I think this is my 5th re read I ve been a fan of Lisa Gardner for years and this book is the first book Quincy and Rainie appear together Rainie is a small town cop, and Quincy is an FBI Profiler drawn to her town when a school shooting happens The little town of Bakersville, Oregon is a town where everyone knows everyone and neighbors look out for one another Not a place where you d expect a school shooting But three are dead, and it appears a thirteen year old Bakersville boy did the deed Quincy and Rainie discover the shooting isn t as cut and dry as it first appears and the key seems to be with the third victim, the pretty computer science teacher, Miss Avalon.Rainie is a complex character, a Bakerville native with a colorful past the locals have gossiped and theorized about for years What really happened fourteen years ago As Quincy finds himself drawn to Rainie and , he pushes for answers But Quincy has his own personal troubles The main murder mystery is solved, but a few things are left in up in the air with Rainie and Quincy Their story continues in The Next Accident.As far as the audio version goes, C.J Critt sounded too old for the voice of Rainie and her performance of Quincy did not give the impression of a smart, sophisticated FBI Profiler Her performance didn t turn me off of the story, probably because I ve read it so many times before, but I wouldn t recommend it I do completely recommend the Quincy Rainie series, though Love the mysteries and their developing relationship If you haven t read a Lisa Gardner book before The Third Victim is a perfect place to start. Really liked Ms Gardner s writing This one had a really interesting plot and great characters. Bakersville in Oregon is a small town where nothing much ever happens So when Rainie Connor a police officer gets a call informing her that shots are being fired inside a school she can t believe it At first she thinks this must be a mistake, but once she arrives at the school, Rainie soon discovers that this no mistake Watching as she sees parents, teachers and children all running around frantic she quickly discovers that already there are a couple of children dead and several others injured.Not knowing if the shooter is still inside the school, Rainie enters slowly and with plenty of caution As she approaches one of the rooms she can see her boss, Shep the Sheriff of Bakersville and his son, Danny who has a gun in his hand Rainie is in disbelief at what she is seeing thinking it s not possible that Shep s son is the shooter But Danny confesses and he is taken into custody.Working with FBI profiler Pierce Quincy, Rainie begins to get a clearer picture of what really happened that day and things are not looking good for Danny They also discover there is another suspect, but will they be able to find this person before they strike again or will they run out of time Whilst all this is going on, Rainie is trying to cope with a secret from her past that has come back to haunt her Waking up most nights from nightmares it seems everything is starting to get on top of her Will Rainie be able to track down the other suspect before it s too late as well as deal with her own demons Another fantastic and very gripping read by Lisa Gardner I absolutely LOVED this book and couldn t put it down There is just something about Lisa Gardner s books that are not only thrilling, but they seem to get you hooked from page one right through to the last page So if you re looking for a nail biting and on the edge of your seat read then make sure you read this book Trust me you won t be disappointed. Recently an Aussie friend here on Goodreads renewed my interest in Gardner and I decided to rescue this book from my Beasty Bookshelf No Belle though where it has been sitting idly for ages and ages I am glad I did, it reminded me why I loved contemporary thrillers in the first place There were many twist and turns, surprises that actually surprised me I tore through this book in almost one go, the torrents of words felt familiar and comfortable, and I let go, relaxed and got so much than basic thrills got New Wordlings, this happens sometimes when inkblot gods gets drunk and therefore are kind to me However I couldn t help noticing this book being the product of its time had limited foresight, not that it bothers me, but since it was featured prominently so it felt incongruous as I read this in 2016 The tech mentioned here felt really archaic like really really archaic I am being ungenerous haha, I know Only safe and secure in today can we be smug about yesterday, even though it was us standing bare in that yesterday.Since we are talking about this, so on similar thought, though the book is set around 1999 2000 and Internet and the whole online scene was still in its nascent stages, was still reasonable