Monday, February 15, 2016

Crash & Burn

Title: Crash & Burn
Author: Lisa Gardner
Published: February 3rd 2015 by Dutton
Format: audio; Hardcover, 400 pages
Genre: Suspense
Series: Tessa Leoni #3

What I still do not understand is why they fingerprinted the car and not the person. Maybe I missed it, but this story seems to be wrapped around bad police work.

Nicky Frank will tell you that she has died two times and now after three head injuries the reader is wondering what her full story is. For the first third of the book, it is just a bumbling police procedural mess of “Where is Vero – Vero is here – Don’t your see Vero – Vero wants to fly”, then the story further unravels (if that is even possible) and the ending is predictable. Really, there is no other way to describe it. Two officers are called out to a single car accident with the only occupant calling for Vero. After the investigation, no other person is found. Wacky unreliable Nicky keeps pushing for them to find her. It is not until the final chapters of the book that the full story is told. Unfortunately, it was too late, and too predictable. I had already mentally checked out and only finished because the idea of an unfinished book bothers me.

This is supposed to be a Tessa Leoni novel, but she barely make it on the radar other than to wonder if she is ready to share her life with a dog and to get in on the final action. This book is more of a Wyatt Foster book – Tessa’s boyfriend. Is Lisa Gardner trying to branch out her characters yet again? Honestly, I have no idea why I finished this book.

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