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Catch Me: A Novel

Catch Me: A Novel

Scritto da Lisa Gardner

Narrato da Kirsten Potter


Catch Me: A Novel

Scritto da Lisa Gardner

Narrato da Kirsten Potter

valutazioni:
4.5/5 (58 valutazioni)
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5 ore
Pubblicato:
Feb 7, 2012
ISBN:
9781455847211
Formato:
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Descrizione

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 that she will be murdered in four days. And she wants Boston's top detective to handle her 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 21, 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 terrifying secret that may turn out to be the biggest threat of all?


In four days, someone is going to kill me. But he's gotta catch me first.
Pubblicato:
Feb 7, 2012
ISBN:
9781455847211
Formato:
Audiolibro


Informazioni sull'autore

Lisa Gardner is the #1 New York Times and internationally bestselling author of more than twenty novels, including seven thrillers in the D.D. Warren series. With more than twenty-two million books in print, she is published in thirty countries and counting. Lisa lives in New England with her family, as well as two highly spoiled dogs and one extremely neurotic three-legged cat.

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  • (4/5)
    Charlene better known as Charlie has a horrible mother. She suffers from Münchausen syndrome. Charlie suffered more as she is fed broken light bulbs and other abuses at the hands of a mentally ill mother. After the "incident" where the police come, Charlie becomes the custody of her aunt who says if she'd known she would have gotten her sooner. She makes two fabulous friends in her new surroundings but as adults, they are both are murdered exactly one year apart and in exactly the same manner. It is almost one year later and Charlie knows she will be killed too. Charlie trains her body and buys a gun as well as takes every precaution to protect herself. Detective D D Warren enters the picture after the murder of two pedophiles. Could Charlie, a dispatcher, be the protector of the victims as she feels her life is coming to a quick end? So many twists and turns until at the very end the mystery is solved. A good one!
  • (4/5)
    Wow! What a page turner I really enjoyed this book. It really had me guessing until the end. Lisa Gardner knows how to get your attention.
  • (4/5)
    Another enjoyable story in the DD Warren life. Lisa had me guessing until close to the end who the murderer was and it was a pleasant surprise. I always enjoy this series.
  • (4/5)
    Charlene Rosalind Grant, "Charlie", is throughly convinced that on 21st January she will be murdered. While dealing with another crime scene, Charlie confronts Detective DD Warren and asks her to make sure she investigates her imminent death properly. The murderer-at-large has already taken the lives of Grant's two best friends on January 21st of consecutive years. As part of a trio of best friends since grade school, Charlie figures she is next on the list, the past year spent on a rigorous schedule of self-defense lessons and graveyard shifts as a 9-1-1 dispatch operator. Charlie does not expect to survive beyond the looming date. Unsurprisingly, Warren's dance card is already full with a new baby, a looming visit from parents and a spate of recent murders of known pedophiles demanding the Boston PD's immediate attention. Now DD must balance the crimes on hand with a case yet to be a case, the assistance of a Special Victims detective much appreciated.

    The story is told in three narrative threads, that of D.D.'s investigation, the continuation of Charlies story, and a third storyline involving a young boy who is clearly being cyber stalked. It moves at a consistently fast pace that is sure to keep you turning pages. The plot of this novel is very complex which aids in making it a very good read.
  • (4/5)
    I can only read thrillers occasionally and this one was interesting. I'm not that familiar with deviant crimes so I can't say weather this story could actually have happened. I was interested and I wanted to know who what and why of this story and I guess that makes it a good read.
  • (3/5)
    D.D. Warren's character has improved. She isr an intelligent investigator whose attempts to juggle family life and work. This story is told in three narrative threads, that of D.D.'s investigation, the continuation of Charlies story, and a third storyline involving a young boy who is clearly being cyber stalked. Sometimes, this makes it hard to follow in audible form, as the reader waits a few words to interpret what's being said. Characters are well developed and believable. Tension is maintained throughout the book.
  • (3/5)
    This is the second DD Warren (first unabridged one) I've listened to, and it was a good car listen. As it moved to the climax of the novel, I did bring it inside to finish up, as I won't be driving for a couple of days. Good plot, characters, with a few twists that ratcheted up interest. I may have found another author good for long car rides. Yay!
  • (4/5)
    Catch Me
    4 Stars

    This series has improved in the last couple of installments. One reason is the development of D.D. Warren's character. She is no longer the cold and brash detective with an obsessive need to prove herself but rather a intelligent investigator whose attempts to juggle family life and work make her much more endearing.

    The plot is intricate with two parallel mysteries. While both are intriguing and suspenseful (particularly the scenes involving the Internet predators and Charlie's memories of her childhood) ,the threat to Charlie's life takes a back seat to the serial killer storyline, which results in a lack of tension and immediacy. Moreover, the identity of the killer is obvious about 3/4 of the way in mainly due to a dearth of suspects.

