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Alone (Detective D.D. Warren #1)

3.96  ·  Rating Details  ·  34,673 Ratings  ·  1,476 Reviews
Alone . . . Massachusetts State Trooper Bobby Dodge watches a tense hostage standoff unfold through the scope of his sniper rifle. Just across the street, in wealthy Back Bay, Boston, an armed man has barricaded himself with his wife and child. The man’s finger tightens on the trigger and Dodge has only a split second to react . . . and forever pay the consequences.

Alone .
Hardcover, 324 pages
Published January 11th 2005 by Bantam Books (first published January 1st 2004)
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May 05, 2015 Suzanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Tremendous! This is the series to read if you want to breeze through a book and be thoroughly engrossed. Did not want to put this down for one moment, and am very glad I discovered Lisa Gardner, much like my discovery of Harlan Coben. I started reading this series at number 3, and thought this was why I didn't feel a close affinity to Detective D.D Warren, but I think on reading this book, I have realised she must not be the focus of the series.

The character of Police sniper Bobby is very likab
Oct 06, 2015 Mo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars.

While I enjoyed this one and it kept me on my toes, it didn't quite hit the mark for me. I wasn't really connected to any of the characters. Even the main male character, Bobby, had his shortcomings. It's an introduction of D.D. Warren and future books and even she didn't enthral me.

It is set in Boston, a city I love.

Sex scenes? Forget it. I think that might have been part of my problem. I love a bit of romance in my RS books.

It doesn't even have to be explicit sex scenes, just a litt
Mike French
Feb 03, 2016 Mike French rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After seeing the great reviews from my GR friends on Lisa Garner's work,I decided to try one. I started with ALONE. Very enjoyable and entertaining from beginning to end! Thank you GR friends for the recommendation.
Sep 04, 2011 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: five-star-books
As a Lisa Gardner fan and in particular her detective D.D. Warren series this was such a thrill for me to read the opening book in the series. The story goes of Massachusetts State Trooper Bobby Dodge finding himself in a terrible position after he sees an armed man seemingly about to pull the trigger while pointing the gun at his wife and young son in their home. Bobby has only a split second on what to do and in the moment fires his sniper rifle and kills the man. Unfortuenly for Bobby the man ...more
I read this book with my book pal Freda from " A Good Thriller" group. Freda chose this book for me from one of my shelves.

"Alone" is a enjoyable read,filled with action and a lot of twists. Very readable,well written,believable characters. If you enjoy thrillers,you will enjoy this.
Jane Stewart
I did not enjoy the characters, the plot, or the narrator. I wanted it to be over.

Gunshots are heard. Neighbors call the police who surround the house. Inside Jimmy is pointing a gun at his wife Catherine. Bobby is a sniper and member of the police SWAT team. He sees Jimmy’s face change, and he believes Jimmy will shoot, so Bobby shoots and kills Jimmy. Now Jimmy’s father James is suing Bobby. If James wins Bobby goes to jail. If James loses, he will repeatedly appeal because he is wealthy. He c
Apr 28, 2012 Helen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
I liked this. I was hoping to love it in ways that would leave me giddy, but the spark just wasn't there. So, no serious love connection, but it was still good, solid entertainment. It kept me interested and moved at the right pace when It got down to business. In the end, I enjoyed myself, and didn't feel bad about it.

I have no regerts, and I'll probably give the next book in the series a chance at some point. Still, I'm not overly eager to rush things, and I'll probably spend time with some o
Jean Coldwell
Apr 02, 2015 Jean Coldwell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lisa Gardner has crafted a fine psychological thriller in Alone. While I found myself immediately immersed in the drama, I got about 160 pages in, and I still wasn’t sure where she was taking me. It was that complex.

Bobby Dodge is a Massachusetts State Trooper who is a sniper called in as part of a crisis team to handle a hostage situation in a wealthy Boston neighborhood. From a window across the street, he sets up his rifle. He sees a woman, a young boy, and a man with a gun. As the man’s fing
Aug 18, 2011 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Thriller and Lisa Gardner lovers
Recommended to Brenda by: Michael
Bobby Dodge is a police sniper. He was called out to a domestic dispute in an elite area, where an armed man had his wife and child hostage. The neighbours reported shots being fired...

