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Lisa Gardner

MY RATING ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
PUBLISHER Brilliance Audio
PUBLISHED January 31, 2017

RIght Behind You is a gripping and intense suspense thriller that will have you reading all night long!

He had a family once, father, mother, sister. But then his father, in a drunken rage, stabbed his mother. On a rampage he chased the kids through the double-wide with the knife, dripping with their mother's blood. Telly Ray Nash age ten, had to protect his sister. He found a baseball bat in his hands. Telly hit his father over and over till he couldn't hurt them anymore. Telly loved his little sister, Sharlah May Nash. He had been taking care of her since she was a baby. He fed her Cheerios in the mornings, and read her Clifford the Big Red Dog, at the library in the afternoons. Telly was not going to let him hurt her anymore. Hero or Zero?

But Telly and Sharlah have not seen each other since the murder. The foster childcare system had decided that. They had been separated.

Sharlah has moved on. She's been in and out of various foster care homes. Nothing felt right until now. She is about to be adopted by retired FBI profiler's Pierce Quincy and his partner Rainie Connor. What Sharlah likes best about her new family is that they are experts on catching monsters.

That might come in handy now. There has been a double murder at a convenience store not far away from their home in Oregon. Not long after that murder, an older couple had been found murdered in their bed. It's a spree killer. Quincy and Rainie offer assistance to the local sheriffs department. The suspect is on the run in some nearby woods. Trackers have been called in. As Quincy and Rainie unravel the evidence in the case, they realize that the suspect on the run is no other than Telly Ray Nash; Sharlah's older brother.

But why is he doing this? It's been eight years since Telly killed his father. What does this mean for Sharlah. The sheriffs office finds pictures of Sharlah with Telly's things-- but there's a bull's-eye on her face. What does this mean? Sharlah knows there is no way Telly is a killer. Her big brother saved her life once. Is he a hero or a zero?

There was so much about this book to love. The story is fast and intense, and you can't stop turning the pages. The characters are so very real. Of course if you know Lisa Gardner, you know Quincy and Rainie, this is her eight novel about these criminal profilers. They are a big hit with her fans. But Telly and Sharlah...you have to love their perseverance. This is their story.

Lisa Gardner is a true master at writing crime thrillers. Her research for this book, on spree killings, trail work, guns, youthful offenders, and childhood trauma, was skillfully used to make Telly and Sharlah's story feel real and authentic. It's psychological suspense at its best, gripping you both intellectually and emotionally.

Right Behind You has so many intricate layers that you can't help but be captivated. It was a intense story of children in foster care and the love and care they may, or may not get. It's the thought-provoking story of what it means to be a family. It the suspenseful story of a spree killing and herculean efforts of a community to catch the murderer. But most of all, it's the gratifying story of the undying love between a brother and his sister.

One of the best crime thrillers of 2017. A must read!

The audio version of this book was narrated by Luke Daniels, Teri Schnaubelt, who both did a fabulous job. ( )
  LisaSHarvey | Sep 10, 2017 |
Profilers Pierce Quincy and Rainie Conner have fostered a troubled youngster, Sharlah, who is traumatised by a childhood in which her drunken father murdered her mother, only to be killed himself by Sharlah’s older brother Telly, aged 9.

Telly, now 17, has gone on a killing spree, starting with his foster parents: it seems he is after Sharlah, but she has little memory of the night her parents died, and no clue as to what would trigger this murderous rage.

A manhunt ensues, with all the usual drama. This is the 7th book featuring Quincy and Conner and, while it works well as a standalone, is sadly forgettable. ( )
  adpaton | Aug 10, 2017 |
Desperate to save his younger sister and himself when their drunken father comes after them with a knife, Telly Nash uses a baseball bat to beat his father to death. Telly has not seen or spoken to Sharlah since that night when he also broke his sister’s arm; both children have shuffled through multiple foster homes as, over the past eight years, they’ve struggled to move past that horrific night.

At thirteen, Sharlah has finally found her “forever home” and is about to be adopted by retired FBI profiler Pierce Quincy and Rainie Conner. Her soon-to-be parents have even given Sharlah a dog. Sharlah, despite her many problems, loves Luka . . . and she loves knowing that everyone in her soon-to-be-family are experts on monsters.

The calm of their small town is broken with the discovery of two people dead in a gas station convenience store, and a surveillance camera that, before its destruction, recorded the image of the killer.


Why, after eight long years, has this young man turned to killing again? And what will happen when Sharlah discovers that her hero brother, the one who saved her life, is hunting for her?

The characters are well-crafted, believable, and superbly developed. Astute readers may accurately predict some of the outcomes of this intricately-woven tale, but the emotional elements of the tale are certain to pull them into the story and some unexpected, clever plot twists will keep those pages turning. With the tension steadily mounting as the suspense builds, readers will find this tale difficult to set aside.

Highly recommended. ( )
  jfe16 | Aug 9, 2017 |
This book starts out with a narrative by nine year old Telly Ray Nash, proclaiming “I once had a family”. He describes the abuse he and his baby sister, Sharlah, experienced before his father tried to kill them and Telly hit him over the head with a baseball bat. Telly is now seventeen and living with a foster family. Sharlah is now thirteen, has been fostered with various families, and is now about to be adopted by retired FBI profiler Pierce Quincy and his wife, Rainie Conner.

When Sharlah finally sees her brother for the first time in eight years, it's because he's gazing into the camera of a convenience story, after killing two people inside. When investigators head over to Telly's foster home they discover dead bodies there, as well. Is Telly a spree killer? Quincy and Rainie work together with law enforcement to try to find and stop Telly, while trying to keep Sharlah in the dark about the murder investigation. The reader knows it's not going to be as straightforward as Quincy and Rainie hope for, especially after they find Telly's cellphone and recent pictures of Sharlah with a target drawn around her head.

This was a very fast moving and interesting book. The main focus is on Telly and Sharlah and, in this case, Quincy and Rainie take more of a backseat in the story's narration. The stories the children tell of their past and how much they cared for each other are incredibly heartbreaking. I listened to the audio narrated by Luke Daniels and Teri Schnaubelt, who did an excellent job. It was nice to see two favorite characters back after almost ten years. I couldn't remember a thing about the main characters, so this is definitely a book that can be read as a standalone novel. The author always does a great job of moving between the various narrators while maintaining the suspense and making the story an intriguing one.
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  Olivermagnus | Aug 9, 2017 |
Sharlah assisted her brother in the murder of their father. Both children are unable to get beyond this horror. They have been separated since the event. She is about to be adopted by a couple of FBI profilers. He allegedly goes on a killing spree to get to his sister. Is he so damaged that he needs to kill her too? (Review by flagmusichick52 | May 27, 2017)

This action-packed thriller keeps you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. ( )
  lrobe190 | Jul 10, 2017 |
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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.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 08 Aug 2016 12:35:59 -0400)

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