Lisa Gardner - Author

About the Author

Lisa Gardner was our Guest Editor in January 2011 - click here - to see the books that inspired her writing.

 

Lisa Gardner has made a name for herself writing very dark novels but the first books she wrote were romance novels – but she decided that she wanted to write suspense books ‘where she could kill lots of people’.

 

She had various jobs ranging from waitress to management consultant but loathed morning commutes, claustrophobic cubicles and unsympathetic bosses. The only good things were my coworkers and a fresh appreciation of Dilbert cartoons. Lisa now lives in New Hampshire with her husband, who loves auto-racing and black-diamond skiing, and their young daughter.

 

Author photo © John Earle

 

Below is a Q&A with this author.

 

What’s the first book you remember reading? I remember being twelve years old and reading M.M. Kaye’s The Far Pavilions. I was completely enthralled by that book, the way she made the setting, history, and characters come so richly alive. I reread it every few years, and every few years I’m entranced all over again.

Where do you live? And why? I grew up in Oregon, enjoying the luxurious landscape of the Pacific Northwest. When it was time to apply for colleges, however, I was ready for a change. I chose a school back east so I could experience a different slice of American life. It turned out I loved New England living as well. Great history, great beaches, great mountains. I still thought I’d return to Oregon someday, but then I met a particular New England man, and my fate was sealed.

What’s the greatest influence on your writing? Reading. I think that’s the only way to truly learn and digest popular fiction – you have to read, anything, everything, it all helps. I read cereal boxes, entertainment magazines, and Pulitzer-Prize-winning fiction. I love non-fiction, I love historical epics, I love fantasy, westerns, mystery and romance. Basically, I worship the printed word. If you’re going to be in this business, you might as well be passionate about it.

Where do you write? I’m blessed to have my own office. This is a nice change of pace from the days when I worked out of my bedroom. To work and sleep in the same place is to become a very dull person.

Typewriter, Word Processor, or pen? Definitely a word processor. If you saw my handwriting, you’d know why.

What educational qualifications do you have? Have you had any formal tuition in creative writing? If so, where and what? Did you find it useful? Since I sold my first novel while in college, most people assume I studied English. In fact, I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in International Relations. I did take some English classes, but the formal educational track for writing focuses too much on the literary world for my tastes; you study all the dead white men – Faulkner, Hemingway, Fitzgerald. I love their work, but as a writer I’ve always been drawn to popular fiction. I didn’t want to be Hemingway; I wanted to be Stephen King. As a writing path, commercial fiction is something you must pursue on your own.

Did you always want to be an author? If not, what did you originally want to be and when and why did you change your mind? I’ve definitely always wanted to be a writer. I don’t think it’s something you do, but someone you are. In my case, it was always a little strange as I was raised by two accountants to pursue practical things in life. Starving for your art, living beneath the poverty line – not very practical in an accountant’s world. So I confess, I did the conservative thing and became a business consultant first. But writing continued to call to me, and I found I spent more time writing books than preparing presentations. So I finally gave in and took the plunge. I have to say, becoming a full-time writer is the best thing I ever did.

What were the first pieces of writing that you produced? e.g. short stories, school magazine etc. Growing up, I wrote a lot of really bad poetry. Then I joined the high school newspaper staff where I learned to craft short, well-disciplined essays. I feel as if I still use both skill sets – poetry helped teach me narrative drive, while newspaper articles helped me hone a concise logic flow.

How do you write each novel – i.e. do you block out the narrative first, take each page at a time, create the central character, build a cast of characters?  Each novel develops in its own way. Some books come to me as a character first, some as a crime first. Either way works for me. I try to balance plot with character in my novels, so both elements are equally important.

In the case of my upcoming novel, Alone, I started with an idea for a character – a woman who is sympathetic but disturbing, alluring but cold, courageous but frightening. I basically concocted a series of crimes that made this woman either the unluckiest person in the world – or the most dangerous. I then came up with two plausible endings – one that convicted her, one that exonerated her. Then I started writing to see which ending would prevail. It was neat to work on a project that at any time could go either way.

