My name is Dr. Adeline Glen. Due to a genetic condition, I can’t feel pain. I never have. I never will.
The last thing Boston Detective D. D. Warren remembers is walking the crime scene after dark. Then, a creaking floorboard, a low voice crooning in her ear… She is later told she managed to discharge her weapon three times. All she knows is that she is seriously injured, unable to move her left arm, unable to return to work.
My sister is Shana Day, a notorious murderer who first killed at fourteen. Incarcerated for thirty years, she has now murdered more people while in prison than she did as a free woman.
Six weeks later, a second woman is discovered murdered in her own bed, her room containing the same calling cards from a previous crime scene: A bottle of champagne and a single red rose. The only person who may have seen the killer: Detective D. D. Warren, who still can’t lift her child, load her gun, or recall a single detail from the night that may have cost her everything.
Our father was Harry Day, an infamous serial killer who buried young women beneath the floor of our home. He has been dead for forty years. Except the Rose Killer knows things about my father he shouldn’t. My sister claims she can help catch him. I think just because I can’t feel pain doesn’t mean my family can’t hurt me.
D.D. may not be back on the job, but she is back on the hunt. Because the Rose Killer isn’t just targeting lone women, he is targeting D.D. And D.D. knows there is only one way to take him down: Fear nothing.
©2014 Lisa Gardner, Inc. (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?
I listened to this just after finishing Broken Harbor by Tana French. In my review of that book I made reference to part of the story being far fetched. Perhaps I should have said inaccurate, because Fear Nothing may be strange subject matter, but it delivers remarkably entertaining suspense.
If you are familiar with the former great Indianapolis Colt coach Tony Dungy you may know his son Jordan has the same genetic disorder as the main character in this book. A while back, Dungy gave a speech entitled The Blessing of Pain, about his youngest son, Jordan, who has a rare condition that doesn’t allow him to feel pain. If you haven't read it, it's well worth your time to look it up online. In Fear Nothing, Gardner goes into great detail describing just how dangerous and cumbersome this defect really is.
Our heroine, D.D.Warren suffers a terrible injury that threatens her career. She's forced into months of excruciatingly painful physical therapy, which lands her in the care of Psychiatrist who specializes in pain management. Ironically this doctor has this genetic disorder that prevents her from feeling pain.
But that's not the doctor's only issue. She is the daughter of a notorious serial killer, long dead, and her big sister is in prison for following in their dad's footsteps. Through a series of murderous events, these two professional women are forced to hunt a serial killer bent on their destruction. It's complicated, but it works!
I found this novel fascinating and extremely entertaining. Gardner is not only a great writer, her research is impeccable.
I am an avid eclectic reader.
Recovering from a fall down a flight of stairs at a crime scene Detective D.D. Warren is sent to Adeline Glen, M.D. a pain specialist. Warren is on medical leave but that does not stop her from investigating the case she when injured. The story alternates between third person chapters following D.D.’s investigation and first person narration chapters dramatizing Adeline’s point of view. Gardner paints an indelible picture of two troubled sisters so closely bound together by blood they agree: “Blood is love.” If the story has a theme, it’s pain: physical, emotional and psychological. I guess this type of book is called a psychological thriller. Gardner tells a story full of suspense, and twisting story line to keep on reading. My only complaint is this turned out to be a story about a serial killer both past and present. I am so tired of reading about serial killers I attempt to avoid them, somehow, when selecting this book to read I did not realize it was about a serial killer otherwise it was a suspense story. Kristen Potter did an excellent job narrating the story.
I've listened to all of Lisa Gardner's books and especially enjoyed the D.D. Warren series. This book doesn't concentrate so much on D.D., but instead told a great story of someone who cannot feel pain. No, the book is not realistic I suppose - but I wasn't reading True Crime. Yes it has a dark subject, but most murder mysteries do. If you listen for pleasure like I do, you'll love it. I really enjoyed the performance by Kirsten Potter.
I waited eagerly for this book to come out, and it did not disappoint. Lisa Gardner's writing and plot development were outstanding. I was on the edge of my seat while listening to it, and crying at the end. Kirsten Potter did a fantastic job narrating the book. I highly recommend to anyone who likes murder mysteries.
Fantastic narration. She has a calm, steady voice, with appropriate inflections and drama added. She doesn't try to create different voices for the characters, which is good.
I cried at the end. For the injustice to one character, and the loneliness of another.
Read the whole series. The development of Detective D.D. Warren as a jealous former flame of bobby, to a hard ass, take no prisoners detective, to the softer side as wife, mother and victim is skillfully done.
I love dark gritty thrillers, mystery, psychological, police procedural, and horror with the romance set at a minimum to none.
DeeDee was more vulnerable than previous stories. The characters were complex and I enjoyed all the psycho-babble.
Silence of the Lambs and if I say more I'll ruin it for others.
The prison break!
I pretty much did listen to this in one sitting, I was done in 24 hours.
***Spoiler*** I was sad for the sisters. That day they had together was so wonderful but there was a foreboding and I knew it wasn't going to end well. Shanna was redeemed in many ways and I had hoped they would escape together or clear her name so the sisters could start a life together.So much for that but it was still a great book. Thank you Lisa Gardner, more please!
Yes. Anyone who likes Lisa Gardner's style and the D D Warren series will not be disappointed
I look forward to everyone of the books in this series. The protagonist in this story is very sad and has such a defeatist attitude through out you can see early on that the ending is not going to be a happy one, although I did hope right up until the epilogue. I won't say anymore as I don't want to spoil this for any other readers. Kirsten Potter as always did a great job. Her range of voices is impressive and the characters are easily differentiated. Looking forward to the next...
I have read and enjoyed Lisa Gardner's other D.D. Warren books, but I had to stop listening to this one after only about two hours. In most murder mysteries, the murder is described just once and it's over. In this case, the repeated descriptions of the postmortem injuries inflicted on victims made me cringe so much that I found this book an unpleasant experience and I had to stop listening.
This story held my interest about serial killers and how a father's murderous mental health impacted his two daughters' and their mental health as well as their mother's. It's about pain and the lack thereof, including physical, emotional and psychological pain. The daughters learn that "blood is love" as taught by their father. This was a psychological thriller type novel. The storyline moves forward using flashbacks to fill in gaps of information for DD Warren and crew and the reader.
I've read two other DD Warren novels: Live to Tell and Love You More. I really liked Love You More but didn't like Live to Tell so much. For me, if it's a good story, murder mystery or thriller but the narrator is not up to par, then I usually just quit listening.
Kirsten Potter is an excellent narrator. Her performances are the best I've heard by a female narrator. Kirsten keeps her voice calm and steady with appropriate inflections appropriate for the words and she adds drama as needed. I first heard her in the performance of Tami Hoag's novel "Down the Darkest Road" -- outstanding performance!
MBaggins of Blue Star Mage.com
Amazing, I never saw it coming. Awesome story. From a philosophical perspective: the best she ever wrote. It was intelligent, sweet and sad and explores new meanings for the word love.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
I've read every Lisa Gardner book and liked all of them before Fear Nothing. Some people like very dark books, and they may like this one. For me this book has no redeeming qualities.. It is horrible.
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