I, the Jury , by Mickey Spillane The debut Mike Hammer novel could serve as a template for writing the perfect hardboiled detective novel. In a story involving a renowned psychiatrist simultaneously coercing her clients into drug addiction and assisting a crime syndicate with their prostitution and drug-dealing businesses, it takes that dark view of humanity and throws the wrecking ball known as Mike Hammer into it, ending with a typically extralegal and extra-violent conclusion.
Typically for Chandler, the plot—constructed from previously published short stories—was less important than the style, resulting in the classic Chandler-esque dreamlike prose that makes the dark, violent storytelling almost beautiful. Night and the City , by Gerald Kersh Harry Fabian is one of the least sympathetic narrators in literary history, a morally blank criminal desperate to elevate himself into a position of power, wealth, and influence.
Shot through with dark humor and a rising body count, James explores the consequences of living in a noir world. Brighton Rock , by Graham Greene Pinkie is one of the most dreadful and fascinating characters ever created, a fervent Catholic who possesses zero compassion or empathy, a violent criminal and sociopath who manipulates everyone around him. In this story of a luckless man swindled out of borrowed money and reaching out to Harlem cops Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson to help him get it back, the police are depicted almost as a criminal gang themselves—a concept shocking in the s, though less so in the modern age.
When a rich girl gets sucked into the junkie life and goes missing, who better to look for her than Joe, who could use the money and certainly knows the neighborhood. Finding himself in the corrupt, barren town of Personville called Poisonville by the residents , the Op is backed into a corner by rival gangs, friendless and framed. He has to use his wits to set his enemies against each other—and his talent for violence as well. He escapes, undergoes plastic surgery to evade the police, and dives into the underworld to find the true killer, spiraling downward into desperation.
Macdonald The first Travis McGee novel all of them color-coded for your convenience introduces a young McGee, a character who will age naturally over the course of twenty-one novels and two decades. McGee represents an evolution of the noir detective, shedding much of the dark, grim loneliness in favor of a more hedonistic enjoyment of his bachelorhood, even as he finds himself constantly enmeshed in the plots of psychopaths like Junior Allen, the superficially charming thief, murderer, and rapist seeking a buried treasure in this first adventure.
While his wife is away, Allis is to tend to the garden and his needs—but from their first meeting an uneasy relationship threatens to explode into something terrible. Eddie Coyle is an aging criminal caught between dying in prison and ratting out a connected associate. The Bride Wore Black , by Cornell Woolrich Inverting the usual noir paradigm, Woolrich puts us in the head of the titular bride, a woman who methodically and clinically assumes various identities specifically to murder a man, leaving behind mystified police.
Altered Carbon , by Richard K. Morgan Science fiction often crossbreeds with other genres, but rarely as perfectly as in this cyberpunk story of a future where sleeving in and out of bodies is common—and complicated. Two victims, one predator - D. Returning to her car she finds a handwritten note on the windscreen with a chilling motto and which matches a similar note found on the first victim. An analysis based on the penmanship of the letter points to a tightly wound perfectionist with obsessive tendencies It is at then that D.
For as Charlie tells D. As a born survivor, hardened by a tough upbringing and a sick mother, Charlie has run from her home town, severed contacts with her past and has trained, prepared and visualised her murder. She is fit, fast, accurate with a gun, licensed to carry and a confident bare knuckle boxer and tells D. Working as a dispatch handler with no criminal record an intrigued D.
As one of the best in the business, D. Three days to solve two cold cases with no new leads After a lifetime of being prepared, Charlie Grant appears as lethal as any predator lying in wait and when it becomes clear that she fits the profile for the type-A female who simultaneously fits the gunning down paedophiles the suspense skyrockets. As the final hours count down to the twenty-first, D. As Detective O enlightens D. Simple enough strategies but when the victims computers reveal another level of horror in their participation in training rooms for sharing tips with younger would-be groomers, all going on right under the noses of the police force, the news is sickening.
As this story progresses, Gardner narrates the story of seven-year-old Jesse Germaine unsuspectingly getting lured into the trap on such a website and just how even a child perfectly prepped with the stranger danger foresight can quickly become out of their depth. As Jesse is lured in, his unexpected saviour from the hands of a predator is a woman with an uncanny resemblance to Charlie going by the name of Abigail..
