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- Print Length: 466 pages
- Publisher: Orion (18 Sept. 2008)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002UPVVKQ
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- Customer reviews: 602 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,025,124 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Detectives D.D. Warren and Bobby Dodge are again involved in a case, this time, a bit hard to solve.
The plot starts focusing on the Granger family living on the run. Different cities, different names each time. Not even the main character and one of the voices of the novel, Annabelle Granger, knows what is going on.
It's through investigation that we start joining the clues and traces in order to build the story and build Annabelle's own entire life.
The story involves stalking, secrets, misleading and intertwined stories that link the case in such a clever way, murders, fear, mystery and many characters whose backgrounds are gonna be essential for the investigation.
The whole story is written in such a way that makes the novel exciting dragging you completely into the role of becoming a detective trying to look for the real unsub.
The end is well built showing us an unexpected resolution in Annabelle's life.
Amazing I would say. I really enjoyed reading this novel and I love shocking ends. Totally recommended!!
I had already read the first book about DD and Bobby and hadn't realised the link when I bought this one as I'd read 3 or 4 books in the mean time but, though it's always helpful to already know the foundation of the character's it's not integral to enjoying this follow up.
This author is now on my 'readable' list :)
Detective Bobby Dodge is introduced to us again in this new thriller. When the discovery of six bodies is made in an abandoned hospital, he feels the fear creeping up on him. Is this the return of his worst nightmare and is it coming back to haunt him?
Annabelle Granger has been running for years. Never knowing why but just trailing along behind her family. Always changing name and identity, and nearly 30 years later she is still doing it and can't quite work out why. When a body is discovered with wearing Annabelle's locket and she is named as the dead girl in the paper she decides she will no longer hide in fear, but that it's time to confront her past. Before long she realises that this may be what her family were running from and now they are after her.
With Bobby's discovery of the bodies he realises that he can't face this challenge alone and asks his old time lover and partner DD Warren from Boston PD to help him. They quickly realise that this could be a copycat murder or it could be something more sinister than that. Unfortunately for Bobby, his past isn't leaving him alone and is more tied up in this case than he could imagine.
As usual Lisa Gardner has produced a fantastic book with edgy writing and a great character. The story keeps you interested enough to keep turning the pages and before you know it your nearly finished. She is fast becoming one of my top ten authors and I would recommend her books to anybody who likes reading the thriller/crime type of book. I also think that if she carries on producing books this good, the following for the Bobby Dodge series could well be as good as the following for the Quincy series.
Top international reviews
As in 'Alone' Lisa Gardner really captures the reality of police life, in this case what it's like being a detective on a big task force, trying to work miracles with sheer guts and determination, the way the job can take over your whole life. There are so many fascinating lines of investigation being pursued. The first half really sells itself as a first-rate police procedural, and I could clearly envisage great forthcoming tension and twisty psychology as Bobby again navigates the tricky intersection of his personal and professional life.
However for me the second half of the book didn't deliver on the promise of the first. Unlike 'Alone', which used third person points of view from multiple characters, including the killer's, this book alternates between third-person point of view (Bobby) and first-person point of view (Annabelle). No problem - it's a common technique. However where we developed a clear understanding of where Annabelle is coming from - she spends a lot of time reflecting on her past, which slows the otherwise relentless pace - Bobby's emotional and psychological complexity seemed progressively lost. Starting with a very close third-person point of view, complete with ethical dilemmas in the first half, his point of view becomes more impersonal in the second half. The narrative focused on the action with little reflection on the ethics of his relationship with Annabelle - this begged to be addressed, having been clearly called out by DD Warren earlier in the novel. It was ripe for the masterful psychological deep-digging which Gardner showed in 'Alone'. This may be because the second half of the book was mostly in Annabelle's point of view, with relatively little time in Bobby's.
The hard work done by the police ended up doing no more than connecting the crimes from 'Alone' and 'Hide'. The connection was complex, interesting and well thought-out, but it didn't contribute to actually getting the bad guy(s). The multiple leads worked by the forensic anthropologist and the detectives are neatly wrapped up in a final chapter - not rewarding after so much procedural bait was dangled at the start. Perhaps the choice to concentrate exclusively on two characters' points of view, and to work the story over a very short timeline restricted Gardner's options.
This is still worth reading because Gardner does the best job of any author I know of really getting inside police investigations, and inside police officers' heads (I just wish she'd done it more in this novel). I will try more novels in this series but I hope that the excellence of 'Alone' - still one of the best police thrillers I have ever read - is regained.
PS Although labelled as part of the 'DD Warren' series, DD is present throughout the novel but is by no means the main character. However she is gutsy and admirable and hopefully gets to shine more in future novels.
C' est tout simplement un grand roman de suspense !