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The Third Victim (Quincy & Rainie #2)

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The past isn't over....

An 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 guilty.

Officer Rainie Conner, leading her first homicide investigation, stands at the center of the controversy. It's hitting too c
Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 30th 2001 by Bantam (first published January 1st 2001)
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In this story Lisa Gardner tackles the difficult subject of school shootings. Lorraine "Rainie" Connor is a police officer in the small town of Bakersville, Oregon and has just been called to a shooting at the K-8 school. She arrives to find panicked parents rushing to the school looking for their children, screaming students in the parking lot ... some who are wounded, and in the school itself the janitor seriously wounded; one teacher dead; and two eight year old girls also dead. She begins a ...more
May 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-read
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 injure ...more
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 dee
Asghar Abbas
Jan 04, 2016 rated it really liked it

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 more
Mikey B.
Nov 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
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:
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Dee Waite
Jul 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
The more I read of Lisa Gardner the more 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 ...more
Maureen DeLuca
Nov 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
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!
Jan 22, 2010 rated it it was ok
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.
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 more.
Jan 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book deals with school shootings, in particular a young boy who opens fire in his K-8 grade school. When the smoke clears, a teacher is dead along with 2 eight year old girls, and a young boy is holding the proverbial smoking guns! But is he really the shooter? Lots of red herrings, guestimations, and finger pointing in this book. Plus add in a female cop with a tortured past - gotta love it. I enjoyed this book more so than the first book in the series. Ms. Gardner covers every aspect from ...more
Amanda McGill
Apr 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
Really enjoying this series!

I think the less you know going into the series the better. I didn't read the description of the second novel before I started and I loved the opening scenes! The book opens up with Officer Rainie who is complaining about how slow the crime is in Bakersville, Oregon. Be careful what you wish for Rainie because a school shooting has just occurred. Rainie is thrown into the politics of the school shooting. She needs to figure out who has committed the crime, well also
Jan 09, 2011 rated it it was ok
Having read some of her other books and loved them, this one was such a disappointment and such a struggle to finish. It didn't have the suspense that her other books have had, which surprises me because the book right before this, The Other Daughter, was full of suspense.
Amazon says:
"Rainie Conner initially joined the small-town police force in Bakersville, Ore., to escape the ghosts of her past. When she responds to a call from the local school and discovers students screaming, bodies lying i
Diana Donnelly
Jul 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is author I've enjoyed over the years and " The Third Victim" was well done. She seems to always write about Oregon but supposedly resides in New England. This story is about a small town that has a school shooting. The sheriff's son is found holding two guns when the homicide squad enters the school. I was fond of Officer Rainie Conner who led the investigation. Very good murder mystery.
Aug 15, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Il très bon thriller... Cette auteur est très douée pour construire des histoires ou meurtre psychologie et sentiment se mêlent très bien.
Once again I have no clue how to rate this book for totally different reasons than the first book. I wasn't enthralled with the first but I decided to give this one a try since out of the two main characters of this series one wasn't in the book at all and one was only a peripheral character. In some ways this book was way better...but in some ways it was way worse. This book actually was a mystery/thriller. You didn't know who the boogeyman was and that definitely made the book more interesting ...more
Feb 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
This book is about a school shooting in a small town in Oregon and is the first book that Rainie and Quincey appear together. Rainie is the cop tasked with unraveling the mystery of who is really behind the shooting and has demons of her own to deal with. FBI Profiler Quincey is dealing with his ex-wife and the decision they must make to take their daughter off life support after a horrific car accident. Quincey and Rainie are drawn to each other both personally and professionally but Rainie can ...more
Apr 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Third Victim (Lisa Gardner)
Another good psychological thriller from Lisa Gardner.

Rainie Connor is a police officer in a small town in Oregon. An unthinkable and tragic crime happens and Sheriff Shep is caught in this web. His son has confessed to the crime, but is he the perpetrator, or could he be a victim.

With the help of FBI agent Pierce Quincy, Rainie tries to solve the crime before it is too late. Having her friend Shep's son as prime suspect , does not make this easier. Soon she must
Clif Ramile
Feb 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
All I will say it was ok.
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These are quality books. Lisa Garnder is the real deal!
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
A wonderful mystery thriller with a lot of suspense and action that you
won't want to put down until you finish. The setting is the small town of
Bakersville, Oregon where Rainie Connor is a homicide detective leading
her first homicide case with the help of FBI profiler Pierce Quincy. The case
delves into Rainie's background and reveals what actually happened to
her fourteen years earlier.. It is well written with a good plot and characters.
I enjoyed the story but didn't care for the audiobook narration.
May 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mon avis en Français

My English review

Je ne connaissais pas du tout cette série mais je connaissais Lisa Gardner et j’étais curieuse de voir ce que donnait cette petite série. Encore une fois, je ne commence pas avec le premier tome, mais en lisant le résumé, on peut voir que le volume précédent traite de personnages différents. Il n’y a donc pas vraiment de problèmes ici avec cette histoire.

