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3.97  ·  Rating details ·  46,998 ratings  ·  2,100 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 .
Paperback, 451 pages
Published December 27th 2005 by Bantam (first published January 1st 2004)
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Theresa Alan
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I listened to this on audiobook. The female narrator did a pretty good job even when she had to imitate the voices of a cop trained as a sniper who kills a husband brandishing his gun at his wife and small son and when she had to imitate the voice of a pedophile released from prison after twenty-five years.

Twenty-five years ago when Catherine was just twelve years old, she was snatched into a van and survived twenty-eight horrifying days in a pit in the woods where she was either being sexually
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: donated-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
Aug 24, 2014 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
Mar 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
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
Mike French
Nov 13, 2012 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.
Nicole (Read Eat Sleep Repeat)
I’ve read a handful of Lisa Gardner’s books in the past, typically at random when browsing for something to read immediately, and without care for whether they were part of a series or not. And although they were all installments in a series and I read them entirely out of order, each were easy to pick up and read as a standalone.

It was only after completing Station Eleven on audio, looking up narrator Kirsten Potter’s biography, and noticing that she has also narrated several of Lisa Gardner’s
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
BookPage Magazine - January 2005 - Alone

This book is excellent & the flow took me by surprise when I compare it to many “police” movies & TV shows that I have seen...

In movie/TV shows, when Policemen come to a crime scene, with a abusive & threatening husband cornered, holding a gun to his wife/child’s head. If not “talked“down, the police “To Serve & Protect” may have to fight and/or shoot the husband....

In this story, Bobby Dodge is a Massachusetts State “Sniper” Trooper, o
SUSAN   *Nevertheless,she persisted*
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.
Rebecca McNutt
Aug 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Suspenseful, riveting and exciting, Alone never lets up on its thrills and originality. Definitely a great crime thriller! :)
This novel is identified as Book 1 in the Detective D.D. Warren series but she does not make an appearance until about one third of the way into the story. The central character in the story is Bobby Dodge, a Massachusetts State Trooper and sniper, who is called to a hostage scene at the end of a long day. A man is barricaded with his wife and child in their wealthy Back Bay, Boston home. In a split second, his hand on the trigger, he makes a decision. A decision that will forever change his lif ...more
Apr 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 03, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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 forward to more.
Jul 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved all the twist and turns of this book. it got my attention from the beginning.
Sue Coletta
Feb 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.
Karyn Niedert
Enjoyed discovering Bobby Dodge and D.D. Warren. Very happy to dive into this series. It seems I started it at one point, and then progress fell by the wayside. Too many wonderful books out there!

It seems that everyone has their own machinations and manipulations. The ending was not at all what I thought it would be. Gardner did a terrific little switcheroo at the end, the lovely kind of twist that keeps readers guessing.
Jan 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
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!
Sam Sattler
May 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Nothing special or unusual in the plot, but the author is good at character development. That kept me reading to the end despite the feeling of having heard the story before...several times, by several authors.
Sebastien Castell
Jun 01, 2018 rated it liked it
A solid suspense thriller whose twists are somewhat undercut by a lack of depth in the characters. I'm glad I read Find Her, Gardner's eighth book in the D.D. Warren series first as the characters in that book were considerably more nuanced while also being more engaging.

Alone reads as modestly ahead of its time in that it has all the qualities of the more recent crop of domestic thrillers that dominate the charts. Like those, we have a story centred around a woman whose troubled past has given
Sep 30, 2009 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
Jan 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this novel. Really love Gardner’s books. Nice twist, lots of suspense and great writing. Can’t wait to read more of her books!
Miriam Smith
May 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lisa Gardner writes first class books, I enjoy everyone of them, everything you could want from a crime thriller, brilliant read!
Alex is The Romance Fox
A good start to the series.

Fast paced, great character development with some great twists and "red herrings" that had me guessing right until the end.

Read: October 2017
Rating: 4/4 stars

The plot: The story begins with a police sniper, Bobby, doing his job and shooting to death a man who was threatening his wife and child with a gun. In the aftermath of this event, Bobby gets drawn into the lives of the wife – Catherine – and her child, as the situation becomes more complex.

Whilst Alone is the first book in this series, I actually read the third book (The Neighbour) several years ago and enjoyed it as a standalone story. I found that the most
Ashley Gallegos
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Layer upon layer of intrigue! It will leaving you guessing on the truth until the very end! So very good!
Chad Sayban
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
Feb 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
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“Men may be violent, Officer Dodge, but let's face it-women are cruel...” 13 likes
“They [Cops] were living in the media age, and in the media age, cops didn't get to fire their weapons. Cops were honored if they got themselves killed in the line of duty, but they were never suppose to draw their guns, not even in self-defense.” 3 likes
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