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Girls*Heart* Books: Catch Me by Lisa Gardner-Review

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Catch Me by Lisa Gardner-Review


In four days, someone is going to kill me . . .

Detective D. D. Warren is hard to surprise. But a lone woman outside D.D.'s latest crime scene shocks her with a remarkable proposition: Charlene Rosalind Carter Grant believes she will be murdered in four days. And she wants Boston's top detective to handle the death investigation.

It will be up close and personal. No evidence of forced entry, no sign of struggle.
Charlie tells a chilling story: Each year at 8:00 p.m. on January 21st, a woman has died. The victims have been childhood best friends from a small town in New Hampshire; the motive remains unknown. Now only one friend, Charlie, remains to count down her final hours.

But as D.D. quickly learns, Charlie Grant doesn't plan on going down without a fight. By her own admission, the girl can outshoot, outfight, and outrun anyone in Boston. Which begs the question, is Charlie the next victim, or the perfect perpetrator? As D.D. tracks a vigilante gunman who is killing pedophiles in Boston, she must also delve into the murders of Charlie's friends, racing to find answers before the next gruesome January 21 anniversary. Is Charlie truly in danger, or is she hiding a secret that may turn out to be the biggest threat of all?

In four days, someone is going to kill me. But the son of a bitch has gotta catch me first.
‘Catch Me’ is the sixth book in Lisa Gardner’s brilliant D.D. Warren series. The series focuses on Boston police detective, D.D. Warren and her coworkers as they try to solve high profile cases. This book is a perfect storm; Gardner’s characters from previous stories all come together in one way or another to assist D.D. on this case. I really loved the cameos from Roan Griffin (The Survivors Club), Pierce & Kimberly Quincy (FBI Profiler Series), David Riggs (The Other Daughter), JT Dillon and his wife Tess (The Perfect Husband). They made the book that much more enjoyable to me. The only way it could have been better is if Rainie Connor was in there somewhere breaking number two pencils.

There are several major conflicts raging throughout the story with the lesser worries weaving in and out, helping the plot to race on towards the conclusion. I really enjoy Gardner’s writing style; she gets inside her characters heads and shows you what makes them tick. The narrative moves right along, making you laugh out loud sometimes and shudder in horror in others. It was very hard to put this book down. I found myself staying up until all hours of the night, saying ‘just one more chapter and then I’ll go to bed,’ again and again.
When Gardner writes, she showcases strong female characters with depth, which I love. I have to admit that D.D. Warren has never been one of my favorites among her characters. However, she turned that around in this book. D.D. is growing in so many ways; being a new mother and learning to show that softer part of herself she has always kept hidden are just the more apparent ones. The growth in her definitely helps to make her a more likeable character and shows her potential for evolving into a more mature version of herself in future installments.

We see the story unfold from several different points of view and I really think that helps tell the story in a more complete way. You get to see all the different sides come together for a more detailed reading experience. This was a very fast read; you just have to know what happens next. Gardner’s books are always suspenseful & masterfully crafted and this one was no exception. The twists were just enough to keep you guessing, really it was perfectly executed. I look forward to D.D.’s next case.

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4 comments:

  1. Hi,

    I also reviewed this book recently here: http://www.mysterytribune.com/2012/02/17/review-catch-lisa-gardner/

    I personally think even though Lisa has her own loyal base of fans and they might enjoy Catch Me, the plot is a bit formulaic.

    Also after reading several of her books, the familiar angles such as dysfunctional families, danger and violent confrontation feel like fluff.

    Nevertheless, I agree that this was a page turner and full of suspense.

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  2. I really enjoy her writing, and I honestly didn't see the ending coming until it was a chapter away, if that..but I try not to guess too much while I'm reading. I save that for in between books in a series. Thanks for your comment-I will definitely check out your review as well!

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  3. Ahha. Yet another book I've seen other places. I look forward to getting to this point in the series (I read that right, yes?) and spending more time with my nose in a book. Hehe

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  4. Yep, you did! These books are great, Lana, I think you'll love them! <3

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