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Crash & Burn
Crash Burn
Author: Lisa Gardner
The #1 New York Times bestselling author?s latest stand-alone thriller, with a cameo by her fan-favorite character, Boston Detective D.D. Warren — My name is Nicky Frank. Except, most likely, it isn?t. — Nicole Frank shouldn?t have been able to survive the car accident, much less crawl up the steep ravine. Not in the dark, not in the rain, not wit...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780525954569
ISBN-10: 0525954562
Publication Date: 2/3/2015
Pages: 416
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.

3.6 stars, based on 32 ratings
Publisher: Dutton Adult
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio CD
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This was a fast read, but not a particularly good example of Gardner's storytelling talents. The whole book felt weirdly isolated, taking place in a vacuum where only the crime, the people involved, and a few officers existed. A tight focus for a story is okay, but here it became a stranglehold that seemed artificial. There was also too much repetition overall, far too many exhaustive descriptions about unimportant details.

I didn't like the story's over-reliance on Nicky as an unreliable sometime-narrator. She endlessly cycled through her harrowing memories, so that after a (short) while, her trauma became merely tedious. I didn't develop sympathy for her, I just wanted the story to move along. The other characters, with the possible exception of Wyatt, were not given enough scope to develop beyond one dimension here. And D. D. Warren's presence was simply an unwelcome distraction.

The book was not without a handful of clever plot twists, and did keep me reading. However, the melodramatic ending was somewhat unbelievable, a little surprising, and generally unsatisfying. It doesn't mean I'll give up on Gardner entirely, but I'll probably approach her future books with a little less enthusiasm.
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I enjoyed this book and couldn't wait to find out what the actually story was. That being said, I got really, really sick of the "Vero learned to fly" over and over and over again. This definitely wasn't one of Lisa Gardner's best books, but it did hold my attention. Was glad when the truth finally came out, but felt there were still a couple of loose ends that I would have liked to have seen tied up.