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Lizzy Gardner Returns in Dead Weight [Booky McBookNerd]

Dead Weight is the second installment in the Lizzy Gardner detective series by T.R Ragan. In this installment a dying mother contacts Lizzy. Her daughter went missing over twenty years ago and was last seen accepting a ride from an unknown man after her car broke down on the side of the road. She wants to know her daughter’s fate before she dies. Lizzy has also been contacted by a woman whose sister went missing and whose disappearance may be linked to a famous weight loss guru, Anthony Melbourne.  On top of that her newest intern/self defense student/fellow Spiderman victim, Hayley Hansen, keeps disappearing for long periods of time. Unbeknownst to Lizzy, Hayley has been exacting revenge on the all the men who sexually assaulted her in exchange for providing her drug addict mother with her fix. She hasn’t killed anyone yet, but she is working up to it. Can Lizzy find out what happened to Carol Fullerton before her mother succumbs to cancer? Can Lizzy locate Diane Kramer or at least connect Anthony Melbourne to her disappearance?

Dead Weight is a great follow-up to Abducted. With her usual deft skill, Ragan brings the reader into the novel with clean crisp prose that doesn’t get in the way of the narrative. There are a few twists and turns in this novel that don’t feel forced, but grow organically out of the storyline. It’s a great read.

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