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Catch Me by Lisa Gardner
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Jan 20, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: mystery, thriller

Review posted in MADreads: http://www.madisonpubliclibrary.org/m...

When Boston detective D. D. Warren finds a young woman lingering near a crime scene she's immediately suspicious. When that young woman tells her that she's there because she wants to meet the detective who will most likely investigate her own death, D. D. is still suspicious, but she's also intrigued. Charlene Rosalind Carter Grant tells D. D. that she will be murdered at 8 pm on January 21st, in four days.

While initially D. D. thinks that there's a good chance Charlie Grant is a crackpot, she does listen to her story. And what a story it is. For the past two years a young woman has died on January 21st. In each case there was no sign of forced entry, the women were strangled but not assaulted in any other way, and the crime scenes were meticulously cleaned. The reason Charlie knows she's next is because the two young women were her best friends from childhood. Now Charlie is the only one left. Only she doesn't plan to go quietly.

Charlie's story sounds a little wild, but the details hold up. Her two best friends were murdered one year apart and neither crime was solved. Now D. D.'s concern isn't just in keeping Charlie alive, but in finding out whether Charlie is using her last days to act out a vigilante's revenge. Someone is killing pedophiles in Boston and somehow Charlie seems to always be on the scene.

Lisa Gardner excels at complex plotting and keeping all her narrative threads in hand. And this one is particularly suspenseful because of the deadline for Charlie's death. I happened to be reading Catch Me right around the 21st of January and was on pins and needles. If I have a caveat, it would be that Gardner seems to be trying to top herself with last-minute twists. I hope with her next book she eases up on that just a bit.

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