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Alone (Detective D.D. Warren 1)

Alone (Detective D.D. Warren 1) [Kindle Edition]

Lisa Gardner
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

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'A dark and disturbing thriller.' (IMAGE magazine )

'This is a terrific psychological thriller - and another novel with a clever final twist to send the reader away happy.' (Peter Guttridge THE OBSERVER )

'Gardner has written a fine novel full of twists and it could go all the way for her.' (Mark Timlin INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY )

'There is an impressive air of gathering menace in this thriller, and you begin to understand why the strap on the cover reads 'Don't turn out the lights!' This is not a book you'd want to read in alone in a dimly lit place.' (Matthew Lewin THE GUARDIAN )

'This fast-moving thriller is a notch above Gardner's previous books and makes her a match for many of her best-selling compatriots.' (Susanna Yager SUNDAY TELEGRAPH )


'Gardner has written a fine novel full of twists and it could go all the way for her.'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 536 KB
  • Print Length: 365 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (5 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008E9R50C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,332 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Lisa Gardner sold her first novel when she was just 20 years old. In 1993 she graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in international relations. She lives in New Hampshire.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful page-turner. 20 Mar 2010
Trooper Bobby Dodge works for the Massachusetts Special Tactics and Operation Team (STOP) and is called to a domestic disturbance. Shots have been fired and from his vantage point Bobby sees a man raise a gun and point it at the woman in the room, threatening to kill her. In a split second Bobby decides to act and shoots the man. It transpires that the victim is Jimmy Gagnon, the son of powerful Judge Gagnon. There are theories that his widow Catherine, who Bobby acted to save, is actually the dangerous one of the couple. Judge Gagnon intends to remove his grandson from her care, accusing her of deliberately making the child sick. Such warped behaviour may be a consequence of her own damaged past; for Catherine was abducted as a child and held for a month underground before escaping. The Judge also believes Bobby Dodge was duped into the shooting and that Jimmy's death suits Catherine's schemes. With suspicion surrounding everyone, Catherine and Bobby are thrown together, but will she be his nemesis? Meanwhile sadistic criminal Richard Umbrio is released from prison and thirsty for revenge.
A slick tale from Gardner with clever play on the is-she-a-saint-or-a-sinner riff. There are one or two moments of purple prose, when dealing with love and lust, that felt like they'd wandered in from a Mills and Boon but skip over these - the rest is a suspenseful page-turner.

Cath Staincliffe author of the popular Sal Kilkenny mysteries and the series creator of TV Blue Murder
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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling 22 Feb 2005
Alone by Lisa Gardner is an amazing crime story. It al began with the death of Jimmy Gagnon, son of Judge Gagnon. Jimmy was killed by State trooper Bobby Dodge who with a tactical swat team was trying to defuse a supposedly domestic abuse hostage crisis. But the judge and his wife believe Jimmy's wife, Catharine Gagnon engineered the crisis to get rid of their son, so they want their only grandson taken from her. They start by suing Bobby Dodge and with that unfolded incidences which invokes Catherine's past as a victim of a pedophile half a century back.

Embroiled in the mystery of the unfolding drama is the lurking presence of the serial rapist, manipulation by the late Jimmy's parents, the helplessness of the grandson, Catherine's calculating nature and Bobby Dodge's determination to resolve the mysteries behind all the deaths around. Just like USURPER AND OTHER STORIES you are thrilled until the last pages of the book.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Taut family psycological thriller! 3 May 2007
By Clive
A similar family pschological thriller to the popular 'Little Face' but I liked this better. The book delves into the extent a Mother goes to protect her son, amidst hostile in-laws and an abusive husband. The extra plot here is that the husband is killed by a police sniper during a domestic altercation, and the story considers the point of view from the policeman. Did he do the right thing or was he somehow set up?

Both Mother and cop have dark pasts which add to the psyche and keep the twists going to the last few pages. Good stuff!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not to be missed 26 Nov 2008
Lisa Gardner has done it again.Another brilliant psychological thriller to keep you up all night! Without giving the storyline away, this book has a great plot with loads of twists to keep you hooked. If this is your first time of reading any of her novels you won't be disappointed.Once you have finished reading this book I'm sure you will go out and buy Hide, which continues with a new story with the main character, Bobby Dodge. Enjoy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This book was so fast paced it really was shocking. Each of the lead characters were enjoyable to read about and completely believable. Lisa Gardner really shone here and her talents were literally just a joy to read in parts.

The pace was kept up through-out and towards the end the shocks just kept coming without becoming unbelievable.

A really good read, so glad I picked it up and you will be too!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars silly, silly, silly 10 Oct 2013
By Sandie
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I'm glad that this wasn't the first Lisa Gardner book I had read. If it had been I would never have read another. I know authors need a little poetic licence but I really don't think there is a police officer in the world - at least not one with half a working brain cell who would do what Bobby Dodge does! Shame
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars couldn't put it down 2 Mar 2008
By kimmy
This book was easy to get lost it, the characters had real depth and I just couldn't wait to see the final conclusion, recommand highly
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alone 11 Nov 2012
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I have just finished this book and actually felt sad it had come to an end. It was an amazing story, full of twists and turns, that made me unable to put the book down. This is just the second book of Lisa Gardener I have read and I shall certainly be reading more of her work. Excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm so pleased to have discovered this author
A really well written book.. I'm so pleased to have discovered this author..
Published 16 days ago by GJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Thumbs up.
Another gripping book by fantastic author.
Published 24 days ago by Kerri Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Haven't read it yet but have no doubt it will b good
Published 1 month ago by margaret flaws
5.0 out of 5 stars great story.
Well written and gripping conclusion, I loved it. Lisa has a gift for life drama and a deep understanding of human mental processes, which enriched her story telling. Read more
Published 1 month ago by J. Harwood
5.0 out of 5 stars captivating
Thrilling from start to finish..a real page turner which you won't be able to put will keep you guessing
Published 1 month ago by Brenda
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Published 2 months ago by Tracy Tonnessen
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping
Love Lisa Gardner's books everyone a winner in my eyes.
Published 2 months ago by Happy
4.0 out of 5 stars "Hello, hello, nine-one-one? Can you hear me? It's my husband. I think...
Set in South Boston, this crime novel begins as Bobby finishes a long day shift but is unexpectedly called out to a hostage situation in a wealthy suburb where shots have been... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Eileen Shaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Alone
Good story and some interesting plot twists along the way. Definitely kept me guessing and just when you think you've got it figured out...another surprise.
Published 4 months ago by Lesley
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
This book kept me in my seat the whole of an eight hour bus trip. A gripping story. Will read more of hers.
Published 4 months ago by Judith Hodge
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