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Crash & Burn (Tessa Leoni) Paperback – November 3, 2015
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Praise for Crash & Burn
“With labyrinthine twists and surprises on just about every turn of the page, Gardner has crafted a delight of a suspense novel.”—New York Journal of Books
“This page-turner, with its contemporary, hard-edged flavor, is sure to satisfy Gardner's ardent fan base.”—Booklist
“Expertly crafted.”—Publishers Weekly
"Lisa Gardner delivers another gut-wrenching emotional thriller with her latest psychological tale, Crash & Burn....[her] most unpredictable novel to date.”—Associated Press
“Lisa Gardner never disappoints.”—Suspense Magazine
More praise for #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner
“No one owns this corner of the genre the way Lisa Gardner does.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child
“Nerve-shattering suspense.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author of Tami Hoag
“For years Lisa Gardner has been one of the best in the thriller business, but Find Her is something new: taut psychological suspense, an intricate mystery, emotionally devastating, ultimately empowering—a novel that should not be missed.”—#1 New York Times bestselling Harlan Coben
“Lisa Gardner’s work has the chills and thrills to excite, and the heart to draw you in.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Sandra Brown
“Lisa Gardner is one of my favorite authors. Her fast-paced and exciting novels twist when you expect a turn and turn when you expect a twist. I cannot recommend her more.”—New York Times bestselling author Karin Slaughter
“Lisa Gardner is the master of the psychological thriller.”—Associated Press
“No one writes this kind of modern horror tale better than Gardner, no one.”—The Providence Journal
“A psychological thriller both chilling and emotional. Her narrative thrums with heart-pounding scenes and unexpected twists that have you furiously flipping pages.”—USA Today Happy Ever After
“The line between mysteries and thrillers and so-called literary fiction has always been a thin one, but contemporary writers like Lisa Gardner make that sort of arbitrary distinction seem especially foolish.”—Connecticut Post
“When it comes to author Lisa Gardner, the tales she writes are always extreme gems in the literary world, and this is no exception.”—Suspense Magazine
“From the captivating first sentence to the shocking conclusion, this is addictive reading entertainment at its finest.”—Brit & Co
About the Author
Lisa Gardner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of twenty novels, including Look For Me, Right Behind You, Find Her, Crash & Burn, Fear Nothing, Touch & Go, Catch Me, and The Neighbor, which won the International Thriller of the Year Award. She lives with her family in New England.
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It is highly unusual to encounter a completely unique, transcendent genre novel. But, that is what "Crash And Burn" ("The Doll House") really is. A remarkable literary achievement. Don't let that scare you off. It is also as entertaining as hell. Take the scene... no real spoilers here... in the hotel room, where the "mother" and the "daughter" perform, essentially, monologues AT each other about what was happening during their time apart, when they were cruelly separated, with each woman telling only her side of the story, a story that resulted from a shared "event", yet had no easily described overlapping occurrences, thereafter. Add to that the fact that no effort is made by EITHER woman to listen to the other, to respond to, or learn from the other woman's words. Each waits until the other finishes their "part", then just picks up exactly where she herself last left off. Testimony, supposedly to moments they shared while miles apart, during the same time-frame, but completely unshared, for the days, the months, and the years it lasted. The horror, the guilt, the pain, the loss, the fear. With NO effort being made, by either woman, a mother and a daughter, to HEAR what the other woman is SAYING (perhaps because they are telling the same story)! Suddenly, and magically, these two disparate monologues, these two bizarre melodies being played as solos on totally different instruments, FIND EACH OTHER AND COMBINE. Become a duet. Entwine. Harmonize. Prose meets poetry meets music. You will GASP. The writer creates a subconscious call and response, a movement together, between two characters, through time and space, both bizarrely hermetic and stunningly gorgeous. And, masterful. Brave and beautiful and chilling and heart-breaking and right. And, true. And, so very, very wrong. A poisonous mixture of mother's milk and twenty year old scotch. But, the fact that, ultimately, they end, the women's stories, with yet ANOTHER astounding, utterly unexpected revelation... is to be witness to a moment of true genius. Literary genius. What is said in this scene about the human condition, about love and fear, about being forever together yet always apart... is complex, simple and stunning. Riveting. Unnervingly alive.
So, read the book. You won't even come up for AIR.
At this point in the novel the reader is hooked - who is Nicky, will she find help, and who is Vero? There was no mention of anyone else in the car during Nicky's slow-mo descent/reverie down the ravine. All is eventually revealed, but not until many mysterious layers are peeled away and secrets exposed. This is another novel told from several points of view - Nicky's husband, the lead detective investigating the accident, a private investigator, and Nicki herself, who is the definition of "unreliable narrator." D. D. Warren, a Boston detective from numerous other novels by Lisa Gardner, also makes a brief cameo appearance. Although there isn't really any graphic violence, be aware that the plot does deal somewhat with the subject of children in peril.
I liked this novel - it moves along briskly, has numerous intriguing surprises, and reveals its mysteries satisfactorily. As with many thrillers there are one or two plot devices that stretch believability, but they are not that noticeable as the plot keeps galloping along. This is a good book for a snowed-in weekend. Enjoy!
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Lisa Gardner is my favorite author