Just a point of note that after having read the eighth book in the series, Find Her, ahead of Catch Me, I feel duty bound to point out that the theme of victim versus predator is a returning one, again raised in the case of Charlie Grant as with Flora Dane of Find Her. Despite this, the backgrounds to each character were entirely different and it certainly didn't feel like I was rehashing old territory.
Lisa Gardner's flair for characterisation and a genuinely informative study of a situation means her style easily engages. Gardner intensively researches her subject matter and her assured understanding of the world she recreates is demonstrated by the confident dissemination she provides. And as any good detective knows, D. Warren included, especially with a new baby making demands, the key isn't to work harder but to work smarter! Come game day, you always want D.
View all 4 comments. While on the trail of someone killing internet predators, Warren is confronted outside the latest crime scene by a young woman who adamantly believes she only has four days left to live. Because her two childhood best friends have been killed on that very day, at the very same time, the past two years.
With no signs of struggle, no forced entry. A killer managed to get up and close and personal, end their lives, and get away scot-free. Leaving no trace, and with no apparent motive. The inseparable trio from the New England small town is now down to one, and Charlene Rosalind Carter Grant has no doubt her own time is running out. And what was she doing hanging around the scene of another crime? Has the small town police dispatcher decided to get a little vigilantism in during what she thinks will be her final days?
And she knows about police work. Is she using those skills to gun down the paedophiles, is she the one handing out some street justice, taking the law into her own hands? The former workaholic is now a mother to a week-old baby, living with her partner Alex who is also in law enforcement , and actually enjoying getting away from work now and then.
But her investigative drive still burns bright. After a creepy prologue describing two young girls being woken then terrified by their clearly mentally unstable mother, Catch Me is told from the alternating perspectives of the two female leads — both strong, complex women, with distinct outlooks. But this terrific thriller is also packed with plenty of other interesting and layered characters, and flashes of insight into wider human desires, fears, and more. We feel as we read. Gardner also raises interesting questions about a number of wider issues, including the frightening ease with which internet predators can contact and groom children, and how parents can protect — or fail to protect — their children.
Right to the thrilling end. View 1 comment. Feb 26, Jill rated it liked it. Having been a fan of Lisa Gardner for years, I was eagerly awaiting this latest release.
As I read the prologue, and then the first chapter, I wasn't so sure that it was going to hold my interest. I need not have worried, as it held my interest, kept me up past bedtime and kept me scratching my head and guessing for a good while. That said, it is not her best. It's a fun read, but the plot is a little too filled with unlikely coincidences and turns that are a stretch for even the best imaginatio Having been a fan of Lisa Gardner for years, I was eagerly awaiting this latest release.
It's a fun read, but the plot is a little too filled with unlikely coincidences and turns that are a stretch for even the best imagination. The prologue opens with two little girls being raised by a seriously insane and abusive mother. Something happens, but we aren't clear what happened or to whom. One of the little girls from the prologue is now grown up and living in Boston, though it took me a while to understand which of the girls it was.
No, I'm not telling you Also, this girl's two best friends have been murdered, both on January 21st at p. Now this girl, Charlene Rosalind Carter Grant, believes she will be murdered in the same fashion this year on January 21st, which is but a few days away. Charlene Charlie contacts Det. Warren, not to have her try to stop the murder, but to ask her to solve it once she Charlie is dead.
And so begins the fun. The information about pedophiles and their tactics for luring young children was definitely NOT fun, but was certainly an eye-opener. Something we all need to think about and be aware of. Though I have only given this book a 3-star rating, make no mistake Dec 08, Michael rated it it was amazing Shelves: five-star-books. Warren has alot on her plate not only has come from a crime scene were a pedophile has been killed.
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To add to this she is confronted by a lady calling herself Charlie Grant who claims she will be killed in a few days on January 21st at 8pm. She comes to this conclusion as her two best friends have both been killed on that date in the last two years. D Everyone has to die sometime. When D. The feeling is with Charlie's work as a call worker she may be the killer of the pedophiles and may have a split personality becoming Abigail when she kills. Catch Me is for me the most spine tingling of all the books in the series. The ending for one was both harrowing and tragic as we learn the truth about the whole horrible mess wich was Charlie's upbringing and what happened to her siblings and her disturbed mother.
