The Shadow Tracer

The Shadow Tracer

by Meg Gardiner

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Sarah Keller is a skip tracer, tracking criminals who have gone on the lam. She’s also a single mother to five-year-old Zoe, living quietly in small-town Oklahoma—until an accident sends Zoe to the ER, and their life changes in a heartbeat. Medical tests reveal a desperate secret Sarah has been hiding for years: Zoe is not her daughter, but rather a girl once rescued from a nightmare of murder, vengeance, and harrowing family ties she can’t possibly remember. Sarah does. And someone wants to make sure she never forgets.

Now Sarah must abandon her carefully constructed life and take Zoe on the run. Using her knowledge as a skip tracer to stay off the grid, she must remain one step ahead of her pursuers if she is to stay alive, save Zoe, and bury the past once and for all.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451468000
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/03/2014
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 258,233
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Meg Gardiner is the author of eleven critically acclaimed novels, including the Evan Delaney series: Mission Canyon, Jericho Point, Crosscut, and the Edgar® Award winning China Lake. She is also the author of The Shadow Tracer, The Nightmare Thief, The Liar’s Lullaby (a Stephen King Entertainment Weekly “Pick Hit”), The Memory Collector, and The Nightmare Thief. Originally from Santa Barbara, California, she divides her time between London and Austin.

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Praise for The Shadow Tracer

“A plot-driven cat-and-mouse game for adrenaline junkies with surprises in every chapter.”—The Boston Globe

“Gardiner lifts the suspense to an almost unbearable level.”—

“Pulse-pounding action…packed with surprises and harrowing escapes.”—Publishers Weekly

“Beautifully executed.…Gardiner firmly plants herself in the hallowed suburban nightmarish grounds of Lisa Gardner and Harlan Coben.”—The Providence Journal

“Gardiner will keep you up half the night with nonstop action and nary a pause for breath.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Heart-stopping….Gardiner steadily ratchets up the suspense.”—Booklist

“Should not be missed.”—Library Journal

“Great crime fiction…Get ready for a rollicking roller coaster ride.”—The Best Reviews

Further praise for Meg Gardiner, hailed by Stephen King as “the next suspense susperstar.”

“[A] tidal wave of adrenaline.”—People (3½ out of 4 stars)

“A high-wire act with suspects and subplots whizzing back and forth between action-packed chapters.”—The Washington Post

“[A] freezerload of scare-you-silly chills.”—Stephen King

“A first class thriller…that will have you glued to the pages.”—Chicago Sun-Times

“Gripping suspense.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune

“A humdinger of a thriller, with shocks and twists galore.”—Tess Gerritsen

“[An] appealing, entertaining thriller...twist after twist.”—The Baltimore Sun

“A crackerjack thriller…intense…Devious twists abound.”—The Miami Herald

“Smart, lively prose.”—The Washington Post

“Steeped in nonstop action, psychological terror…and unpredictable twists.”—South Florida Sun-Sentinel

“A book no reader of thrillers will be able to put down...Meg Gardiner gives us everything.”—Elizabeth George

“Harrowing.”—Jeffery Deaver

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The Shadow Tracer 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put it down! Great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic page turner! The story kept up an exciting pace throughout the of those books you just can't put down!
whimsical More than 1 year ago
This was one of those books that got your attention from the beginning and never let it go. I highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Never a dull moment. Likeable good guys and horrible bad guys.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Suspenseful and engaging.
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I enjoyed this book. It is the first book that I have read by this author and I really enjoyed it.
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Kept me wanting to read more.
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literarymuseVC More than 1 year ago
Sarah Keller is a “skip tracer,” a person who finds people who have attempted to do everything possible to hide, from subpoenas, arrest, whatever it is that demands secrecy and constant moving, a life of living one step ahead of the pursuer.  Sarah is very, very good at what she does.  But before her job comes her passionate love for her daughter, Zoe; at least that’s what she tells anyone who asks.  Zoe and Sarah have a very special bond that is now threatened to completely unravel! Right after Sarah serves a subpoena on someone she had tracked relentlessly, Zoe is injured in a bus accident.  After being taken to the hospital, the examination reveals two shocking revelations that seem to prove that Sarah is not really Zoe’s mother and may be a murderer as well.  Now, the hunter becomes the hunted, and the two, with the help of a friend, Danisha, speedily exit from Oklahoma.  They are not only being pursued by the FBI and the Oklahoma police, because of another related murder as well, but her ex-boyfriend Nolan’s family are in on the chase as well. Nolan’s father is a self-appointed, sociopathic prophet who is a polygamist, murderer, fanatic, thief, dictator, wife and child abuser, and just about every other negative label one can imagine.  But one can’t just write him off as he views rebellion as treachery and insists on the absolute punishment – death – to all who cross his sick vision and decisions.  He wants Zoe now and has put something inside her that will enable him to easily find her – that is his family and followers will as he’s presently locked in a maximum security prison. So the chase grows more and more intense as friend and foe get closer to Sarah and Zoe.  There are other threads within this story in which friend becomes foe and vice versa.  Every page is filled with high drama and one comes to admire Sarah for her fervor in protecting Zoe and eluding her pursuers.  No, it doesn’t think the way the reader believes it will; instead it leaves the reader wondering if there will be a another hair-raising sequel to this gripping story. The Shadow Tracer is great crime fiction, a simple plot with many unexpected twists and turns, enough adrenaline-pumping action to keep a reader up all night during and after one’s non-stop reading, and very real scenarios that partially bear truth to realistic stories that have been in the news in the last twenty-five years.  Get ready for a rollicking roller coaster ride – Meg Gardiner knows how to spin a deadly mystery/crime novel tale!! Great read!
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DAinNY1 More than 1 year ago
Sarah has the perfect occupation which she’ll need when the past reaches out and touch her. With learned skills, Sarah stays one step ahead of her enemies, avoiding detection at every corner in this suspenseful tale that took me on a rollercoaster ride with my heart thumping as the tension in each chapter played out. This is an adrenaline-charged riveting drama that did not pause as Sarah raced again foes and time to save both herself and her daughter’s lives. A great read in this gripping tale of a mother’s love will have you grasping the pages from beginning to end. Meg delivers a dynamite package of thrills and chills in this well-written novel that takes her to the pinnacle of thriller authors.