I have so much to say about this book! One, I wish someone from GR would take whatever computer system they have that picks the books for people, putI have so much to say about this book! One, I wish someone from GR would take whatever computer system they have that picks the books for people, put it on a chip, and send it to me so I can give it a big hug. This is the seventh book I've won from FirstReads. The fifth that I've given five stars. One sucked IMO, and one was pretty good but not five stars. What are the chances of that? And, the chances are so much lower still if you add in the fact that not even one of these books were one I'd pick up on my own. Not one. Anyway, back to the book - I'm not into this type of fiction (so I thought anyway) - the authors like Patterson, Koontz, Grisham, etc. are just ones so (usually) overrated to me that I leave them alone for the most part. Fiction is a pretty small part of my reading so it works. This book is fascinating! Lisa Gardner hooked me in the first page and not once let go. I don't have any idea how many times I went back and forth and back and forth guessing about things and who did this and why did this happen. The suspense was so over the top I can't put it into words. By the time I closed the book I had already ordered the first three books in this series and added the next book in the Detective D.D. Warren series, Save Me (coming out in 2011) to-read. There are very few, very few, books that I'll buy new. I'll buy used, I use my favorite swapping site, paperbackswap.com, I'll trade with friends, but I won't usually but new unless I LOVE an author. Jodi Picoult is one. Lisa Gardner now is one also - after reading ONE book by her. This is the type of book I'll buy new, in hardcover, and keep forever and that's not something I do often. I can't gush about this enough! I have no arguements at all. There were fewer mistakes in this ARC than in most finished books also which impressed me. The characters, whether likable or not, were all relatable. The story was just so darn realistic, even while pushing the limits. I would go out of my way to tell anyone wanting to dismiss this because it's not in the genre(s) they read not to. Just take a chance because this is one of the books that could very well change all that. ...more
Are all mystery books this good? Have I really been missing out? Nah, I don't believe it. This isn't a genre I normally read. I stay away from all booAre all mystery books this good? Have I really been missing out? Nah, I don't believe it. This isn't a genre I normally read. I stay away from all books by those 'everyone-knows-best-selling-authors' for the most part. (I read them when I was younger, got bored with them, etc.) So, I won Live to Tell from FirstReads and was flabbergasted by how well it was written. The suspense, the characters, the whole nine, I had found a new author. (As if that was needed.) Soooo, I went ahead and started getting the previous books in the series before Save Me (Detective D.D. Warren, #5) hit the shelves. Then time got in the way, blah, blah, blah and I'm just now getting to them. (I read Live to Tell, the 4th book in the D.D. Warren series first, a few months before it came out.) I wasn't even worried that the first books wouldn't grab me. Live to Tell took such a hold that I just knew her writing would probably always pull me in. And this was no different. I don't remember many books, if any, where the suspense literally makes my heart beat faster. Lots of books claim it but hardly any deliver IMO. Well, this one delivers and more. Alone is much more about Officer Bobby Dodge than D.D. but it doesn't even matter. D.D. shows up for a few small parts and I'm not sure how she's going to tie in because in the 4th she was the main character. Catherine's character - I don't even know what to say. The only other character I could think of that comes to mind when I think of Catherine is Lisette in Dwayne S. Joseph's Home Wrecker and Eye For An Eye books. (If anyone has read either/both they'll immediately know how potent Catherine is. I kept finding myself wondering how in the hell Gardner came up with this. Not so much the characters although that would certainly be one of my questions to her but how she came up with the plot. Honestly there are still a few small things I'm confused about. (This isn't the books fault, in any way, shape, or form. If it can be blamed on anything it's my memory or lack thereof.) I'd love a glimpse into the mind that can come up with something like this. Going to start the second now assuming I got the correct books which I'm not starting to doubt.
**I just happened to see, on another site, the 5th D.D. not titled Save Me. I'm going to look around but keep this in mind. Um, I'd add in what it was titled on this other site.... but I already forget. :-)**...more
Does anyone know Lisa Gardner personally? I'd love to know if she's able to sleep at night. This woman must have so, so, so much running through her mDoes anyone know Lisa Gardner personally? I'd love to know if she's able to sleep at night. This woman must have so, so, so much running through her mind. I was thoroughly confused (in a good way) for a great portion of this book. I've often said how easy it to to follow and guess what an author will do with this sort of book. It's actually one of the reasons why I stopped reading them years ago (before winning Live to Tell through FirstReads). Gardner has turned that all around for me. I read this in absolute amazement. How did she keep all of this straight? How did she even think of all of this? Anyone who knows me knows how much I love to sleep. Sleep and my reading = two of the most important things to me besides my family. And as much as I love to read I hardly ever pass up sleeping time for reading (I can fit the reading in during the day after all.) Yeah well, I stayed up until 2am last night. And this is coming from a person who, more often than not, goes to bed when her five year old daughter does. And, to make matters even worse, I was scared. Scared! I thought I heard something outside of my garage door. How crazy is that? That's how much this spooked me. I've made up my mind that I'll have to read all of Gardner's books. That plus my already incredibly long to-read list will take my entire life but I'll have to try. I'm going to start The Neighbor now which is the 3rd D.D. Warren book and I've already read the 4th, like I stated above, when I won it from FR. The 5th book, not sure of the name as there are two different ones that I've found so far, will be read as soon as it's published. After that I'll have to make a list and go in order according to her other series and single books. She's not an author to be missed for sure. This isn't a genre that I read much. Hardly at all. I haven't read any other, besides the few by Gardner, in over ten years. Actually, probably more like 15 years. But she's just too good to pass up. I'm in debt forever to FirstReads. I need to find out if any of her other books are Bobby Dodge books - he's freaking awesome. I would say I hope this next one will be as good as the others but I don't have to - I already know it will be. ...more
