Right Behind You
Life has never been easy for siblings Telly and Sharlah. When they were nine and five years old, Telly killed their abusive, addicted parents with a baseball bat to protect himself and Sharlah from their knife-wielding father–then turned on his sister and broke her arm. The siblings were separated as they made their way into the foster-care system, neither landing anywhere for long. Finally, against the odds, both Telly and Sharlah find themselves with foster parents who truly love them. But when Telly’s foster parents are murdered in their bed, with two more murders in a gas station quickly following, all signs point to Telly as a dangerous, unhinged spree killer–who has Sharlah next on his victim list.
A determined band of FBI profilers, trackers, and police must figure out why Telly has snapped–and find him before he strikes again. Profilers Quincy and Rainie will be familiar to fans of Gardner, and their ability to quickly assemble and analyze seemingly random bits of information keeps the pages turning. Gardner loads her suspenseful tale with captivating specifics about the art of tracking and profiling, which heightens the tension as the crew hunts for Telly. The novel falters with some heavy-handed plot explication and a “big reveal” that does little to serve the story, but otherwise this is a satisfying, compelling summer read.
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