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Right Behind You

(Quincy & Rainie #7)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  25,603 ratings  ·  2,184 reviews

Lisa Gardner's latest thriller following her runaway hit Find Her takes her wildly popular brand of suspense to new heights.

Eight years ago, Sharlah May Nash's older brother beat their drunken father to death with a baseball bat in order to save both of their lives. Now thirteen years old, Sharlah has finally moved on. About to be adopted
Published February 9th 2017 by Headline (first published January 31st 2017)
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Jennifer It can be read as a standalone. The mystery/case is unique to this book. However this is a series. And the relationships have developed over 7 books. …moreIt can be read as a standalone. The mystery/case is unique to this book. However this is a series. And the relationships have developed over 7 books. There is a lot of backstory re: Quincy and Rainie that you will miss out on if you start with this book. But you won't feel lost.(less)
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Jan 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the first full length Lisa Gardner novel that I have read. I loved it and found it a fantastic and addictive read. At aged 9, Telly Ray Nash killed his father with a baseball bat to protect his younger sister, Sharlah, from being stabbed to death. His father had already stabbed his mother. After such a traumatic childhood, Telly and Sharlah were separated and have experienced a number of problematic foster families prior to finding ones that eventually work for them. Telly is with Frank ...more
Who am I who am I who am I?

Much to my surprise, this wasn’t the dark and depraved story I was expecting. Considering Find Her was my first of Lisa Gardner’s work, and this only my second, can you blame me?

This story actually hit on the opposite end of the spectrum, in almost every way. Mild in comparison, it wasn’t the manhunt or the investigation itself that garnered my attention like before, but the HUGE throbbing heart at the center of the story - Quincy, Rainie and their little makeshif
Mary Beth
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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4.5 stars!

This is the seventh book in the Quincy and Rainie Series.
I just love this series and I could not put this book down.
Lisa Gardner is one of my favorite authors. I have read all of her books. I love Quincy and Rainie. I was beyond thrilled when I heard that we would be getting a new book in this series.

Right Behind You is a mystery/suspense/thriller. The case/mystery is unique to this book. However, there is a lot of back story with Rainie and Quincy that you will miss out on if you sta
Diane S ☔
Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I could poke holes in a few plot points, but I won't. I am so happy to see a Quincy and Rainier novel again, loved the two young characters, but mostly because it was the first mystery/police procedural that I didn't want to put down in quite a while.

Quite quickly paced, the effects of early violence on the young, foster homes and the adjustments they take and a strong brother/sister bond. Plus, a wonderful and loyal ex police dog. Also loved Cali, the cheese maker and tracker. Intrigue, suspens
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sister Read Review by Norma & Brenda

Yeah!  Quincy & Rainie are back after nine (9) years! Where have they been and what have they been doing?

Lisa Gardner touches on these questions in Right Behind You and we were totally satisfied with the answers that we obtained after reading this novel but we felt that the story was also about some of the supporting characters that were introduced.  It’s not all about Quincy and Rainie here.  So with that being said it absolutely works as a standalone book.

Dec 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 7th boot in the 'Quincy & Rainie' series by author Lisa Gardner and can be read as a stand alone or as part of the series.I have read quite a few Lisa Gardner books but this is only the second one I have read in this 'Quincy & Rainie' series and found it very enjoyable.
The series is set around Pierce Quicy who is a former profiler and his wife former cop Rainie. The couple have a teenage girl, Sharlah living with them that they hope to adopt. Sharlah's older brother, Telly killed th
I hate to say it but I was not impressed by this one. Maybe it was my mood, but it was really slow and boring and repetitive. I struggled to get through it. I'll probably be in the minority on this one! ...more
Theresa Alan
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you are not yet a fan of Lisa Gardner, I don’t recommend that you start here. This book is good, but does not move at the breathless pace that Gardner’s work is often associated with.

It starts off with a nine-year-old-boy protecting his five-year-old sister from a father who is drunk and high and attacking the family with a knife. Using a baseball bat, Telly ensures their addicted parents won’t live until morning. Telly and Sharlah are broken up and sent to different foster families—several
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was nice getting reacquainted with Quincy and Rainie, and this story was a great vehicle for these two characters.

Telly and Sharlah, brother and younger sister, have bounced around in foster care after the deaths of their parents. They've been separated for eight years. Sharlah is about to be adopted by Quincy and Rainie, but Telly is close to aging out of the foster system. Then two bodies are discovered at a convenience store, and we're off and running.