Any anecdotes about the research or writing of your books?  Research remains my favourite part of writing. For The Killing Hour, I spent several days at Quantico getting to know the FBI Academy. I also converted a team of US Geological Survey members to evil. Yep, I literally met a hydrologist on an airplane, told him I needed all sorts of geological information to commit a series of murders, and he cheerfully lined up a team of experts to assist me. My husband and I then spent a week walking the wilds of Virginia with five strangers, looking at the best places to kill people while determining the most logical clues. The geologists were incredibly cooperative and we all had a blast. People really are nice…in a crafty sort of way.

Have any of your books been televised or made into films? Who by and when were they screened? I just had a novel, The Survivors Club, air as a TV-movie in the United States. It starred Roma Downey of Touched by an Angel  fame. They did a fabulous job and I was very impressed.

Also, several years back, my first suspense novel, The Perfect Husband, became the German-made TV-movie, Instinct to Kill, starring Mark Dacascos. There’s a lot more nudity on European TV. Needless to say, my husband thought the movie was riveting!

What is a typical writing day?  Get up, eat, grab coffee, head to the office. Stare at the computer screen waiting for inspiration to strike. Decide to check e-mail instead. Stare at the computer screen some more. Decide to play computer solitaire instead. Stare at computer screen again. Decide it’s time for lunch. Return to office, check more e-mail, check Amazon.com sales rankings, check e-mail one last time, really stare hard at computer screen now. Decide it’s time for tea. Return to office, check e-mail again. Finally glance at the clock, note the late hour and totally panic. Write furiously.

What is your favourite website besides your own and www.orionbooks.co.uk?
I love www.google.com. One of the best research tools around.

What do you do when you are not writing? How do you relax? What are your hobbies? I used to spend a lot of time gardening and hiking; I love being outdoors. A year ago, however, I gave birth to my first child who now dictates all my waking hours. In the good news department, she also loves being outdoors. In the bad news department, her concept of gardening is to rip all the pretty flowers off their stems. But we’re trying.

Have you started your next book? Can you tell us a little bit about it? I just completed my next novel, Alone, which will be available from Orion in February 2005. I’m horrible at summarizing my own books, but I’ll give it a try:

So there’s a hero, Bobby Dodge, who is a designated sniper with the Massachusetts State Police. He’s called out to a domestic barricade situation, where a father is holding his wife and son at gunpoint. In the course of events, it appears the husband is about to kill his wife, so following the guidelines for proper use of deadly force, Bobby shoots the man dead.

Immediately afterward, allegations surface that the husband wasn’t the threat that night – the wife was. She’s been abusing the son. The husband was only trying to save his child’s life.

That central mystery drives the rest of the novel. What was really going on that night? Who is the real threat in this family? And what does it mean to spend the rest of your life wondering if you killed the right man?

It’s kind of a fun novel. Bobby’s one very sexy man, while the women in the book are just plain dangerous.

Featured books by Lisa Gardner

Crash & Burn

Crash & Burn

Author: Lisa Gardner Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/07/2015

My name is Nicky Frank. I'm in hospital after crashing my car. I am afraid. The only thing that I can think about is Vero. I know I have to save her but why couldn't I find her? She's just a little girl. The man standing in my hospital room tells me we are married but there is no Vero. That six months ago I suffered a traumatic brain injury which caused changes to my personality. I have dramatic mood swings, an inability to concentrate and large gaps in my memory. I'm much easier to anger these days. And I drink. All of which he says explains the car accident and my confusion. Now a Sergeant Wyatt Foster is investigating. He has questions about the car accident. He has concerns about my husband. And he's worried about a missing girl. He would like to know what happened to me. So would I. My name is Nicky Frank. This is my life. Watch me crash and burn.

eBooks of the Month
Crash & Burn

Crash & Burn

Author: Lisa Gardner Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/07/2015

