The Survivors Club … that’s what Jillian Hayes, Carol Rosen, and Meg Pesaturo call it. They won’t consider themselves victims. They are survivors. They faced the blazing headlines and helped lead the investigation that caught the man who changed their lives forever.
I liked this book, mostly for Gardner’s characterisation and pace. The plot becomes overly coincidental in points, with links and similarities popping up as if to prop up the plot more than anything else.
Jillian, Carol and Meg have had their lives changed by a rapist. Detective Roan Griffin’s life has been changed by the death of this wife. And, when their lives clash over the murder of the man dubbed the College Hill Rapist, all of their lives are destined to change again.
This book is quite strong on the different impacts each of the women suffers after their encounter with Eddie Como, the College Hill Rapist. One copes by organising and over-coping, another shops but can’t turn the television off, and another simply can’t remember anything at all. Their lives have been turned upside down and the one thing they had all secretly hoped for – the death of the rapist – turns out not to be as liberating as they had expected.
The pace of the novel skips along quite nicely, the cops are the usual collection of damaged, third generation cop types, and Rhode Island and Providence sound lovely.
I really enjoy Gardner’s DD Warren series and you’ll find a familiar writing style here. Your thoughts won’t linger on this novel after you’ve finished it, but all the female characters are all strong in their own way and it is their fortitude in the face of myriad challenges that provides the foundation for this novel IMHO.