Thursday, 2 January 2014

Fear Nothing



Author: Lisa Gardner
Genre: Suspense
Type: Advanced Reading Copy (ARC - ebook)
Source: NetGalley
Publisher: Penguin Group - Dutton
Publication Date: January 7, 2014
Series: #7 in the D.D Warren mystery series
First Line: "Rockabye baby, on the treetop ..."

Book Description from GoodReadsMy 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:

Fear nothing.


Note: My sincere thanks to NetGalley and The Penguin Group - Dutton for providing me with a complimentary e-book copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

My Review:  Lisa Gardner is well known for her suspenseful reads filled with interesting characters, twists and turns as well as some edge of your seat action thrown in for good measure. This book doesn't disappoint.

This wasn't my first time reading a book in Gardner's D.D Warren series but this is definitely my favourite book featuring D.D.  While it had Ms Gardners' signature suspenseful writing it also had a very sinister, eerie feel to it.  Yup.  It was ultra creepy {inner shiver} and kept me on the edge of my seat the entire read.

Lisa Gardner is not only known for her suspenseful writing but she's also known as being very adept at letting her readers really get to know her characters.  She doesn't write one-dimensional characters that are easy to predict.  D.D, Adeline and Shana were all very detailed characters, each with their own very distinct issues and voices within the book.  Readers get glimpses into the characters' lives, motivations, thoughts and actions but at the same time the momentum of the storyline never feels bogged down.  The mark of a great suspense writer.

In "Fear Nothing", Gardner addresses the 'nature versus nurture' issue but within a very chilling context and I was quite riveted throughout the entire book.  There were plenty of twists and turns to keep this reader from guessing 'whodunnit' until very close to the end.  

Recommended.

My Rating: 4/5 stars

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