My name is Nicky Frank. I'm in hospital after crashing my car. I am afraid. The only thing that I can think about is Vero. I know I have to save her but why couldn't I find her? She's just a little girl. The man standing in my hospital room tells me we are married but there is no Vero. That six months ago I suffered a traumatic brain injury which caused changes to my personality. I have dramatic mood swings, an inability to concentrate and large gaps in my memory. I'm much easier to anger these days. And I drink. All of which he says explains the car accident and my confusion. Now a Sergeant Wyatt Foster is investigating. He has questions about the car accident. He has concerns about my husband. And he's worried about a missing girl. He would like to know what happened to me. So would I. My name is Nicky Frank. This is my life. Watch me crash and burn.

eBooks of the Month
Fear Nothing

Fear Nothing

Author: Lisa Gardner Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/10/2014

Heart-racing suspense and irresistable characters from the bestselling author of TOUCH & GO, CATCH ME, LOVE YOU MORE and many others. My name is Dr Adeline Glen. Due to a genetic condition I can't feel pain. All Boston Detective D.D. Warren remembers is walking the crime scene. Next, a creaking floorboard, a voice in her ear...Now D.D. is seriously injured and unable to return to work. My sister is Shana Day, a notorious child murderer. She has killed more people in prison than as a free woman. Then a second victim is found with the same calling cards left at the scene: champagne and a single red rose. Only D.D. may have seen the killer, but she recalls nothing from the night that may have cost her everything. Our father was Harry Day, an infamous serial killer dead for over forty years. The Rose Killer knows things about my father he shouldn't. All I know is my family still has the power to hurt me. Now D.D. is back on the hunt. Because the Rose Killer isn't just targeting lone women, he is targeting D.D. And D.D. knows there is only one way to take him down: Fear nothing.

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Touch & Go

Touch & Go

Author: Lisa Gardner Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/10/2013

Compulsive, chilling and utterly unputdownable, this is award-winning bestseller Lisa Gardner writing at her outstanding best. Justin and Libby Denbe have it all: a beautiful daughter; a gorgeous house; a great marriage, admired by all. Arriving at the crime scene of their home, investigator Tessa Leoni finds no witnesses, no ransom demands or motive - just a perfect little family, gone. But Tessa knows that flawless fronts can hide the darkest secrets. Now, she must race against the clock to uncover the truth. Who would want to kidnap such a family? And how far would they be willing to go?

eBooks of the Month
The Killing Hour

The Killing Hour

Author: Lisa Gardner Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/10/2012

HEADLINE'S LATEST AMAZING THRILLER ACQUISITION: New York Times bestseller Lisa Gardner's backlist moves to Headline with the fourth book in the FBI Profiler series, THE KILLING HOUR.

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Love You More

Love You More

Author: Lisa Gardner Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/02/2012

WHO DO YOU LOVE? A split-second decision and Brian Darby lies dead. His wife, state police trooper Tessa Leoni, claims to have shot him in self-defence and for Boston detective D.D. Warren it should be an open-and-shut case. But where is their six-year-old daughter? As D.D.'s homicide investigation ratchets into a frantic state-wide search for a missing child, she must move quickly in order to learn all of Tessa's secrets and understand what has happened to the little girl. But for Tessa, the worst has not yet happened. She is walking a tightrope, with no one to trust and nowhere to turn, as the clock ticks down to a terrifying deadline. She has one goal in sight, and she will use every ounce of her training to do what has to be done. All that matters is her child and no one could love her more...Two women. With one question...HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO TO SAVE YOUR CHILD?

eBooks of the Month
Live to Tell

Live to Tell

Author: Lisa Gardner Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/01/2011

  January 2011 Book of the Month.   Incredibly suspenseful but much more than that Lisa Gardner has a superb way of slowly turning the screw as she reveals more of the powerful story as it thickens towards the eventual brilliant denouement. Characterisation in particular Danielle, the key protagonist is absolutely top notch.  Existing fans may well be surprised as this thriller is a little different to previous ones but that's to say it's no less action packed and heart-stopping and for those new to Lisa Gardner's thrillers then go for it.   D.D. Warren series:1. Alone2. Hide3. The Neighbour 4. Live to Tell

eBooks of the Month
Alone

Alone

Author: Lisa Gardner Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/03/2010