After Bobby was briefed, he ran to the top floor of a neighbouring house, where the bedroom window overlooked the subject's master bedroom, and the standoff was taking place. He followed procedure, reporting to his captain, identifying the subject through the scope of his sniper rifle...then made the split second
This was my first Lisa Gardner book. I was an instant fan. I remembered thinking "Wow! This book is really good and I can't think of what is it, but wow." The begining, middle and end kept you engaged and that's what I like about any new authors I come across. I don't expect all thier books to be perfect but I am glad this first book I read was good. Looking for to more.
Jan 21, 2016 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Exciting book and start to Gardner's Detective D. D. Warren series, even though she only played a minor role in this book. This was definitely a page turner!
Sep 30, 2009 Kath rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first Lisa Gardner book and loved it. Bobby Dodge is a great character and I really enjoyed this story. Bobby is not a typical tall, dark and handsome "alpha male" that most books tend to tell. Bobby's a former problem drinker with probably an average appearance (I do't think the details were disclosed other than he's 5'10", 160), with a troubled childhood and despite the fact the he's a sniper, has a somewhat passive attitude. Bobby though, likes to do the right thing, even when it's not goo ...more
Feb 02, 2014 Bigd_041555 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My introduction to Lisa Gardner - I liked the book, it took me a bit to get use to her writing and to "get" the direction she was going with the storyline. Once I got it, the reading went a bit smoother.

It was a good and troubling case - lots of so-called substories that eventually came together with the main story line. The biggest questions were who could you trust and what was an illusion and what wasn't.

Funny that this book is the first book in the DD Warren series and we don't meet her unti
Sue Coletta
Nov 01, 2014 Sue Coletta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great read. SWAT team member, Bobby Dodge, is involved with a terrible shooting that leaves him disjointed, separated from his team and questioning his every move. The emotional arc he experiences is done flawlessly. And Catherine Gagnon's character also experiences an incredible change. The overall story was gripping, suspenseful and hard to put down. And the ending was amazing. I'd recommend this book to anyone wanting to sink inside the pages of a good book.
Larry Bassett
Aug 16, 2013 Larry Bassett rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
The sandpaper tongue of the puppy is the last straw for me! Alone goes from the unlikely to the improbable to the impossible. So a small detail deals a fatal blow to the credibility of this author. If you have ever been licked by a dog, you know they have smooth tongues. It’s the cats that have sandpaper.

I am a novice when it comes to reading thrillers and am not a fan of Steven King. So I am not sure how easily I should suspend disbelief. But I do think that Lisa Gardner asks a lot. The strange
This is the first book I have read by Lisa Gardner. This was a fast paced thrill ride.

I was hooked after the first few pages and stayed that way to the end. I thought I had everything figured out. Well, I had most of it figured out. I never expected the twist that happened. My head was spinning!

I would recommend this book to everyone.
Chad Sayban
Jul 19, 2012 Chad Sayban rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nook-book, good, own
As Massachusetts State Trooper Bobby Dodge stares through the scope of his sniper rifle, we witnesses a hostage standoff unfold. When the wealthy man moves threateningly towards his wife and child, Dodge only has a split-second to decide what to do. But as he pulls the trigger, he has no idea how his life is about to change. The woman he believes he saved – the beautiful Catherine Rose Gagnon – is harboring a lot of secrets. Her powerful Judge father-in-law wants to destroy the man who killed hi ...more
Aug 18, 2013 Matthew rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
I didn't find this to be a good read. It wasn't horrible, the writing wasn't poor, and it wasn't really annoying, but it wasn't appealing either. The emotions and characters felt distant. I liked Bobby and Lane and DD might have potential, but I didn't feel involved in their lives. The abuse histories felt... detached, unreal, and not entirely relevant. The ending took too long and didn't give enough information. This wasn't a page turner like Killing Floor or Fire and Ice and it wasn't intrigui ...more
Apr 05, 2011 Jeni rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
This was a fast-paced thriller that kept me guessing. Having been reading many historical mysteries lately, it was good for me to return to the 21st century, with telephones and DNA! The characters were well-developed and interesting, without being too easy to figure out. Bobby Dodge, the main character comes across as being a good cop, but not perfect, and not always predictable. Some of the situations the author placed the characters in stretched believability (now, why would she tell him that ...more
Ellen Keim
Dec 18, 2011 Ellen Keim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't give this five stars because I reserve that for books I'd like to own or read again because they were so amazing. However, this book definitely warranted a 4. I'd read two other Lisa Gardner books before and really liked them, so I was anxious to read the first book in the series. I was surprised that D.D. Warren is barely represented in this book, but not disappointed because the story about her friend Bobby Dodge was so engaging.

