• Catch Me

  • Detective D. D. Warren, Book 6
  • By: Lisa Gardner
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (5,905 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Detective D. D. Warren has four days to stop a killer in this “shocking…‘must read’”* from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner—one of Library Journal's Best Thrillers of the Year.

Charlene Grant believes she is going to die. For the past few years, her childhood friends have been murdered one by one. Same day. Same time. Now she’s the last of her friends alive, and she’s counting down the final four days of her life until January 21st.

Charlene doesn’t plan on going down without a fight. She has taken up boxing, shooting, and running. She also wants Boston’s top homicide detective, D. D. Warren, to handle the investigation.

But as D. D. delves deeper into the case, she starts to question the woman’s story. Instinct tells her that Charlene may not be in any danger at all. If that’s true, the woman must have a secret—one so terrifying that it alone could be the greatest threat of all.

©2012 Lisa Gardner (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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OK but not her best by a long shot

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.

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Catch this great thriller

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.

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Solid Thriller--Sensitive Subject

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.

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Excellent!!

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!

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Gripping, Scary

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.  

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Another wild ride from Lisa Gardner

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.

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Alright, I'm Caught (Hooked, Addicted ...)

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.

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Intense, intricate story, superb narration

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!

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My first Lisa Gardner novel - Simply awesome!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would definitely recommend this novel to a friend. The author doesn't disappoint. It's well worth the audible price.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The plot definitely kept me on the edge of my seat. I couldn't wait till the end to see what was going to happen to Charlie Rosalyn Carter or/and Abigale. I was terrified, in awe, sympathetic, and last suspicious of her, so....Sorry, couldn't help it... I cheated ... I skipped to a few chapters before the ending, because I thought I'd figured out the ending, but I wasn't even close. I immediately went back to where I'd previously left off to continue listening. Even with a bit more insight of the ending, I was still intrigued by each character and how they came to be...so realistic. This novel does not disappoint.

What about Kirsten Potter’s performance did you like?

Kirsten Potter made the characters come to life.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were many. The characters were so real.

Any additional comments?

Lisa Gardner is a very detailed and realistic author. Catch Me was my first novel by Gardner. I'm so glad I've discovered her. Now, I have to go back and read the rest of the series of Detective Sergeant Dee Dee Wallace.

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Profanity Not Necessary

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Although the story line was excellent, I could hardly get past all the profanity. The

Would you be willing to try another one of Kirsten Potter’s performances?

Didn't really care for this narrator. Listen to the sample before you purchase.

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