I bought the book like 3 years ago. This is my first Lisa Gardner book.
Reason to choose : I got a book discount voucher and not many books to choose to. Other books either non-fiction, not ‘good-looking’ enough, too heavy/deep or I’ve read it. So I ended up with this.
The characters’ introductions were good. Not too detail and not too shallow. Every each characters has different personality from the others. Especially for the 3 members of the Survivors Club, Jillian Hayes, Carol Rosen, and Meg Pesaturo, totally different personalities, from family background, age and status. You might wonder whether these ladies really can be together, become buddy just because they were once a victim of same rapist. These ladies have to survived from the nightmare of being terrorized by the rapist, facing the media and society and have pushed the authority to escalate the investigation.
Detective Sergeant Roan Griffin, the lead of the case, just started working after 18 months leave (wish I could have that) has his own baggage to carry and demon to fight. His own old case was good enough to be a book of itself (maybe it was but I have not research other Lisa Gardner works yet).
The plot was good. The College Hills Rapist that was assassinated later left doubt to authority and civilian of his innocent. Kind of giving me a flash of John Grisham’s The Confession. Just a flash not that roller coaster feeling though. The killing definitely a hired gun. The question was who hired him? And of course the main suspect was the Survivors Club or their family.
The twist of event where at the beginning, you suspected the current criminal but instead you have to look and dig deeper into history. Plus, I like that the solution gradually came and formed instead of one great idea or conclusion since the beginning of their investigation.
I also like the idea that LG called it Survivors Club instead of Victims Club. Instead of stamped yourself as ‘victim’ forever, now you can call yourself as a victim that survived from being a victim and continues life as a survivor. Some sort.
Detective Mike Waters has become different kind of ‘victim’ related to David Price. Well, at least there was consolation hint of romance for him at the end.
David Price’s case was interesting and I can see as one of the cases for Criminal Minds series. Serial kidnapper and killer, same MO, and definitely has behavioural issues. Yes, totally recommended for Criminal Minds.
My not-so-good comment : too many flashback made me feel like I missed a prequel book. And the book has white cover and now, after few years it has dotted yellow already.
I give 4.5/5 for this book. Yay!!
I found that I like Lisa Gardner’s writing style. I might be looking for more of her books. I hope this is not the best of her books.