The Shadow Tracer

Hardcover | June 30, 2015

byMeg Gardiner

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An explosive stand-alone thriller from the Edgar Award–winning writer Stephen King called “the next suspense superstar”

Can a person ever really disappear for good by going off the grid? And what happens when vanishing is no longer an option?

Sarah Keller is a single mother to five-year-old Zoe, living quietly in Oklahoma. She’s also a skip tracer, an expert in tracking people who’ve gone on the lam to avoid arrest, prosecution, or debt—pinpointing their locations to bring them to justice.

When a school bus accident sends Zoe to the ER, their quiet life explodes. Zoe’s medical tests reveal what Sarah has been hiding: Zoe is not her daughter. Zoe’s biological mother—Sarah’s sister, Beth—was murdered shortly after the child’s birth. And Zoe’s father is missing and presumed dead.

With no way to prove her innocence, Sarah must abandon her carefully constructed life and go on the run. Chased by cops, federal agents, and the group responsible for Beth’s murder, Sarah embarks on a desperate journey. Can her knowledge as a skip tracer help her stay off the grid, remain one step ahead of her pursuers, and find a way to save her daughter?

Meg Gardiner is acclaimed for her richly drawn characters, propulsive plotting, relentless suspense, and shocking twists. The Shadow Tracer delivers on those fronts and more.

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An explosive stand-alone thriller from the Edgar Award–winning writer Stephen King called “the next suspense superstar” Can a person ever really disappear for good by going off the grid? And what happens when vanishing is no longer an option? Sarah Keller is a single mother to five-year-old Zoe, living quietly in Oklahoma. She’s also a skip tracer, an expert in tracking people who’ve gone on the l...

MEG GARDINER is the author of ten previous novels including the Evan Delaney series, whose China Lake won the Edgar Award. Before becoming a writer, Meg practiced law and taught at the University of California.  Originally from Santa Barbara, she now lives with her family in London.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 9.25 × 6.25 × 1.25 inPublished:June 30, 2015Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0525953221

ISBN - 13:9780525953227

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Terrific, fast paced Thriller/Mystery I really liked this book, I'd have to give it at least four stars. I say at least, because one isn't allowed to give half stars, like four and a half stars out of five when reviewing book for Chapters/Indigo. My usual genre is mystery, as I've said before and this fits the bill. Touted as a thriller, I'd have to also agree, Thriller/Mystery hits the nail right on the head.  Meg Gardiner has written a terrific book about about a main character named Sarah Keller and her young daughter Zoe. Sarah is a skip tracer who tracks down people who have gone on the lam, running from prosecution. The interesting twist here is that Sarah has to choose to grab Zoe and go on the lam herself. Sarah's daughter isn't actually her daughter, Zoe is the daughter of Sarah's murdered sister and when this whole scenario blows up, our main character has to take five year old Zoe and run for their lives. Will her skills as a skip tracer help her evade the people who want her dead?   The Shadow Tracer was a real roller coaster ride. The book is filled with questions about motives, who's good and who's bad. Our main character is put through the ringer trying to find out just what is going on and who she can safely trust. I would have given this a five star (or a four and a half if I could, lol) if there were one or two few car chases. Please don't get me wrong, it's never boring  but I did feel once or twice that I wish I'd finally figure out just what was happening. That's probably just what the author intended, to turn the action up to full throttle and throw the reader headlong into a desperate need to know just what the heck was gonna happen already!! I worked, I read The Shadow Tracer into the wee hours of the morning just to finish the last page. Ms. Gardiner has written many other books and I have to admit I've already chosen the next one I'm going to read. I can't wait to sink my teeth into Ransom River. What a great new author to add to my list!
Date published: 2014-01-31