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Once again D. At times disturbing and at times downright chilling Catch me will leave you iching for more. Dec 06, Tonya rated it it was amazing. I've definitely got to read the prior books of this series. Thanks MARY for telling me how great this series is. View all 6 comments. Jun 24, Jeanie Jackson rated it really liked it Shelves: suspense. I like the softness that being a mother brings to DD. Amazing plot twists and turns and I followed the bait the whole way.
Don't usually do that. After reading that chapter I just knew that I was going to love this book. I am a big Lisa Gardner fan and Catch Me did not disappoint me. The book is about a woman, Charlie, whose two best friends were murdered on the same day a year apart. So Charlie is worried that she is next. She's been so worried that she dropped out of her life and she's been in hiding training for a whole year taking boxing and I read the first chapter of Catch Me at the end of Lisa Gardner's new e-novella, The 7th Month.
She's been so worried that she dropped out of her life and she's been in hiding training for a whole year taking boxing and shooting lessons. The anniversary of the last death is coming up and she is convinced that she will be murdered in four days. So she contacts detective D. Warren ahead of time to handle her death investigation. Also there is someone on the loose shooting child predators. Warren has a lot to deal with in this story. Warren and Charlie. Even though the D. Warren series has been mostly about the crimes it was nice in Catch Me to get to see more of D.
I liked seeing her with Alex and with Jack. And I liked getting to know a bit about her parents. As a fan of Lisa Gardner's other books I've gotten used to the motto "suspect everyone". Other than D. Warren you never really know who to suspect. There were definitely some interesting twists and turns in this book. I could not put it down. It had me reading until late at night. But there are characters from other books that appear in Catch Me most notably Quincy and his daughter from the FBI profiler series.
Things that happened to those characters are discussed. And D. Warren's life has progressed. So the book could be read on its own. But if you plan to read the other books in the series then i would read them in order unless you don't care about knowing how her personal life ended up.
There were so many characters from previous books in this story. But the one we did not see who I missed the most was Bobby Dodge love him. But overall another wonderful thriller by Lisa Gardner. If you've loved her other books then you will definitely enjoy this one too. Can't wait till the next one comes out! Sep 15, Ivi rated it it was amazing Shelves: before-i-die , sakam-knigi. Pretty enjoyable : loved it! Oh Lisa Gardner!! You did it to me again!!
I pulled a couple of all-nighters reading this. Just couldn't put it down. I was so proud of myself Had it totally in the bag If you read carefully enough, the clues are right in front of you. That's a problem with this se Oh Lisa Gardner!! That's a problem with this series. They're so good, so fast-paced, the reader just wants to devour them in one sitting. Read too fast, you miss clues, not to mention each book you complete, brings you closer to the end of the series Great dilemma to have, right?
Another great read featuring my favorite bad-ass female cop, Sgt. Jun 10, Terri Lynn rated it it was amazing Shelves: mystery-suspense-thrillers , fiction. Oh dear. I have just discovered Lisa Gardner's books and now I have to read them all. I love it when that happens! Catch Me is a psychological thriller, a mystery and suspense novel that will keep you on the edge and possibly suspicious of your own mother and that nice cop who keeps trying to date you. The story starts with breaktaking horror with a young girl who has a clearly insane mother.
The woman has stabbed her 8 year old daughter and is now trying to set the house on fire with her and he Oh dear. The woman has stabbed her 8 year old daughter and is now trying to set the house on fire with her and her younger daughter in it but unexpectedly the stabbed 8 year old comes and knocks her out with a lamp. The younger girl cries out for "Sis-sis" who appears to be dead appearances can be deceiving. Fast forward 20 years and Boston Detective DD Warren is back on the job after an 8 week maternity leave. She is living with her baby son Jack who she is clearly besotted with and with the baby's dad Alex who is a crime scene analyst.
She gets very little sleep and feels stressed but is clearly in love with Alex, Jack, and her job. Someone is murdering pedophiles Good! I say. At the scene of the crime, DD sees a note on her windshield that says "Everyone has to die sometime.
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Charlie lived with her crazy mother for 8 years. During this time, she was fed rat poison, forced to eat peanut butter laced with crushed lightbulbs, had bowling balls dropped on her feet, and had her fingers smashed in doors on purpose by the mom who murdered two other babies who never had birth records. She has serious memory problems about her childhood but she is alarmed. After she was injured by her mother, she went to live with her mother's sister her Aunt who ran a bed and breakfast in New Hampshire and took her in.
