One question, a split-second decision, and Brian Darby lies dead on the kitchen floor....
As a sniper with the elite Massachusetts State Police SWAT Team, Bobby Dodge saved a woman and her young son by shooting her armed husband....
Best-selling author Lisa Gardner's storytelling powers sweep to an electrifying new level in her second riveting book....
What do you do when a killer targets the people you love most? How do you protect them when he knows their most secret fears...
Three siblings searching for the truth about their family are about to find more than they bargained for. . . .
London Danvers was kidnapped as a child from her wealthy family. Over the years, many women have claimed to be her, trying to lay claim to the long-lost heiress's inheritance....
It starts as a prank - a way to blow off steam after a long summer at Camp Horseshoe....
At the age of 13, Charlie Quinn's childhood came to an abrupt and devastating end....
Evelyn Talbot, a psychiatrist at a maximum-security prison in Alaska, studies some of the world's worst serial killers. But she's about to meet her most elusive patient yet....
When Detective Seth Harding responds to shots being fired, he faces a familiar sight: a double homicide. However, he is shocked to find a young boy chained in the basement....
After the devastating loss of her husband in Iraq, Morgan Dane returns to Scarlet Falls, seeking the comfort of her hometown....
Eleven years ago, Lindsey Nash escaped into the night with her young daughter and left an abusive relationship....
In Left to Die, the Pinewood County Sheriff 's Department is on the trail of a cold-blooded killer who acts as a savior to women stranded during terrible mountain snowstorms....
With her ex now in prison, Gwen has finally found refuge in a new home on remote Stillhouse Lake....
From Atlanta's wealthiest suburbs to its stark inner-city housing projects, a killer has crossed the boundaries of wealth and race....
New York Times best-selling authors Lisa Jackson, Nancy Bush, and Rosalind Noonan unite their talents in this riveting novel of family secrets, obsession, and murder....
In the summer of 2006, Emma Price watched helplessly as her six-year-old son's red coat was fished out of the River Ouse....
Compulsive, chilling, and utterly unputdownable, this is award-winning best-seller Lisa Gardner writing at her outstanding best.
My name is Nicky Frank. I'm in hospital after crashing my car. I am afraid. The only thing I can think about is Vero. I know I have to save her, but why couldn't I find her? She's just a little girl.
The man standing in my hospital room tells me we are married, but there is no Vero. That six months ago I suffered a traumatic brain injury which caused changes to my personality. I have dramatic mood swings, an inability to concentrate, and large gaps in my memory. I'm much easier to anger these days. And I drink. All of which, he says, explains the car accident and my confusion.
Now a Sergeant Wyatt Foster is investigating. He has questions about the car accident. He has concerns about my husband. And he's worried about a missing girl. He would like to know what happened to me. So would I. My name is Nicky Frank. This is my life. Watch me crash and burn.
Struggled to read, weak plot.
Would not recommend this book to others.
like this author
I listened to this in two sessions - on a drive from London to Newcastle and back, and loved it. Despite the long hours in the car, I would have happily driven to Timbuktu to continue it.
The suspense was held throughout, and despite endless speculation I didn't guess the twists.
The reading contributed to the suspense, and though I am not usually keen on American accents - the voice was well suited to the content. Nicki's story and voice was the most rounded and clear, and her confusion, panic and grief was so palpable it made you root for her.
I thoroughly recommend it.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
I listen to 2/3 books a week and this is the best book I have heard in years. It was totally gripping and I couldn't stop listening to it. The twists and turns kept me guessing all the way through to the end. Fabulous book
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
I nearly gave up in the first 15-30mins - really irritating start and once again a very loud strident shouty narrator. Taking the story first, I decided to stick it out and it did improve. I guessed some of the plot twists, but not all of them. Tessa and Wyatt are appealing enough, but Nikki and Thomas were not engaging, and for Nikki, she could be downright irritating. The narrator had a very limited ability to perform different characterisations. This type of narration has now spoiled several Lisa Gardner books, and I think next time I will revert to Kindle, and forego the audio.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
This is a well written entertaining book, with lots of twists and turns. One chapter you believe one character and suspect the other but in the next chapter you reverse your opinion! The only flaw for me was the narrator. She doesn't have the vocal range to give texture and difference to each character. The "heroine" often sounded whiney and I felt myself wanting to shake her sometimes. But apart from that an excellent listen which I managed in two sittings.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful
This book substitutes cheap thrills and gruesome melodrama to disguise lack of true suspense or writing skill. By the time you get to people eating the maggots out of their own wounds, it becomes merely laughable.
Plus... so MANY adjectives!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
What would have made Crash & Burn better?
Less of the hysterical meanderings of a troubled mind might have made this a better novel and SO much easier to listen to.
What will your next listen be?
I'm anxiously waiting for the follow up from Stephen King to 'Mr Mercedes' which was just terrific! Meanwhile I'm about to try a Kerry Wilkinson novel for the first time and 'The Ice Twins 'by S.K. Tremayne. PLEASE let them be better than this one.
What about Jennifer Woodward’s performance did you like?
Excellent performance. I had to admire the way she dealt with all of that hysterical and disjointed prose.
What character would you cut from Crash & Burn?
Any additional comments?
Overall, pretty thin plot that lacked credibility. I was so disappointed especially in view of the high ranking of the novel by other readers. This was not my first Lisa Gardner novel but it's been the worst so far. Waste of a precious credit but at least I got through it otherwise could not genuinely have offered up an opinion, albeit one that is very much at odds with other reviewers. Can't please all of the people all of the time.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
A finely woven, complicated (in a good way) tale of the worst betrayal of a parent, the nightmare of a child's life, and ultimately discovering the truth.
You feel compassion, see obsession and travel the unravelling mind of the lead character. Lisa Gardner delivers yet again.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
First Lisa Gardner book I've listened to. The story was well paced with lots of twists and turn. I will definitely be listening to more.
I was really surprised with how much I liked this book - usually I find crime/mystery stories very repetitive and predictable, but this one kept me interested right to the end, and was brilliantly read.
The story itself was very well written, unfortunately it wasn't really my cup of tea. I gave it four stars because I did enjoy the ending. I have previously read Find her, which I enjoyed more, but think another survivor/victim story was a bit too samey. Maybe I should have left longer between books. The narration was very good.