Der Schattenmorder

ISBN: 3442356121
ISBN 13: 9783442356126
By: Lisa Gardner

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Reader's Thoughts

Lee-Ann

I liked this book. I had read more recent Lisa Gardner novels first, so it was good to see how she introduced Rainie Conner and what the back story was. It's great to see how Rainie's relationship with Quincy starts off, too. The school shooting plot sent me off on a roller-coaster ride of assumptions, reminding me never to assume. I liked the emotional loose ends at the conclusion, reminding me of European mystery novels.

Peggy

This was a good suspense novel. The subject matter is painful, relating to a Columbine style shooting. But the story is good. I like Lisa Gardner. She reminds me of James Patterson but with a feminine tilt. There is a love story on the side.

Erika

So, what changed? The author or the reader?I bought this book some time ago and only got around to reading it recently. I recognized the title of a previous book by Gardner as one I'd read, but didn't remember much of the story. Upon re-reading my own review, I was surprised to see what a low rating I gave it and my own rather harsh comments.This all surprised me because I thought this book was REALLY good. Premise: A small town is shattered when a school shooting leaves two little girls and a teacher dead. Found at the scene with the weapons is the police chief's son. Did he do it? Was he set up? Second-in-command Lorraine (Rainie) Connor must find the answers while dealing with her own demons.This book is listed as "Quincy & Rainie No. 2," and I vaguely remember Quincy, an FBI profiler, from the previous book (The Perfect Husband) but don't recall if Rainie was in it. The ending ties up most of the storylines, but leaves one -- Quincy & Rainie's relationship -- hanging. Maybe there's a No. 3?

Myrna

When the author stops writing like this is a textbook about school shootings and mass murderers, the story approaches 4 stars for me; unfortunately, the book gets bogged down in the information Gardner is trying to teach me about these topics.

Richelle

If you enjoy hostage type books you will enjoy this book ..I didn't read much of it .. But I did push on to give it a chance ..A public school is under fire ..Quincy gets the call .. They arrive And I won't say much more ..It just wasn't doing it for me .. Comparing it to "say goodbye"It just didn't stand up against it .. At all !So I've put it down for now .. Maybe I'llTry it again another time ...

Teresa

This story was unlike any serial killer story I had ever read before. I didn't even know about this type of psychological behavior before in serial killers (won't go into detail as it would be the biggest spoiler ever). I also loved many of the things that she included about kids who commit school shootings and other serious crimes. For many years I have lamented that the criminal justice system conveniently forgets that even disturbed children are still children, and treating them as adults criminals serves no good to anyone. But off my soap box, I also really enjoyed the development of Quincy and Rainie as characters and was very surprised by the ending of the novel. It made me want to immediately start the next book to see if she addresses what came after the last scene. I look forward to reading the rest of this series as long as these two are prominent fixtures. It totally redeemed my severe disappointment in the characters of the first book by demonstrating again how totally imperfect, sad, broken people can make great protagonists that the reader will still root for.

Melliane

Mon avis en FrançaisMy English reviewJe ne connaissais pas du tout cette série mais je connaissais Lisa Gardner et j’étais curieuse de voir ce que donnait cette petite série. Encore une fois, je ne commence pas avec le premier tome, mais en lisant le résumé, on peut voir que le volume précédent traite de personnages différents. Il n’y a donc pas vraiment de problèmes ici avec cette histoire.Nous découvrons dès le début de l’histoire : Rainie, un agent de police dans une petite ville de province. Rien ne s’y passe jamais et la vie y est assez paisible, aussi quand une fusillade éclate dans l’école du coin, la ville est mise en émoi. Rainie se précipite sur les lieux du crime pour trouver Shep (le shérif de la ville) en pleine négociation avec son fils tenant des armes en mains. Mais ce n’est pas tout, car deux petites filles et une enseignante ont été tuées et le coupable semble logiquement désigné. Les gens de la ville ont eux aussi déjà condamné cet enfant qui a avoué plusieurs fois les faits et la population a décidé de prendre en grippe cette famille ainsi que Rainie qui n’a pu empêcher cette catastrophe à temps. Pourtant notre héroïne est persuadée qu’il y a plus et aidée d’un enquêteur du FBI : Quincy, ils vont essayer de comprendre ce qu’il s’est passé dans cette petite école.J’ai adoré Rainie. Elle a eu depuis toujours une vie très difficile avec une mère alcoolique qui la battait et un traumatisme qu’elle garde constamment en elle. Pourtant elle s’est forgée une vie assez simple comme elle les aime, gardant un secret qui la détruit petit à petit, surtout maintenant que cette nouvelle enquête la fait retomber dans son passé. Cependant, malgré sa fragilité, notre héroïne sait parfaitement se contrôler quand il le faut et va tout faire pour résoudre cette affaire du mieux qu’elle le peut. Et puis, il y a aussi Quincy… Ah cet homme. Il est loin des stéréotypes que l’on peut rencontrer en littérature. C’est un homme aux multi-facettes, attentif, analysant tout ce qu’il se passe autour de lui et comprenant des choses que Rainie préférerait oublier. Alors qu’un lien va tout de suite les lier au début de l’histoire, on comprend que l’homme ne sera jamais le coup d’un soir. Non, parce qu’il ne désire qu’une chose et c’est comprendre cette jeune femme si énigmatique qui semble cacher un grand pan de sa vie. On sait très bien de par son attitude que Rainie veut se livrer et se débarrasser du fardeau qu’elle porte et en même temps elle le refuse catégoriquement.Pour ce qui est de l’enquête de meurtre, c’est vrai que le lecteur sait parfaitement dès le début de l’histoire qu’il existe un meurtrier autre que cet enfant, mais nous ne savons pas véritablement s’il y a un ou deux coupables. On se pose un grand nombre de questions, de même que sur cet adulte qui a participé à la tuerie. Mais alors que les réponses sont difficiles à obtenir, et voyant que nos hypothèses changent constamment, j’avoue que j’ai quand même été surprise en fin de livre quand nous apprenons l’identité du coupable. Je ne m’attendais pas du tout à la révélation de Rainie sur le soir du meurtre de sa mère.Vous l’aurez compris, j’ai passé un super moment avec ce roman et l’auteur nous présente une enquête vraiment fascinante. Je suis très curieuse de pouvoir lire le troisième tome pour en découvrir plus sur nos deux héros.