For 300-some pages, Gardner will keep you spellbound—not just by her plot but by the beautifully realized character of Massachusetts police sniper Bobby Dodge. A twisted, effective psychological thriller. Comparison: Tami Hoag.Similar this month: Jeff Abbott, Jayne Ann Krentz.   D.D. Warren series:1. Alone2. Hide3. The Neighbour 4. Live to Tell

eBooks of the Month
Alone

Alone

Author: Lisa Gardner Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/03/2010

For 300-some pages, Gardner will keep you spellbound—not just by her plot but by the beautifully realized character of Massachusetts police sniper Bobby Dodge. A twisted, effective psychological thriller. Comparison: Tami Hoag.Similar this month: Jeff Abbott, Jayne Ann Krentz.   D.D. Warren series:1. Alone2. Hide3. The Neighbour

eBooks of the Month
Gone

Gone

Author: Lisa Gardner Format: Paperback (a Format) Release Date: 04/03/2010

A gripping read which keeps you guessing for most of the book.  It is the story of a hunt for a missing woman and child, with red-herrings galore.  Pierce Quincy, a retired FBI profiler and who has featured in previous stories, is married to the missing woman.  With his younger daughter (also in the FBI) we enter a race-against-time as they pick their way through the mass of conflicting evidence.  It is very tense indeed.  Highly recommended.Similar this month: None but try Sara Paretsky.Comparison: Tami Hoag, Laura Lippman.   Quincy / Rainie series: 1. The Perfect Husband 2. The Third Victim 3. The Next Accident 4. The Killing Hour 5. Gone 6. Say Goodbye

eBooks of the Month
Gone

Gone

Author: Lisa Gardner Format: Paperback (a Format) Release Date: 04/03/2010

A gripping read which keeps you guessing for most of the book.  It is the story of a hunt for a missing woman and child, with red-herrings galore.  Pierce Quincy, a retired FBI profiler and who has featured in previous stories, is married to the missing woman.  With his younger daughter (also in the FBI) we enter a race-against-time as they pick their way through the mass of conflicting evidence.  It is very tense indeed.  Highly recommended.Similar this month: None but try Sara Paretsky.Comparison: Tami Hoag, Laura Lippman.   Quincy / Rainie series: 1. The Perfect Husband 2. The Third Victim 3. The Next Accident 4. The Killing Hour 5. Gone 6. Say Goodbye

eBooks of the Month
Hide

Hide

Author: Lisa Gardner Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/03/2010

I have been reading this American thriller writer for some years, watching her books get better and better and knowing that a truly excellent one would come … well, here it is, her best yet. A mass grave of six young girls is found in the grounds of an abandoned mental hospital, now under re-development. One of the bodies bears a name of a girl, Annabelle Granger, only she is now 30-years old, and has spent her life in hiding. Revelations about the killer, the inmates of the old hospital and Annabelle’s own family and reasons for hiding lead to a great climax in a gripping page-turner.Comparison: Tess Gerritsen, Karin Slaughter, Tami Hoag.To view a video trailer for this book, click here To view a mini-site about this book, click here.     D.D. Warren series:1. Alone2. Hide3. The Neighbour 4. Live to Tell

eBooks of the Month
Hide

Hide

Author: Lisa Gardner Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/03/2010

I have been reading this American thriller writer for some years, watching her books get better and better and knowing that a truly excellent one would come … well, here it is, her best yet. A mass grave of six young girls is found in the grounds of an abandoned mental hospital, now under re-development. One of the bodies bears a name of a girl, Annabelle Granger, only she is now 30-years old, and has spent her life in hiding. Revelations about the killer, the inmates of the old hospital and Annabelle’s own family and reasons for hiding lead to a great climax in a gripping page-turner.Comparison: Tess Gerritsen, Karin Slaughter, Tami Hoag.To view a video trailer for this book, click here To view a mini-site about this book, click here.     D.D. Warren series:1. Alone2. Hide3. The Neighbour

eBooks of the Month
Hide

Hide

Author: Lisa Gardner Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/03/2010

