“Who am I who am I who am I who am I?”
I picked this book up from my library and started it that same day. And I couldn’t put it down. I forgot about all the chores I had to do, and just sat on my couch, engrossed in this book! Lisa Garner writes a book that will captivate you, and make you forget that you have to clean your bathroom and vacuum your bedroom (oops).
This is the seventh book in Gardner’s Quincy & Rainie (her F.B.I. profiler series), and while I haven’t read any of the previous books in that series, I didn’t feel like I had missed anything about their characters, or what had happened before. I felt like I got to know them and their character pretty well in this book. Although this does make me want to backtrack now and read the rest of the books in this series!
I loved the heart of this book—the family that Quincy & Rainie are forming/have formed with their foster daughter, Sharlah, who has come from a very troubled past. Eight years ago, her older brother, Telly Ray Nash, beat their father to death with a bat in order to save their lives. After that, they were separated, and she hasn’t seen him since. But now, a double homicide at a local gas station starts off a manhunt for who they believe to be the killer: Telly Ray Nash. All of the sudden, he’s back in her life, and Sharlah really begins to learn the meaning of family.
“When do you become a family?
Is it a recipe? So many days together, shared dinners, inside jokes? Or is it a moment?”
I loved how this story unfolded; how it went from Telly’s POV, to Sharlah’s, to Rainie, and Quincy, and the sheriff. You would think with the bouncing around from POV to POV, the reader would be left confused, but Gardner manages to write it in such a way that the story unfolds seamlessly. She carried me along right until the end, utterly engrossed.
I definitely recommend this book if you are a fan of psychological thrillers!
[edit: I recommend getting any chores you have out of the way, as this will completely draw you in and you will forget about them. See paragraph 1.]