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PSYCHOTIC, A LOOK AT MOTIVES AND MORE
Reviewed in the United States on April 8, 2017
Shana and Adeline are sisters, daughters of a notorious serial killer. But their lives took very different turns. Adeline, the younger sister, was adopted by a doctor and she herself became a respected psychiatrist. Shana was lost in the foster care system. She murdered a boy when she was fourteen; she killed another prisoner and two prison guards. She’s lifer at a state correctional institution.
The sisters meet once a month at the prison. Meanwhile a copycat killer is murdering women in a similar way to the way their dad performed his awful crimes. Police are baffled.
What is the sister’s connection to this new set of crimes? What set off the killer? Is he a fan of Harry Day, the serial killer father or of Shana and Adeline Day?
And what does Shana’s first crime have to do with the new series of murders. The thirty year anniversary of the crime that sent Shana to prison nears. In the end, the sisters are forced to together make a stand.
Lisa Gardner’s books are more about victims than about crimes. In “Fear Nothing,” most of the main characters are victims in some way. We have detective who was pushed down some several stairs and who is left with a painful injury, the two daughters of a notorious serial killer, children abused in foster homes, a woman dying of cancer, and, of course, a serial killer’s victims.
Gardner also writes about triggers. What causes someone to start killing? What are his or her reasons for picking the weapons of choice? How does he choose his victims? One character’s trigger might cause her to fight to save the weaker abused victim and another character’s trigger is the violence itself. Gardner’s books are great psychological thrillers.