For Kimberly Quincy, FBI Special Agent, it all starts with a pregnant hooker. The story Delilah Rose tells Kimberly about her johns is too horrifying to be true-but prostitutes are disappearing, one by one, with no explanation, and no one but Kimberly seems to care.
...Said the spider to the fly ...
As a member of the Evidence Response Team, dead hookers are not exactly Kimberlys specialty. The young agent is five months pregnant-she has other things to worry about than an alleged lunatic who uses spiders to do his dirty work. But Kimberly's own mother and sister were victims of a serial killer. And now, without any bodies and with precious few clues it is all too clear that a serial killer has found the key to the perfect murder or Kimberly is chasing a crime that never happened.
Kimberley is caught in a web more lethal than any spider's, and the more she fights for answers, the more tightly she's trapped. What she doesn't know is that this is close too close-to a psychopath who makes womens nightmares come alive, and if he has his twisted way, it will not be long before it's time for Kimberly to Say Goodbye.
To be honest, not often a book hooks me so completely and utterly as this one has, as a lover (!) of crime thrillers; I have been thrilled, horrified and completely gripped by certain authors, but rarely shocked.
Lisa Gardner in Say Goodbye had me turning the pages, mortified by my own fascination and looking into myself, wondering if evil does live within us all.
A web of deceit, unravels around Kimberly Quincy, as she steps further and further into a cavern of depravity which few authors master. In my opinion what makes this book all the more scary and gripping is, with the exception of a single event, it could happen. It's plausible, and this evil really is at work within our society,
The synopsis gives away far too much above, so I am not dropping any more page spoilers, but I have to acknowledge that this book is possibly one of the best I have read in recent years, and I for one am going to watch out for Lisa Gardner as an author in future. Topping this book is going to be a challenge, and I for one am looking forward to seeing the results.
Additionally before I go, one thing I did discover with interest, on Lisa Gardeners website is that she has an IPod playlist for this book. Music stirs emotions in us all, and I found the choice of tunes in this list, interesting.
I take the liberty of inserting below; but, it will make absolutely no sense until you read Say Goodbye
Several of these tracks resonate with me well; maybe Lisa is correct, evil does reside in us all, and with tracks 8, 11 & 12 in particular holding meaning to me already, I doubt I will be able to listen to them again, without the hairs on the back of my neck standing up, or the feeling that evil is out there, waiting, and watching like a spider from the darkest corner of our soul.
Play List SAY GOODBYE: By Lisa Gardner's
2. Mad World-Michael Andrews
3. Money Maker-Rilo Kiley
4. Sleeper-the Chambermaids
5. Feel Good, Inc.-Gorillaz
6. Hurt-Johnny Cash
7. Spiders-System of a Down
8. Runaway-Bon Jovi
9. Fake It-Seether
10. Mr. Brightside-The Killers
11. Numb-Linkin Park
12. Bring Me to Life-Evanescence
13. Kryptonite-3 Doors Down
14. Better Days-Goo Goo Dolls
15. Hallelujah-Jeff Buckley