the end as more information is revealed. The plot twists were a surprise this time and I didn't see the end game at all. She always does an excellent job with character development. The chapters from the children's point of view are illuminating and significant, since these are two kids that don't say what they think.
I read this in one sitting as I was so involved in the plot I couldn't put it down. There was one little plot element that I couldn't quite accept, but can't discuss since it is very spoiler-ish. I found it hard to believe that it would happen with the subsequent results, but you'll have to read this excellent novel to see if you feel the same way. 4 stars
Disclosure: My advanced reading copy was courtesy of the Penguin First to Read program.