Catch Me (Detective D. D. Warren Series #6)

Catch Me (Detective D. D. Warren Series #6)

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by Lisa Gardner

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Charlene Grant believes she is going to die. For the past few years, her childhood friends have been murdered one by one. Same day. Same time. Now she’s the last of her friends alive, and she’s counting down the final four days of her life until January 21.

Charlene doesn’

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Charlene Grant believes she is going to die. For the past few years, her childhood friends have been murdered one by one. Same day. Same time. Now she’s the last of her friends alive, and she’s counting down the final four days of her life until January 21.

Charlene doesn’t plan on going down without a fight. She has taken up boxing, shooting, and running. She also wants Boston’s top homicide detective, D. D. Warren, to handle the investigation.

But as D.D. delves deeper into the case, she starts to question the woman’s story. Instinct tells her that Charlene may not be in any danger at all. If that’s true, the woman must have a secret—one so terrifying that it alone could be the greatest threat of all.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The well-wrought suspense offsets the shaky plot of bestseller Gardner’s sixth novel featuring Boston Sgt. Det. D.D. Warren (after 2011’s Love You More). Charlene Rosalind Carter Grant, a 28-year-old police dispatch officer with a horrific childhood, expects to be murdered on January 21. One of her two best friends was strangled at home on January 21 two years earlier; exactly a year later, her other best friend suffered the same fate. On January 17, Grant seeks out Warren at a crime scene and asks the homicide detective to investigate her expected murder. Meanwhile, Warren is looking into the execution-style slayings of two pedophiles. Rookie sex crime detective Ellen O brings her expertise to this second case. Gardner skillfully tacks back and forth from Grant’s childhood traumas to her preparations to face a killer as it becomes increasingly murky whether Grant is victim, predator, or both. Fans should enjoy the numerous cameos by characters from other Gardner novels. Author tour. Agent: Meg Ruley, Jane Rotrosen Agency. (Feb.)
Kirkus Reviews
Like her fifth case (Love You More, 2011, etc.), Boston PD Det. Sgt. D.D. Warren's sixth subordinates her to another woman just as strong as she is, and a lot more interesting. Back in high school, Randi Menke, Jackie Knowles and Charlene Rosalind Carter Grant were the Three Musketeers, inseparable buddies who'd do anything for each other. Now Randi and Jackie are dead, strangled a year apart on Jan. 21. So as this Jan. 21 approaches, Charlie is naturally terrified that her turn is coming. Accosting D.D. at a crime scene, she announces that she's marked for death, describes how she's gone on the run from her job as a small-town police dispatcher and begs her to solve her murder, still several days away. Underlining her peril is a note left at the scene: "Everyone has to die sometime. Be brave." But something about Charlie's story doesn't add up. If she's so scared that she's pulled up stakes and high-tailed it to the big city, why hasn't she changed her name? Instead of being a victim, could she be the vigilante killer of pedophiles D.D.'s squad has been hunting? Or is she both killer and victim? Alternating between the third-person narration of D.D.'s investigation and Charlie's feverish first-person narrative, and throwing in more subplots showing abused women fighting their abusers, Gardner brings the ingredients to a rolling boil until she's finally cut Charlie off from her police defenders, disarmed her and backed her into a corner awaiting her killer. Irresistible high-wire melodrama, though it's easy to see why D.D. observes, "I think we just fell into a Lifetime movie."
From the Publisher
“Frighteningly real.”—People

“The best thriller Lisa Gardner has written to date...It will hook you from the start.”—The Huffington Post

“Plan to stay awake for a few nights...[It's] terrifying."—

“[A] scare-your-socks-off thriller.”—Library Journal


“Shocking...A 'must read' for any suspense aficionado.”—The Associated Press

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Product Details

Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
Detective D. D. Warren Series, #6
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range:
18 Years


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From the Publisher
“Frighteningly real.”—People

“The best thriller Lisa Gardner has written to date...It will hook you from the start.”—The Huffington Post
“Plan to stay awake for a few nights...[It's] terrifying."—

“[A] scare-your-socks-off thriller.”—Library Journal

“Shocking...A 'must read' for any suspense aficionado.”—The Associated Press

Meet the Author

Lisa Gardner is the New York Times bestselling author of thirteen previous novels. Her Detective D. D. Warren novels include Love You More, Live to Tell, Hide, Alone, and the International Thriller Writers' Award-winning novel The Neighbor. Her FBI profiler novels include Say Goodbye, Gone, The Killing Hour, The Next Accident, and The Third Victim. She lives with her family in New England.