    The secondary characters are fleshed out well, especially Charlie. Gardner also succeeds in making the vigilante a sympathetic character despite their questionable actions and motivations.

    The climax and resolution are satisfying, and the ending made me smile. Another great aspect of the book is the journey down memory lane alongside the characters from previous Gardner books.

    All in all, a well written and entertaining thriller with some frightening messages about the dangers lurking on the Internet.
  • (5/5)
    I hope Lisa Gardner has more in store for D.D. Warren because if she doesn't, I'll really miss the character!

    I've loved getting to know D.D. over the 6 books (plus one short story) and by the end of 'Catch Me', I almost felt like I knew her as an actual person.

    The story is full of page-turning plot twists and I wouldn't expect anything less from Lisa Gardner. Very gripping to the very end. Loved it!
  • (5/5)
    This is the first Lisa Gardner book I've read, and I only picked it up because it was a group read, but thanks to this book I am now looking into others to purchase. It. Was. Incredible. What would you do if you knew you were going to die in four days? Who would you talk to? That's where D.D. Warren comes in.Despite being a long book, Catch Me was a fast read. I got through it in a couple of days, and loved every single minute of it. Honestly this was the first book I've read in a little while that I simply could not put down. There were so many twists and turns, and up and downs, and back and forths that I honestly didn't know how it was going to turn out. Although I figured out whodunnit before the end, this didn't spoil the book unlike with other thrillers, because the story carries on even after you know who did it. The characters were incredibly well developed and engaging, even if they were the "baddies", and there was a lot of grey area. No one was good or evil, everyone was just a bit of both, and that intrigues me. I found this to be a nail biting, mouth gaping, edge of the seat thriller and I recommend it wholeheartedly. The language used is simple enough to follow, and while it isn't the richest in tone or the most complex in description, nothing takes away from the brilliance of the plot and character development. Although this is a long book, it doesn't feel like anything is unnecessary. Everything had a purpose, and nothing went unanswered. This was absolutely brilliant, and I am looking forward to reading others in the series. A new favourite author for sure.
  • (5/5)
    This is eveverything a suspense mystery book should be!
  • (5/5)
    It was a very good book, great author. I’ll read another one by her. I also really likes the narrator.
  • (4/5)
    I'm a big fan of Lisa Gardner.I've enjoyed her stand alone novels, and have just started to delve into the Pierce/Quincy FBI Profiler series. My favorite series of hers, however, is that of Boston Homicide Detective D.D. Warren, who up until now hasn't been all that likeable of a character, but in Catch Me, she shows her softer side.D.D. fresh from maternity leave after giving birth to her son Jack, is dreading her parents visit, wondering how she will do her job with sleep deprivation, and trying to figure out her relationship with Jack's father Alex, who has offered to marry her.That's just for starters though. D.D. who is pretty cynical, is thrown for a loop when Charlene Rosalind Carter Grant is found at her latest crime scene and asks for D.D.'s help because she fears that she will be killed on January 21st, as her two best friends were. Charlene has heard that D.D.'s the best, and she wants her to handle the investigation.The reader is left wondering if Charlene is suffering from another personality or is someone really trying to kill her? This was a very good thriller that had captivated throughout. As a side note, I really enjoyed the mention of some of the author's other characters in this book.
  • (5/5)
    One of her best books although all of Lisa Gardner’s books are great!
  • (5/5)
    As for twists and turns and plots that you absolutely cannot guess until the very end, Lisa Gardner has out-done herself in "Catch Me". I am devastated to have finished this book, as it was so good, I just want something that wonderful to continue reading. I also an anxious to see if Gardner rewards us with another novel following Sgt. Det. D.D. Warren who is such an unforgettable character. There aren't enough great words to describe how awesome this book is. I honestly could not put this book down and managed to read it in about 2-3 days and it has done nothing but leave me WANTING MORE!!
  • (4/5)
    Charlie Grant is certain that she's going to die on 21st of January, after all that's the same date her closest friends died over the last two years. Now it would appear to be her turn, but she's not going down without a fight. She works as a police dispatcher and wants D D Warren, Boston's top homicide detective to investigate, and hopefully find out who dunnit, before they do it.It's a pretty classic plot, and I enjoyed the read. Found the characters interesting and want to read more in this series
  • (4/5)
    Fast-paced suspenseful story, unfolded in small pieces that the reader can fit together. As more pieces are added, the puzzle has to be rearranged again and again. Just when it all seems clear -- something new! This is the kind of storytelling that appeals to folks who like to figure out "whodunnit" before being told.The narrator's speaking voice is pleasant, and she enunciates clearly. However, she read two major characters so similarly that I often couldn't tell them apart. When I finally caught on to who was speaking, I wished I could "turn back a page or two" to review what she had said and what it meant. Having heard one D. D. Warren short story, and then this novel, I'm definitely interested enough in Lisa Gardner's writing to seek out more in this series.
