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Saturday, January 23, 2021

Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner – A Book Review

Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner Book Cover

Lisa Gardner has two popular series in her list of suspense novels, the FBI Profiler Series and the Detective D.D. Warren Series. Right Behind You is the seventh (and latest) book in the Pierce Quincy/Rainie Conner FBI Profiler series 

After writing the first six books in her FBI series between 1998 and 2008, Gardner went on to write 11 books in the D.D. Warren series, along with six non-series books. Now she finally returns with another Quincy and Rainie story at the insistence of her long-time fans. THIS fan is delighted, as these characters are my favorite of all her books.


Pierce Quincy is now a retired FBI profiler and Lorraine (Rainie) Conner is a retired police detective. They are married and also partners in a Cold Case or weird murders consulting business, helping small local police departments who lack the personnel and equipment to handle a major violent crime. In Right Behind You they have also been foster parents for the past three years to Sharlah, a 13-year-old orphan girl they are soon to adopt.  Suddenly they are involved in a case that hits far too close to home


Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner book cover
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As Quincey and Rainie begin to assist their town sheriff with a double murder at a local gas station, more murders are discovered and the suspect appears to be the foster son of a local couple who, it turns out, is also Sharlah's older brother. Eight years ago the brother, 9-year-old Telly Ray Nash, saw his father kill his mother and then come after the children.  Telly beat his knife-wielding drug-addicted and drunken father to death with a baseball bat to save both him and his little sister Sharlah.  

Now 17, Telly is suddenly being blamed for the recent murders. A massive hunt for Telly is launched and 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?  

Sharlah has her own questions. Is her brother who once saved her life a hero or a killer? And how much will it cost her new family before they learn the final shattering truth. 


Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner, published in 2017, is available in hardback, in paperback, as an audio book and on Kindle.

*Editor's Pick in Best Mystery, Thriller and Suspense.

*Interesting Note: Titles cannot be copyrighted in the United States. Therefore, two or more books can have the same title.

Another book by the same title of Right Behind You is by Rachel Abbot and is reviewed here on ReviewThisReviews by Louanne Cox (Lou16).

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*Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner book review written by (c) Wednesday Elf


  1. Oh! wow, this one sounds like suspense on top of more suspense. I do like a good mystery and suspense story. I have never read any of her books, but it seems like I need to start. Thanks Pat :)

    1. You are welcome, Sam. Always fun to introduce a favorite author to another mystery/suspense novels fan.

  2. I must say, the title alone gives me chills! I guess it is a natural fear that someone is right behind us. This sounds like a great mystery, but also a sad story. I have no sympathy for abusive parents, but I definitely care about the children. I think I would need to go back to the beginning of the series to appreciate and "know" the main characters fully, but it is quite the temptation to start with this book.

    1. Although this series has continuing characters, each story is individual. In other words, you can start with the last book and still know what is going on. Then later read the earlier books. :) Thanks for your visit to my book review, Mouse.

  3. I tend to avoid the thriller genre, although I do love the J.D. Robb “In Death” series. Despite my personal aversion to violent-themed books (or movies), which I find very stressful to read/watch, this story does sound quite compelling! I’ll share your review with my husband, who enjoys a good thriller.

    1. Margaret, it is interesting that you - who doesn't like scary stories - enjoys the J.D. Robb series of books. I am a HUGE mystery/suspense/thriller genre reader - almost all the books I read are in that category - yet for some reason I do not like J.D. Robb. I've read a few, but prefer other authors. Each to his/her own, I say.

  4. It seems like my book list is growing exponentially during these COVID days. I guess it's a good thing I have nowhere to go. Thanks for adding to my must read list of books. I love mysteries with a good plot line.

  5. It is good to know that you can start with any of these books and still appreciate it in its own right as well as enjoying the series. It does sound quite chilling and certainly full of suspense. What a mystery!

  6. I always appreciate the book reviews on ReviewthisReviews. It's such a great place to get a heads-up on a book. For me it's so helpful in deciding whether a book is good for my mom. She's an avid reader, and thank goodness for that because that's how she's coping with the isolation of quarantine right now. This book would absolutely be a book mom would love.

  7. Interesting story about your interesting note. Our book club read a book called The Huntress and a friend's husband picked it up for her. At our book club meeting, she discovered she had read the wrong book even though the book she read was called The Huntress!


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