Is he a hero?
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. About to be adopted by retired FBI profiler Pierce Quincy and his partner, Rainie Conner, Sharlah loves one thing best about her new family: They are all experts on monsters.
Is he a killer?
Then the call comes in. A double murder at a local gas station, followed by reports of an armed suspect shooting his way through the wilds of Oregon. As Quincy and Rainie race to assist, they are forced to confront mounting evidence: The shooter may very well be Sharlah’s older brother, Telly Ray Nash, and it appears his killing spree has only just begun.
All she knows for sure: He’s back.
As the clock winds down on a massive hunt for Telly, Quincy and Rainie must answer two critical questions: Why after eight years has this young man started killing again? And what does this mean for Sharlah? Once upon a time, Sharlah’s big brother 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.
I really enjoyed this book! Right Behind You is book 7 in the Quincy and Rainie series, but like Lisa Gardner’s other books you don’t need to read the series to enjoy them. They all make great stand-alone reads, and she recaps any pertinent information. However, for those who love a good series, this is not one to be missed. The characters develop a lot over the series, and she takes you on a fast paced journey that your sure to love.
This book focuses on Quincy and Rainie and their soon-to-be adopted teenage daughter Sharlah. Quincy is an FBI profiler whose daughter and ex-wife were murdered, Rainie is a former police officer and recovering alcoholic, and Sharlah saw her parents being murdered as a young child and has trouble communicating her feelings. I really enjoyed this family dynamic and how these imperfect characters are perfect for each other.
We also meet Telly, Sharlah’s blood brother. Telly and Sharlah grew up in an abusive environment with drug-addicted parents until a horrible incident separated them. Since then, they have each moved from foster home to foster home in hopes of finding a place they can call home. When they finally find a place they can call home, Telly’s foster parents are found dead.
Lisa Gardner did a great job weaving the past and present together to tell the story of Sharlah and Telly. By the end of the book, I have to admit I was just a tad teary eyed, and that has never happened to me with a Lisa Gardner book. I hope she will continue with this series, I would love to see where these characters go in the future.
My Rating: 5/5
Series: Quincy and Rainie #7
Publication Date: 1/31/2017 (US)
Pages: 400 (eBook)
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