Becky

Oh. Didn't see that coming. Just get it on already though. Jeeze. The sexual tension is killing me lol.

LJ

The Third Victim - GGardner, Lisa - 2nd in Quincy/Raine seriesAn unspeakable act has ripped apart the idyllic town of Bakersville, Oregon, and its once peacful residents are demanding quick justice. But though a boy has confessed to the horrific crime, evidence shows he may not be guilty.Officer Rainie Conner, leading her first homicide investigation, stands at the center of the controversy. It's hitting too close to home, bringing back her worst nightmares, threatening to expose her secret sins. But with the boy's life at stake, she won't let anything stop her from finding the real killer.With the help of FBI profiler Pierce Quincy, Rainie comes closer to a deadly truth than she can imagine. Because out there in the shadows a man watches her and plots his next move. He knows her secrets. He kills for sport. He's already brought death to Bakersville and forever shattered the community. But what he has really come for is Rainie--and he won't leave until he has destroyed her.Not as good as the first book in the series but still enjoyable.

Dara

Love Lisa Gardner books and this one didn't disappoint!

Russ Skinner

Much better pacing than the first book in this series (or what has become the first book in this series, since Rainie Connor was not in that book). (One quibble: I had the feeling from the earlier book that FBI SupSpAg Quincy was older than he is in this, later, book.)It was good to see a villain given credit for some intelligence.I will be looking for the next book on OverDrive once I finish posting this.(GoodReads quibble: I had written a previous version of this review, clicked to change the edition from paperback to ebook, and lost the content.)

Lois

Educational, educational, educational--boy, can we tell that Lisa Gardner did a bunch of research on mass murderers vs. serial killers and various homocidal types. Which she dumped on us in dialogue. Ugh. Very slooooooow plot.Mostly I was interested in Rainie and Quincy's backstory. Eh.

Dee Waite

The more I read of Lisa Gardner the more I like her style of writing. She doesn't hold back and tells a story the way life happens. The real world can, and often does, suck. We all know there are "bad guys/gals" out there and silently pray that they don't enter our own little piece of the world, but for far too many, they do enter, and consume their lives. This is a well told story of a terrible act and the woman who fights against her own demons to bring the true killer to justice. If you want to get a good grasp of the difference between serial killers and mass murderers, Lisa did her research; you can learn something here.

Reecie

The past isn't over....An unspeakable act has ripped apart the idyllic town of Bakersville, Oregon, and its once-peaceful residents are demanding quick justice. But though a boy has confessed to the horrific crime, evidence shows he may not be guilty.Officer Rainie Conner, leading her first homicide investigation, stands at the center of the controversy. It's hitting too close to home, bringing back her worst nightmares, threatening to expose her secret sins. But with the boy's life at stake, she won't let anything stop her from finding the real killer.With the help of FBI profiler Pierce Quincy, Rainie comes closer to a deadly truth than she can imagine. Because out there in the shadows a man watches her and plots his next move. He knows her secrets. He kills for sport. He's already brought death to Bakersville and forever shattered the community. But what he has really come for is Rainie -- and he won't leave until he has destroyed her....

Nan Williams

I really enjoyed the suspense and pace and movement of this novel. It was a real page turner. The characters were pretty well defined although there certainly was an excess of personal baggage and unfortunate history for each. It would seem that nobody had had a normal childhood nor one lacking in severe trauma. This ranged from severe verbal abuse to rape to murder to alcoholism. I wanted to like some of the more upstanding characters, but it was hard.I was truly shocked at the climax of the plot as I kept wanting there to be a redeeming feature for our little boy.It was a story based on 5 or 6 horrific school shootings in the late 90s, the last one of which was Columbine in CO. Obviously the characters were drawn from the lives of those people. I read the book 13 years after those events, but just a few months after the Sandy Hook, CT, shooting.It was a very hard story to read and digest, but it was well written.

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