I have been reading this American thriller writer for some years, watching her books get better and better and knowing that a truly excellent one would come … well, here it is, her best yet. A mass grave of six young girls is found in the grounds of an abandoned mental hospital, now under re-development. One of the bodies bears a name of a girl, Annabelle Granger, only she is now 30-years old, and has spent her life in hiding. Revelations about the killer, the inmates of the old hospital and Annabelle’s own family and reasons for hiding lead to a great climax in a gripping page-turner.Comparison: Tess Gerritsen, Karin Slaughter, Tami Hoag.To view a video trailer for this book, click here To view a mini-site about this book, click here.     D.D. Warren series:1. Alone2. Hide3. The Neighbour 4. Live to Tell

eBooks of the Month
Hide

Hide

Author: Lisa Gardner Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/03/2010

I have been reading this American thriller writer for some years, watching her books get better and better and knowing that a truly excellent one would come … well, here it is, her best yet. A mass grave of six young girls is found in the grounds of an abandoned mental hospital, now under re-development. One of the bodies bears a name of a girl, Annabelle Granger, only she is now 30-years old, and has spent her life in hiding. Revelations about the killer, the inmates of the old hospital and Annabelle’s own family and reasons for hiding lead to a great climax in a gripping page-turner.Comparison: Tess Gerritsen, Karin Slaughter, Tami Hoag.To view a video trailer for this book, click here To view a mini-site about this book, click here.     D.D. Warren series:1. Alone2. Hide3. The Neighbour

eBooks of the Month
Say Goodbye

Say Goodbye

Author: Lisa Gardner Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/03/2010

This American crime novelist is top notch.  Tension ratchets up wickedly, it’s hair-tingling stuff and compulsive, addictive, inventive, surprising and very clever.  It’s not a book to be missed.  However, if you’re arachnophobic then don’t read it. Comparison: Tami Hoag, Tess Gerritsen, Mo Hayder.   Quincy / Rainie series: 1. The Perfect Husband 2. The Third Victim 3. The Next Accident 4. The Killing Hour 5. Gone 6. Say Goodbye

eBooks of the Month
Say Goodbye

Say Goodbye

Author: Lisa Gardner Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/03/2010

This American crime novelist is top notch.  Tension ratchets up wickedly, it’s hair-tingling stuff and compulsive, addictive, inventive, surprising and very clever.  It’s not a book to be missed.  However, if you’re arachnophobic then don’t read it. Comparison: Tami Hoag, Tess Gerritsen, Mo Hayder.   Quincy / Rainie series: 1. The Perfect Husband 2. The Third Victim 3. The Next Accident 4. The Killing Hour 5. Gone 6. Say Goodbye

eBooks of the Month
The Neighbour

The Neighbour

Author: Lisa Gardner Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/03/2010

A riveting book that I found hard to put down.  A young mother disappears in a novel that explores how physical and sexual abuse can have a devastating effect on future relationships and how we protect ourselves from past memories.  It’s a fast-paced thriller which makes rather uncomfortable reading in parts but builds and builds as each new piece of evidence, each new suspect is presented to us.  Excellent. Comparison: Tami Hoag, Tess Gerritsen, Mo Hayder.   D.D. Warren series:1. Alone2. Hide3. The Neighbour 4. Live to Tell

eBooks of the Month
Say Goodbye

Say Goodbye

Author: Lisa Gardner Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/03/2009

