Review: Say Goodbye, by Lisa Gardner


Say Goodbye by Lisa Gardner
Published by Bantam on May 19, 2009
Genre(s): fiction, mystery, thriller, suspense, crime
Format & Pages: Paperback, 446
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Come into my parlor… For FBI Special Agent Kimberly Quincy it starts with a pregnant hooker. The story Delihah Rose tells Kimberly is too horrifying to be true. But prostitutes are disappearing, leaving behind no bodies and no explanations – except one only Kimberly, herself four months pregnant, is willing to believe. Could a sadist be hunting the streets for vulnerable young girls and using spiders to do his dirty work?

Said the spider to the fly… Either a serial killer has found the key to the perfect murder or Kimberly is following clues to a crime that never happened. In fact, Kimberly’s caught in a web more lethal than any spider’s, and the more she fights for answers, the more tightly she’s trapped. She’s already close – too close – to a psychopath who makes women’s nightmares come alive. And like her mother and sister before her, both victims of a serial killer, it won’t be long before it’s Kimberly’s time to say goodbye with her dying breath…

This book was perfectly creepy. The kind of creepy that draws you in, wanting to get to the inner workings of this crazy person’s mind, and keeps you up at night if you read it too close to bedtime.

I bought this in an airport to read on the flight home, and read about two thirds of it during the four hour flight. I couldn’t put it down. The writing was superb, the transitions from one perspective to another were seamless, and the characters – especially Kimberly – felt real. Her struggles and fears, minus the workings with a psychopath, were like those of myself and my peers. She was a complex and believable heroine, and I was rooting for her the whole way.

Say Goodbye isn’t for everyone. If you have any fear of spiders or sensitivity to brutality towards children, do NOT read this book. If you love scary and disturbing thrillers, this should definitely be on your to-read list!

5

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