Version: Abridged
Author: Lisa Gardner
Narrator: Kirsten Kairos
Genres: Suspense
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
Published In: January 2006
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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From New York Times bestseller Lisa Gardner, author of Alone and The Killing Hour," comes a thriller that goes from heartbreaking to heartstopping in the blink of an eye....
When someone you love vanishes without a trace, how far would you go to get them back?
For ex-FBI profiler Pierce Quincy, it's the beginning of his worst nightmare: a car abandoned on a desolate stretch of Oregon highway, engine running, purse on the driver's seat. And his estranged wife, Rainie Conner," gone, leaving no clue to her fate.
Did one of the ghosts from Rainie's troubled past finally catch up with her? Or could her disappearance be the result of one of the cases they'd been working-a particularly vicious double homicide or the possible abuse of a deeply disturbed child Rainie took too close to heart? Together with his daughter, FBI agent Kimberly Quincy, Pierce is battling the local authorities, racing against time, and frantically searching for answers to all the questions he's been afraid to ask.
One man knows what happened that night. Adopting the alias of a killer caught eighty years before, he has already contacted the press. His terms are clear: he wants money, he wants power, he wants celebrity. And if he doesn't get what he wants, Rainie will be gone for good.
Sometimes, no matter how much you love someone, it's still not enough.
As the clock winds down on a terrifying deadline, Pierce plunges headlong into the most desperate hunt of his life, into the shattering search for a killer, a lethal truth, and for the love of his life, who may forever be...gone.

Reviews (6)


Written by tom on December 16th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 2/5

This starts out ok, but as it goes on it gets more and more contrived with more confusing and confused characters. The plausibility of the changing scenarios get less and less believable. The heroine goes through so much "misery" she ought to be dead and they even add withdrawal from massive doses of an anti-depressant to add to her woes. I almost sent it back after the 4th disc but suffered through last disc 5 and was most happy to mail it back.


Written by ssm on October 24th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Was very interesting and well read.Never was able to guess who he was till the end.

Pretty good

Written by Don on April 8th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

The book is fast moving with good characters, suspense, and a decent plot. There were a few predictable parts. I thought the narrator did an excellent job in all respects.


Written by Sue on July 19th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Good story. It was predictable in some parts, but overall a good suspense novel. I didn't care for the narrator.


Written by Anonymous on February 8th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Enjoyable listen. A good mystery with a nice sweet romance tossed in for good measure. The narrator almost made me want to stop listening, but the story won me over. Be prepared for a really annoying voice and get over it for it is worth it.


Written by Nanette on September 20th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I had started to actually read this book and found I didnt have the time so I rented the audio book. I did like the book but found that the audio book was a little choppy and things were a little confusing. But over all I did like the book.

Author Details

Author Details

Gardner, Lisa

"First time I meet someone in person, they almost always say, "How does such a nice girl like you write such dark books?"

The answer: Beats me. I was raised in suburbia by two accountants. Normal childhood, normal house, normal family. Maybe this is simply what so much normalcy does to a kid.

I've always loved to read and I've always loved to write. At eighteen I got the bright idea to write a romance novel. I needed something to do during the day before I went to my summer job as a waitress. God knows waitressing wasn't going well. We had this appetizer called flaming saganaki—basically flaming cheese. You're supposed to serve the sizzling cheese with grand flourish, dousing it in brandy, then tossing a match. Mostly I caught my hair on fire. Then there was the time I flipped the flaming appetizer onto the floor and had to beat it out with a serving tray. Let's just say my days in food service were numbered, so it was a good thing I was working on a novel.

A funny thing happened my junior year of college. The novel—rewritten several times now—actually sold to Silhouette Intimate Moments. They gave the book the title, WALKING AFTER MIDNIGHT, and me the name Alicia Scott. It was pretty exciting. Then I got the check in the mail. Three thousand dollars. Not much for three years of work. I bought a computer for my new nom de plume, then went out to get a real job.

I became a management consultant. And frankly, that was the best decision for my writing career I ever made.

I absolutely loathed being a consultant. Morning commutes, claustrophobic cubicles, unsympathetic bosses, and worst of all, pantyhose. The only good things were my coworkers and a fresh appreciation of Dilbert cartoons. Basically, I worked as a consultant for twelve hours each day, then wrote romance novels during the odd hours of the night. I ended up producing thirteen romance novels, earning one TV-movie—AT THE MIDNIGHT HOUR (CBS 1995)—and becoming one very tired girl. I needed a change. So I wrote a suspense novel. One where I could kill lots of people, some of whom may or may not bear the same name as various vice presidents who made me work all weekend.

The end result was THE PERFECT HUSBAND. One psychopathic ex-husband, a good half a dozen murders. Bantam scooped up the manuscript, launched it in a huge way, and next thing I knew, I was throwing out all my pantyhose and discovering the delights of daytime TV.

I have to say, being a self-supporting writer is one of the best gigs around. Now, when I have business trips, instead of visiting Manufacturing City, USA, I go to fascinating places like the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. I also haven't caught anyone on fire with flaming cheese in a very long time.

These days I live in New Hampshire with my wonderful husband who loves auto-racing and black-diamond skiing. I work out of the loft with two barky shelties guarding my feet, and one hostile, three-legged cat banging her head against my leg. Our little girl now frequents the office copying her mom "working". Sometimes it takes days to find what she typed into the manuscripts.

Life is never quiet. No one around here gets much sleep, but we're all having fun."