I have been tangled in the web of words for a very long time. I remember being a child and riding my bike to the local library, only needing help getting home because I had checked out so many books.~~
My love of the written word has grown over the years. I recently left my dream job at Barnes & Noble to marry the man of my dreams. I am writing this blog to share with you the books I have read throughout the years. Please feel free to comment and discuss.
So a quick search of my blog told me that I have read one Lisa Gardner book, Say Goodbye, in 2008. You can read the embarrassing post here. (I have come a long way since then. LOL) While I enjoyed the book, I have no idea why I haven't read more books by Lisa Gardner, I really enjoyed the world she creates.
For those of you who are more of a loyal reader, you know all about Detective D.D Warren. In Catch Me she is just coming back from maternity leave and has started to work a case where not one, but two pedophiles have been murdered. While working the case, D.D sees a young woman lurking around. After a quick chase the woman comes clean, Her name is Charlene Rosalind Carter Grant and she is likely going to be murdered in four days and she wants D. D. to find her killer. Why does she think she will be murdered on January 21st? Because her two best friends were each murdered on January 21st. One last year and the other the year before. Charlene has taken special measures to protect herself, but she still does not feel that it is enough. She needs D.D's help. But as January 21st gets closer and closer D.D. starts to question whether or not the two cases overlap. Is Charlene using the 21st of January as a way to rid the world of some scum? Or is there something going on that neither one of them understand?
Even though this was my first D.D. Warren novel, I really didn't feel as if I needed that back-story to enjoy this one. All I know, as a first time reader, is that D.D. is a well respected Detective whose life has changed after giving birth. A few past cases are referred to, but not in a major way, and just enough for me to want to go read the backlist. Charlene's story, though, is a chilling one. She had a childhood that make horror movies look tame and relaxing and still came out as a reasonably sane adult. I really enjoyed the proactive way she tried to save her life. I loved her interaction with her Landlady and of course, Tulip. The homeless dog that really isn't Charlie's, but it kind of is. There were so many twists and turns to this story, that just when I thought I had figured it all out, Lisa Gardner takes the story in another direction and I realized I was wrong. That is the sign of a true master.
Bottom line is that Catch Me is suspense at it's best. The story is a fast paced murder mystery that takes place before the murder actually happens. The characters are well written and the story flows very nicely. If you are looking for a good one to read, you can't go wrong with Lisa Gardner's Catch Me.