"Gardner keeps the suspense cranked high."—Booklist
"A terrifying woman-in-jeopardy plot.... Sympathetic characters, a strong sense of place and terrific plotting distinguish Gardner's new thriller."—Publishers Weekly
"Gardner is hot to plot."—Kirkus Reviews
Praise for the Novels of Lisa Gardner:
“Reading this book is akin to watching a gripping movie. You may want to fast-forward, but only because you can’t wait to see what happens next. Like all the best suspense novels, Alone will leave you shaken.”–People
The Killing Hour
“Gardner keeps us guessing till the end.”–Los Angeles Times
The Survivors Club
The Next Accident
“A suspense-laden, twist-filled tale that easily equals the best of Sue Grafton and Kathy Reichs.”–Providence Sunday Journal
The Third Victim
“A suspenseful, curl-up winter read, this thriller teems with crisp, realistic dialogue and engaging characters.”–Publishers Weekly (starred review)
The Perfect Husband
“A streamlined, bang-up addition to the oeuvre of Tami Hoag, Karen Robards, Elizabeth Powell and, these days, even Nora Roberts.”–Publishers Weekly
The Barnes & Noble Review
In Lisa Gardner's thriller featuring troubled law enforcement consultant Lorraine "Rainie" Conner (The Next Accident, The Third Victim, et al.), she asks the question: When the love of your life vanishes, how far would you go to get him or her back?
When retired FBI profiler Pierce Quincy gets a phone call in the middle of the night, his worst fears become reality. Rainie, his estranged wife, has been kidnapped. After her car is found on a rural Oregon road with its driver's door open and engine idling, the Oregon State Police -- headed by overworked Sergeant Detective Carlton Kincaid -- receive a cryptic message from the unidentified abductor demanding money. Quincy immediately enlists the aid of his daughter Kimberly, an ambitious FBI agent based in Atlanta, and teams up with Kincaid and a local sheriff named Shelly Atkins in a race against time that could very well end in disaster. Rainie, meanwhile, is blindfolded and tied up "someplace dank and forgotten, where fat spiders weave huge masterpieces of sticky lace and small animals come to die." But as she battles with emotional and physical collapse, she comes to a stunning realization about herself…
Gardner's Gone is noteworthy in large part for her brilliantly realistic character development. There are no black-and-white characters here -- only shades of gray. Protagonists like Conner and Quincy are dealing with just as many painful "issues" as their adversaries -- the difference being their ability to overcome their problems and become survivors, not victims. Fans of emotionally charged thrillers should pick up a copy of Gone before it's, well, gone. Paul Goat Allen
Former FBI profiler Pierce Quincy's marriage is on the rocks, but things go from bad to worse when his wife, Rainie, goes missing. A kidnapper soon contacts Quincy with a somewhat unusual ransom demand, leaving Quincy and the investigation team with no choice but to play the kidnapper's game to keep Rainie alive. The story is told from alternating points of view, showing Quincy's efforts to find his wife and Rainie's struggle against her cruel captor. The plot is formulaic and derivative, but the abridgment makes it simple to follow, so listeners should have no trouble keeping up. Kairos's voice is light and pleasant, and while her narration is not superb, it does get the job done. Kairos modulates her voice sufficiently to distinguish between male and female voices, but the accents she attempts are beyond her and come off sounding a bit silly. For the most part, the narration is engaging and effectively propels the story forward, but Kairos-and Gardner-occasionally lays it all on a bit too thick, taking the narrative (and the narration) into the realm of tepid melodrama. Simultaneous release with the Bantam hardcover (Reviews, Nov. 21). (Jan.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
PI Pierce Quincy is frantic. His lover/partner has gone missing, though her bloodstained car has been located, and a troubled child whose case she has been handling is gone as well. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
A cop-and mainstay of the Connor-Quincy series (The Killing Hour, 2003, etc.)-is kidnapped, but is it really for ransom?Usually Rainie Connor is as saucy, savvy and sexy as the genre allows, but she's not been herself recently. Actually, she's been a bundle of seriously jangled nerves. As a result, we find her being nasty to her lover/partner Pierce Quincy, and, even worse, seeking emotional solutions in a bottle. And then, just like that, she's gone! The Bakersville (Ore.) police find her car abandoned by the side of a mountain road, engine still running, purse on the passenger's seat, no sign of Rainie. Naturally, Quincy's distraught. He knows how resourceful Rainie is, and it's hard for the ex-FBI profiler to profile the kind of assailant who could have out-maneuvered and disarmed the redoubtable Rainie-her ever-present Glock has disappeared from her purse. Compounding Quincy's unsettlement is the realization that as spouse surrogate he heads the official suspect list. That changes when the ransom note arrives at the local newspaper. Now, at least, it's clear to law enforcement that they have a kidnapping on their hands. To Quincy, however, the paltriness of the number-$10,000-is disturbing. What seems obvious to him is that Rainie's kidnapping can hardly be about money. It's about something else, something-the thought scares him-personal. As ever, Gardner is hot to plot, but few are the twists fresh enough to counter been-there-read-that.