Saturday, 11 June 2016

Crash & Burn (Tessa Leone #3) - Lisa Gardner


My name is Nicky Frank.
I'm in hospital, afraid. All I can think about is Vero. I have to save her but I can't find her. She's just a little girl. The man by my bed tells me we're married and there is no Vero. He says that six months ago I suffered a brain injury, that I have dramatic mood swings and large gaps in my memory. I get angry and I drink. All of which explains the car crash that put me here.
Now a Sergeant Wyatt Foster has questions about the accident. He has concerns about my husband. And he's worried about a missing girl. He would like to know what happened to me. So would I.
This is my life. Watch me crash and burn.

What did I think?

I have been a fan of Lisa Gardner for some time now and although this is the third book in the Tessa Leone series it is the first one that I have read.  I don't feel like I was at a disadvantage by not having read the prior books, as that is the beauty of Lisa Gardner - it's not so much that the story carries on, it is just that the main character links the books together.  Crash & Burn must have one of the best first sentences I have seen for a long time; it starts with the sentence "I died once." immediately drawing the reader in and giving me goosebumps in the process.

The story starts with Nicky waking in a hospital bed with scant recollection of what has happened to her.  All she can think of is the mysterious Vero and I could feel her distress creeping out of the pages like curling tendrils of smoke as she wondered what had happened to her.  As officers investigate the car accident that brought Nicky into the hospital, there is no sign of anybody else being in the car at the time of the accident.  So who exactly is Vero and what has happened to her?

The way the story evolves made me question not only Nicky's sanity but her very identity.  There is a lot of mystery surrounding her and her husband so my mind was working overtime as it tried to figure things out.  I got some things right and other things way wrong! Although I didn't think this was one of Lisa Gardner's best books, it was a satisfying twisty story with a good amount of surprises.

Crash & Burn tied my brain in knots as I tried to work out the story but, with Lisa Gardner pulling the punches, you really can expect the unexpected.

I received this book from the publisher, Headline, via Bookbridgr in exchange for an honest review.

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