“Right Behind You (Quincy & Rainie, #7)” by Lisa Gardner
400 pages, Dutton
Published Jan. 31, 2017
Young siblings Telly and Sharlah Nash are separated after Telly kills their drug-addled father, who’s just stabbed their alcoholic mother to death.
Now, nine years later, both are living in foster homes. Telly is about to age out of the system, and Sharlah’s foster parents, ex-cops Quincy and Rainie, are about to begin the process of adopting Sharlah.
Life is pretty good for Sharlah and her foster parents. And then one day, Quincy and Rainie are called in to assist in the investigation of a spree killer – Telly Nash. The stakes are even higher for Quincy and Rainie, because it looks like Sharlah could be one of Telly’s targets…
This was my first time reading Gardner’s work, so I’m not familiar with the first six Quincy and Rainie novels. That didn’t seem to be a problem, though, as Gardner does a fairly good job establishing their background so readers like me aren’t lost.
Gardner’s knowledge of the challenges foster and adoptive parents face is pretty evident, as a lot of Sharlah and Telly’s behaviors are typical signs of oppositional defiant disorder and/or reactive attachment disorder. Sharlah and Telly’s relationship is complex and heartbreaking – is Telly still trying to save his sister or is he out to destroy her?
The investigation scenes play out a lot like a cop show … a lot of law enforcement jargon and acronyms (thank goodness for Wikipedia and the dictionary, which are easily accessible with Kindle). My least favorite character is probably Cal, the tracker who, as we’re reminded about 500 times, also works at the local cheese factory. The number of joking references to his cheese-making expertise was a bit tiresome.
I definitely appreciated all the twists and turns in the investigation, learning that Telly’s foster parents – especially the mother – were not quite who they seemed to be. Once those secrets started to emerge, I had a vague idea of how things would play out. Nevertheless, I was definitely surprised by the ending!
Overall, I really enjoyed “Right Behind You” and hope to read more of Gardner’s work.
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
About the author
aka Alicia Scott
New York Times bestselling crime novelist Lisa Gardner began her career in food service,
but after catching her hair on fire numerous times, she took the hint and focused on writing instead. A self-described research junkie, she has parlayed her interest in police procedure, cutting edge forensics and twisted plots into a streak of eleven bestselling suspense novels.
Readers are invited to get in on the fun by entering the annual “Kill a Friend, Maim a Mate” Sweepstakes, where they can nominate the person of their choice to die in Lisa’s latest novel. Every year, one lucky stiff is selected for literary immortality. It’s cheaper than therapy, and you get a great book besides. For more details, simply visit Lisa’s website.
Lisa lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her family, as well as two highly spoiled dogs and one extremely neurotic three-legged cat. Lisa graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in international relations.