Book Review: Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner

When I picked up Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner, I knew that I was to read a thriller with characters that I had ‘met’ before in previous novels.

Right Behind You brings back two well-known FBI agents – profiler Pierce Quincy and his partner Rainie Conner. The story focuses on Sharlah, the girl that is about to be adopted by Quicy and Rannie. Eight years ago her older brother beat their drunken father to death with a baseball bat in order to save their lives. A call comes in about a double murder just as Sharlah has finally moved on with her life. As Quincy and Rainie assistait have solving the murder, they are forced to confront the mounting evidence that Sharlah’s brother, Telly Ray Nash, may be the shooter. And it appears that his killing spree has only just begun. In the past, Sharlah’s big brother has saved her life. But it is uncertain, years later, whether he would be willing to continue to protect her.

The novel contains all that I would expect from one of Gardner’s novels – a fast-paced race to the finish as the mystery of the murder is solved. The novel did not disappoint as it was what I expected. However, the story did not intrigue me too much – and it was very easy to set aside as I continued with my day to day responsibilities. The read was enjoyable, but not a book that I would peruse again.

I gave this novel ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3 stars on Goodreads.

Do you enjoy reading Gardner’s novels?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

(This novel was the 32nd in my 50 book pledge for 2018)

11 thoughts on “Book Review: Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner

  1. Jeez Colline, you had me all set to read the book, as I love a good thriller, but in the end it appears you weren’t thrilled so I’ll find another choice. Thanks for the review!


  2. Hi, Colline! I’m sure you’re getting ready for your summer break and trips. Did you finish the book? Would you read another one by the same author? I just read a literary thriller that was very disappointing. The first 50 pages or so were gripping, but then the plot fell apart and resorted to ridiculous stereotypes (the 50-year-old man gets into a relationship with a 19-year-old girl who is his best friend’s daughter). Ugh. I get so frustrated with books like that!


    1. I tend to finish most books that I start – except if they are badly written. This story was okay – even though it wasn’t gripping.
      Now the thriller you have just read is one that I wouldn’t enjoy – unless the author put a different spin on it. Like you say, it is terribly cliched.

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