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.
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.
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.
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I love this series and I love Quincy and Rainie! It was interesting reading the author’s note at the end of the novel where Lisa Gardner said that she let her fans pick her next series novel. She was surprised that it was a large majority for Quincy and Rainie, instead of her more recent series (Detective DD Warren and Tessa Leoni). Thank you fans for picking Quincy and Rainie!
This isn’t the best novel in the series, but I could argue that it is the most emotional. First, you have Quincy and Rainie who are ready to adopt their foster daughter, Sharlah. Sharlah is made for Quincy and Rainie. She is quiet, stubborn and doesn’t let others tell her what to do. Second, there is Telly, Sharlah’s brother. Telly killed his parents eight years ago and is now on a killing spree.
I really loved Telly and I was trying so hard not too. You have a boy who is about to become a legal adult, who is still struggling with his feelings from eight years ago. Is he a zero or hero? I was emotional reading the past flashbacks with him and his foster parents. I wanted him so badly to be a hero.
The ending wasn’t super amazing, but that wasn’t what made this novel great. You felt for all of the characters, even the bad guy who was ready for his next kill. I don’t want this series to end!
4 calculators out of a potential 5. Read this novel, read this series! It’s amazing!