First of all, massive thank you and bookish hugs to the folks at Headline for sending my a copy of this book to review!
Before I get into my full review, I definitely want to say that Crash & Burn by Lisa Gardner is a serious early contender for my favourite book of 2015. Incredibly intense and packed with plot twists, this book kept me on my toes from start to finish!
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 with her injuries. But one thought allows her to defy the odds and flag down help: Vero.
Sergeant Wyatt Foster is frustrated when even the search dogs can’t find any trace of the mysterious missing child. Until Nicky’s husband, Thomas, arrives with a host of shattering revelations: Nicole Frank suffers from a rare brain injury and the police shouldn’t trust anything she says.
Who is Nicky Frank, and what happened the night her car sailed off the road? Was it a random accident or something more sinister given the woman’s lack of family and no close friends? The deeper Wyatt digs, the more concerned he becomes. Because it turns out, in the past few months, Nicky has suffered from more than one close accident. . . . In fact, it would appear someone very much wants her dead.
Where to begin? I don’t read many books that involve following criminal investigations, but I think Crash & Burn may have changed my mind.
There’s so much I want to say about it. Plot-wise it was incredible. It’s impossible to predict what will happen next which makes Nicky Frank’s bizarre case much more exciting. Once you think you know something, a curve-ball will be thrown that proves what you originally thought is wrong. I could not put Crash & Burn down! Much like when watching an episode of Midsomer Murders, I was sat feverishly reading on and on to get those answers I so desperately craved. And I wasn’t disappointed.
Everything about the plot is so intricate and well thought out. Gardner wants us to not to trust Thomas, Nicky’s husband, in the beginning and you don’t. You become suspicious of everyone and everything and I had so much fun getting to play detective while reading. However, Sherlock Holmes shouldn’t fret just yet, I clearly wasn’t good at deducing the case like Tessa and Wyatt.
I liked the sub-plot of Tessa and Wyatt in this novel. While I hadn’t read any of the previous books by Gardner that center around just Tessa as a character, I really didn’t feel at all lost and caught up quickly. I thought it made it the entire book more believable. Normally, you don’t see much of the detectives and their personal lives in novels. The focus is much more on the case that they’ve got to solve, but having Wyatt’s relationship with Tessa and him trying to find ways to warm Tessa’s daughter to the idea of him being in her life was sweet and refreshing.
I reluctantly have to keep my mouth zipped because this is one of those books that has such a clever plot, but I can’t tell you too much without spilling all the details that make the books so exciting to read.