hadn t imploded like it is now with social media, even then our crusaders great chemistry there I loved the protagonist, she was something else so yeah even then they should have checked the computers first, you know, just saying Could have arrived at the crucial points sooner and drew better conclusions.Something struck me as very funny Basically the general consensus among the non geek characters in the book was that anyone interested in Internet was a little off socially and kinda abnormal To me that was really funny If only those characters could see how people are today zombies but with smart phones Phones keeps getting smarter and smarter but the people not so much I feel that Lisa Gardner had something to say about a very sensitive subject To me it didn t feel like a lecture, she wasn t preaching I think she presented argument from all sides rather objectively.This was a delicate thing to talk about back in 2001 when the book came out Sadly school shootings, shootings in general have become such a common place occurrence that people are numb to it by now Just how many times does this needs to happen before everyone does what s right and right in front of them It s all really simple ButPeople can only dream of solutions but to quote from Penny Dreadful Who can survive the dreams The I read of Lisa Gardner the I like her style of writing She doesn t hold back and tells a story the way life happens The real world can, and often does, suck We all know there are bad guys gals out there and silently pray that they don t enter our own little piece of the world, but for far too many, they do enter, and consume their lives This is a well told story of a terrible act and the woman who fights against her own demons to bring the true killer to justice If you want to get a good grasp of the difference between serial killers and mass murderers, Lisa did her research you can learn something here. This story is a detective who done it of a school shooting in a small town in Oregon.It follows the formula of a good build up, a good mystery, and reasonably credible characters but I found the resolution very unconvincing OK we know who did it, so that s good.But several things I just couldn t buy into view spoiler We are never told of the actual mechanics of the school shooting We do know that the beautiful computer room teacher is assassinated But how and when did our assailant, Danny, shoot the two girls repeatedly How was he motivated to do this His anger issues were with his father Speaking of his father the town sheriff , why was he never brought in for questioning by our many investigators How did our main character, Rainee, walk so easily into the juvenile detention centre and get Danny to spill the beans I also thought Danny was off limits for an interview, having to have his lawyer present.And what is with this body buried under Rainee s porch 14 long years ago And then it was dug up during the night The climatic ending with the chase in back woods country was flimsy hide spoiler The Past Isn T OverAn Unspeakable Act Has Ripped Apart The Idyllic Town Of Bakersville, Oregon, And Its Once Peaceful Residents Are Demanding Quick Justice But Though A Boy Has Confessed To The Horrific Crime, Evidence Shows He May Not Be GuiltyOfficer Rainie Conner, Leading Her First Homicide Investigation, Stands At The Center Of The Controversy It S Hitting Too Close To Home, Bringing Back Her Worst Nightmares, Threatening To Expose Her Secret Sins But With The Boy S Life At Stake, She Won T Let Anything Stop Her From Finding The Real KillerWith The Help Of FBI Profiler Pierce Quincy, Rainie Comes Closer To A Deadly Truth Than She Can Imagine Because Out There In The Shadows A Man Watches Her And Plots His Next Move He Knows Her Secrets He Kills For Sport He S Already Brought Death To Bakersville And Forever Shattered The Community But What He Has Really Come For Is Rainie And He Won T Leave Until He Has Destroyed Her Another great read by Lisa Gardner 3.5 to 4.0 for me Sometimes I get a little tired of the thriller, killer, serial psycho nut jobs that seems not only to focus on someone but also they have to focus on someone male or female that is in law enforcement as well Having said that the book kept my interest and of course at some point I will pick up number 3 in this series Educational, educational, educational boy, can we tell that Lisa Gardner did a bunch of research on mass murderers vs serial killers and various homocidal types Which she dumped on us in dialogue Ugh Very slooooooow plot.Mostly I was interested in Rainie and Quincy s backstory Eh. Totally addicted to these characters already While I was definitely on the edge of my seat for much of the suspense, I mostly couldn t wait to get back to Quincy and Rainie and their lives Can t wait to read.