Friday, July 10, 2015

Returning to the scene of the crime: ALONE by Lisa Gardner

Alone (Detective D.D. Warren, #1)Sometimes I get the urge to read something that I KNOW is going to be great, a book that I know will spark my reading journey into a change of genre (I've been reading more surreal fiction lately) and lead to more like it. Switching to crime fiction I decided to delve back into the world of mainstream crime fiction with ALONE by Lisa Gardner.

Catherine is a sexy, smart and manipulative woman who was once the victim of a pedophile. Held captive in a box and forced to obey the deranged individual for 28 days has left her guarded and closed off from the world since she was 12 years old. Now  she finds herself the victim in an abusive marriage. Her husband isn't faithful and her body is used as a punching bag. Adding to this trauma is Catherine's young son Nathan, who has an unknown illness that is affecting his ability to thrive. For a long time there was no light at the end of the tunnel - until a bullet from a police sniper killed her husband.

ALONE piles layer upon layer upon layer of twists and turns making it impossible to know what's fact and what's fiction - the truth a mere suggestion. Doubts arise over Catherine's character regarding the treatment of her son while her own father in-law seems to have a very personal vendetta against her, then there is Bobby, the sniper and his prior knowledge of Catherine; Lisa Gardner has crafted a beautiful web of deceit and distraction.

ALONE is a fast paced crime romp that is thrilling, engaging and utterly all consuming. Even though I've read it twice the impact of the story doesn't dimmer.

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