Say Goodbye

Author: Lisa Gardner
Publisher: Bantam Bookssay
Date: 2008
Genre: Suspense
ISBN: 9780752872056
Price: $7.99
Number of Pages: 360
Available Formats: Hardback, Paper back, E-book, Audio

Rating: 4Q, 4P

Links to Author’s Website and Interviews

Links to Reviews

Reader’s Annotation

Killers aren’t born — they’re MADE.

Plot Summary

The story centers on Kimberly Quincy, a pregnant FBI agent. Her husband, Mac, wants her to settle down due to the pregnancy. Unfortunately, however, a case comes in that she begins to become obsessed with. She meets Delilah Rose, a hooker who is also pregnant. Delilah tells her about a killer that been kidnapping and possibly killing hookers in the area. Kimberly also meets another agent named Sal Martignetti, who has been investigating the case. Kimberly begins to receive mysterious calls about the case, which furthers her obsession. As she investigates the case, she begins to realize that nothing is what it seems and that she may be in the crosshairs of the most dangerous serial killer she has ever faced.

Critical Evaluation

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. However, at the same time, it was one of the most disturbing books I’ve ever read. There are graphic depictions of little boys getting sexually abused. There’s also a lot of discussion about spiders, which I have a fear of. This is not to discredit the book, as it’s very well done. The graphic material isn’t gratuitous, but it is emotionally exhausting and difficult to get through in one sitting. I thought Gardner did a good job in conveying the idea that killers are made, rather than born, as she chronicles the progression of an innocent boy’s journey into psychosis.

Appeal Factors

Fast-paced, suspenseful, disturbing


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Discussion Ideas

  • Discuss the theme of creating monsters.
  • Discuss Kimberly as a character and how her pregnancy affects the story.

Justification of Selection

I have always been interested in stories about serial killers and I have hear some great things about Lisa Gardner, so I decided that I should try her out for this assignment. I’m very glad I did, because while this was one of the most disturbing books I’ve ever read, it was also completely engrossing and well done.


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