The Morning After

The Morning After

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by Lisa Jackson
     
 

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His Victims. . .

A woman is frantic as she awakens in a dark, closed space. From above her comes the muffled sound of cruel laughter, followed by the hard splatter of dirt. Pure terror takes over as she realizes she's being buried alive--and her last breath is a scream that no one but a sadistic killer will hear. . .

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His Victims. . .

A woman is frantic as she awakens in a dark, closed space. From above her comes the muffled sound of cruel laughter, followed by the hard splatter of dirt. Pure terror takes over as she realizes she's being buried alive--and her last breath is a scream that no one but a sadistic killer will hear. . .

Will Take His Secrets. . .

To journalist Nikki Gillette, this disturbing story is a ticket out of small-town Savannah and on to the big time. She's already given the killer a nickname--The Grave Robber--and she's spending every minute dogging tough cop Pierce Reed's investigation, trailing him through Savannah's deep thickets and crumbling cemeteries. . .even though she's starting to wonder about the secrets he's keeping. . .

To The Grave

Another body is found. And another. Each gruesome discovery unnerves Nikki a little more. . .there's something familiar about it, something she should know. Now, as a serial killer pulls her ever deeper into his sick game, she has no idea how close she's getting to the truth--or how deadly it will be. . .

Includes an excerpt of Lisa Jackson's newest novel, Tell Me!

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Publishers Weekly
Slowly waking from a drugged sleep, a woman realizes she's not in her own bed but in a closed coffin, lying on top of a cold, reeking dead body. Thuds resonate on the lid-dirt and stones being shoveled on top-bringing the sure knowledge she's being buried alive. From this bone-chilling, if melodramatic, opening image, Jackson skillfully crafts a horrific thriller about an elusive serial killer dubbed The Grave Robber. Seeing the high-profile murders as her ticket out of small-town Savannah, ambitious reporter Nikki Gillette latches onto the case and onto lead investigator Pierce Reed. Tough-guy police detective Pierce initially sees Nikki's dogged investigations as a mere irritant-until evidence turns up indicating that the killer may see Nikki as his prey. Meanwhile, tension and unease mount for Nikki as secret ties among the attractive Pierce, whom she may be falling for, the killer and the victims start coming to light. As in Jackson's previous offering, The Night Before, this psychological thriller has a beautifully conceived plot full of unexpected twists and provocative misleads, as well as sophisticated character development. Not even the sadistic murderer is one-dimensionally evil, and the protagonists display delicious depths. (Mar.) Forecast: Jackson's last few books fell just shy of the New York Times's top 10, but this book, supported as it is by a multicity author tour and print and radio advertising, has a good chance of scoring a higher placement. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781420133813
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
06/04/2013
Series:
Pierce Reed/ Nikki Gillette , #2
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
488
Sales rank:
10,869
File size:
931 KB

Meet the Author

Lisa Jackson has been writing romantic fiction for fifteen years. Oversixty of her books have been published and reprinted in more than adozen foreign languages. A single mother, she is a native of Oregon,where she still resides with her two teenage sons.Lisa is often asked what is the key to her success, and her unfailinganswer is a keen imagination, incredible friends, loving family, andalways, loads of laughter. As Oscar Wilde is purported to have said,"Life is too important to be taken seriously."

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Morning After 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 475 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lumpkin County, North Carolina Sheriff Baldwin calls Savannah cop Pierce Reed to come immediately to a crime scene in a wooded area as his name was found with the deceased. Pierce is shown a coffin containing two bodies and a microphone. Apparently someone Pierce knows Barbara Jean Marx was buried alive with an existing corpse.................................. Savannah Sentinel reporter Nikki Gillette follows Pierce and his partner Sylvie Morrisette as they try to uncover the identity of a serial killer. The culprit seems to be toying with Pierce as the offender appears to intimately know the cop. As Pierce cannot shake off Nikki, he finds himself falling in love with her, a feeling the journalist reciprocates. Neither one knows the connection Nikki has with the psychopath, but Pierce is willing to risk his life to keep his beloved from being the next person buried alive............................... The latest Lisa Jackson¿s Georgia police procedural romance (see THE NIGHT BEFORE) is a solid terse tale that hooks the audience from the eerie opening scene until the climax. The story line never slows down from the moment Barbara Jean knows she has been buried alive with a dead body until the final confrontation between the heroes and the villain. Though the motive for the homicides seems crazy (than again the killer is crazy), fans will appreciate the lead couple and his partner as the stress on each of them from love and from the murders is palpable. Once again Ms Jackson provides a terse romantic suspense with the accent on thriller............. Harriet Klausner
okie_oma More than 1 year ago
Once again, Lisa Jackson has written an incredible story. When one reads so many suspense books, its hard to come up with something that really feels new. But the descriptions of the horror of being buried alive, and the creepiness of the sick-o who is doing it, is very unique, yet oh so typical of Jackson's stories.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite Lisa Jackson has given readers a chilling story to ponder in her suspense novel, The Morning After. There are multiple murders and no one seems able to connect the dots in order to solve the mystery of people being buried alive, on top of rotting corpses. Once you get past the horror of the crime, you begin to sort through the cast of characters to try to out-think the author before the end smacks you in the face.  Detective Pierce Reed has some past problems to overcome and journalist Nikki Gillette needs a topnotch story to get her out of the doldrums of stories which attract few readers. It is not surprising that the two should meet under less than desirable circumstances. Nikki is all over the detective in her attempts to get a lead story and this only aggravates the detective, such that he goes into avoidance mode. But, lo and behold, Reed finally contacts Nikki and the two must find common ground in order to solve the heinous crime of a serial killer on the loose. I found it a bit difficult to like the lead character of Nikki but the author has done a fine job of seeing her traits through consistently. There are many characters and it takes concentration on the part of the reader to put them all in place to follow the story through to completion. The descriptions of the victims' last moments is compelling and the characters are complex and just elusive enough that the reader will keep turning the pages to learn more. Jackson is fast becoming a leading suspense author and The Morning After will certainly facilitate her climb to the top.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
GREAT READ!!!! I am true book junkie!!! LISA JACKSON is my all time favorite author; her books always keep yoy on the edge of your seat and wanting more. I uave a hard time putting the book down. I have read everyone of her books and they get better and better each time! I love the new Nikki and Reed. I could not stop reading this book and finished it in a day! If you like Phschological Thrillers, i highly recommend this book !. Lisa has a way of making you feel conected to her characters and she decribes her scenes in vivid detail almost making you believe you are there with the characters. Lisa, i hope to see more books that include Nikki and Reed! I have read all your books and can't wait to read many more! Keep your imagination and wheels turning!!! Your an awesome writer!! Hurry up with your next book- anxious to see what you have in store for us!!!!
Jann Reed More than 1 year ago
This book was the first Lisa Jackson book I have read.Loved it, couldn't put it down.I'll be buying more of her books for sure.
Kathy Miller More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put it down.... had me guessing right to the end!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too difficult to read. The murders were hideous and far too detailed to be read by any sane person.
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Worth the time & money.
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Lisa is back on track. Grisleystory. Couldhave used a good love scene. Reed sounded hot.
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Quick read.
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I love this book
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Great read.
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