From the Edgar® Award-winning author hailed by Stephen King as “the next suspense superstar” comes her new thriller with “a plot as real as your nightmares” (#1 New York Times Bestselling Author Lee Child)…
One year ago, a shootout in a trendy L.A. club left bartender Harper Flynn’s boyfriend dead, Sheriff Deputy Aiden Garrison shattered, and two gunmen engulfed in flames. But if the case is closed, why is Harper still afraid?
Certain that a third gunman escaped and is targeting survivors, Harper pins her last hope on the only person willing to listen. But a traumatic brain injury has left Aiden with a rare and terrifying disorder: a delusion that random people are actually the same person in disguise.
As Harper and Aiden delve deeper into the case, Harper fears that the attack might have been more personal than anyone believed. And now her only ally is unstable, paranoid, and mistrustful—because he’s seeing the same enemy everywhere he looks.
About Phantom Instinct
In Edgar Award–winning author Meg Gardiner’s new stand-alone thriller, an injured cop and an ex-thief hunt down a killer nobody else believes exists.
When shots ring out in a crowded L.A. club, bartender Harper Flynn watches helplessly as her boyfriend, Drew, is gunned down in the cross fire. Then somebody throws a Molotov cocktail, and the club is quickly engulfed in flames. L.A. Sheriff Deputy Aiden Garrison sees a gunman in a hoodie and gas mask taking aim at Harper, but before he can help her a wall collapses, bringing the building down and badly injuring him.
A year later, Harper is trying to rebuild her life. She has quit her job and gone back to college. Meanwhile, the investigation into the shoot-out has been closed. The two gunmen were killed when the building collapsed.
Certain that a third gunman escaped and is targeting the survivors, Harper enlists the help of Aiden Garrison, the only person willing to listen. But the traumatic brain injury he suffered has cut his career short and left him with Fregoli syndrome, a rare type of face blindness that causes the delusion that random people are actually a single person changing disguises.
As Harper and Aiden delve into the case, Harper realizes that her presence during the attack was no coincidence—and that her only ally is unstable, mistrustful of her, and seeing the same enemy everywhere he looks.
Praise for Phantom Instinct An O, The Oprah Magazine Best Book of the Summer
“A fantastic story, told at breakneck speed…One of this summer’s best reads.” —The Associated Press
“A roller-coaster ride of thrills.”—The Florida Times-Union
“Buckle up for an exciting thrill ride of a novel.”—Bookreporter.com
“Characters as real as your friends and a plot as real as your nightmares.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child
“Fast-paced, sharp, and unforgettable.”—New York Times bestselling author Don Winslow
“Should go to the top of your ‘to be read’ pile.”—New York Times bestselling author Karin Slaughter
“Plot twists and pacing that propels.”—The Austin Chronicle
“A suspense-building unpredictability that thriller fans will love.”—Booklist
“This one will keep readers up all night.”—Suspense Magazine
“Never less than breathtaking.”—Kirkus Reviews
In Phantom Instinct, two wounded warriors must work together to catch a killer. A killer who wants them dead, and who will cut down innocent bystanders to get to them.
The problem: nobody else believes he exists.
Harper Flynn survived a shootout at the club where she was a bartender, but couldn’t save her boyfriend. L.A. Sheriff’s detective Aiden Garrison was severely injured trying to stop the attack. A year later, Harper and Aiden are trying to rebuild their lives. But both of them are certain that the shooter who led the attack got away. The cops have closed the case. But Harper and Aiden are convinced that a killer escaped, and that he will kill again.
To catch him, they have to work with each other. But there’s another problem: they don’t trust each other.
Harper has been hiding her past. She’s not just a Navy veteran—she’s an ex-thief. Maybe she isn’t the hero Aiden thought she was. Maybe she has a secret agenda.
Aiden has his own problems. During the attack he sustained a traumatic brain injury. It has resulted in a rare kind of face blindness. Fregoli Syndrome causes the mistaken belief that the person you’re looking at is actually somebody else in disguise. Now, at unpredictable moments, Aiden thinks he sees the shooter coming after him… when it’s actually a friend, or a colleague, or a passerby. The Sheriff’s Department no longer trusts him. Can Harper? After all, Aiden can no longer trust his own eyes.
The more Harper and Aiden learn about the shootout, the more dangerous things get. The more they’re drawn to each other. And the more each of them fears that the other might betray them.
They have to choose whether to trust their hearts and their instincts. Because the killer is closing in, and there’s not much time before he puts Harper and Aiden—and those they love—in the line of fire.