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My past is haunting me
Catch Me - Lisa Gardner
Member Name: CPTDANIELS
Catch Me - Lisa Gardner
Advantages: First class story, fabulous read
Disadvantages: A little slow to start with
Detective D.D.Warren has just returned to work after the birth of her son Jack. She is immediately brought to a murder scene of a suspected paedophile who has been killed in his own home. This is the second suspected paedophile that has been killed and D.D fears there is a serial killer at large in Boston. However as she is leaving the scene she notices someone acting suspiciously. She manages to catch the woman and takes her down to the station to find out more about her.
She is a 28 year old called Charlie Grant who tells D.D she is going to be killed in four days time on January the 21st. Charlie tells her that her two best friends have been murdered on that date in the past two years and now the killer will be after her. The lady has moved around to try and hide herself from this but at the same time she has trained hard so that she can do what her two friends were unable to do i.e. fight the attacker. Charlie appears to be a loner with her only friend being her Aunt that brought her up hundreds of miles away and a Terrier called Tulip who has befriended her. Can D.D. Help this desperate woman and catch this killer while also bringing the suspected paedophile killer to justice?
==My thought on this novel:==
I thought this was another excellent Detective mystery in the D.D.Warren series. It was very rich in both mystery and suspense and had me completely hooked the whole way though. This is the sixth book of the series and I have read them all and not been in the slightest disappointed by any of them. This for me is rare in the extreme because I usually like an author ideas once of twice and then get bored with them as they try to replicate what was successful for them. However with this series I do not feel that way at all and the stories are so well thought out and different this problem has not happened.
The author of this series Lisa Gardener is in my opinion a very talented writer despite being American!! I know that sounds a terrible thing to say and I do apologise to all those talented American writers for this remark. The reason why I say this is historically I struggle with authors from that country. I think it has a lot to do with the different culture, ideals and the totally alien concept of space they have that makes me struggle so much. I think this is not helped by the fact I have never been there but Gardener is one of only a handful of American writers I can read and probably the only one I think is an amazing author and one of my favourites.
For me when I discovered there was a new novel in this series I knew I had to buy it. I managed to find the paperback version of this on Amazon and purchased it for just 5.59 which for me seemed a good price especially given it is 480 pages long. What immediately impressed me when I studied the cover was not the title of the book but the two short lines above it. It said 'In four days , you will confront your killer. How far would you go to stay alive.' This sounded very interesting and I wondered what the author had in store, it sounded exciting.
However I was disappointed when I looked for the summary of the story on the back cover. As on there there was praise for her previous book for several sources. I found this useless especially as I have already read this!! I wish they would include comments on the book you are about to read as this would be helpful and relevant. I found the summary on the inside cover. This was a good size, three paragraphs long. It sounded very good but in hindsight it only mentioned the one story, as there are two investigations in this book not one and it did slightly surprise me the other had been missed off.
The book appropriately started with a prologue. This was a very good size and I worthy introduction at 10 pages long. I have learnt with this series there are often clues in this that help understand things later in the story. It sounded very unusual and because of the lack of names within it it was impossible to say at this stage who it was about. It certainly had me interested to know more and fearing for the little girls lives that were being ruined by their sick mother.
The first chapter was certainly different. It told the reader a little about Charlie Grant and her fears that she was going to be murdered in four days time like her two best friends were. It told us a little about them and how Charlie felt being on her own and the next victim or so she believed. I felt immediately drawn to this vulnerable lady and wanted her to be wrong. I found it a good start to the story and had me wanting to know more about her and the background to what was happening to her. It seemed full of promise and I liked the concepts behind it.
The story then moved on to advise us of the new developments in D.D.Warren's life namely her 10 weeks only son. I always like learning more about the leading Detective, especially as her life now was so more complex with her new commitment. The author is very good at introducing a variety of characters into the story and although you initially wonder where they fit in. They are always interesting personalities and because there is depth and thought behind them you always want to know more about them and their lives.
I really enjoyed the way the story developed and while at first I may have found the story a little slow, it certainly didn't stay that way for long. I think this was because she was setting the scene to the story and this involved some depth to make it believable and credible. I found because the author gave so little away their was so much mystery about what was happening and why. There was several different elements within the stories and because it was well and intelligently written I always knew exactly where I was and what was going on. In other stories I sometimes forget who is who but because of the depth of writing or my concentration was better this problem never arose.
The longer the story went the more involved in it I felt. It took me three days to read it and I never wanted to put it down once I had started. The story flowed really well and I really enjoyed the suspense within it as I tried to unravel the truth of what about Charlie Grant and because I am never sure what twists and turns the author will employ you are never sure who to believe and trust within it. Some of these twists were so well thought out and unexpected they really added to the quality of the story.
With an ending for me that justified the clever build up. It was a good size ending that was full of excitement and suspense. I thought it fitted in well with the story and provided the answers to all the outstanding questions the story had raised. After the story had completed its course the author added one short last chapter updating the reader on a few of the characters within the story. The only thing that surprised me was why was this a chapter rather than an epilogue? I was mystified!! That said it was a good finish and it tied up the story nicely.
The main character in this series is D.D.Warren. Although in several of the previous stories she shares this with Detective Bobby Dodge. However in this story he was not present and I found he was not necessary because there was so much happening involving DD. I have always admired this hard working and focused Detective but I found her becoming a mother added new dimensions to her character. I really enjoyed the way she conducts her investigations and on this one she was in some ways threatened by a younger version of herself who had joined her team. I loved the way there was a lot happening at home for her with Jack and how she felt apprehensive about her parents visiting her. The author really understand this characters in my opinion and gets the balance right between her home and work life.
The other key character to this story was Charlie Grant. I found her to be a very good character because there was so much you needed to learn about her to understand her. Her background was very different and I loved trying to understand her. The author successfully created a real sense of mystery and suspense about her and I was never sure if I could or should believe in her. Despite this I did like her and I thought the author explained her thoughts excellently. Although I was surprised despite the dangers she felt she was facing how easily she was to trick in the story. I thought she would be more on her guard and prepared for trouble.
The stories length for me was just right to tell a wonderful story that contained just about everything. This is an excellent series of books and I am really looking forward to the next instalment. This story is available as a paperback, a hardback or in Kindle formats.
This is another excellent addition to the DD Warren series and one I would without doubt recommend. The author is an excellent writer of suspense mysteries and I found myself glued to this book as it had within it a first class story. She created two wonderfully complex characters one the Detective who I have grown to like, respect and understand, while in this book she also created a lady who had a terrible background and was fighting her own demons while trying to stay alive.
Year first published: 2012
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Summary: Wonderful murder/mystery