Tag: Tessa Leoni Series

Crash and Burn by Lisa Gardner (Tessa Leoni #3)


Availability: Released 3rd Feb 2015 on Kindle, Hardcover, Audio Nook & Kobo, Paperback available 16th July 2015

Rated: 3/5

Synopsis: My name is Nicky Frank. I’m in hospital after crashing my car. I am afraid. The only thing that I can think about is Vero. I know I have to save her but why couldn’t I find her? She’s just a little girl. The man standing in my hospital room tells me we are married but there is no Vero. That six months ago I suffered a traumatic brain injury which caused changes to my personality. I have dramatic mood swings, an inability to concentrate and large gaps in my memory. I’m much easier to anger these days. And I drink. All of which he says explains the car accident and my confusion. Now a Sergeant Wyatt Foster is investigating. He has questions about the car accident. He has concerns about my husband. And he’s worried about a missing girl. He would like to know what happened to me. So would I. My name is Nicky Frank. This is my life. Watch me crash and burn.

My Review: I was pretty torn about how to rate this but have to stay true to what I thought and stick with the middle of the road. It’s certainly a good read and solid writing but there were a number of things that just didn’t sit right with me. Nicky Frank has woken in hospital and her memory is not what it should be. She recalls a little girl Vero yet the man standing beside that she is told is her husband claims they don’t have children. The story certainly starts off well with a very descriptive and tense car crash but for me it then becomes somewhat disjointed.

Nicky’s husband Thomas certainly makes for an interesting read, and he certainly piques my interest from the very beginning. Wyatt Foster, the sergeant looking after the case is also a good character and seeing him chase down leads is the usual engaging ‘Gardner’ style. Nicky Frank is a character I just couldn’t get along with and I found the constant switch between her lucidness and strange visions regarding Vero quite annoying after a while.

It sounds like I am being un-necessarily harsh and that’s certainly not my intention. I always try to explain to people why I didn’t like something and I think for me this was one of the things I struggled with in the book. In addition, I actually read a book (less than 2 weeks ago) about somebody who awoke from a car crash with no memory. Maybe the similarities were too much in such a short space of time. I think this is quite a departure in style fro Lisa Gardner and I think people will really enjoy the book. There are certainly a lot of twists and turns and I was surprised at the outcome. I just think that maybe this one wasn’t for me. I will eagerly await the next DD novel and look forward to what comes next.

Touch and Go by Lisa Gardner (Tessa Leoni #1)

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My Rating: 4/5

 I am a pretty big Lisa Gardner fan, especially of her DD Warren series. Her newest release Touch and Go is due for release in February 2012 but I was fortunate to receive an early reader copy. Her latest book features Tessa Leoni (who also appeared in Love You More) who is called in after the Denbe family are abducted. Upon arrival at Justin and Libby Denbe’s home, there are no signs of a break in, and there is no ransom demand. It seems like the couple and their teenage daughter have vanished into thin air. The more Tessa digs, the more it seems a little too perfect. To the outside world they are the perfect couple, with Justin running a very wealthy and successful company and a beautiful home.

As usual the pace is pretty frenetic from the very beginning. Justin and Libby are on date night when then enter their home and are taken by surprise. As the reader we see both sides of the story, both from the family’s perspective and the Detectives as well. As the story progresses we also meet Sergeant Wyatt Foster who participates in the case with Tessa. Having read the book Love You More I was familiar with Tessa’s history, however if you haven’t read it there is certainly enough background for readers to understand her past. I really loved Tessa and Wyatt working together and thought they made a good team

From the very early stages, although we see what is happening to the family (can’t say too much for fear of spoilers) we also see the police trying to solve the puzzle. With no clear cut motive it means examining every person who is close to the family. I found myself constantly changing my mind on who I thought was culpable, and thankfully it only became clear towards the very end (which is always a bonus in my eyes). The family were easy to read about and part of that attraction was seeing them crumble under the immense strain they are put under in their kidnapping situation. Layers are peeled away to reveal a family far from perfect and this makes the story even more interesting than the bog standard murder novel.

When I got to the end I was not entirely shocked at the outcome but thought that the book was another great read by Lisa Gardner. Admittedly I still favour DD Warren, but I think Tessa Leoni could be the star of another series. If she is I can only hope that Wyatt Foster goes along for the ride. Not my favourite Lisa Gardner book, but an awesome read that will keep you guessing until the end.