This American crime novelist is top notch.  Tension ratchets up wickedly, it’s hair-tingling stuff and compulsive, addictive, inventive, surprising and very clever.  It’s not a book to be missed.  However, if you’re arachnophobic then don’t read it. Comparison: Tami Hoag, Tess Gerritsen, Mo Hayder.   Quincy / Rainie series: 1. The Perfect Husband 2. The Third Victim 3. The Next Accident 4. The Killing Hour 5. Gone 6. Say Goodbye

eBooks of the Month
Say Goodbye

Say Goodbye

Author: Lisa Gardner Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/03/2009

This American crime novelist is top notch.  Tension ratchets up wickedly, it’s hair-tingling stuff and compulsive, addictive, inventive, surprising and very clever.  It’s not a book to be missed.  However, if you’re arachnophobic then don’t read it. Comparison: Tami Hoag, Tess Gerritsen, Mo Hayder.   Quincy / Rainie series: 1. The Perfect Husband 2. The Third Victim 3. The Next Accident 4. The Killing Hour 5. Gone 6. Say Goodbye

eBooks of the Month
Gone

Gone

Author: Lisa Gardner Format: Paperback (a Format) Release Date: 04/10/2006

A gripping read which keeps you guessing for most of the book.  It is the story of a hunt for a missing woman and child, with red-herrings galore.  Pierce Quincy, a retired FBI profiler and who has featured in previous stories, is married to the missing woman.  With his younger daughter (also in the FBI) we enter a race-against-time as they pick their way through the mass of conflicting evidence.  It is very tense indeed.  Highly recommended.Similar this month: None but try Sara Paretsky.Comparison: Tami Hoag, Laura Lippman.   Quincy / Rainie series: 1. The Perfect Husband 2. The Third Victim 3. The Next Accident 4. The Killing Hour 5. Gone 6. Say Goodbye

eBooks of the Month
Gone

Gone

Author: Lisa Gardner Format: Paperback (a Format) Release Date: 04/10/2006

A gripping read which keeps you guessing for most of the book.  It is the story of a hunt for a missing woman and child, with red-herrings galore.  Pierce Quincy, a retired FBI profiler and who has featured in previous stories, is married to the missing woman.  With his younger daughter (also in the FBI) we enter a race-against-time as they pick their way through the mass of conflicting evidence.  It is very tense indeed.  Highly recommended.Similar this month: None but try Sara Paretsky.Comparison: Tami Hoag, Laura Lippman.   Quincy / Rainie series: 1. The Perfect Husband 2. The Third Victim 3. The Next Accident 4. The Killing Hour 5. Gone 6. Say Goodbye

eBooks of the Month
Alone

Alone

Author: Lisa Gardner Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/10/2005

For 300-some pages, Gardner will keep you spellbound—not just by her plot but by the beautifully realized character of Massachusetts police sniper Bobby Dodge. A twisted, effective psychological thriller. Comparison: Tami Hoag.Similar this month: Jeff Abbott, Jayne Ann Krentz.   D.D. Warren series:1. Alone2. Hide3. The Neighbour 4. Live to Tell

eBooks of the Month
Alone

Alone

Author: Lisa Gardner Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/10/2005

For 300-some pages, Gardner will keep you spellbound—not just by her plot but by the beautifully realized character of Massachusetts police sniper Bobby Dodge. A twisted, effective psychological thriller. Comparison: Tami Hoag.Similar this month: Jeff Abbott, Jayne Ann Krentz.   D.D. Warren series:1. Alone2. Hide3. The Neighbour

eBooks of the Month
The Survivors Club

The Survivors Club

Author: Lisa Gardner Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/08/2012

THE SURVIVORS CLUB is the second standalone thriller from The Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller LISA GARDNER. REVENGE IS SWEET BUT IS IT WORTH THE PRICE YOU PAY? Karin Slaughter calls Lisa Gardner 'an amazing writer'. Have you read her yet? Jillian Hayes, Carol Rosen and Meg Pesaturo's lives changed forever in an instant, when Eddie Como - the College Hill Rapist - came into their lives. But they refused to be victims; instead, they chose to be survivors. Helping to put him away was one form of justice but they couldn't deny that secretly they wanted his life destroyed, as he destroyed theirs. So when Eddie is shot down outside the courtroom on the eve of the trial, they are both relieved and revenged. But now they're also prime suspects and surviving is about to get tougher still. Detective Roan Griffin thinks this was a professional hit and all that remains is to work out who ordered it. He knows that the women are key but when another woman is savagely attacked, the situation gets a lot more complicated. For Griffin, the hunt is on to find the person responsible, before membership of the exclusive club grows...

