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Publisher's Summary

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 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 killer. 

With 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....

©2001 by Lisa Gardner, Inc. (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

What the critics say

"A suspenseful, curl-up winter read, this thriller teems with crisp, realistic dialogue and engaging characters." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Riveting, hold-your-breath suspense." --Iris Johansen 

What listeners say about The Third Victim

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  • C. Fox
  • 2021-05-12

Careful. This is not a new book.

Careful. This is not a new book. I foolishly bought it thinking oh yay, something new from Lisa Gardner. I already own it. Oh well. I will be more cautious next time.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-05-19

Ok

I thought this book was just ok. I sort of stumbled upon finding this book when trying to find a new book to listen to. I didn’t know what it was about before I started listening. Since it didn’t mention school shootings in the description, I was a bit bummed that’s what it was about! It’s definitely an older book, and I’m from generation Columbine so hearing about school shootings was a bit difficult.

I found the main character to be slightly irritating; she was childlike with her emotions and always angry which was exhausting reading about after awhile. But the angle of trying to figure out the minds of the criminals was interesting.

The narrator was ok. She tended to only use two voices so sometimes it was hard to distinguish which male character was speaking since they all sounded the same.

Overall, while there were some interesting moments here and there, I wouldn’t recommend this book.

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  • noha barsoum
  • 2021-05-17

Disappointed

Sounded more like a lecture about school shooting than an entertaining fiction. Not enough story line

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  • Molly
  • 2021-05-22

Just ok

I did not really enjoy this story as I have others by this author. Sorry…too typical, too slow, too sad

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  • Sara Sulak
  • 2021-05-11

Horrible Narration

The story I would’ve liked to hear but the narrator has 2 voices and sounds like a robot. Unbearable so I had to quit at chapter 6.

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  • jo
  • 2021-06-24

What is changing in America.oWritten in 1998n and where are we now

The book was well researched and well written . All the school and mass shootings our daily news very sad

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  • kg
  • 2021-06-03

Great

Love Teri Schnabelt and this is the best Lisa Gardner book so far! Quincy and Rainey

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  • caroline childs
  • 2021-05-30

Enjoyed the listen

Good storyline, good narration, interesting, guessing to the end. Characters were relatable and plot kept me interested until the end.

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  • Tom Blaze
  • 2021-05-15

Great read (listen)

I love this book is a great great read good Storyline couldn’t put it down

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  • HedgeHallow
  • 2021-07-14

Too much angst

The story and the reading were wrought with overdone drama. The main character’s back story seemed more important than the mystery’s resolution.