For the past two years on January 21, her two best friends from childhood have been murdered in their own homes without giving a struggle. Charlie is convinced she is next and January 21 is coming soon. There are so many twists and turns in this novel that I pretty much suspected everyone at some point. The truth is a shocker. The story has so much going on- a loyal homeless dog, a sweet little boy who was almost raped by a teenaged pedophile both saved and witness to the murder of said pedophile, a detective who works sex crimes who tries to frame Charlie, DD's own mother issues and the challenges of being a working mom, police dispatcher Charlie's attraction to a fellow officer and her attempts to save domestic violence victims, and enough psychological drama to raise Sigmund Freud from the grave this time he would be right- Mother was at fault for the whole mess.
The storyline with the little boy , son of a loving and protective single mom who is studying to be a nurse, is something every parent should read. The details of how the sweet little guy was groomed and fooled on a kid's website and lured to the public library by a 16 year old pervert who took him off and tried to rape him are realistic and shocking in how simple it is to fool a child. If you have kids or care about kids, please read that and share the info with every parent you know.
It was very well handled. Lisa Gardner has written this in such an emotionally true way and kept me on the edge all the way through. I really liked the ending.. I have another new favorite author to follow. Charlene Rosalind Carter Grant, or Charlie as she liked to be called, believed she had just a few days to live. Her two best friends, Randi and Jackie had both been murdered on the 21st January, a year apart, and it was almost the 21st January again, and she believed it was her turn.
S Charlene Rosalind Carter Grant, or Charlie as she liked to be called, believed she had just a few days to live. So Charlie had been training for the past 12 months, with ex-Marine JT Dillon as her shooting instructor, and she believed she was good. She took up boxing, and her upper body was very strong She was leaving the scene of another murder, when she spotted a note under the wiper of her Crown Vic Charlie was nearby As DD and her homicide team began the investigation into Charlie and the scant details she had given them, the murder investigation began to step up as well.
This year, she believes — she knows — it is her turn. She does not know who the killer is, or why this person wants her dead. She only knows that she must prepare herself to fight back. Despite being sleep deprived, we are seeing a kinder, gentler Detective Warren. Motherhood seems to agree with her. Now she is on a case involving a vigilante who is targeting pedophiles. In the process of investigating a crime scene, she encounters Charlene, and their worlds become enmeshed. Boy, do they! Charlie has a complex past with details that she cannot remember.
Some of these details could mean the difference between life and death. For D. Eventually, after much suspense and intrigue, I settled on the right one. I thoroughly enjoyed the ups and downs of the case. Charlie was a fascinating character. This was perhaps my favorite book of the series so far. You know the date. January 21st. You know the approximate time. In the past two years Charlene Grant's two best childhood friends were murdered on January 21st at about 8PM. Now Charlene believes it is her turn but she is not going to just let it happen. She is not going down without a fight.
She has taken up boxing and she has a gun and is taking shooting lessons. Four days. Ninety six hours. I "Everyone has to die sometime. In addition to the boxing and shooting lessons Charlene takes the next step. She wants D. Warren to investigate her potential murder. Warren has recently returned to work from maternity leave and has been called out to a murder scene.
A pedophile has been killed in his apartment. Shot twice in the head. A double tap. An execution. No great loss But the job is the job and D. Turns out there was a similar murder recently before D. Another pedophile, another double tap. Looks like they may have a serial killer on their hands.
At first she thinks it is a ticket and is pissed. But it is not a ticket It is Charlene Grant. And that there may be a link between the murder of Charlene's friends on January 21st and the serial killings of the pedophiles. This is another dark and disturbing story with children the target of physical, psychological, and sexual abuse at the hands of both strangers and parents. If I was a parent of a child and had just read this story I don't know if I'd let my child anywhere near the internet or a computer.
Even a seemingly safe kid friendly internet site may not be all it appears to be. But you can't lock your child up and hidden away. That would be insane. Just ask Charlene whose mother was insane and at whose hands she suffered terrible abuses. View all 3 comments. Shelves: mystery , netgalley-e-book , thriller-and-or-action. I love the D. Warren mysteries, and this one does not disappoint! Twenty-eighty year old Charlene Rosalind Carter Grant, Charlie, thinks she has four days left to live.
