The Third Victim

ISBN: 0752844830
ISBN 13: 9780752844831
By: Lisa Gardner

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Officer Rainie Conner comes closer to a deadly truth than she can imagine. Out there in the shadows a man watches her and plots his next move. He has already brought death to Bakersville, but what he has really come for is Rainie.

Reader's Thoughts

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.

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!

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.

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.


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?


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.


If the holidays weren't here when I started this book I probably would have finished it within a day but since Christmas interrupted my reading I finished it last night. Great book, great charaters, LOVED the plot. She is fast becoming one of my favorite authors.

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

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.


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."


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


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.

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.


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


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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