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.
I’ve always been a huge fan of Lisa Gardner, especially the Quincy and Rainie series, so you can imagine my excitement when I picked up Right Behind You the seventh book in the series, it’s been a long time coming. Interestingly the book came about after the author conducted an online poll asking readers which characters they wanted to read about in 2017 and Quincy and Rainie won hands down. I should mention Right Behind You can easily be read as a standalone.
Quincy and Rainie are called in to help when a spree killer goes on the loose. It soon becomes apparent that the suspect is their soon to be adoptive daughter, Sharlah’s long lost brother, Telly. What follows is a taut and highly entertaining read, as Quincy and Rainie try to find Telly and bring him to justice before any harm comes to their daughter. What really surprised me about this book is the fact Sharlah and Telly take centre stage overshadowing the usual protagonists. The chapters told from the children’s point of view are heartbreakingly sad and I wasn’t expecting to feel an emotional pull to both characters. The author manages to depict two broken vulnerable souls with both empathy and understanding, which made them likeable characters despite the violent events surrounding them both.
There’s nothing straight forward about the investigation, with the author throwing in red herrings galore Right Behind You makes for a taut read. Lisa Gardner’s writing flows fluidly and she is able to move effortlessly between the various characters POV, whilst maintaining the pace. As I would expect Lisa Gardner’s attention to detail was spot on profiling, syndromes bought on by childhood trauma all made for an intriguing read.
As the body count rises I found myself caught up in the plot, it’s fast it’s furious come the last half of the book. Although I confess I did have suspicions about where the plot was leading, and although I wasn’t able to guess precisely I did guess some elements of the plot, but never the less I did really enjoy Right Behind You, it’s got plenty to keep the reader captivated to the last dramatic page. If I had one small disappointment with this book I found it to be light on the police procedural aspect which I do like to read about, for me personally it’s very much part of the reason I love this authors books. Although I would recommend this book to crime thriller lovers, I don’t think it’s the best book in the series but that’s only my humble opinion, so you may prefer to check this one out for yourself.
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Headline (31 Jan. 2017)