Catch Me - Lisa Gardner
2 Feb 2012
With an absorbing plot, tough and engaging characters, a sense of place that is nigh on perfect and scenarios that keep the readers guessing until the final dénouement is reached, Lisa Gardner’s Catch Me is everything a crime fiction fan could want and more.
At 8pm on 21st January, twenty-eight-year-old Charlene Grant believes she is going to be murdered and she wants Boston homicide detective, D.D. Warren, to handle her death investigation, should the need arise. For each of the last two years, one of Charlie’s childhood friends has been murdered leaving her as the only one of the three to remain alive and now D.D. has to find the killer before they make it three out of three, turning this from a case that isn’t her case into a race against time.
The seventh outing for Boston Homicide Detective Sergeant D. D. Warren is, without question an exhilarating – if at times, disturbing – read from first to last and Lisa Gardner has definitely mastered the task of captivating her readers from the outset, thanks to some startlingly tight construction, characters that jump from the page to stand front-and-centre in full Hi-Definition colour and a plotline as tight as anything that is around.
Yet there are two further elements that make Catch Me stand out. The dynamic prowess of Gardner’s dedication to research is evident and serves to create a sense of place that is unshakeable even once the light has been turned out. Secondly, the dialogue is so natural and so rhythmic it is almost poetic. Indeed, if there is one complaint it lies in the fact that in places it a little over written so that points made through conversation are somewhat hammered home, repeatedly,. Yet even this does not really detract from what is an excellent novel from one of America’s most notable crime authors.
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