When Bobby Dodge, a police sharpshooter, takes out Jimmy
Mass. State Tpr. Bobby Dodge is a sniper on the Special Tactics and Ops Team. He's alerted about a hostage situation and when he arrives, he just has time to set up surveillance and he sees a man with a gun, pointing at his wife and child. As Bobby sees the man about to fire, Bobby shoots the man, Jimmy Gannon, and kills him.

We also learn that Gannon's wife Catherine had been abducted as a teenager and burried underground for almost a month while her abductor abused her. She was saved when hunte
Apr 04, 2015 Viccy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
Bobby Dodge gets a call-out and ends up shooting a suspect, who was holding his wife and son at gunpoint. Bobby believes it is a righteous shoot, but things begin to get complicated. The dead man is the son of a powerful judge is Massachusetts and the wife, Catherine Gagnon, is a very disturbed woman. Bobby begins to doubt himself, not a good thing for a police sniper. And Catherine keeps calling him. Not a good idea to get involved with a woman who has more secrets than anyone else Bobby knows. ...more
Bobby Dodge is a police sniper who was called in for a domestic situation involving a wealthy couple in their penthouse. He has a split second to determine if the husband is truly a threat to his wife and child. After the act, things spiral out of control for Bobby. He is on suspension from work, standard procedure after a shooting, but is suddenly facing a lawsuit. He's also second guessing his actions and wondering if he made the right decisions.
This is a very suspenseful novel that keeps the
Sandra Hernandez
Sep 26, 2013 Sandra Hernandez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
surprisingly enough this is a very fast read, I wasn't sure if I would enjoy the story or not but I find myself liking Catherine and some what relating to her. I don't want to ruin too much about the book but what I can say is it is definitely a good read and there are plenty of turns and twists and I thought I knew Catherine and I thought I knew what was going on but the ending really did surprise me
Jul 09, 2015 Josh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, crime, reread, read_2015
Catherine is a sexy, smart and manipulative woman who was once the victim of a pedophile. Held captive in a box and forced to obey the deranged individual for 28 days has left her guarded and closed off from the world since she was 12 years old. Now she finds herself the victim in an abusive marriage. Her husband isn't faithful and her body is used as a punching bag. Adding to this trauma is Catherine's young son Nathan, who has an unknown illness that is affecting his ability to thrive. For a l ...more
Sep 14, 2013 Nihan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 02, 2014 Iris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
This book was awesome. Haven't read a book so good in a long time.

The story takes place in Massachussetts, when snipper and SWAT team member Bobby Dodge witnesses Jimmy Gagnon pointing a gun at his wife and four-year-old son. Bobby decides to shoot Jimmy, as he believes he's going to kill his wife. After that, Bobby's life changes abruptly. Unfortunely, Jimmy is the son of James Gagnon, a powerful judge who believes his daughter-in-law is responsible for his son's death and the ill heath of his
Karen & Gerard
Alone by Lisa Gardner is a page turner that had my attention from the first page all the way to the end. It's about Bobby, a police sniper who responded to a domestic violence hostage situation and killed the husband who had his finger on the trigger of a gun pointed at his wife, Catherine, and 4-yr-old son, Nathan. Afterwards, Bobby felt terrible about killing a man and began to doubt himself. His life got complicated when the man turned out to be a high court judge's son and learned he may be ...more
Feb 16, 2011 Erika rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Detective D.D. Warren is less of a presence in this novel than the parenthetical reference might lead you to believe. Mostly, she saunters in wearing stiletto boots and slightly trashy clothes to reprimand her colleague, former boyfriend and prime suspect, Bobby Dodge for fraternization with the widow of the man he has just killed in his job as a police sniper. Overall, the book was a satisfying read incorporating characters that fit the roles assigned to them: the mysterious and dangerous widow ...more
Jul 13, 2014 Cupcakencorset rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent read, although the designation ("Detective D.D. Warren, book 1") is somewhat misleading. While it may be the first of Gardner's books to feature Warren, that detective is far from the lead character. In fact, her role is definitely secondary, with no POV chapters at all, if memory serves. (It often doesn't, though, so forgive me if I'm wrong there.)

The lead character is Bobby Dodge, a sniper-team member and trooper with the Massachusetts State Police. It's his life that is thrown i
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New York Times bestselling crime novelist Lisa Gardner began her career in food service, but after catching her hair on fire numerous times, she took the hint and focused on writing instead. A self-described research junkie, she has parlayed her interest in po
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