Two years ago one of her best friends, Randi was murdered on January 21st, then one year to the date, her other best friend Jackie was murdered. They were a trio. The three musketeers: Randi Jackie Charlie, as they were known in school. It is four days until January 21st and Charlie thinks she's next.
She's not going down witho I love the D. She's not going down without a fight though, she's planned ahead. Boxing classes, gun lessons, running, preparing in any way she can for January 21st. She's even picked the investigator she wants to solve her murder if the worst happens: Detective D. What would you do with the time you have left? This is one of two cases Detective D. Warren finds herself in the middle of two weeks back from her maternity leave. It's clear to D. Is four days enough to get to the bottom of this?
The other case D. This story had a lot of plot twists and turns. When I was sure of one thing, suddenly it would change and it was something else entirely. I loved that we got to catch up with a lot of past characters. It was such a treat to get a glimpse into their lives again. It was nice to see tough-as-nails D. Also, seeing D. I love Alex, how he's so patient and smitten with D. This is a definite recommend to any fan of Lisa Gardner. I can't wait for the next one! View all 11 comments. This book addresses several heavy subjects that at times are explained very explicitly, and for some may be disturbing.
The first is about mental illness and all the horrid things that happen to the children of the afflicted that go unchecked. The second, is concerning the vile subject of pedophilia and last but not least is how a serial killer may relate back to both. This is my first Lisa Gardner book.
She does a masterful job of producing an exciting psychological thriller. This who done it ha This book addresses several heavy subjects that at times are explained very explicitly, and for some may be disturbing. This who done it had me going back and forth until the last few chapters and at times creeped me out. Good writer, will read more of her work. The narrator did a good job allowing the heft of the story come through without inflicting to much drama. View 2 comments. That's what Charlie's mum used to tell her right before she hurt her. But Charlie doesn't remember much of the first eight years of her life as an abused child.
After her Aunt rescued her she only remembers love and safety although sometimes her nightmares bring back horrifying flashes of her early years. Now Charlie is working as a police radio dispatcher in Boston and she knows she is no longer safe. Her two BFFs were each murdered one year apart in exac Everyone has to die sometime. Her two BFFs were each murdered one year apart in exactly the same way on January 21st. In four days time it will be 21st January and Charlie knows the killer is coming for her. This is the sixth in the DD Warren series and is one of the best.
DD is now a mother to baby Jack and living with Alex. She is back at work and struggling to fit in her new life with work and manage to get some sleep. While investigating the murder of a pedophile, she meets Charlie who informs her she will be murdered on 21st January. About a quarter of the way into the book a sudden creepy element appears and this slowly intensifies as the story works its way to the chilling climax.
View all 14 comments. Apr 04, Kwoomac rated it liked it Shelves: , animal-as-main-character , forensics , contemporary-lit , scooby-doo , death , murrrrderrrr , police-procedural , great-dog , strong-female-protag. Clever story that kept me guessing. One her her childhood friends was murdered two years ago on that date, her other best friend was murdered last year, same date. Both strangled, neither fought back, died at home, no forced entry. A mystery worthu of Agatha Christy. She prepares for the day by learning to fight, learning to use a gun. She moves away from her home in New Hampshire to Cambridge, thinking she can hide.
Sh Clever story that kept me guessing. She goes to the police with only a few days left and gets D. Warren thinking about the case. Nor her jurisdiction. Charlie lives in Cambridge and will presumably be murdered at her home there. Warren is a Boston cop. At the same time, someone is killing pedofiles in Boston. This worked for me as a read-alone. May 02, Lauren rated it really liked it Shelves: audiobooks , police-procedural , revenge , mistaken-secret-identity , serial-killers , amnesia , female-detectives. Catch Me 4 Stars This series has improved in the last couple of installments.
One reason is the development of D. Warren's character. She is no longer the cold and brash detective with an obsessive need to prove herself but rather a intelligent investigator whose attempts to juggle family life and work make her much more endearing. The plot is intricate with two parallel mysteries. While both are intriguing and suspenseful particularly the scenes involving the Internet predators and Charlie's m Catch Me 4 Stars This series has improved in the last couple of installments.
