This is another excellent thriller by Lisa Gardner. It's the latest in the DD Warren series, and there are references and links to other characters in other books.
The premise is interesting: a woman goes to the police for help, believing that she will be murdered in four days' time. That's based on the fact that her two best childhood friends were murdered a year apart on the same day.
The story alternates between the first-person perspective of Charlie, the woman who thinks she'll be murdered, and the third-person narration concerning Detective DD Warren. The flip back and forth between first and third person works quite well.
I thought I had figured out the plot twist fairly early on, but was completely surprised. This is not one which is easy to figure out. The prologue is, as always, the key to the entire book.
Detective DD Warren struggles with her new-found status as the mother of a 10-week old baby, and there is a very realistic and sympathetic portrayal of the challenge of walking the line between family and career. It was a little surprising that she would be back at work only 10 weeks after having given birth, but maybe that's the world of policing in Boston.
Charlene ("Charlie") grant is a sympathetic but seriously emotionally damaged character, and the clever use of the first-person narration leaves the listener wondering how much is real and how much is mis-perception or mis-remembrance. It's a very effective use of an interesting narrative tool.
There's lots of fascinating information about internet predators and the tricks and skills used by pedophiles and other undesirables.
The narration is very well done. Kirsten Potter does a marvellous job with the various voices, and her narration is steady. She's not overly breathy or nasal, and she doesn't mispronounce words or pause in all the wrong places. She contributes to the success of the book.
The book is a complete page-turner (well, metaphorically anyway). The whodunnit is a complete surprise,but works very well. There are enough odd threads in the book to leave the listener hanging and guessing.
The threads are all interwoven nicely, and there are no dull spots. This is a great book, well worth the credits. This one will appeal to fans of JT Ellison and Karen Rose.
I've read/heard most of Lisa Gardner's novels, and she is always good for a suspenseful plot, no doubt. With Catch Me, though, she's woven one too many strands together.
Without spoiling anything, there's internet pedophilia, Munchhausen's By Proxy, hereditary insanity, a serial killer, not to mention invisibily ink, all pressed into one story.
Plus, it's a little too heavy on the New Mom stuff (D.D. Warren's son is ten weeks old in the novel) and on mentioning / including almost every protagonist from other novels (Pierce Quincy, his daughter, J.T. Dillon, etc. - might be smart marketing but I find it annoying). The story sounds as if there was a deadline coming up and pages to fill.
Lisa Gardner's got many novels out that are better than this one ...
Is it enjoyable? Yes. For a large part, that is due to the superb reading skills of Kirsten Potter, though.
I really enjoyed Lisa Gardner's "Love You More". But, wasn't convinced that she could snare me again with "Catch Me". It had a slow start, but midway through the book I was putty in her hands. This book built to a very satisfying ending. Both books let you into the world of detective D.D, Warren, but also give you an up close look at another person who feels like the book's central character. This time it was Charlene Carter Rosalind Grant who appears to be the next up for a date with a serial killer on January 21. It was difficult to figure out if she was a person worth rooting for or a study in psychological deviations triggered by a brutal childhood with an insane mother.
Over the two books you get to see personal growth with the irascible detective. This caught, hooked and addicted reader is now searching for the next book in the series.
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY (police procedural/mystery/thriller) - Wow, can this author write a thriller or what? Listening to the first five minutes of "Catch Me" is some of the best time I've spent as an Audible listener, and the rest of the book continues to deliver. As the summary suggests, Charlene suspects she'll be murdered on the anniversary of the deaths of her two best friends, each being killed one year apart but on the same day. Boston detective DD Warren (female) is trying to help protect Charlene by solving the murders of her two friends, while simultaneously working on a series of internet sexual predator killings. This story has lots more going on to keep it interesting, including a pretty sobering look at mental illness. Then there's an unexpected twist at the end to top everything off.
DD and Charlene are the typical tough-as-nails women I've come to expect from Lisa Gardner. The crimes are intriguing, and the detective work is smart and fast-paced. This would have totally received five stars all across except for two things: (1) DD is the mother to a brand-new baby, and I heard more of that than I cared to, and (2) the way everything wraps up in the end was just a little hard to believe. Thrilling and a great listen, nonetheless!
PERFORMANCE - Love Kirsten Potter. Perfect voice for the characters and great performance of the story.
OVERALL (actual rating 4.5) - If you're looking for an absorbing, thrilling listen, be sure to catch Catch Me by Lisa Gardner. The book addresses some tough issues, and Lisa doesn't flinch. I'm kind of wimpy when it comes to violence, but I was okay listening to everything in this book. That said, this may not be for everyone. Definitely NOT for kids or young teens.
A gritty psychological thriller, well written, well narrated, well researched. The action is immediate and had me captivated from early in the listen. The story is inventive with plenty of twists that don't seem awkward or contrived. Gardner handles the repulsive problem of child abuse reasonably, although it is a very sensitive subject and particularly violent in this story. The chilling details necessary to build the plot are alarming and should be taken into consideration if you are planning to listen.
