I have decided March is going to be the month I catch up with my NetGalley account. I have far too many books waiting to be read on there and my waiting to read ratio is shockingly poor. So I’m going to make a dent in it. Due to ill health though, I can’t continually read on my kindle as it aggravates my headaches, so I will sometimes throw in a paperback just to break it up, but I do intend to make a good go of it.
April will be a month I catch up with friends (real and online) books I have been desperate to read.
So today, it is the first of a NetGalley bunch of reviews. With thanks to them, the author and the publisher for my copy.
Crash & Burn by Lisa Gardner.
Genre: Crime Fiction
Nicole Frank shouldn’t have been able to survive the car accident, much less crawl up the steep ravine. Not in the dark, not in the rain, not with her injuries. But one thought allows her to defy the odds and flag down help: Vero.
I’m looking for a little girl. I have to save her. Except, most likely, she doesn’t exist.
Sergeant Wyatt Foster is frustrated when even the search dogs can’t find any trace of the mysterious missing child. Until Nicky’s husband, Thomas, arrives with a host of shattering revelations: Nicole Frank suffers from a rare brain injury and the police shouldn’t trust anything she says.
My husband claims he’ll do anything to save me. Except, most likely, he can’t.
Who is Nicky Frank, and what happened the night her car sailed off the road? Was it a random accident or something more sinister given the woman’s lack of family and no close friends? The deeper Wyatt digs, the more concerned he becomes. Because it turns out, in the past few months, Nicky has suffered from more than one close accident. . . . In fact, it would appear someone very much wants her dead.
This is my life. Except, most likely, it’s not. Now watch me crash and burn.
This is my first Lisa Gardner novel. I know, where have I been living? Under a stone!
But what a novel to be introduced to her with. It’s a fantastic start. I love the unreliable narrator that is Nicky Frank. Her portrayal is realistic in its belief and confusion, love and fear.
All this is balanced out by the chapters of the investigating detective Wyatt. I liked Wyatt. He was calm and thoughtful. Considered. Determined and dogged, yet open-minded. His partner (love interest partner not policing partner) has apparently been in other novels, but though she is in this novel, she isn’t a major player so I didn’t feel I was missing too much by starting with this one and this is from someone who is a stickler for starting series at the beginning. There is reference to something that happened to her in a previous novel, but because the story isn’t really revolving around her, it’s about the Franks and Wyatt then I could let it pass.
This is a great novel for those of you who like to try and guess what is happening or is going to happen as you go along, because Nicky does have a traumatic brain injury not to be trusted, there is room to play the guessing game along with Wyatt and Nicky herself, but there are still plenty of surprises in store.
Brilliantly researched without it looking like a researched book, brilliantly plotted and will have you turning the pages to find out the next twist in the maze of Nicky’s mind.
I’ll definitely be reading more of Lisa Gardner and I’d recommend this for any Gardner fans or anyone who has not yet read her!