Nicky Frank’s car has just plummeted down an embankment in rural New Hampshire, but she has miraculously survived. When she regains consciousness, although dazed and injured, her only concern is for her young daughter, Vero, who is missing.
However, as the police soon discover, Nicky and her husband Thomas have no children, no daughter named Vero. It seems that as a result of numerous freak accidents, Nicky has sustained several concussions in the past six months, and suffers from severe brain trauma, which leaves her confused and unable to distinguish illusion from reality.
As Sgt. Wyatt Foster and private investigator Tessa Leoni team up to investigate the suspicious circumstances of Nicky’s car accident, they slowly uncover chilling clues to Nicky’s past. But instead of answers only more questions remain. Is Nicky the victim or is she the criminal? Is Thomas really her loving and doting husband or does he have more sinister motives? And who is Vero? Does this little girl really exist or is she a delusion conjured up in Nicky’s damaged and battered mind?
‘Crash & Burn’ is a fast-paced and intense psychological thriller with many surprising and terrifying twists and turns, like an unstoppable train rushing to its dramatic and gripping conclusion. Lisa Gardner has managed to capture so remarkably the effects of brain trauma on a person’s mind. So convincing in fact, that the reader is apt to feel just as confused and troubled as Nicky, unable to determine if what they have read is real or just an intricately created smoke screen.
A fantastic read, I give ‘Crash & Burn’ 5/5 stars. Other great books by Lisa Gardner include:
Thank you to NetGalley and the Penguin Group (Dutton) for providing me an Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for an honest review.