Lizzy Gardner can't catch a break. She's broke, she's been beaten, she continues to have nightmares. And author T.R. Ragan doesn't let up. In "Obsessed," the fourth in the series, Lizzy gets a case that starts with a less-than-honest radio psychologist creating a monster in an unhinged listener. Of all her books, this may be one of the more disturbing. Of course, that just enhances its status as a page turner. Ragan follows the evolution of a killer, starting with his obsession of the woman he listens to on the radio. She seems to get him. Until she doesn't. She lies, or at least that's what he begins to think. The killer fancies himself her protector until this little revelation of his in his fabricated reality. Ragan makes it appear that a killer could be just around the corner, a person nobody would ever suspect. Reading this novel gave me the impression that potential horrors could be anywhere, invading anybody's space, tearing apart anybody's lives. Lizzy is hardly a superhero. Yet, Ragan dispatches her to clean up the mess, to rescue those in distress. Problem is Lizzy needs her sidekicks. And she's got great ones. Hayley's her go-to. But now she's got Kitally, another badass overachiever. And she's got Jessica and Jared. But stuff happens. Again, I must explain that I read all these books in the span of a couple weeks. This one was an especially fast read and after finishing it I had to read the next one right away, feeding my addiction to Ragan's storytelling.
There are so many subplots going on in this book it's hard to tell what's going on sometimes. I like these books because of Lizzie Gardner, but she's barely in this given this is a 'Lizzie Gardner' series. Hayley has more 'screen time' and I couldn't care less about her and the dumb things she did in the subplot with her and Brian.
What didn't help was the nonsensical actions characters took that were completely out of character for them. Were they solely to facilitate some arcane need of the plot? I don't know, maybe since they didn't make sense at all that could possibly be the only reason left. Don't even get me started about how much I hated the ending....
I was completely disgusted with this entry in the series and I am truly sorry I spent a single dime on this.
This is the fourth Lizzy Gardner book. If you have not read the first three, stop and do so and then come back for this review. Others, read on.
This is as intense as the earlier books and is must reading. Ragan is able, as are the best writers, to write a book with a main plot and one or more subplots. Here we have two subplots and a main plot to die for. The story is extremely well written and dares the reader to figure out what is coming next. The suspense is almost palpable. The characters are truly unique and also uniquely human. The action scenes are very powerfully written. The movement between plots is seamless and well timed. Scenes are described clearly, crisply and are almost poetic.
The ending is too good to be discussed. Let is suffice to say that book five better come out ASAP. Hear me, T R? The last chapter makes me scream out loud " Get book five to me now!"
There are so many competing stories in this book, it's hard to keep track of which characters belong to which story line. I can think of at least 5 side stories, and none of them are overly well-done. There are many unanswered questions at the conclusion, but that's to be expected in a series, I suppose. I will say, the ending is quite explosive! Wasn't expecting that at all, and I must admit, it does have me looking forward to the next installment.
If you have gotten as far as Book 4 in the Lizzy Gardner series you know that Spiderman is a memory, but still haunts Lizzy Gardner.
The story starts this time with radio psychologist Madeline Blair tells her listening audience that she is being stalked, totally unaware what would follow? Seth Brown had formed a love for Madeline and takes it upon himself to protect her. Sitting outside her home, watching nightly for whom maybe stalking her, Seth sees someone looking in her windows he jumps to conclusions that he is the stalker. An obsessed fan turns into a killer. Hearing the horrible phone call over the air, leads to more deaths, and Seth goes after Madeline and Lizzy when Madeline admits it was all for better ratings on the radio show.
Jessica, Lizzy’s assistant, is awaiting acceptance into the FBI and has a small story line.
Hayley becomes the star of this story; continues on her revenge on Brian and sneaking out at night. Losing weight and becoming more and more despondent. Hayley cannot deal with the death of her mother, knowing that Brian killed her makes her want revenge even more. The very dark side of Hayley comes out in this story line.
Enter Kitally so different from Jessica and Hayley. Hayley and Kitally meet in juvenile detention; unknown to all she is the daughter of a wealthy couple. Driving fast cars and living in a luxury mansion Kitally has been helping Hayley on several cases.
Lizzy’s sister Cathy after divorcing her cheating husband, can’t live without a man and starts seeing Michael again, much against Lizzy and niece Brittany’s advice.
Jared has finally gotten Lizzy to accept his proposal and with the pending wedding only months away, Jared is beyond reasonable with Lizzy putting her PI job before her marriage, not sure any other man would have done that. However, as a twist to the story which leaves the reading wondering will Jared stay faithful to Lizzy, is the hot neighbor and her short shorts.
Enter also a small story line involving Lizzy’s father, who is sick and refuses to have Lizzy see him in the hospital, where will the story line go when Lizzy finds a drawing done by a small child to her “Grandpa” and Lizzy begins to investigate.