Series: Detective DD Warren #7
Published by Dutton Adult on January 7, 2014
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Source: Owned Audible Book
My name is Dr. Adeline Glen. Due to a genetic condition, I can’t feel pain. I never have. I never will.
The last thing Boston Detective D.D. Warren remembers is walking the crime scene after dark. Then, a creaking floorboard, a low voice crooning in her ear… She is later told she managed to discharge her weapon three times. All she knows is that she is seriously injured, unable to move her left arm, unable to return to work.
My sister is Shana Day, a notorious murderer who first killed at fourteen. Incarcerated for thirty years, she has now murdered more people while in prison than she did as a free woman.
Six weeks later, a second woman is discovered murdered in her own bed, her room containing the same calling cards from the first: a bottle of champagne and a single red rose. The only person who may have seen the killer: Detective D.D. Warren, who still can’t lift her child, load her gun, or recall a single detail from the night that may have cost her everything.
Our father was Harry Day, an infamous serial killer who buried young women beneath the floor of our home. He has been dead for forty years. Except the Rose Killer knows things about my father he shouldn’t. My sister claims she can help catch him. I think just because I can’t feel pain, doesn’t mean my family can’t hurt me.
D.D. may not be back on the job, but she is back on the hunt. Because the Rose Killer isn’t just targeting lone women; he is targeting D.D. And D.D. knows there is only one way to take him down:
I love audio books. In the author’s notes on the audio version of Joe Hill’s NOS4A2, he talks about how the first stories we learn are read to us. I listen to audio books when I’m in the car, shopping, and playing Candy Crush.
In typical book blogger fashion, I already have a tbr shelf just for audio books. Reviewing them is a bit more difficult, because I don’t take notes and I don’t always know how to spell the characters names. So these reviews will be a little different from my book reviews.
Investigating a murder, alone at the crime scene, DD Warren is confronted by the killer. She’s left horribly injured with no memory of the attack or why she fired her gun. Being weak does not suit DD well, and she’s desperate to get back to her old self. Unfortunately all she feels is pain.
Dr. Adeline Glen has the opposite problem- she can’t feel any pain, ever. I found her condition fascinating. I mean not feeling any physical pain has to be pretty awesome, right? Until you realize how awful it would be an how a simple cut could lead to your death, or how bones can break and ligaments tear, flesh burned, all because you can’t feel it happening. Honestly, it’s about one step above Boy in the Plastic Bubble on the Suck Scale. Pain, it turns out, can be our friend. Sure, a loud, annoying, at times excruciating friend, the one you’re not quite sure why you still hang around kind of friend, but a friend that occasionally saves our lives or keeps us from further harm.
DD goes to Adeline for pain management, which I know, irony, right? But the two soon find out that they are more closely connected than either could have suspected. DD’s attacker was a serial killer she’s trying to track, and he/she is mimicking the crimes of another serial killer, one Harry Day. Who just happens to be Adeline’s father. And the father of Shana Day, another notorious killer- Adeline’s older sister. And Adeline has some of her family’s less than desirable traits.
What follows is a gut wrenching thriller. Gardner keeps you guessing as she keeps increasing the tension and mystery. I only have one small complaint- I wish the one scene in the end with the confrontation with the killer had been longer. Some people really deserve to suffer more!
I’m always so excited when a new Lisa Gardner book comes out, and she hasn’t disappointed me yet!
Kirsten Potter does a good job with the story. I’ve enjoyed her narrations before, and I hope she continues with DD’s books. She doesn’t do all the different voices that some of my other favorite narrators do, so sometimes switching pov can be a bit confusing, but her voice is made for police thrillers. I would definitely recommend her, especially reading the Detective DD Warren books.