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Don't blame the victims....
The Survivors Club - Lisa Gardner
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The Survivors Club - Lisa Gardner
Advantages: A terrifying yet brilliant read.
Disadvantages: None for me!
The Survivors Club only has 3 members, Jillian Hayes, Carol Rosen and Meg Pesaturo. They don't like to call themselves victims, they prefer survivors. Meg was the first survivor of the college hill rapist, followed by Carol Rosen. Jillian's sister wasn't so lucky, but she herself survived an attack. They helped lead the investigation to catch the man behind this, but now they are the prime suspects for his murder. Did these 3 seemingly ordinary women get driven to seek revenge? Or is this just the start of something much, much deeper?
This was the first book I have ever read by Lisa Gardner, and truth be told I was expecting more of the same old standard reading from this particular genre. However this book gripped me right from the very start. Gardner leads us to believe one thing, however it all isn't as it seems, and as the story progresses, so do the many twists and turns in this book.
The survivors club are 3 very different women, and the book often switches to their perspective of things, and it really helps us see how these women are still coming to turns with their traumatic ordeals even a year after the events. Meg is the youngest, and often referred to as 'lucky' as she suffered from traumatic amnesia meaning she can't actually remember what happened to her, or her life before she was raped. Carol is married to a solicitor, lives in a big house, and was home alone waiting for her husband to come home when she suffered at the hands of the College Hill rapist, who snuck in through the open window. She now can't sleep without the TV on and the relationship with her husband is more distant than ever. Jillian Hayes was visiting her younger sister, Trish, only to see her tied up on the bed already dead, when suddenly she is attacked herself by the College Hill rapist. She has a lucky escape, but is forever haunted by the images of her younger sister.
The main character in the book is Detective Sergeant Roan Griffin. It's his first day back on the job after a considerable amount of time off, which we find out more about as the book goes on. The College Hill Rapist is killed outside the courthouse, seemingly by a hired gun, and Griffin is immediately suspicious of the survivors club, until another woman turns up dead that is, with all details matching the previous cases.
This book was a wonderful surprise for me. I enjoyed the character of Griffin, and I did like how it switched between characters and we could see it from the women's point of view too. The book does get a bit too graphic in places, but this makes it seem even more terrifying and it had me hooked. The case and suspects completely change from the start, and as more clues come to the surface, the whole case slowly takes on a more sinister feel. Near the end of the book it's a race against time, making the book extremely hard to put down, and it's a thrilling and fast pace finish to the end of a brilliant read.
I had no problems with the way the book ended, and it's safe to say I couldn't guess the ending at all during the book, which is just the way a good thriller should be. Gardner does like to throw you off the scent completely, and surprises the reader by going in a different direction. This is the first, but certainly not the last book I will read by Lisa Gardner.
Summary: I highly recommend this book to fans of the genre.