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Catch Me 4.1 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 268 reviews.
Avid_ReaderLL More than 1 year ago
I believe this book will tie with The Perfect Husband as my favorite Lisa Gardner book. The mystery keeps you guessing to the point that even if you think you have it figured out, you can't wait to get to the end to find out if you're right. The bonus is having so many characters from past books (including JT and Tess from The Perfect Husband) included and seeing where they are today. Amazingly, I think the only past character not to show up is Bobby Dodge, the one character you figure would. Whether you are a huge Lisa Gardner fan or if this is the first book you read by her, you will enjoy it.
danja More than 1 year ago
Great book with great story line. Stayed up late to finish it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Catch Me by Lisa Gardner is her best yet! Talk about plot twists and a thrilling storyline. WOW. Highly recommended! I loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
D.D. is the cop I want on my side at all times... I wishe that she and Bobby could have worked out but I'm glad they are friends, they play so well together... Can't wait for the next one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
**HIGHLY Recommended** Lisa Gardner is simply amazing!!! The way she tells several stories about several characters that keep you trying to figure out how they all fit together is unbelieveable!! What an awesome and enjoyable addition to the series. I surely hope it's not the last. D.D. is so funny & I'm enjoying reading about not only her adventures at work, but also at home with her new life and baby! Another wonderful read by Lisa.... definitely can't wait until the next one!!!
Bukgoddess More than 1 year ago
Lisa Gardner once again proves to her fans why she is one of the best in the business with her newest release in her Sergeant Detective D.D. Warren series Catch Me! As a newly made mom returning from maternity leave, sleep deprived and caffeine deficient Detective D.D. Warren walks onto the crime scene of her first case in ten weeks to discover suspicions are high the victim sitting before her is no isolated incident. By all appearances, someone is targeting pedophiles although not a bad idea, D.D. must pull her team together to follow what scant clues the almost antiseptic scene provides. A vigilante with a neat streak, D.D. fears they have their work cut out for them. A lone figure dressed in dark clothing observing from outside the crime scene makes a run for it as D.D. makes chase, thoughts that it certainly could not be that easy as she coaxes her still adjusting system to catch what she hopes is the perpetrator. Alas, although D.D. manages to stop her quarry in their tracks, the true purpose behind Charlene Rosalind Carter Grant’s appearance has D.D. stopping in hers. A riveting pager turner that exposes more that we could possibly imagine churning within the dark under belly of the world of pedophiles while providing a glimpse into the twisted psychological damage a parent can inflict on a child. To the delight of fans everywhere however, the surprise cameo appearances of past characters read like a family reunion that stretches across Lisa’s entire writing career, which is highly apropos given that the once hard-core and singular detective’s character has evolved into a family way herself! One wonders if motherhood will prove harder to D.D. than catching criminals. An excellent read, you will not be able to put this book down even once you have finished reading it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOVED THIS BOOK! I couldn't put it down - stayed up late to finish it. D D Warren is kind of quirky and I found myself laughing off and on throughout the book. Lisa Gardener is a superb storyteller and this book did not disappoint! With all of the plot twists, I found myself at the edge of my seat, waiting for what came next. I was completely suprised when the killer was finally revealed! Never would I have suspected... You have to read this book!
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
D.D. Warren, the Boston homicide detective featured in this widely-read series, faces two challenges in this latest installment: a new baby boy who keeps her and her boyfriend, Alex, up through the night and, now that she’s back from maternity leave, a complex mystery surrounding a young woman who approaches her with the admonition that she expects to be murdered four days hence and she hopes D.D. will handle the investigation. What to do? How can you undertake the investigation of a murder that hasn’t even taken place yet? The prospective victim’s name is Charlene, known as Charlie throughout. She’s spent the past year in training: running, boxing, and learning to shoot in anticipation of the big event. It seems her two best friends were strangled on January 21 in each of the previous two years, and logic dictates that it’s now Charlie’s turn. The plot traces the next days and the events that take place, which demonstrate D.D.’s evolving character change brought about by her domestic developments and Charlie’s preparations to meet her expected fate. An interesting aside within the sub-plot, which addresses murders of pedophiles, involves a young boy lured into a potential sex act by the user of an internet game appealing to youngsters. The author uses the technique to tell the story by alternating third person p.o.v. to relate D.D.’s activities, and first person describing Charlie’s. Not a thrill a page, perhaps, but certainly an excellent thriller, and recommended.
longtimebookcolletor More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with both of Lisa's series and this book is no disappointment. D. D is back again even better. James Patterson may be the best male author but Lisa is by far the best female author. I have yet to read any of her mystery books and not been able to put them down until I finish. I read them over twice and each time is only better. Must read these!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it. It incorporated soo many other characters from previous novels. It was cool to see the characters that are normally separate interact. It was very suspenseful too. Overall great always
HDRider1975 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy this series and this author. DD Warren is an interesting character. The books are thoroughly enjoyable. If you haven't read the rest of the series I would at least read the short story before this book. Her books could possibly stand alone but they are good enough to start at the beginning and read them all. Enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the story. It had me guessing till the end!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is Lisa Gardner's best book so far - I just couldn'tstop reading. Hey, about another one real soon?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great book! Loved seeing previous characters. I think I'm going to go back and read them again. Anxious for her next book..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Intriguing plot, good read, keeps you involved. Moves along nicely and has a great twist at the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please give us more DD! I love her softer side, but she is still a kick ass detective!
LisaTortorello More than 1 year ago
I found myself hooked from the very first page of Lisa Gardner's latest novel, Catch Me. I have read Gardner's books for years and her stories are always fresh and exciting! Charlene Grant is a young woman who trained for one year for her biggest test ever...saving her own life! Two of her friends have been killed, and Charlene fears she is next. Understandably, Charlene finds it hard to trust anyone and her best friend now is a "dog that's not her dog". Charlene goes as far as to report her upcoming death to Detective DD Warren, who must figure out if Charlene is really a victim or not. DD Warren must juggle between being a new mom and her job. Now she must deal with a murder that hasn't happened yet. Will Charlene Grant die? Only time will tell, and her time is up January 21st!
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Dommo More than 1 year ago
Great read! I could always count on Lisa Gardner to spin a terrific and riveting thriller. This book kept me guess at who the possible killer could be to (practically) the end of the story. And I'm so pleased that her main character, while vulnerable but strong (and a suspect), didn't do stupid things that would make me roll my eyes. I've read the D.D. Warren books out of order and was pleasantly surprised to learn that she has a new baby boy and romantic love. Now I must read the book preceding Catch Me to learn about the beginning of D.D. and Alex! I highly recommend this book.
reader25DJ More than 1 year ago
Lisa Gardner is always great readi. B&N gets them to me.