Der Schattenmorder

ISBN: 3442356121
ISBN 13: 9783442356126
By: Lisa Gardner

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Reader's Thoughts

Mickey Hoffman

This is the kind of book with a very sick criminal and you get to know his thoughts. I know most people like this sort of thriller/suspense novel, but I just shudder and cringe. Couple that with a female lead I couldn't like, I ended up skipping through several pages toward the end. I normally don't read this author but I read it in Chinese and it's not as easy to find book in the mystery genre in that language.

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.

Heather P

I know I wow alot of books but this one just popped right out from the start. I couldn't put the book down from page 2 on. Everything in this book by Lisa Gardner grabs you and holds you right up to the very last sentence of the book. There were lots of twists, and questions within the whole story. I loved all of the characters and they were all written perfectly. I only got confused once but then it was all figured out for me come the end of the book. This book is a heart stopper and it keeps you reading from the get-go! I really love Lisa Gardner books and I can't wait to start the next one! Keep on reading and enjoy!Heather

Dara

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

Sara

The Third Victim starts out with a school shooting, which I wasn't expecting based on the blurb and feel needs mentioning only because I personally have a hard time with school shooting related content. Once again, Gardner had to include a romance aspect; at first, that angle felt thrown in to attract more female readers, but I came to find the storyline more believable as the book went on. I really grew to like Quincy; he was barely mentioned in the first book of this series (The Perfect Husband), but TTV fleshed him out and made him feel like a real, complicated character. He's not necessarily hero-material, he seems more realistic, more subject to ordinary flaws, and more human, which makes him more captivating than, say, JD from The Perfect Husband. Rainie is also more interesting and less annoying than The Perfect Husband's Tess; Rainie is strong, but brittle, subject to moods and far from perfect...she's actually kind of like the female version of JD, now that I think about it. The plot itself...to me, it was well-driven and definitely made me want to know what was going to happen. However, there were some very big "duh" moments, like the email address incident, and the conclusion felt very weak for me. I just didn't really feel that the "big bad guy" made a whole lot of sense or that (s)he could really have gotten away with all that (s)he supposedly did. None of it added up to me, and I wish that Gardner had spent a little more time on the psychological aspects of the crime. The last scenario involving Mr. Avalon was especially haphazard and seemed like it was added just to throw in more drama.

Christine Blachford

Plot: A small American town becomes the latest victim of a school shooting and it’s up to Rainie Conner to work out whether the boy she has under arrest actually did it or not, all the while trying to live through her own horrors and embark on a relationship with an out of town investigator.Characters: Lorraine Connor, Rainie, has a deeply troubled history and she takes the reigns of the terror embarked on the town well, although starts to lose the plot a little herself. The object of her affection, Quincy, just seems like a really nice guy.Style Of Writing: Very open and clear and sympathetic to what is a very hard and appalling subject to write about.Overall Opinion: Very, very good, I think it lacks the big thrills that it tries to pursue but manages to be about the town dealing with the horror instead.Recommended If: You want to see no matter how awful the world can be, people can survive it, if they stick together.

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.

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.

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.

Annie Jones

I was not sure I would be able to finish this book as it starts with a school shooting and I can't stand reading about children getting hurt. However, the story moves on to centre the investigating officer and her past so I was able to go on. It was certainly intriguing as the plot unravels but I found the ending less strong than I had been anticipating. Overall an ok read.

Samantha Ace

I always enjoy Lisa Gardner's books, her research into the law enforcement background is very extensive and comes across as realistic in her books. I do think I am watching too much Law & Order: SVU though, because during the interrogation/questioning of *the suspect, I kept pausing and thinking to myself "NO! Be careful, that won't be admissible in court, you are coaching him!".The Third Victim was very heart-wrenching, because you really felt for all of the characters, and in true Lisa Gardner fashion, she kept me guessing until the very end. I did get annoyed with the romance aspect of the story, I was getting rather fed up with Rainie and her pushing him away the entire time. I also felt like the romance was really rushed and kind of assumed, even though neither of them ever really talked about being with one another. Sometimes I wish we could just stick to the story at hand. The ending was exhilarating, and action packed, I was hooked and scared and excited all at the same time, but that is always to be expected with her books. All in all, I loved it once again.

Bridget Conroy

As usual, another great book by Lisa Gardner. You never want to put her books down because you want to find out who did it and why and are excited for all the twists that are about to come your way. I have been reading her books out of order as I get them so this was nice to see how Quincy met Rainie to begin with and explains her past so it was nice to finally find out about her past. This book was really good although I dont think this was one of my favorites or the best but definitely an enjoyable read and a page turner!

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.

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.

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