Monday, August 18, 2014

Fear Nothing.

Title/Author: Fear Nothing (Detective D.D. Warren #7) by Lisa Gardner.


Genre: Thriller.

Publisher: Brilliance Audio.

Source: Library.

SynopsisMy 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 a previous crime scene: 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:

Fear nothing.

Midnyte Musings:  Dark and twisted, Fear Nothing is a solid mystery with a good plot. 

Serial killers, twisted children who grow up into disfunctional adults, and the cops right on the hells of a murder mystery.  The story starts with main character D.D., falling down a flight of stairs and being put on medical leave.  She is mandated to visit a pain management specialist who actually does help her deal with her pain and the mental anguish it is causing.  D.D. was in the middle of a case when she got hurt, but she does not let her injury stop her from investigating.  Her investigation ties in to Adelaid, or rather, Adelaide's older sister, Shayna, who has been in jail for the past 30 years for murder. 

My favorite character is Shayna, Adelaide's sister who is behind bars for murder and has been since she was 14.  She is complex and beaten down by her circumstances, and as the novel moves along it becomes apparent that Shayne has a secret that relates to a current case. 

Although this is the 7th book featuring D.D., there wasn't anything in the book that made me feel as if I was missing something, so don't worry about not being able to follow.  While this is a plus for me, a new reader to this series, it also doesn't bode that well because again, I didn't feel as if I was missing anything.  I didn't need to know D.D.'s character, or how she got together with her husband.  I did enjoy this book, but with the exception of the Day sisters, the other people in the book could have been anyone.  Detectives, husbands, etc.  Maybe if I had read the series from the beginning I would be more invested in the characters and not have judged them this harshly. 

The story is told in 3rd person omniscient for D.D.'s point of view and first person for Adelaide.  I only got confused once in a while, but I also think that was because of the audio.  It's sometimes hard to tell where there's a chapter or section break.  I did like knowing what was going on in Adelaide's mind though. 

I had a lot of theories, but I didn't guess the mystery until very late in the game, which is always a huge plus in my book.  I like to be surprised. 

Narration:  I think the narrator did a very good job since it was a cast of so many different characters.  Adelaide's "voice" reminded me of Candace Bergen and D.D. was pretty natural. 

Starstruck over:  The insights into the characters and the mystery.


Jen | Book Den said...

I think I have a couple of paperbacks from this series. I will have to look for them. I bet Candace Bergen would make a great narrator.

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