  • (3/5)
    This was avery entertaining read with lots of twists and turns! Detective DD Warren is asked to investigate a womans murder which is about to take place in 4 days.
  • (5/5)
    Fantastic book! Very interesting story-line with lots of twists, some which you could see, some that you could not.
  • (5/5)
    What a great story. I’ve always been a fan of Gardeners work and I was not disappointed with this one. I loved the characters and its twist and turns kept going until the end. Wonderful read…
  • (5/5)
    Reason for Reading: Next in the series. Tremendous! I just can't wait reading a new Lisa Gardner, some are better than others but I've never been disappointed! This latest volume in the DD Warren series does not disappoint. First off, little time is spent on DD's personal life but we get enough to know the latest details and how she is adjusting to the new changes in her life. Fed up with the downtime she is quite excited to get back on a case and while working one, another case finds her. Of course, it's obvious to any serious crime reader that the two cases will somehow be related to each other which indeed they are, with the first leading to a much larger, more intricate case. The book alternates between the points of view of both D.D. and her team investigating the crimes and the woman who feels that she is the target of a murder. This woman, Charlie Grant,comes across as determined, full of fight and an equal in personality as to how we're used to finding DD herself. A great thriller with many twists and turns. Some interesting people become suspects and knowing who can be trusted is an open question. I sped read this one to the end and am glad to say I am all caught up with this series now! Looking forward to a book next year, Ms. Gardner!
  • (4/5)
    Boston homicide detective, D.D. Warren is asked by a woman to investigate the woman's death when she is murdered in four days.Charlene Rosalund Carter Grant tells D.D. that her two best friends have been murdered in the last two years, both on Jan. 21st at 8:00 P.M. Now she thinks it's her turn.A parallel story tells of the investigation D.D.'s unit is having of someone who has been murdering pedophiles. As an aside to this, D.D. has just become a mother and is enjoying her new motherhood.The tension mounts as the deadline draws near and we wonder if the steps Charlene has take to prevent her murder will be enough.Lisa Gardner is an excellent story teller and has added a number of plot twists which keep the reader guessing and add to the enjoyment of the book.
  • (4/5)
    Detective D.D. Warren has returned to work after her maternity leave and is faced with a pedophile's murder. While at the scene a mysterious note saying, 'Everyone has to die sometime. Be Brave' is left on her windshield. Warren spots a young woman watching her and after chasing her down finds that the woman is expecting to get murdered and wanted to see who would be handling her homicide investigation. Charlene Rosalind Carter Grant is a desperate woman. Her two best friends have been murdered, both on Jan. 21st a year apart and without any signs of struggle. Grant feels that her day to die is in a few days. She has gone 'off the grid' and has trained to fight in an effort to save herself. Will Warren be able to help her?I have read Gardner's books and have enjoyed everyone of them. I'm new to the Warren series but I will be on the look out for more. With frequent twists and turns and a surprise ending, every mystery lover will enjoy this book.
  • (5/5)
    Has motherhood mellowed D.D.?Boston homicide detective D.D. Warren is back! And at the age of 41, she’s dealing with first-time motherhood. In fact, she’s just returned from maternity leave, and her first case back involves what appears to be a serial killer of pedophiles. While the Boston P.D. isn’t mourning the victims, they aren’t about to turn their backs on some kind of vigilante killer.Outside one of the crime scenes, D.D. finds a suspicious note on her windshield, and spots a woman watching her. Once D.D. chases her down, she meets Charlene Rosalind Carter Grant, a young woman with an amazing story. In short, Charlene believes that she’s about to be murdered in a few days on January 21st, just as her two closest friends were in the two preceding years. The novel is told in three narrative threads, that of D.D.’s investigation, the continuation of Charlene’s story, and a third storyline involving a young boy who is clearly being cyber stalked. It moves at a consistently fast pace that is sure to keep you turning pages. The plot of this novel is very complex. There’s a lot going on, and if you figure it all out, you’re a lot smarter than me. Stories with as many twists and turns as this one has can seem contrived, but Ms. Gardner has managed to put all of her puzzle pieces together so meticulously that I never felt she was cheating. It was beyond impressive!As tight as the plotting is, perhaps the most satisfying aspect of this novel is watching the evolution of this central character that we’ve gotten to know so well over the years. Every time I finish one of these novels, I’m left looking forward to the next case and the next chapter in D.D.’s life.
  • (5/5)
