Der Schattenmorder

ISBN: 3442356121
ISBN 13: 9783442356126
By: Lisa Gardner

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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.

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 ...

Dara

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

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.

Bill Garrison

THE THIRD VICTIM is one of bestselling author Lisa Gardner's early novels, and one in which long time characters Quinch and Rainie Connor meet. Quincy is an FBI profiler and Rainie is a police officer in the small Oregon town of Bakersville. As I followed them in later Gardner novels, I always pictured them as older, so it was fun to get a glimse of Quincy in his forties and Ranie at 31. The novel opens with a horrific event, a school shooting. Rainie is fifteen minutes away and drives like crazy to get there. Once on the scene, she sees bleeding, injured children. A national tragedy has come to their small town, just like Colombine. Gardner really evokes the horror of a shooting at a school, from the helplessness of all those involved to the fear of the parents, to the anger of the victims. Ranie is the officer put in charge of the case when Danny O'Grady is found in the school holding two guns. Danny is the 13 year old son of Shep, the chief of police and Rainie's mentor.Quincy comes to town because he's been investigating the cause of school shootings and what causes these kids to act out. While in town, he gets close to Rainie as they try and find out why Danny did what he did, and if he acted alone.The good: The third victim of the title refers to Ms. Avalon, a teacher at the school and a victim of the shooting. Was she a target? It was an really interesting premise. I don't want to give anything away, but the past of the villain of the novel is really interesting and probably should have gotten more attention in the novel.The not so good: So much of the middle focuses on the aftermath of the shooting. We read about the frustrations of the investigation, and the pain Shep O'Grady and his family are facing. While we are deep into the lives of the people in the novel, the actual progress on what really happened moved at a glacier pace.All of Gardner's recent novels have been great, but her early ones have been hit or miss for me. I liked THE OTHER SISTER, while THE PERFECT HUSBAND and SURVIVOR'S CLUB had issues. This novel fits somewhere in the middle. I really liked the story, but it seemed slow at times.

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.

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.

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.)

Becky

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

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.

Kim

Having read some of her other books and loved them, this one was such a disappointment and such a struggle to finish. It didn't have the suspense that her other books have had, which surprises me because the book right before this, The Other Daughter, was full of suspense. Amazon says:"Rainie Conner initially joined the small-town police force in Bakersville, Ore., to escape the ghosts of her past. When she responds to a call from the local school and discovers students screaming, bodies lying inert in the rooms and one young boy holding two guns, however, Rainie find herself leading a controversial investigation and struggling to contain her childhood memories. The fact that the boy is the son of the town sheriff, Rainie's superior and friend, only intensifies the pressure Rainie endures from members of the community, the FBI and the media. Although she tries desperately to do her work amid the growing criticism, Rainie begins to question her own fragile psychological stability. Fortunately, she finds solace in the arrival of the gentlemanly Pierce Quincy, an FBI profiler with a sharp mind and a soft shoulder. The duo eventually reach the conclusion that someone else must be responsible for the massacre, someone who may have recruited the boy to do the shootings."

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.

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?

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.

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