Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Reviews: Crash & Burn by Lisa Gardner
Crash & Burn is the latest Lisa Gardner title in the Tessa Leoni series. The novel begins with Nicole Frank descending from a long fall off of a cliff in her luxury SUV. She reemerges "reborn" and in search of her young daughter Vero. As she climbs from the wreckage of her Audi, back up the hill, bloodied and disoriented, she tells the first person she sees that she needs to find her daughter.
As the story progresses and the possible crime of driving under the influence is investigated, things get very strange for the head investigator Wyatt (who is also Tessa's love interest). There seems to be more questions than answers as the search for a missing child unravels into a search for a woman's missing past.
Immediately Gardner takes hold of the reader and refuses to let go. There are so many twists and turns that it's hard to keep track. Our staring character has some brain malfunctions, her husband could possibly be a murderer, and there are just so many holes there's no way to really judge where Gardner is taking this latest crime thriller. And I loved that about this title... and kinda hated.
What I wasn't so happy about is how the story came together in the end. I felt like there was a rush to just get the book over with because it was getting a tad bit convoluted with the many possible twists and turns. Nothing ever felt really resolved for me in reference to Nicky. After reading this title it will make you think twice about what people will do, or sell, for a quick buck.
Ultimately, Crash & Burn is a worthwhile read, definitely. Gardner never lets me down when it comes to providing a nail-biting thriller worth a few hours of my day to crash and burn. Even so, I wasn't over the moon about this title but Gardner is my go-to and has not lost a devoted fan in me. ***
Copy provided by Penguin Group via Netgalley