Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner

Last spring I read my first Lisa Gardner novel in a whopping 36 hours, on a pre-release from Dutton Publishing, so when I got wind of a new novel by Gardner releasing this winter, I instantly begged for early access. 

About 50% of my reads are suspense/thriller/mysteries that I buzz through so quickly I can hardly get a full night's sleep, and Right Behind You is one of the top of that expanding list. 

From goodreads.com: 

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.

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. 

If you haven't read anything by Gardner, I would start with this or Find Her, but prepared to get lost in the stacks! After this read, I have officially decided she is now my favorite suspense author. She's the best for a fantastic narrative and a style of shocking twists that easily consumes you. With a growing pile of 'post-Gone-Girl' look-a-likes,  its refreshing to dive into something so original and genuinly enjoyable. 

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