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Published by Headline, 16 July 2015.
I've been a fan of Lisa Gardner's since I read The Perfect Husband, a creepy tale of a
vengeful husband and a woman who fights back. Crash And Burn, her most recent offering, starts with what might
seem a well-used plot and quickly turns it into something much more
I was gripped from the very first paragraph. A
woman called Nicky wakes from severe concussion in hospital. She has
suffered a horrific car accident which she only survives because of the
desperate adrenalin-fuelled need to find a child called Vero who was in the car
with her. Or was she? Is Nicky who she thinks she is? Is
Michael Frank, the man sitting beside her hospital bed, really her husband?
We learn that Nicky has a drink problem. Or does
she? That she has had two other concussive accidents in the past six
months. That she has no family other than her husband. That she and
Michael move constantly from town to town and house to house. And still she has
to find Vero, the missing child, though the police in charge of the case –
Detectives Wyatt Foster and Kevin Santos – can find no trace of one at the
crash site. And then the husband reveals that there is no child, there never
has been. The reader will find it incredibly difficult to put this book
down until the very last page as revelation and obfuscation pile themselves one
on top of the other and reality seems to change from moment to moment.
But what is reality? Are there different of
truth? Gardner seizes our attention while she skilfully winds her
plot tighter and tighter. I've read The
Perfect Husband several times, not something I do very often with a crime
novel. I shall probably be doing the same with Crash & Burn.
Lisa Gardner, New York Times crime thriller novelist, began her career in food service, but after
catching her hair on fire numerous times, she took the hint and focused on
writing instead. A self-described research junkie, her work as a research
analyst for an international consulting firm parlayed her interest in police
procedure, cutting edge forensics and twisted plots into a streak of
internationally bestselling suspense novels.
Susan Moodywas born and brought up in Oxford. She has
published over 30 crime and suspense novels, including the Penny Wanawake
series and the Cassandra Swann bridge series. She is a past Chairman of
the British Crime Writers' Association, a member of the Detection Club, a past
Writer-in-Residence at the University
of Tasmania and a past
President of the International Association of Crime Writers. She divides
her time between south-west France
and south-east Kent.
Nominated for the CWA short story award. Nominated for the RNA's