Tuesday Intro: Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner

Once again I’m linking up again with Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea who hosts a post every Tuesday for people to share the first chapter / paragraph of the book they are reading, or thinking of reading soon. In really enjoy these tasters when I read them on other blogs so wanted to join in.

This week, I’m featuring a book I’ve just finished, Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner, a well known and well loved author.  I won’t say much yet (review to follow) other than – in my humble opinion – it’s well worth a read.  Here’s what it’s about…

img_0495Is he a hero?

Eight years ago, Sharlah May Nash’s older brother beat their drunken father to death with a baseball bat in order to save both of their lives. Now thirteen years old, Sharlah has finally moved on. About to be adopted by retired FBI profiler Pierce Quincy and his partner, Rainie Conner, Sharlah loves one thing best about her new family: They are all experts on monsters.

Is he a killer?

Then the call comes in. A double murder at a local gas station, followed by reports of an armed suspect shooting his way through the wilds of Oregon. As Quincy and Rainie race to assist, they are forced to confront mounting evidence: The shooter may very well be Sharlah’s older brother, Telly Ray Nash, and it appears his killing spree has only just begun.

All she knows for sure: He’s back.

As the clock winds down on a massive hunt for Telly, Quincy and Rainie must answer two critical questions: Why after eight years has this young man started killing again? And what does this mean for Sharlah? Once upon a time, Sharlah’s big brother saved her life. Now, she has two questions of her own: Is her brother a hero or a killer? And how much will it cost her new family before they learn the final, shattering truth? Because as Sharlah knows all too well, the biggest danger is the one standing right behind you.

And here’s how it starts…


Had a family once.

Father. Mother. Sister. Lived in our very own double-wide. Brown shag carpet. Dirty gold countertops. Peeling linoleum floors. Used to race my Hot Wheels down those food-splattered counter-tops, doubleloop through ramps of curling linoleum, then land in gritty piles of shag. place was definitely a shit hole. But being a kid, I called it home.

What do you think? Would you keep on reading?


Note: text taken from proof copy.


  1. Well that premise is definitely intriguing and I also liked the voice in that opening. There’s something very appealing about childhood memories I think, even though I suspect darker ones lurk at the edges.


  2. I LOVE this author’s books…and I read a piece of this one at the end of the short novella, The 4th Man…where we were first introduced to Pierce Quincy and Rainie Connor. Thanks for reminding me of this one, and now it is at the top of my bookmarks on Amazon. Thanks for visiting my blog.


  3. I can’t believe I’ve never read any of Garner’s books. This sounds like it’s got a few twists in store. I’ll look forward to seeing your full review when you’re done. Here’s the link to my First Chapter, First Paragraph/Teaser Tuesday link: http://wp.me/p4DMf0-1s6


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