“Right Behind you” by Lisa Gardner— A Thriller

Gardner, Lisa. “Right Behind You”, (An FBI Profiler Novel) Dutton, 2018.

A Thriller

Amos Lassen

Eight years ago, Sharlah May Nash’s older brother beat their drunken father to death with a baseball bat in order to save both of their lives. Now thirteen years old, Sharlah has finally moved on. She is about to be adopted by retired FBI profiler Pierce Quincy and his partner, Rainie Conner. Sharlah really loves that her new family members are all experts on monsters

Suddenly a call comes in about a double murder at a local gas station, followed by reports of an armed suspect shooting his way through Oregon. As Quincy and Rainie race to assist, they are forced to confront mounting evidence and that is that the shooter may very well be Sharlah’s older brother, Telly and it seems that his killing spree has only just begun.

As the clock winds down on a the manhunt for Telly, Quincy and Rainie need answer two critical questions: Why has Telly started killing again? And what does this mean for Sharlah? Once he saved her life. Now, she has two questions of her own: Is her brother a hero or a killer? And how much will it cost her new family before they learn the final, shattering truth? Because as Sharlah knows all too well, the biggest danger is the one standing right behind you.

This is a thriller in which we also learn about the emotional problems of children who had rough early childhoods. Special skills needed by foster and adoptive parents to deal with the emotional issues of these difficult children are also discussed here. As we read, we think we know what happened…and we are just wondering why it happened again after all these years.

The characters are well drawn and the story pulls the reader in immediately especially when we realize that not everything adds up. This novel is dark and not so much mystery or thriller but a drama. It surely will keep you reading and thinking.

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