Dead Weight (The Lizzy Gardner Series)

By T.R. Ragan

Private investigator Lizzy Gardner is familiar with a specific thing or approximately dwelling some time past. As undefined, she used to be terrorized via a serial killer, a tribulation that haunted her for greater than a decade ahead of the maniac used to be ultimately stopped. So while terminally unwell Ruth Fullerton begs Lizzy to reopen the chilly case into her daughter’s disappearance, it’s demanding to decline. greater than 20 years have handed considering Carol Fullerton vanished, leaving behind her vehicle via the part of a California highway. The police wrote her off as a runaway, but whatever tells Lizzy the reality isn’t so uncomplicated…

Carol’s chilly case has slightly started to thaw whilst Andrea Kramer indicates up at Lizzy’s door. Andrea’s sister, Diane, has been lacking for months, and she’s confident a charismatic weight loss guru—part Tony Robbins and half Richard Simmons—is liable. Diane used to be overweight, yet may perhaps her obsession with shedding pounds have resulted in her disappearance?

As if energetic lacking individuals instances weren’t adequate, Lizzy is additionally attempting to deal with her teenage assistants, together with one as wounded and haunted by means of her earlier as Lizzy.

Fast-paced and deftly plotted, this amazing follow-up to the best-selling Abducted unearths Sacramento PI Lizzy Gardner in over her head—but extra made up our minds than ever to aid these not anyone else will.

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Many of the ladies who had stayed right here did the dishes and stored every thing great and tidy, yet Diane Kramer used to be a bona fide slob. She was once a pig and a slob. One out of 2 wasn’t undesirable. whilst he again to the mattress, which additionally served as a sofa whilst she wasn’t in it, he used to be extremely joyful to work out that the gown healthy her completely. this day used to be certainly the day. “You glance great,” he advised her. He raised his hand to her face in order that he might brush tangled hair from her eyes. She flinched as though his contact used to be revolting ultimately. the assumption boggled his brain. He’d been solid to her. For months he’d supplied her with nutritious nutrition, made definite she used to be clothed and bathed, provided her with books to learn and gave her a magazine so she may possibly preserve tune of her development. now not as soon as had he raised a hand to her, not to mention his voice. He nudged her arm to get her at the scale. She used to be 5 ft, 5 inches tall. whilst the end of the needle settled at the 9, he used to be ecstatic. “Congratulations, Diane, you probably did it! You weigh 119 kilos. ” as soon as he got rid of the chains from round her ankles, she will be toward 109 kilos. brilliant. She stood sooner than the reflect having a look glum, her shoulders slumped ahead, her backbone curved. there has been basically a lot he may possibly do. perspective was once every thing. not anything she might say or do, although, might smash the enjoyment he felt upon seeing such awesome effects. There wasn’t a person on this planet who he couldn’t aid. He was once yes of it. He moved her clear of the size, positioned his arms on her shoulders and became her towards the single wall within the room that she couldn't succeed in in the course of her remain. The wall was once lined with a gloomy silky sheet. It used to be time for the massive demonstrate. yet first, he grabbed the brush from the bedside desk and brushed the tangles from her lengthy dirty-blonde hair. She remained silent, her eyes uninteresting and useless. as soon as that chore used to be performed, he went to face in entrance of the sheet, breathing in deeply as he grew to become and stared at her. Thirty seconds handed ahead of he discovered he was once protecting his breath. He smiled after which snapped his palms while he discovered he’d nearly forgotten an important half. inside of mins he again to a similar spot in entrance of the sheet, completely satisfied to work out she hadn’t moved. He held the Polaroid digicam excessive sufficient so he may possibly see her from head to toe during the viewfinder. “Stand up straight,” he acknowledged. She not often moved. He took the image anyways. inside of mins the unfavorable constructed and he used to be in a position to examine her “before” photo with the image he’d simply taken. “Look at this,” he acknowledged. “You’ve misplaced 146 kilos with out the chains. ” He pulled the sheet away, revealing a floor-to-ceiling reflect. He became towards the replicate and waited for her response. “That’s no longer me,” she acknowledged below her breath, her sunken eyes unblinking as she gazed at her mirrored image. “It’s you. ” Her eyes narrowed and she or he lifted an arm as though to ensure the mirrored image within the reflect could additionally carry an arm. initially, her response annoyed him. She can be extremely joyful. The transformation was once lifestyles altering.

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