Lisa Gardner can tell a story! She sup
Brenda ~Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
This was a sister read with Norma. We did the review together and posted it on her reviews.
If you are interested it can also be found on our blog as well

Dec 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Ooohh this was good.

Lisa Gardner continues to keep this series fresh both by moving the lives of the main characters forward in significant ways and by adding remarkable new individuals who carry the main weight of the plot. That mixture of fresh voices and old favourites, modified and matured by their experiences, is what makes these stories so easy to fall in to. Rainie and Quincy are firm favourites of mine, but they are well matched by Sharlah May Nash and her brother, Telly Ray in this ins
Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Thirteen year-old Sharlah hasn’t seen her older brother, Telly, since he killed their parents in self-defense eight years ago. Obviously, these two didn’t have the greatest start in life with drug addicted, violent parents, but they had each other. Telly loved Sharlah, would feed her, make sure her clothes were clean, and take her to the library each day after school to read her favorite books. Now Sharlah is finally getting a permanent home, and parents who love her: Quincy and Rainie, a perfec ...more
Wow! Lisa Gardner has done it again!!

Thirteen year old Sharlah May Nash had been fostered with Pierce Quincy and Rainie Connor for three years and they’d been the best three years out of her last eight. Now, in just a few months the legal adoption would be finalised; they would be her parents; she would be their daughter. Sharlah had been five years old when she entered the system – her older brother Telly Ray Nash had cared for her, fed her Cheerios for breakfast, taken her to school and the li
Judy D Collins
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Psychologically rich. Meticulously researched. Thought-provoking. Edge-of-your-seat thriller. Emotional. Gripping. Suspenseful. Gardner’s Best Yet! 5 Stars +++

The "queen" of crime thrillers, Lisa Gardner returns to Bakersville, Oregon, following Find Her (2016) and the latest tantalizing prequel teaser: The 4th Man (Quincy & Rainie #6.5) with RIGHT BEHIND YOU — with fan favorites, highly anticipated retired FBI profiler and former police officer Quincy & Rainie dyna
This is the seventh book in the Quincy and Rainie Series but I think there is no problem reading this as a stand alone. I have not read any of the other books in this series but having finished this one I am left with a strong desire to read the other books in this series. Lisa Gardner is terrific storyteller. This is a mystery / suspense / thriller but it is also about family and relationships.

Eight years ago Sharlah May Nash’s older brother, Telly Ray Nash, beat their drunken father to death w
Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)
Sharlah and Telly Nash were raised in an abusive environment by drug addicted parents. At age nine, Telly killed his drunk father with a baseball bat to protect himself and his sister. The siblings were separated into different foster homes and they remained apart for eight years.

Retired FBI profilers Rainie Conner and Pierce Quincy are foster parents to Sharlah. She has turned thirteen and has been passed around to different families. To the surprise of their quiet community, a double murder ta
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I read this out of order yeah I know am silly but I saw it in the library & to me Lisa Gardner is a drug just need my fix & boy didn't she deliver I loved everything about this book , The characters were top notch, loved the way Miss Gardner combined Sherriff Shelly Atkins With Quincy & Rainie it worked to a T this for me was one of her best novels I have read , I bought The Next Accident after 84 pages the plot was tight & believable. The story goes back 8 years earlier & then goes to the prese ...more
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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After being attacked by his drunk and abusive father , Telly, a nine year old boy, kills him and his mother to protect and save the life of his 5 year old sister Sharlah.
Since that faithful day the brother and sister have been separated, each put in the care of a foster family.
Everything seems to be going well until some years later Telly’s foster parents are brutally murdered and he is nowhere to be found.
Did Telly kill his kind and caring foster parents? If so, what was the motive?

My reason
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Right Behind You is the seventh book in the Quincy and Rainie by Lisa Gardner. It really has been a fantastic series.

Just like the other books in this series Right Behind You has been another nail biting psychological thriller that was difficult to put down. If you love reading intense page turners then make sure you read this book. Highly recommended.
Linda Strong
Dec 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sharla Nash's older brother killed their drunken father with a baseball bat 8 years ago. Telly Ray was only 9 years old at the time and never charged. Sharla and Telly Ray were sent to separate foster homes.

Sharla is now 13 and living with retired FBI profiler Pierce Quincy and his wife, Rainie. They have come to love this girl and have already made plans to adopt her.

