Right Behind You (Quincy and Rainie #7). Lisa Gardner. Penguin Publishing Group. October 2017. 480 pp. ISBN#: 9781101984376.
Telly Ray Nash and his sister Sharlah have been brutalized by their father for years. One night Telly has had enough and takes a baseball bat to his father, killing him and even using the bat on his sister Sharlah. The siblings are then separated and are trying to put their lives together with families who actually want to adopt them. One day, however, Telly kills both of his foster parents and wanders off to commit more murder. Sharlah learns about this from her own foster parents, Quincy and Rainie, who are worried sick that her brother will come after to finish off what he began several years earlier. Quincy and Rainie are former FBI profilers and so they know something of what can be predicted.
The novel then concerns the search for Telly who is on the run. The author takes the reader into the mind of Telly and Sharlah as the search continues. The two victims haven’t really pieced together why their violent background unfolded. Sharlah can’t figure out why her brother turned the bat on her after he finished his rampage on his abusive father. Both deeply know fear, hate, and love, experiences that don’t make sense, as well as the care their foster parents are unconditionally offering them. It’s just such a chaotic mental and emotional mess in their minds!
Don’t quit reading because the story enfolds in ways that are imagined by the reader. Resist the temptation to stereotypically categorize Telly as a wounded killer gone berserk. There’s far more to this story worth the telling. Lisa Gardner is a wonderful storyteller who knows how to pace action and tension that keeps the reader riveted to the plot and caring about the characters involved in this nightmarish search and its aftermath. Well-plotted with multiple characters worth rooting for to come out of their nightmarish experience!