The latest brilliant novel in the D.D. Warren series from Sunday Times and New York Times best seller Lisa Gardner.
'In four days someone is going to kill me....'
At 8pm on 21st January, 28-year-old Charlie Grant believes she is going to be murdered, and she wants Boston's top homicide detective, D.D. Warren, to handle her death investigation.
Confronting D.D. at her latest crime scene, Charlie lays her cards on the table. For each of the last two years, one of her childhood friends has been murdered, leaving Charlie as the only one of three friends to remain alive. But as D.D. delves deeper in to the details of Charlie's case, she begins to question the young woman's story. Because Charlie can now outfight and outrun anyone she meets, and D.D.'s instinct is that she's hiding a secret: a secret so explosive that Charlie herself may turn out to be the biggest danger of all....
'But the son of a bitch has got to catch me first.'
©2012 Lisa Gardner (P)2012 Headline Digital
Twenty-eighty year old Charlene Rosalind Carter Grant, Charlie, thinks she has four days left to live. Two years ago one of her best friends, Randi was murdered on January 21st, then one year to the date, her other best friend Jackie was murdered. They were a trio. The three musketeers: Randi Jackie Charlie, as they were known in school. It is four days until January 21st and Charlie thinks she's next. She's not going down without a fight though, she's planned ahead. Boxing classes, gun lessons, running, preparing in any way she can for January 21st. She's even picked the investigator she wants to solve her murder if the worst happens: Detective D.D. Warren. What would you do with the time you have left?
This is one of two cases Detective D.D. Warren finds herself in the middle of two weeks back from her maternity leave. It's clear to D.D., from the beginning that there is more to Charlie than she is letting on. Is four days enough to get to the bottom of this? The other case D.D. is working on, is the murder of two pedophiles, both shot with no apparent signs of a struggle and no forced entry. D.D. has to balance her job with the new responsibility of caring for her newborn son, now ten-weeks old.
This story had a lot of plot twists and turns. When I was sure of one thing, suddenly it would change and it was something else entirely. I loved that we got to catch up with a lot of past characters. It was such a treat to get a glimpse into their lives again. It was nice to see tough-as-nails D.D. has fallen head-over-heels in love with her baby, Jack. Also, seeing D.D. and Alex together, adjusting to life with a baby was so precious. I love Alex, how he's so patient and smitten with D.D. This is a definite recommend to any fan of Lisa Gardner. I can't wait for the next one!
I listen to audio books every day and love the intimate nature of the relationship between the narrator and the author
Not her best novel, I would dprobably not recommend this book especially with so much child abuse, gets a bit overwhelming
Texture and reality
Lots of tense moments, likeable characters and plenty of action.
I enjoyed this book, it did keep me wondering, but I started to get an inkling half way through, nevertheless it was really worth listening to. The narrators were very good and balanced each other well.
"Not bad takes a while to warm up"
The book takes a while to warm up & on more than one occasion I was going to give up but book got better towards the end, so I suppose the author needs to reve up the beginning of book
Satisfactory needs more passion
Another great book from Lisa Gardner. The story was fast paced and kept me interested throughout. A nice easy weekend listen that won't win any literary prizes, but was well written and beautifully read. The three narrators worked well for the story and didn't distract. I recommend this author and this book. More please.
It takes a lot to engage me in a book (think I'm slightly ADD!) but this one did it!
Couldn't figure out what was going to happen, wanted to know - held me right til the end.
Great narration too -- my first in this series but about to go find another!
Part way through, I started to play the audio at a slightly faster (1.25) speed to enable me to plough through it. Not because I was so keen to find out what happened next but more of a 'Come on then, get on with it!' (The narrator for 'Deeee-Deeee's' voice, whilst resonant and precise, actually sounds better speeded up)
I finished it as it was an audio book but doubt wether I would have persevered reading for myself.
"Twists and turns"
I enjoyed all the little nuances and the twists and turns in this story. Looked forward to listening until I thought I knew the answers. Kept me amused for hours!
Good story as it didn't drag out but can't say it was the best book I have ever read /heard
"Questions raised. Questions answered!"
Good story with unexpected twists. Narration excellent but too quiet in places when listening in the car. Suitable satisfying conclusion!
"Some unexpected twists and turns."
I wasn't sure that I was going to like this book. The start was a little slow and quite dark. I found the change of performer somewhat off putting at first.
As the characters developed the story became more gripping and a compelling listen. The performances added to the drama.
I'll definitely listen to this author again.
"Three narrators? It works"
I nearly didn't try this book because I knew that there were three narrators and I expected it to be like a play on radio 4. I'm not desperately keen on slick production techniques on my audio novels you see. But I took a flyer on this one.
If I am honest, the prologue did catch me at a difficult time and I had to listen to it twice. Then maybe the next half an hour went past me a bit but that's probably me and not the story. Stick with it if it isn't me.
Thereafter though, I was hooked. I highly recommend this if you like a good mystery and you like to be caught out with your personal guessing.
Three main characters are all individually voiced but don't be put off by that because they get whole chapters and it is not a radio play type of production. Three well spoken American accents and you get used to them very quickly. There are a couple of phone conversations featuring more than one voice but no more than that. Actually, as soon as you hear the voice at the beginning of each chapter you settle straight back into the story that character is telling you. It works.
I will be checking out more of this lady author. When a lady turns her hand to writing about crime it makes me nervous about being one. What on earth is hiding in our dark recesses?
Most important though, I have got to tell you this bit.. this story focuses partly, but not mostly, on the subject of child-grooming on the internet and is clearly well researched. I consider myself to be fairly savvy but had no idea about how that works and am shocked. If you have children between about 5 and 16 who use the web or would like to, then you must listen to this book and get yourself informed.
A chance encounter with a good one. Yes.
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