The last thing Boston Detective D.D. Warren remembers is walking the crime scene after dark. Then, a creaking floorboard, a low voice crooning in her ear… She is later told she managed to discharge her weapon three times. All she knows is that she is seriously injured, unable to move her left arm, unable to return to work.
My sister is Shana Day, a notorious murderer who first killed at fourteen. Incarcerated for thirty years, she has now murdered more people while in prison than she did as a free woman.
Six weeks later, a second woman is discovered murdered in her own bed, her room containing the same calling cards from the first: a bottle of champagne and a single red rose. The only person who may have seen the killer: Detective D.D. Warren, who still can’t lift her child, load her gun, or recall a single detail from the night that may have cost her everything.
Our father was Harry Day, an infamous serial killer who buried young women beneath the floor of our home. He has been dead for forty years. Except the Rose Killer knows things about my father he shouldn’t. My sister claims she can help catch him. I think just because I can’t feel pain, doesn’t mean my family can’t hurt me.
D.D. may not be back on the job, but she is back on the hunt. Because the Rose Killer isn’t just targeting lone women; he is targeting D.D. And D.D. knows there is only one way to take him down:
Fear nothing. (Goodreads)
I have grown to look forward to a new book by Lisa Gardner each year. I have read a few of hers now and she is definitely a favorite and one of the best thriller writers out there. I like that her books are set in Boston, where I once lived and I love her detective character D.D. Warren.
All of her books have twists in them that you don't seem coming, which I love. This new one features two sisters, one that suffers from a condition where she doesn't feel pain and the other who is a notorious serial killer known for inflicting pain. They also just happen to be the daughters of Harry Day, a notorious killer in his own right. Talk about crazy plotting!
D.D. is injured in the beginning so her character is struggling with keeping up with her limited body while trying to catch a killer that is targeting one of the sisters and copying the styles of their father. This brings on a different twist because D.D. character is generally such a force to be reckoned with. Here you see her weaknesses.
What you get is a wicked fast paced psychological thriller. Told from the perspective of Adeline, the sister who can't feel pain and D.D., you follow this twisted story to its climatic conclusion. I would say this one has to be one of my favorites so far. Gardner really knows her characters, knows how to write from both sides of the coin (good and evil) and knows how to wrap it up nicely.
I will eagerly wait for another book next year and read it right away. She has definitely topped my list of thriller writers to watch for. HIghly recommended.
January 4, 2014
Purchase at Indie Bound
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