Review ~ Catch Me by Lisa Gardner


  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Adult
  • ISBN-10: 0525952764
  • Release date:  February 7th


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?

My thoughts ~ 

Somewhere a child is ready to flee. A young girl sleeps with her clothes on, has her backpack ready, and shoes by the bedside. Her mother wakes her and tells her “they’re” coming and the two must leave right away. But something isn’t right with Momma.  Something isn’t right in her head. She hears and sees things that aren’t there. And over the years she has hurt this little girl in ways that no mother should hurt her child. But that fateful night, something intervenes, something does come, and that little girl is saved. Her aunt takes her in and loves her like a little girl should be loved. But did she grow up to be a good girl, or have the sins of the mother been inherited by the daughter?

What would you do if you knew you only had had a four day to live? That you were about to be murdered? Would you go into hiding? Train to take down your killer when he comes after you? Become something you aren’t, knowing you will escape punishment because you’ll be dead? Or would you seek out a well-respected detective and tell her your story, and explain to her that you would like her to solve your murder?
Well that’s exactly what Charlene (Charlie) Rosalind Carter Grant does. On January 21st of the past two years her two best friends were murdered, in cities miles apart. And in four more days it will be January 21st , and it will be her turn to die. She has prepared herself both physically and mentally for this upcoming encounter, but she has no idea how it will go down. Especially since both of her friends didn’t seem to put up any fight. Which means they knew their killer! To her, it’s obvious the two cases are related, but others aren’t as convinced. They see it being more of a coincidence than anything else. Someone has a reason to want these women dead. Charlie just wishes she knew what they did that was so wrong.  
Sergeant Detective D.D. Warren isn’t the same hard-hitting, no-holds-barred detective that she used to be. She’s softened, she’s a mom to ten-week-old Jack, and she’s moved in with her baby’s daddy, Alex.  She is just as dedicated to the job as she has always been, but she now realizes that there is life outside of the police department.  That it’s OK to set the case aside, clear her mind, and go home to her two loves. She fully understands the joys of motherhood. But that doesn’t mean she’s thrilled about the upcoming visit her parents are making from Florida to see their new grandson. Nope, not thrilled at all.
When leaving the crime scene of a murdered pedophile, D.D. finds an ominous note on her windshield. Everyone has to die. Be brave.  As she looks around to see who might have left the note, she sees a figure running away. Who she catches up to is none other than Charlene (“Call me Charlie”) Rosalind Carter Grant.  She explains to D.D. that she has done her homework and knows that she is the best detective in Boston, and that she wants her to solve her murder. At first D.D. thinks she’s certifiable, but as she hears more of the story, she starts to think maybe something really is going on.
Not too much later, an eager sex-crimes detective, Detective O brings D.D. info that they may have a vigilante killer on their hands, one who is targeting pedophiles – killed in the same way as D.D.’s victim. She doesn’t buy it. Two similar murders does not make a serial killer. But Detective O pushes until D.D. finally relents and concedes she may be on to something. And when certain clues begin to point towards murder victim to be Charlie, things in Boston really heat up.
It’s obvious that Charlie has skeletons in her closet. Demons that she has tried to leave behind. A past she has done everything in her power to forget. She got a second chance at a good life and took full advantage. But with someone obviously hunting her down, she fears those demons have finally found her.  The question is, can she outlive her past and whoever wants to do her take her life?
Catch Me once again brings back the formidable Sergeant Detective and her tight-knit team, definitely Boston’s finest!  While D.D. may be in mommy mode a lot of the time, she is still a detective at heart and determined to find both the vigilante killer and Charlie’s intended killer – hopefully before it’s too late. Being the sixth book in the D.D. Warren series (see Alone, Hide, The Neighbor, Live to Tell, & Love You More) the characters are well developed and familiar. You can certainly read this book as a stand-alone, but to fully enjoy D.D. and her crew, you should start with reading Alone.  Catch Me is a pulse-pounding, earth-shattering thriller that will take you on the ride of your life.  But pay close attention, because not everything is as it appears to be.   This is, without a doubt, Lisa Gardner at her finest.
About the author ~ 
Raised in Hillsboro, Oregon, Lisa Gardner is the New York Timesbestselling author of many books including The Next Accident, The Other Daughter, The Third VictimThe Perfect Husband and The Survivor's Club. She has also written several romance novels under the pseudonym Alicia Scott. She lives with her husband, Anthony, and their two dogs in New England.
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  1. I loved all of the other books, so I know that this one will be great too!

  2. Thank you for sharing your review with this Catch Me book by Lisa Gardner. I think this is very interesting book and I am exited to read this.
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  3. Oh, I didn’t know Lisa had a new book out. I represented a couple of these books. I don’t want to buy or read this one until I catch up on the previous books that I’ve already bought. Thanks for tuning me into this one, so I’ll know there’s more coming up.
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  4. 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.

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