The Survivors Club...that's what Jillian Hayes, Carol Rosen, and Meg Pesaturo call it. They won't consider themselves victims. They are survivors. They faced the blazing headlines and helped lead the investigation that caught the man who changed their lives forever. And now that Eddie Como, the College Hill rapist, has been shot down outside a packed courthouse moments before his trial was to begin, all three women are openly ecstatic that he's dead. They are also the prime suspects.
Detective Sergeant Roan Griffin knows all too well what can drive even the best people to cross the line. But he has never seen a case quite like this one. Griffin seeks the truth - and finds himself confronted with the leader of the Survivors Club. Jillian Hayes is beautiful, successful, cool as ice, and she harbors a pain that mirrors Griffin's own.
Then another woman is brutally attacked. Suddenly, with the city on the ragged edge of panic, the hunt is on for a ruthless and cunning killer. For Griffin, this may well be the case that shatters his career. For Jillian, the harrowing nightmare is beginning all over again. Someone is out there. Someone who wants to finish what was started. Someone who wants to make sure that no one survives the Survivors Club.
©2002 Lisa Baumgartner; (P)2002 Random House Inc., Random House Audio, a Division of Random House Inc.
"The three-dimensional characterizations are compelling, and the plot barrels along with surprising new twists that feel inevitable once they occur. Roan Griffin is a triumph [and] the grace-note minor characters...are gems." (Publishers Weekly)
"Gardner expertly ties the various story lines together to create a crackerjack ending. [Be] forewarned [you] may be up all night finishing this masterfully crafted thriller." (Booklist)
"A high-octane, nerve-jangling tale of suspense." (Harlan Coben, author of Gone for Good)
If the reader believes what is obvious the wrong conclusions will be reached. The truth cannot be guessed, one has to hang in there until the end to find out what really happened. A highly recommended use of your time.
I was influenced by the positive reviews, but found the book very disappointing. Although it was probably all right as a stock thriller, I found the characters to be shallowly drawn and uninteresting. The plot was for the cardboard cut-out characters to suffer graphic violation, followed by predictable plot turns, and culminating in a happy ending. The psychopathic criminals were not realistically portrayed, and there was no sense of terror or of understanding of who they were or why they did what they did. Luckily, the narration was fine.
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