My first Gardner novel--chosen because of other readers' reviews--and I was not disappointed. I can understand why Gardner has a loyal following.
Myst/thrillers, some contemporary and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
This book addresses several heavy subjects that at times are explained very explicitly, and for some may be disturbing. The first is about mental illness and all the horrid things that happen to the children of the afflicted that go unchecked. The second, is concerning the vile subject of pedophilia and last but not least is how a serial killer may relate back to both.
This is my first Lisa Gardner book. She does a masterful job of producing an exciting psychological thriller. This who done it had me going back and forth until the last few chapters and at times creeped me out. Good writer, will read more of her work.
The narrator did a good job allowing the heft of the story come through without inflicting to much drama.
This is the story of a young woman who is certain she is going to be murdered on January 21. She is isolated, emotionally flat, yet Kirsten Potter had me rooting for her to make it to the end of the book. DeeDee Warren is a little softer, a little more human in her new role as mother. She has more dimension and believability, and shows some of her own vulnerability as a daughter who never meets her parents' expectations. These glimpses of her personal life do not detract from the intensity with which Charlie counts down to the 21st, nor the complicated path of the investigation that unexpectedly weaves into DeeDee's pursuit of someone who is killing pedophiles. Kirsten Potter does another amazing job bringing the whole cast to life, giving them the feel of living, breathing, multidimensional characters. And when you think you know how it's going to end, Lisa Gardner throws in one last "gotcha" that I truly did not see coming. Excellent listen!
Lisa Gardner is one of the best suspense writers ever! This book was exciting from beginning to end. She has remained constant with this series. Each is a good as the last! And they are fantastic!! Kirsten Potter is the perfect D.D. Warren, making everything about this audiobook 5 stars!
This is one of the best novels that I've read in a long while. I wanted to finish it in one sitting, and would have except that I needed to sleep. Most times when a novel is over 8 or 9 hours, I know there is a little too much "fluff" and lots of times I get bored and quit because I don't care who did what to whom. In this story except for hearing about DD Warren new baby one or two times too many, the story held my interest and it also held my attention. Two or three time my attention did wonder briefly and I would hit the rewind button quickly because every bit of the story was leading towards the conclusion and I did not want to miss a word of it. As I am listening, I try to write the ending and each scenario that I came up with was so wrong except for one which is too much of a spoiler to mention. The prologue sets the theme and stage on which the novel is based.
The main character, Charlene (other than DD Warren) was a mystery by herself. She expects to be murdered like her two best friends were, and she expects that it will happen on January 21st, just a few days away. Both friends were murdered on the January 21st one year apart and she is the third "musketeer." She goes to Detective Warren for help who thought she was a little nuts too and also thought she might be the killer of her friends. One minute I think Charlene is just crazy and possibly the killer and the next minute I am rooting for her because I believe her. This back and forward thinking continued well into the story, but there came a time where she had to kill or be killed and her reaction told me that she was not a killer.
This story has a lot of hot button issues including hereditary mental illness/insanity, a serial killer, Munchausen by proxy, pedophilia and even eluded to obsessive compulsive disorder, and on top of all of this Gardner weaves in plot twist after plot twist. The storyline does not deviate and each plot twist drives headlong towards the conclusion. A great story with lots of intrigue and is fast paced.
Narrator, Kirsten Potter, is the best!!!! She is my favorite female narrator. Her performances are top notch with a wide range of vocal skills. It seems that this story was written to be read by her.
Highly recommended to lovers of murder mystery, suspense and police procedural type novels.
From 4/12/15 on, I will only rate a book 5 stars if it so good I will listen to it again. To date, the Bino series tops that list.
There are quite a few things to like about "Catch Me." Foremost for me is the characters. I loved DD Warren, her toughness, attitude and vulnerability. The character Charlie was fascinating as well. In fact, all the cast supporting Charlie, her boxing instructor, firearms instructor, land lady, aunt, cop friend and even her dog kept me keenly interested.
There were scenes of Charlie working as a 911 dispatcher that I'll never forget. Great writing there showed her smart, resourceful, intuitive and revealed her true nature.
I also appreciated Gardner's revelation of how imminent the threat pedophiles is in our culture. These reprehensible men, (and now adolescent young men), use the net not only to lure victims, but to educate and train each other. Tragic, painful stuff I think we all should be aware exists.
So pedophiles are being murdered. Like most of the Boston Police, I felt no sympathy for them. I found myself not wanting the killer to be caught. It made me appreciate the police work led by Detective Warren.
Kirsten Potter does a stellar job with narration. My ear tends to show miysoginistic tendencies when listening to books, so when I give her 5 stars its because no one could do better.
So I'm off to the next Lisa Gardner novel, Say Goodbye. Nuff said!