Nous découvrons dès le début de l’histoire : Rainie, un agent de police dans une petite ville de province.
Carol  MacInnis
Aug 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense
Lorraine (Rainie)Connor is a police officer in the small town of Bakersville, Oregon and has just been called to a shooting at the K though 8 School where the Sherrif's two children attend. Two eight year old girls and a teacher have all been shot and killed and several other children wounded. As Rainie carefully and slowly moves through the halls, a classroom door opens and the Sherrif comes out with his hands up and his own thirteen year old son, Danny, is holding a gun in each of his hands. D ...more
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Gardner, Lisa - 2nd in Quincy/Raine series

An unspeakable act has ripped apart the idyllic town of Bakersville, Oregon, and its once peacful residents are demanding quick justice. But though a boy has confessed to the horrific crime, evidence shows he may not be guilty.

Officer 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
Aug 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
This story was unlike any serial killer story I had ever read before. I didn't even know about this type of psychological behavior before in serial killers (won't go into detail as it would be the biggest spoiler ever). I also loved many of the things that she included about kids who commit school shootings and other serious crimes. For many years I have lamented that the criminal justice system conveniently forgets that even disturbed children are still children, and treating them as adults cri ...more
Emily Higgins
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
Police officer Rainie Connor serves on a small Sherrif's office force in Oregon. When there is a school shooting, the sherrif makes her the officer in charge even though she has no experience. Immediately, officers from both the state and the FBI become involved. The shooting is not the end of the incident. The perpetrator has not completed his agenda.
Jul 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow. I really enjoyed this book considering I bought it for 50 cents at secondhand book shop.

The main character was awesome and driven and a bit dangerous, but she was also really good at her job and very kind. I didn't love the romance so much but only because the age gap between Rainie and Quincy bothered me. Not in a problematic way just in a ewwwwww way.

The mystery was great and I didn't see the ending coming at all. I loved how all of the characters ended up with real world consequences f
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
After my disappointment in my last Lisa Gardner book this one returns to the style I have appreciated in the past. The subject is school shootings and she does a great job of conveying the emotions of all those involved - parents, teachers, first responders and various townspeople. The actual plot turns out to be much more complicated than just a school shooting with lots of twists and turns. Some nicely developed characters for whom you develop an interest even if not all are likeable. On top o ...more
Aug 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I know I wow alot of books but this one just popped right out from the start. I couldn't put the book down from page 2 on. Everything in this book by Lisa Gardner grabs you and holds you right up to the very last sentence of the book. There were lots of twists, and questions within the whole story. I loved all of the characters and they were all written perfectly. I only got confused once but then it was all figured out for me come the end of the book. This book is a heart stopper and it keeps y ...more
Mar 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is the second book in the FBI profiler series and a wonderful read. If you like crime musteries than buy this book u will not be disappointed. The characters have grown on me and are easy to relate to the story line stirs the imagination and kept me wondering who the killer was right to the end... I love the fact the author managed to keep that a mystery although she did give subtle clues to the identity
I have the third book in the series The Next Accident on my kindle and can not wait to
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Quincy & Rainie (7 books)
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“Chances are that he’s experiencing a great deal of guilt and self-loathing. Someone needs to help him come to terms with that. Otherwise, there is the danger that he will simply shut down that part of himself. He will start actively considering himself to be a remorseless killer. And he will become one.” 1 likes
“the front doors. Flashbulbs flashed. A roar rose up from the crowd at the sign of fresh activity. Then Rainie caught a new sound—the faint beating of helicopters bearing down upon them. The medevac choppers had finally arrived to carry the wounded away. And Rainie couldn’t help thinking that it would be much later before the ME’s office came for the bodies.           Officer Luke Hayes was thirty-six years old, balding, and shorter than most women. His trim build, however, was a compact one hundred fifty pounds that turned many ladies’ heads and became useful in a fight. In Rainie’s opinion, however, Luke’s biggest asset was his steely blue eyes. She” 1 likes
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