While both are intriguing and suspenseful particularly the scenes involving the Internet predators and Charlie's memories of her childhood ,the threat to Charlie's life takes a back seat to the serial killer storyline, which results in a lack of tension and immediacy. The secondary characters are fleshed out well, especially Charlie. Gardner also succeeds in making the vigilante a sympathetic character despite their questionable actions and motivations. The climax and resolution are satisfying, and the ending made me smile. Another great aspect of the book is the journey down memory lane alongside the characters from previous Gardner books.
All in all, a well written and entertaining thriller with some frightening messages about the dangers lurking on the Internet. DD must investigate two separate crimes; the serial murders of paedophiles in Boston, and the claims of Charlene, a young woman with a traumatic past, that she is going to be killed on January 21st; which is the anniversary of her two best friends unsolved murders. For me the most chilling scenes in the book involved the online grooming of the little boy.
His mother was doing everything right; she only let him Read: March This was another unputdownable book in the Detective DD Warren series. His mother was doing everything right; she only let him use certain website that are meant for children and educated him on stranger danger, view spoiler [and yet it was so easy for the child to end up meeting the paedophile and walking off with him. Also I don't like the way Gardner makes out the boy was more traumatised by seeing the paedophile being shot by the killer than actually being abducted and on the verge of being assaulted when the killer actually saves him.
Jan 06, Karyn Niedert rated it really liked it Shelves: author-to-follow , challenge , will-read-all-by-this-author , public-library. Truly enjoying the character of D. Warren and how her relationships continue to grow. Jan 16, Rachel Hall rated it really liked it. As an unashamed admirer of ballsy Sergeant Detective D. Warren of the Boston Police Department, Lisa Gardner is my 'go to' girl when I need a shot of adrenaline and this sixth appearance of D.
Warren is on cranky form when she returns to duty following her maternity leave, not because she has been parted from her ten-week-old son, Jack, or at the mercy of his fragmented nighttime sleeping. Hell, no.. As a born workaholic who lives and breathes her jo As an unashamed admirer of ballsy Sergeant Detective D.
As a born workaholic who lives and breathes her job and likes to be in control, her parents arrival from Florida is imminent and no one radiates disapproval like D. Finding herself pregnant at forty-one was not part of D. Walking into her first crime scene back on the job and greeted by the stench of a festering corpse that has spent days awaiting discovery, the deep freeze of mid-January is the only saving grace. Not that D. But the use of a. Then her team tell her about the incident of four weeks previously, when another paedophile by the name of Douglas Antiholde also met his death at the hands of two wounds from a.
Two victims, one predator - D. Returning to her car she finds a handwritten note on the windscreen with a chilling motto and which matches a similar note found on the first victim. An analysis based on the penmanship of the letter points to a tightly wound perfectionist with obsessive tendencies It is at then that D. For as Charlie tells D.
As a born survivor, hardened by a tough upbringing and a sick mother, Charlie has run from her home town, severed contacts with her past and has trained, prepared and visualised her murder.
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She is fit, fast, accurate with a gun, licensed to carry and a confident bare knuckle boxer and tells D. Working as a dispatch handler with no criminal record an intrigued D. As one of the best in the business, D. Three days to solve two cold cases with no new leads After a lifetime of being prepared, Charlie Grant appears as lethal as any predator lying in wait and when it becomes clear that she fits the profile for the type-A female who simultaneously fits the gunning down paedophiles the suspense skyrockets.
As the final hours count down to the twenty-first, D. As Detective O enlightens D. Simple enough strategies but when the victims computers reveal another level of horror in their participation in training rooms for sharing tips with younger would-be groomers, all going on right under the noses of the police force, the news is sickening. As this story progresses, Gardner narrates the story of seven-year-old Jesse Germaine unsuspectingly getting lured into the trap on such a website and just how even a child perfectly prepped with the stranger danger foresight can quickly become out of their depth.
As Jesse is lured in, his unexpected saviour from the hands of a predator is a woman with an uncanny resemblance to Charlie going by the name of Abigail.. Just a point of note that after having read the eighth book in the series, Find Her, ahead of Catch Me, I feel duty bound to point out that the theme of victim versus predator is a returning one, again raised in the case of Charlie Grant as with Flora Dane of Find Her.
Despite this, the backgrounds to each character were entirely different and it certainly didn't feel like I was rehashing old territory. Lisa Gardner's flair for characterisation and a genuinely informative study of a situation means her style easily engages.