Jun 23, 12
Read from June 14 to 21, 2012 — I own a copy, read count: 1
** spoiler alert **
This is the second book I have read of Gardner's (the first being The Perfect Husband), and I have to say that this one was more engaging! It begins with police officer/sniper Bobby Dodge making a split second decision in a domestic hostage situation, which results in the death of Jimmy Gagnon, a judge's son and husband of Catherine.
I really really liked how Gardner left so much of the book open - especially with the character of Catherine. We are left wondering if Catherine really orchestrated the entire hostage situation to ensure that Jimmy would be killed or whether she was just a loving mother trying to protect her child. Personally, I think she orchestrated the situation, just from the clues that were peppered throughout the novel.
My only issue with the book was Bobby's terrible judgement. I found it really hard to believe that he would contact Catherine when he was still under investigation by the department - that would definitely have looked fishy to the investigators and likely would have ensured a swift end to his career, though it seems to work out for him in the end. I also find it a bit repetitive that both Catherine and Bobby were abused in their childhoods - this was what had happened in The Perfect Husband - and I just find it unnecessary that the main characters all had to have been abused.
This is the first in the D.D. Warren series. Oddly enough, she had a very small part in this book, though I did like her character when she was involved. I'm interested to try the next in the series and see what role she plays!