    Lisa Gardner does not disappoint in this book. Packed with action, twists and turns, this book is another great one. I loved the relationship between D.D. and Charlie in this book. They seemed to have a bond, without really having one. An interesting take on the story with sex crimes. Loved how the book had a surprising ending!
  • (5/5)
    I'm a long time fan of Lisa Gardner and her recurring character, Boston PD Detective D.D. Warren, is a favourite. Gardner's latest book featuring D.D. is Catch Me - newly released.I was eager to catch up with D.D. She was unexpectedly pregnant in the last book. How will motherhood affect this tough as nails, no nonsense detective?"D.D. caught herself actually contemplating wallpaper, then came to her senses, snapping off the vacuum cleaner and giving herself a firm mental shake. Forget the f***ing decor. She was Sergeant Detective D.D. Warren for heaven's sake. She didn't slipcover. She handled homicides."Well, it's made her a little softer. Baby Jack has had eight weeks of Mommy being home, but it's back to work for sleep deprived D.D. She's going to try to stick to a reasonable work day. On her first case out - the murder of a suspected pedophile - she spies a note on her Crown Vic -"Everyone has to die sometime. Be brave" - and someone running away. She gives pursuit and catches the person - a young woman who swears she didn't leave the note, but was only checking D.D. out. The reason? "Four days from now, I'm expecting to be murdered. I've read that you're one of the best homicide detectives in the city, so I'd like you handle the investigation. I figure you're the only shot at justice I'll have left."D.D's immediate thought is that she's a nut case. But, her story has credibility. Charlene "Charlie" Grant works as a police dispatcher. Her two best friends have been murdered - each a year apart on the same day - January 21 - four days from now. And Charlie believes she's next."Two homicides, a thousand miles apart. Links between the victims, the methodology, and the date, but not enough evidence or motivation to provide traction. Hell of a story, she had to admit. Interesting. Intriguing. The kind of thing to tickle a workaholic detective's crime bone."D.D agrees the case has merit and adds it to the team's caseload. She also agrees to let a new young detective, well versed in sex crimes, join the team. Gardner's plotting was fantastic in Catch Me. She had me stumped and second guessing myself up to the very last pages. Many characters from previous books were brought back in Catch Me - J.T. Dillon is a favourite. (from The Perfect Husband) I quite enjoyed seeing a little bit of vulnerability in D.D. The scenes with her parents had such a ring of truth about them. I've enjoyed watching her relationship with Jack's father Alex grow as well. And the child predator story is a real eye opener.DD's. chapters are alternated with those of Charlie. We know (or think we know) what is going on with her. "I hummed softly under my breath, my only concession to my growing nervousness. Seventy-five hours left to live. What would you do?"Catch Me is a page turner, guaranteed to keep you reading past the time you should shut off the light. If you like suspense, you'll love Lisa Gardner.
  • (5/5)
    Great page turner, murder mystery. What would you do if you had only 4 days to live and knew it?? What a wild ride this book takes the reader on. The author of this series is one of the best mystery writers out there, and she never disappoints. The series is a typical police procedural, but the author is so talented with the twists and turns you have to look forward to every new book she writes.
  • (4/5)
    I'm a big fan of Lisa Gardner.I've enjoyed her stand alone novels, and have just started to delve into the Pierce/Quincy FBI Profiler series. My favorite series of hers, however, is that of Boston Homicide Detective D.D. Warren, who up until now hasn't been all that likeable of a character, but in Catch Me, she shows her softer side.D.D. fresh from maternity leave after giving birth to her son Jack, is dreading her parents visit, wondering how she will do her job with sleep deprivation, and trying to figure out her relationship with Jack's father Alex, who has offered to marry her.That's just for starters though. D.D. who is pretty cynical, is thrown for a loop when Charlene Rosalind Carter Grant is found at her latest crime scene and asks for D.D.'s help because she fears that she will be killed on January 21st, as her two best friends were. Charlene has heard that D.D.'s the best, and she wants her to handle the investigation.The reader is left wondering if Charlene is suffering from another personality or is someone really trying to kill her? This was a very good thriller that had captivated throughout. As a side note, I really enjoyed the mention of some of the author's other characters in this book.
  • (3/5)
    D.D. Warren has one unusual case on her hands. Charlene Rosalind Carter Grant finds D.D. at a crime scene and lets her know that in four days someone is going to kill her. Her best friends were killed on January 21st the previous two years. Charlie prepares with boxing and shooting lessons,but she doesn't really think she will live past the 21st. D.D. is busy with her man, a new baby, and a visit from her parents.This book went really slow for me. I had a real hard time finishing it. I just never connected with Charlie or D.D. I did, however, enjoy the conclusion and the way things turned out.
  • (4/5)
    I picked up this book and couldn't put it down. I loved the two storylines, and the concept of preparing for your death gave me shivers. The character of DD Warren always kin dof bugged me before, but the way she wa sportragyed in this book made me love her! This was anothe rgreat read by Lisa Gardner!