My name is Dr. Adeline Glen. Due to a genetic condition, I can’t feel pain. I never have. I never will.
The last thing Boston Detective D.D. Warren remembers is walking the crime scene after dark. Then, a creaking floorboard, a low voice crooning in her ear… She is later told she managed to discharge her weapon three times. All she knows is that she is seriously injured, unable to move her left arm, unable to return to work.
My sister is Shana Day, a notorious murderer who first killed at fourteen. Incarcerated for thirty years, she has now murdered more people while in prison than she did as a free woman.
Six weeks later, a second woman is discovered murdered in her own bed, her room containing the same calling cards from the first: a bottle of champagne and a single red rose. The only person who may have seen the killer: Detective D.D. Warren, who still can’t lift her child, load her gun, or recall a single detail from the night that may have cost her everything.
Our father was Harry Day, an infamous serial killer who buried young women beneath the floor of our home. He has been dead for forty years. Except the Rose Killer knows things about my father he shouldn’t. My sister claims she can help catch him. I think just because I can’t feel pain, doesn’t mean my family can’t hurt me.
D.D. may not be back on the job, but she is back on the hunt. Because the Rose Killer isn’t just targeting lone women; he is targeting D.D. And D.D. knows there is only one way to take him down:
I have been reading books by Lisa Gardner for years. Of all these books, her D.D.Warren books are my favorite, never disappoint and this book was certainly no exception. D.D. is a Boston homicide detective and she always gets called in on the hardest cases.
This time around. D.D. has been horribly injured while at a homicide scene, one that she went to after hours by herself. It’s agreed that the murderer injured her, but D.D. has no memory of the incident. Even though she is off the job in order to heal, she can’t let the case go and works behind the scenes with her partner to figure out this case. A serial killer is killing people and peeling off their skin.
I really enjoy the character of D.D.. She is almost gruff, confident in her abilities as a detective, and always determined to get the killer. This book shows her vulnerability but also her determination to beat the horrific pain she is in, all the while tracking a killer.
This book was told from two prespectives and it really worked. Adeline, is D.D.’s pain specialist, and has a rare genetic disorder. She can not feel pain. Sounds like a good thing right? Well after reading this, you will realize how wrong that is. The reason we get her perspective really goes deeper into the story and I really don’t want spoilers so suffice it to say that it adds greatly to the story and I both enjoyed it and was horrified by it.
This book was Lisa Gardner at her absolute best. It’s filled with an extremely intricate plot amd plot twists. The use of flashbacks to show reasons behind some of the characters’ behaviors worked. She writes believable characters along with warped characters and well written good guys. The signature of a good mystery, to me is not to be able to figure out the ending. While I did figure out some of it, I really wasn’t sure and I certainly didn’t figure out all the twists in any way, shape or form. So this to me equals a very well written mystery.
There really wasn’t anything to not like in this book. Good characters, good mystery and great all round story.
I think all mystery or suspense readers will find this book will fit the bill. Due to some graphic violence, I think it should be for 17 years old and up. Also, I should tell you that while this is part of a series, it really can stand alone.