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Say Goodbye - Lisa Gardner
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Say Goodbye - Lisa Gardner
Advantages: Well written, intelligent story
Disadvantages: Child sex and rape scenes very hard to read.
==Synopsis of the book:==
Special Agent Kimberly Quincy is approached an eighteen years old prostitute Delilah Rose who advises she has information about fellow professionals going missing. The information is very sketchy and the main link seems to be a mysterious man who always wears a red cap and has a passion for spiders. Indeed Delilah believes she is only alive now because when he booked her she was not afraid of his spiders and let them run over her body and that seemed to turn him on.
FBI Agent Quincy believes about nine women have vanished and because only one has been reported the Police have done little to track down either the girls or whoever abducted them. To do this she must finds out more about the mysterious man with the red cap. So with Delilah's help they arrange to have her fitted with a microphone in the hope that when they meet they find out more about these missing girls. However, the meeting does not go to plan and Quincy finds herself embroiled in a very dangerous and fast moving investigation.
==My thought on this novel:==
I thought this was on the whole a very good crime thriller. It is not quite as good as a few of the books I have read from Lisa Gardner, but it was very cleverly thought out and always a riveting read. However there was also a couple of features that meant fro me at least it was not as good a read to the other ones I have tried.
Lisa Gardner is a very successful American author. So far she has written 14 books. All my previous reads of her work have been in her D.D. And Warren series which account for six of her books. The book I selected here is my first experience in the Quincy Rainie series but the sixth in the series. As I think it is always important to be able to pick up any book within a series and be able to enjoy it without feeling you have missed out from not reading them. And certainly on the positive side with this book that was written in 2008 while I was aware Quincy had been involved in other investigations it did not impinge on this story and I did not feel I had missed anything.
Basically I selected this novel from my previous enjoyment of this author's work. This is a bit unusual in one sense for me because Lisa Gardner is American and as a rule I do struggle with authors from there. But for me she writes with a lot of detail and her stories are always twisting and full of quality and I do not find the cultural differences an issue. Indeed I would describe Lisa Gardner as one of my favourite crime thriller writers.
I found this book at a Jumble Sale recently. I find these affairs a good source of cheap books and for someone who reads as much as I do a vital and sensible source. What first attracted me other than it was written by Lisa Gardner was the books intriguing title. I liked the sound of it and I was prepared to risk reading a different series of story. I flipped the book over to check out the summary of the story, this was good. I liked the idea of these missing women but I was a little concerned when it mentioned this twisted and creepy suspect. As from previous experience Gardner does not hold back when describing either a violent or sex scene.
The story started appropriately with an eight page prologue. And while was interesting and had me wanting to know more it was quite sexual. It was a far start and while it did not draw me in completely I was curious as to what bearing it would have the rest of the story. What surprised me was before the chapter began there was a couple of lines about spiders. And while I did not know it at the time each 43 chapters was to start in this way. It was certainly different and through these facts about spiders I found I learnt a little more about them, but it was a bit creepy!!
Like previous Gardner novels this one focused on several of the characters in the story. And while in the writing it always clearly identified Quincy or the investigating team in these there where characters it did not. These chapters tended to be shorter and written in italic print. I have to say the majority of those I did not enjoy because they were either about spiders or sexual activity. Please don't get me wrong I have no problem reading about sex, what I have a problem reading about is rape and sex with minors which is what this was all about. As a result I found these chapters quite hard to read and I certainly did not enjoy this side to the story.
That aside I did find I enjoyed the way the story developed in terms of the investigation. There was always a lot going on and plenty for the reader to think about. I always find this writer impresses me with her ideas and how her stories unfold. And while in this book there was little mystery in it it was rich in suspense the whole way through. I found I just had to find the solutions to it and see where the scenes involving the unnamed characters fitted into the main story.
I think because the sexual content and the scenes involving creepy crawlies, this will never be a book I will look back on as fondly as the others by this talented writer. But I did still enjoy it none the less. There is a real quality about this author's intelligent writing. Her descriptions while sometimes a bit too graphic where full of detail and helped the reader get a complete picture of the scene that was being set. The detail helped develop the story and with the fact you were never certain what twists and turns the author would throw into the mix it made for a fascinating read.
The story was always fast paced and I found myself very curious as to what would happen next to all the characters within it. My only confusion was this was part of the Quincy and Rainie series but they played only a supporting role in it. Because this story focused on Quincy's daughter Kimberly who like her father is also a member of the FBI. I just found this odd and felt they added little to the investigation when they were involved. It certainly did make me wonder and not in a good way about the other stories in this series.
The ending of the story was unsurprisingly very exciting and full of suspense. Maybe in truth I would have liked a longer drawn out ending where the Detectives corner their suspect because of brilliant or clever work but it was not the case this time. That said it was very good and because of clever and purposely writing it left quite a few issues and question unanswered. So that even at the end their was a mystery as to what had really happened and who was left standing.
This thank goodness was all answered and resolved in the nine page epilogue. As I don't a couple of unanswered questions and the reader decides but this would have been ridiculous. What transpired did make prefect sense, was realistic and rounded the story of very well. Although that said for once it did lack too much flesh on the bones because there was so much to close off. Again for me a little more detail would have been preferable but at this point I was just grateful for the answers.
The main character within this story was without question Kimberly. I found her a very good an interesting character. I liked the way she had to juggle her time between a demanding job and her home life with her husband. I found her very easy to like and relate to. And I respected how she went about her work. The only thing that surprised me was that she was caught out a couple of times in the story by events and certainly for one of those I would have expected her to fall into the trap. What I did feel though was the author when she wrote this book had a very clear idea of this character this was very successful shared with the reader.
I think the success of this book it due to the excellent story telling ability by the author. She really has some wonderful ideas and with her ability to draw all the stories elements together it makes for me at least a scintillating read. Although against that was the all to graphic child rape scenes that I found difficult to read and in no way enjoyable. I think the author is brave to deal with such topics which for me made some sections very hard going.
On balance I would still recommend this as a good Detective story. This is because Lisa Gardner tells a wonderful story, for me it has just the right amount of detail and complexity within it. So that the answers to the mystery need to be thought about and nothing is quite as it seems. The author will purposely mislead you into believing something then turn it on its head. The bits I struggled with was the child sex scenes and the horrible spiders.
Price 5.24 New at Amazon
Year first published: 2008
More about the author: www.lisagardner.com
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© CPTDANIELS November 2012.
Summary: Dark murder mystery