eBooks of the Month
Catch Me

Catch Me

Author: Lisa Gardner Format: Ebook Release Date: 07/02/2012

In four days, someone is going to kill me. . . . Detective D. D. Warren is hard to surprise. But a lone woman outside D.D.s latest crime scene shocks her with a remarkable proposition: Charlene Rosalind Carter Grant believes that she will be murdered in four days. And she wants Bostons top detective to handle her death investigation. It will be up close and personal. No evidence of forced entry, no sign of struggle. Charlie tells a chilling story: Each year at 8:00 p.#8202;m. on January 21, a woman has died. The victims have been childhood best friends from a small town in New Hampshire; the motive remains unknown. Now only one friend, Charlie, remains to count down her final hours. But as D.D. quickly learns, Charlie Grant doesnt plan on going down without a fight. By her own admission, the girl can outshoot, outfight, and outrun anyone in Boston, which begs the question: Is Charlie the next victim, or the perfect perpetrator? As D.D. tracks a vigilante gunman who is killing pedophiles in Boston, she must also delve into the murders of Charlies friends, racing to find answers before the next gruesome January 21 anniversary. Is Charlie truly in danger, or is she hiding a terrifying secret that may turn out to be the biggest threat of all?In four days, someone is going to kill me. But hes gotta catch me first.

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Other books by Lisa Gardner

One Step Too Far

One Step Too Far

Author: Lisa Gardner Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/01/2022

Five men head into the woods for a bachelor party weekend. Only four return. The brand new thriller by New York Times no 1 bestselling author, Lisa Gardner. A young man disappears during a stag weekend in the woods. Years later, he's still missing. But his friends who were with him that day are still searching for him. Still hunting. They hike deep into the wilderness. With them is missing person specialist Frankie Elkin. What they don't know is that they are putting their own lives in terrifying danger, and may not come back alive . . .

Before She Disappeared

Before She Disappeared

Author: Lisa Gardner Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/09/2021

From the #1 global bestselling author of WHEN YOU SEE ME 'I just read Before She Disappeared in a day and a half. It was that gripping. And Frankie is one of my new favourite characters. Highly recommended!' SHARI LAPENA, author of The End of Her and The Couple Next Door 'Sharply-written, tension-filled yarn full of twists readers are unlikely to see coming.' DAILY MAIL 'Lisa Gardner has always been one of my favourite writers, and this time she truly hits it out of the park. Frankie Elkin is a heroine for the ages, a fierce female Shane who's out to save the world - one missing person at a time.' TESS GERRITSEN _________________________________ A gripping thriller featuring an ordinary woman who will stop at nothing to find the missing people that the rest of the world has forgotten. Frankie Elkin is an average middle-aged woman with more regrets than belongings who spends her life doing what no one else will: searching for missing people the world has stopped looking for. When the police have given up, when the public no longer remembers, when the media has never paid attention, Frankie starts looking. A new case brings Frankie to Mattapan, a Boston neighborhood with a rough reputation. She is searching for Angelique Badeau, a Haitian teenager who vanished from her high school months earlier. Resistance from the Boston PD and the victim's wary family tells Frankie she's on her own. And she soon learns she's asking questions someone doesn't want answered. But Frankie will stop at nothing to discover the truth, even if it means the next person to go missing will be her ... _________________________________ 'To read Lisa Gardner is to put yourself in the hands of a master storyteller. In BEFORE SHE DISAPPEARED, she gives us a crackling mystery, gritty atmosphere and an unforgettable heroine.' RILEY SAGER, New York Times bestselling author of Home Before Dark _________________________________ Readers love Lisa Gardner's brilliant thrillers: 'A fabulous read with amazing, interesting, complex characters and I was absolutely hooked, from start to finish.' 'Once again Lisa Gardner delivers as one of my favourite crime thriller authors, she creates a complex and magnetic character in Frankie' 'Frankie is a wonderful character, full of grit and personality, and I love her inner monologues so much! I really hope we will get to see more of her in the future!' 'An entertaining and engaging thriller with a great central protagonist that I think many of Gardner's fans and other crime and thriller readers will love.'

