Excellent! A thriller, a whodunnit until the last moment with more twists than a corkscrew. This is my first Lisa Gardner, but wow! Where has she been all my reading life? She has 20 previous novels to her name. Her 10th in the Detective D.D.Warren Series, picks up three main points of view – 2 in the first person present, which I have never encountered before, but I think she got away with it.
There is D.D. herself, a sergeant in the Boston PD, supposedly now a supervisor, but still keen to get her hands dirty at the coal-face.
Her so-called CT, confidential informer, Flora Dane, is maybe even more interesting. She is a survivor, turned vigilante, who here, where she recognises the victim on TV news in a shooting, is forced to confront her own traumatic history for clues to D.D.’s current case. Her memory that her nemesis, the evil now dead but ever-haunting, Jacob Ness, met with the present victim, requires that she revisit the past, despite swearing never to do so.
Then there is the suspect, pregnant Evie, with a smoking gun in her hands as she stands over the body of her husband when the cops break down the door. D.D. recognises her as the same Evie of sixteen years before who accidentally shot her own mathematical genius father with a shotgun. Her guilt seems a slam-dunk, but she is a part of a family capable of keeping a host of surprising secrets, and that includes those of her dead husband.
With an intriguing, credible plot of twists, the action is fast, the tension breath-robbing and the characters well-sketched. Bravo! If Gardner hasn’t yet won the title of Thriller Queen, it is high time.
Herewith an honest review. Thank you for this Century imprint ARC to PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE, South Africa.