**spoiler alert** 3.5 - This one didn't grab me like 1, 2, and 4 did and for about three quarters of the book I thought it was me. I usually switch ba**spoiler alert** 3.5 - This one didn't grab me like 1, 2, and 4 did and for about three quarters of the book I thought it was me. I usually switch back and forth between many genres and don't usually read the same genre back to back to back. Before reading this though I had read (and loved!) the 1st and 2nd D.D. Warren books. Maybe I was getting burned out was my thought. In the last quarter I started second guessing myself. I just don't think this is like the other three that I've read. It's not bad by any means - just not as good. I'm very happy that I read the 4th book before this one or I might have incorrectly assumed she'd fallen off. This kept me guessing, the suspense level is almost on par with the others, and I think it may have been a bit too *busy*. I'm having trouble putting my thoughts into words. I think the story just, for whatever reason, didn't feel all that real to me. The wife and her dissappearing act, her killing what's-his-name at the same time the other person dies (I'm marking this as having a spoiler but I don't want to say too much.... just in case..) It seemed to contrived. I don't know - I'm still eager as hell to read Love You More A Detective D.D. Warren Novel. ...more
I've been REALLY crappy about reviewing lately so I actually read this a week ago, give or take. Forgive me if I forget some details. I remember the gI've been REALLY crappy about reviewing lately so I actually read this a week ago, give or take. Forgive me if I forget some details. I remember the gist of it all though. I'm surprised to see so many negative reviews. I'll admit that while reading this I expected it to be a first book or a new author but it's it's a good story. I'd urge people to keep in mind that readers usually have genres they love - and those they don't love so much. If I read a western, romance (in the strictest sense) or most any self-help it'd probably get a negative rating from me. Then there are genres that aren't really in my top three but that I can like and sometimes love. I don't really go for mysteries more often than not and that's what I label this. And I loved it. I'd be willing to bet that at least half, if not the majority, of the people who rated this poorly are people who like non-fiction, memoirs, etc. and they like very realistic fiction. That's me actually. But, at the same time I can open my mind and enjoy something that tugs at the limit. This tugs. You'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who could really relate to Locke's characters lifestyles. But it could happen, couldn't it? Besides, the story is there. And it's a good one. The story progresses and the characters are so fun to read about. I'll be the first to admit that Locke's writing is hardly eloquent. But who says that - and that alone - is the basis for great writing? Not I. Soon after finishing with this I noticed a friend of mine had another of Locke's Donovan Creed books called Wish List. Long story short, she let me borrow that book which I loved just as much. Just this morning I ordered the rest of the Donovan Creed books from amazon and I plan to read each and every one. He also has a few others not in the series that seem to be westerns. I'll be passing those by because westerns really aren't my thing at all but I'd bet - again - that they're just as good for readers of that genre.
**There are two instances from the book that follow but they aren't spoilers and don't affect the story.**
There were a few contradictions in Saving Rachel that caught my eye. The first was when Mary's car was at her house and the main character checked the trunk before entering her condo. After leaving the condo he decided to travel to Seneca Park to look for her car which wasn't at her condo. The second has to do with the blood from the "policeman" in the trunk. The trunk was empty before he entered the condo. No blood mentioned at all. But minutes before, in a phone call from Karen, he was told that her friend was lying in her trunk, bloody and in a police-mans uniform. The third was a few pages later when he worries about the police finding blood evidence in Karen's trunk from the same man mentioned. Yet it was stated previously the trunk was clean.
These are things that bother me but I think I'm bothered less by them here because Locke's books are anything by simple. You really need to follow along and pay attention. I guess with so much drama all around I can overlook a few minor contradictions. I do wish someone would have caught them for him though. But I really, really liked the story, The ending was the edge-of-your-seat type of ending. I wasn't prepared for Rachel's answer most of all and... hell, I wasn't prepared for a lot of it. For 99 cents on Kindle you really can't beat it. I'm really happen I happened to see this while browsing in the Kindle store....more
This is the second book in Locke's Donovan Creed series that I read. I'd have read them in order had I known it was a series but that information wasnThis is the second book in Locke's Donovan Creed series that I read. I'd have read them in order had I known it was a series but that information wasn't here or on amazon at the time. As it is I've bought the others and will not read them in order. One good thing about Locke's stories is that they're damn near unforgettable. I usually forget most, sometimes all, of a story when I'm finished because my memory is so bad but I can remember both of these books and keep them separate in my mind. I really like how Locke intermingles his characters - up to a point. That can get confusing but Locke doesn't take it to the extreme. Since his characters are all easy to remember that makes it all the better. Wish List is scary. Not in the traditional sense. Well, maybe in the traditional sense. I kept thinking, throughout the entire book, what if... Just what if.... Even though this is so far from reality you never know. There are people out there who would, if they had the means, do something similar. It's hard to imagine the mind that thought this up. It really couldn't have been easy trying to keep this all straight and make it work. There were a few times where I had to stop and really take stock of all that I'd read. I'm going to go back to the first Donovan Creed story and then go in order. I have no doubt I'll like them all as much as I liked this and Saving Rachel. For 99 cent ebooks I really haven't come across a better deal. I'd suggest this series to anyone who likes mysteries and a LOT of drama but if you're into strictly realistic fiction and non-fiction be aware - this is definitely different and it's hard to wrap your head around sometimes. That's one of the things I like about them! ...more