Monday, February 6, 2012

Review: Catch Me by Lisa Gardner

Publisher: Penguin USA
Publishing Date: Febrary 7th, 2012
Genre: Adult, Mystery
Pages: 400 pgs
ISBN: 9780525952763

My Rating: 4 stars

Summary from GoodReads:

In "New York Times" bestselling author Lisa Gardner's latest D.D. Warren thriller, the relentless Boston investigator must solve a coldly calculated murder--before it happens.
"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 she will be murdered in four days. And she wants Boston's top detective to handle the 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 21st, 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 secret that may turn out to be the biggest threat of all?
"In four days, someone is going to kill me. But the son of a bitch has gotta catch me first. "

My Review:
I have always loved a good Lisa Gardner book and I was excited to see her new DD Warren book on NetGalley. I was even more excited when I was approved for this novel and I started reading it right away. Again, Gardner does not disappoint. From the very beginning I was hooked and I couldn't put this book down. I wanted to know exactly what was going on and why Charlene was so strange. Most of the time I can't figure out who the killer is in Gardner's books and it was the same with this one. I knew that it wasn't who was singled out as the killer but I couldn't quite piece together what was going on. This is pretty difficult to do because usually when I'm reading a mystery or even watching a movie with plot twists, most times I have it all figured out half way through. It's interesting to see Detective DD Warren as a mother in this novel. When I first started reading this series, I never would have pictured her in the role of a mother but I think it suits her just fine. I really enjoyed this book and overall I give it 4 out of 5 stars.


  1. Hi,

    I also reviewed this book recently here:

    I personally think even though Lisa has her own loyal base of fans and they might enjoy Catch Me, the plot is a bit formulaic.

    Also after reading several of her books, the familiar angles such as dysfunctional families, danger and violent confrontation feel like fluff.

    Nevertheless, I agree that this was a page turner and full of suspense.

  2. I believe this book will tie with The Perfect Husband as my favorite Lisa Gardner book. The mystery keeps you guessing to the point that even if you think you have it figured out, you can't wait to get to the end to find out if you're right. The bonus is having so many characters from past books (including JT and Tess from The Perfect Husband) included and seeing where they are today. Amazingly, I think the only past character not to show up is Bobby Dodge, the one character you figure would. Whether you are a huge Lisa Gardner fan or if this is the first book you read by her, you will enjoy it.