Right Behind You: FBI Profiler, Book 7 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Lisa Gardner's next thriller following her runaway New York Times bestseller Find Her takes her wildly popular brand of suspense to new heights.
Is he a hero?
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.
Is he a killer?
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.
All she knows for sure: he's back.
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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|Listening Length||13 hours and 21 minutes|
|Narrator||Luke Daniels, Teri Schnaubelt|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||January 31, 2017|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #8,918 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#230 in Police Procedural Mysteries
#286 in Crime Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,004 in Suspense (Audible Books & Originals)
Reviewed in the United States on May 7, 2017
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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.
My Thoughts: The reader is led through Right Behind You You by a series of narrators, alternating between Rainie, Quincy, Shelly, and others…and in between those comes the italicized narrative of Telly Ray Nash.
We think we know what happened…and we are just wondering why it happened after all these years. And why would Telly kill the Duvalls, his very loving foster parents? What could have led him to kill apparent strangers in a gas station? Can a young man who has protected his sister morph into a mass killer? What do these killings tell us, and, if the killer is not Telly, then who? What secrets were Frank and Sandra Duvall keeping, and how does Sandra’s past figure into what is happening?
The characters felt real, with Quincy, a former FBI profiler, front and center in the search, and his wife Rainey, who was also involved, worked to keep Sharlah balanced as emotions ran high. Sheriff Shelly Atkins showed us that “small town sheriff” did not define her: she had skills, and her ability to stay calm in the face of the intense actions made her a great part of the team.
The story kept me engaged throughout, although the numerous processes involved in tracking the killer became tedious after a while. But then I perked up as we began to realize that many things did not add up, and that now there were more questions than answers. As the clues led us to the final reveal, I was on the edge of my seat. Definitely 5 stars for me.
As usual the writing is phenomenal. The reader is hooked from the first chapter, and chapters jump between a number of interesting characters, so you're always sorry to see one go but glad to see the next one. I've read a number of Gardner's thrillers/mysteries and I don't think I've ever been disappointed.
Quincy and Rainie, both retired profilers who still consult, have a foster daughter who is a lot like them -- kind of antisocial and very quiet. Eight years ago Sharlah's older brother killed their parents when the addicts got rough with each other and things got out of hand. Now it seems he's on a murder spree and looking for his sister. Can the profilers keep Sharlah safe, and catch her brother before he finds her?
The pace never lets up and the story is interesting. The book is filled with fascinating, authentic characters.
The book works as a standalone but as usual you get more enjoyment if you read them in order. The FBI Profiler series is: The Perfect Husband, The Third Victim, The Next Accident, Killing Hour, Gone, Say Goodbye and Right Behind You.
What I liked about it was the deep and meaningful characters we have come to expect in Gardner’s novels. Sheriff Atkins was my favorite in this one. Authentic backstory, much of which is narrated from Telly’s point of view, reads in a fast and furious pace which is impossible to put down. Told in alternating viewpoints, the story created enough suspense for me to read it in two days - afternoon and evening of the first day and morning of the second - leaving an after flavor I didn’t expect.
The research, as always, is excellent, although I did feel some of it weighed down the plot for me. I’m referring to the gun chapters involving Telly and Frank, and some of the descriptions of criminal personalities and tracking. I could have done with less of the processes which, although perfect for the setting were a little long-winded.
Overall, the writing is first rate. Characters are complex, plot was riveting and extremely compelling with its backstory of childhood abuse, foster care, trauma and corruption.
Although this book is part of a series, you won’t need to read the previous books to enjoy this one. Plenty of twists and turns to keep you up all night.
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Quincy and Rainie are ex-law enforcement and now act as consultants to those who need their profiling expertise. They are called in by a local sheriff to assist following a murder and discover in the process that the main suspect is the brother of the girl that they are planning to adopt and who was responsible for beating to death his parents some years before. What follows is an investigation and a man hunt where the investigators are following the clues to find Telly and discover why he has done what he has done. Of course, it is not straightforward and the author includes Sharlah's point of view and that of other characters to round it out. There are some nice twists, at least one of which I didn't anticipate, and the author writes intelligently about children who have experienced trauma - she doesn't fall into the "just love them and everything will be all right" trap.
I was gripped by this book from the beginning and the author held my attention to the end. It has clever plotting but the characterisation is what makes it exceptional for me. One very, very minor quibble - would a computer in a law enforcement office really not have some sort of password protection so that anyone left in the room could use it ?
This is excellent reading and I highly recommend it and all the books featuring these characters. I would also like to suggest that the author includes Quincy's daughter Kimberley in the next book she writes as we've missed her too !