Series: Tessa Leoni #3
Published by Dutton on February 3, 2015
Genres: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Source: Owned Audible Book
The #1 New York Times bestselling author’s latest stand-alone thriller, with a cameo by her fan-favorite character, Boston Detective D.D. Warren
My name is Nicky Frank. Except, most likely, it isn’t.
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.
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 Soda Saga or Trivia Crack.
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.
Lisa Gardner is one of my go to thriller writers, and I read her books (usually on audio these days) as soon as they come out. I love her mysteries, and enjoy her characters. This one is the third Tessa Leoni book, and it was my favorite of the series so far.
I had no idea what the hell was going on with main character Nicole Frank. It was hard to make myself stop listening, and I spent a lot more time in the car (thank you, lower gas prices!) and cooking long complicated recipes in the kitchen, because those are the places I most listen to audiobooks. This would be a frustrating audiobook to listen to, though, if you don’t have a lot of time to listen in one sitting. There is much confusion, much mystery and so much withheld until later, and Nicole is not always a reliable narrator, that I’m not surprised to see so many low ratings on Audible. But while a lot of people think Gardner dropped the ball on this book, I don’t. I love the plot, I love the explanation of Nicole’s memory loss, and I found the plot twisty in a good way.
My mind was fully engaged. I couldn’t figure things out, and even when I managed to understand some clues, new ones would pop up. I hooked from the first sentence to the last, and it drove me nuts trying to piece together the mystery of Vero. Also, now I love that name. Also, head injuries are the worse and I hope to never ever get a concussion. If you’re in the mood for a thriller then I would totally recommend Gardner’s novels- they just keep getting better!
Narrators Christina Traister and Mikael Naramore are new to me, and while they’re both good narrators (I liked Traister’s take on the distraught and often confused Nicole), the dual narration wasn’t my favorite. I remember thinking it strange that they had Traister read for Frank, and Naramore read for Tessa’s boyfriend, Wyatt, there wasn’t a third narrator for Tessa, so I had trouble connecting with her. This is one that I think might work better in print for some readers.