A murder at a local gas station has the Sheriff there requesting the help of Quincy and Rainie. Much to their surprise it looks
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was thrilled to be back in the world of Quincy & Rainie in Lisa Gardner's "Right Behind You".
A superb family-themed mystery/thriller!
Sharlah May Nash's older brother Telly beat their drunken father to death with a baseball bat in order to save both of their lives. They are separated at that point, both going into different foster homes. Eight years later, 13 year old Sharlah has finally moved on and is settling into her new life with her dog Luca and with her about to be adopted parents, retir
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced ebook in exchange for an honest review and for GRANTING MY WISH to read this book

So.. this week I truly was visited by the NETGALLEY book fairy and received the 7th book in the Quincy and Rainie series and I was pleasantly surprised. But also just surprised because Right Behind You was published in 2017 and I cannot even recall when exactly I "wished" for this. Lisa Gardner is one of my go-to authors since I was a teen and over the years I have read all of he
Kris - My Novelesque Life
Lisa Gardner put up a poll on Facebook asking fans which character they would like to see in her next book. Gardner thought for sure it would be D.D. Warren or Tessa Leoni (I love D.D. but am not such a big fan of Tessa). But to her surprise people choose Quincy and Rainie. It has been about eight years since Gardner wrote, Say Goodbye. I thought it was the last book in the FBI Profiler series and given up hope for another book. Then of course, I started to think, "what if I didn't like the book ...more
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I’m a huge Lisa Gardner fan and I love all three of her series, but Quincy and Rainie will always have a special place in my heart, so naturally I was thrilled to see her latest novel was bringing them back! One of my favorite things about getting attached to any series is feeling like I’m catching up with old friends and this dynamic duo is one of best to spend time with.

There’s a spree killer on the loose in Bakersville and Quincy and Raini
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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4.5 superb suspense thriller starring recurring characters Quincy and Rainie. This time centered around a 13 year old girl they are planning to adopt - Sharlah May Nash. Sharlah has a 17 year old brother Telly - living separately.
Telly at 9 years old, and chief looker-after of his 5 year old sister, beat his drunken father to death. He was trying to kill them both with a knife. Which gave him nightmares for years afterwards.
Now someone is trying to frame him. And use his sister as bait.
Erin Clemence
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Right Behind You” by Lisa Gardner is, in my opinion, a suspense-fueled crime drama. In “Right Behind You”, Sharlah Nash was three years old when she watched her older brother, Telly, beat her parents to death with a baseball bat to protect her from their constant abuse. Now, she is thirteen and living with a police profiler and his wife, finally finding some semblance of family. One day, however, a double murder takes place in their small town, followed by the brutal killing of Telly’s foster p ...more
Sarah Joint
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a nail-biter! This is my first book by Lisa Gardner, and it won't be my last. Jumping into a series without starting from the beginning can be a terrible idea, but this one works. I wasn't lost. It absolutely works as a standalone. I still want to read the others!

Gardner has an ability to make you care about her characters. Even if I'd just "met" a character a few pages ago, I cared about them and wanted them to make it to the end of the book. That's a large part about why this book was suc
Liz Barnsley
Dec 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m a huge fan of the Quincy/Rainie series and have missed them so much, so I was SO HAPPY to find that the new novel from Lisa Gardner revisited that pair and now they have a family…

Obviously they are not going to have a traditional one, in this case they have fostered and are adopting Sharlah, a girl who has a difficult and emotionally traumatic past to deal with. When her brother returns to the scene things get dangerous, luckily for her, she has unequally qualified parents.

This was brilliant
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Totally booked my time reading this fast heart beating psychological thriller. Nine-year-old Telly Ray Nash and his little five-year-old sister Sharlah had a family once. Their father drank too much or snorted too much. In a drunken rage their father knifed their mother to death. The father with the knife came after Telly and Sharlah . Telly had a bat he beat their father to a pulp. The police took Telly Ray away and Sharlah never saw her brother again. Retired FBI profiler PIerce Quincy and his ...more
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4.5★★★★ Stars


Genre:  Mystery/ Suspense 
Type: Book 7 in the Quincy & Rainie Series 
POV: First Person – Multiple


Telly Ray Nash had a brutal childhood; the horrible circumstances where he was raised forced him to basically care for himself and his little sister.  The father was abusive and the mother was no better they only cared about their next high or drink.  I found myself feeling so affected by his story I wanted justice for him and his sister.  After so many years of living withou
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