Sangue na Neve

Sangue na Neve

Author: Lisa Gardner Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/09/2020

Sangue na Neve by Lisa Gardner

Viva para Contar

Viva para Contar

Author: Lisa Gardner Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/09/2020

Viva para Contar by Lisa Gardner

Esconda-se

Esconda-se

Author: Lisa Gardner Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/09/2020

Esconda-se by Lisa Gardner

When You See Me

When You See Me

Author: Lisa Gardner Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/07/2020

THE INTERNATIONAL #1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR ___________________________ A body is found in the hills - but the truth still lies buried... In a small town in the Deep South, Flora Dane is part of a task force committed to hunting down every last trace of notorious serial kidnapper Jacob Ness. As his last victim, imprisoned by Ness in a small box for over a year, she knew him better than most. Even after his death, his evil still lingers. But this is the kind of town that doesn't take kindly to strangers asking questions. The kind of town where dark secrets lurk just beneath the surface. The kind of town she might not leave alive. ___________________________ Featuring Detective D.D. Warren and FBI Special Agent Kimberley Quincy ___________________________ 'A string of murders, a crack FBI team and a voiceless girl desperate for revenge - this twist-a-minute thriller has it all.' KARIN SLAUGHTER 'A twisty-turny psycho-thriller with a plot and characters that won't let you go. Lisa Gardner is at the top of her game!' KATHY REICHS 'When You See Me is another rocket-fuel-propelled thriller from Lisa Gardner. This culmination of her great talents . . . starts out chillingly intimate and explodes into a sky-high denouement that will leave you breathless.' GREGG HURWITZ ___________________________ Readers love WHEN YOU SEE ME: 'I haven't read a Lisa Gardner book in a while, I will go searching to see what I have missed. What a book! I was totally gripped and read it in one go.' 'A fantastic nail biting read' 'When it comes to writing a tense, fast paced, gripping and unputdownable thrillers, Lisa Gardner has few rivals.' 'Psychological twists and turns abound making this a taut thriller to read' 'A wonderfully realised psycho-thriller of the highest order.' 'Unmissable and unputdownable - When You See Me demands to be read in one sitting.' 'This story had me experiencing a whole spectrum of emotions from shock and horror to breathless anticipation.' 'I just swallowed this whole.' 'The suspense and thrill throughout the book was absolutely stunning! The twists and turns kept me awake all night' 'The first book I have read in the series but it is perfect as a standalone, though it does make me want to read the previous books in the series.' 'A fast-paced, page-turning thriller' 'A fast paced read with chilling moments that will give you goosebumps and keep you on the edge of your seat for many moments.' 'I honestly cannot recommend this book enough.' 'Riveting and thrilling at times, this was a grippingly good read.' 'This is my first read of Lisa Gardner and what a great read. I can see that I have been missing out so will have to put that right' 'Incredible penmanship with a tendency to keep a reader hooked. So excited for people to read this!' 'I loved this!' 'I will certainly be going back and reading the books in the series.' 'This is an excellent novel and I highly recommend this to other readers' 'It starts well and finishes even better!' 'There was barely time to pause for breath reading this!' 'This author is unrivalled in the genre in my opinion.'

Never Tell

Never Tell

Author: Lisa Gardner Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/02/2019

THE INTERNATIONAL NUMBER ONE BESTSELLING AUTHOR 'A TSUNAMI OF A THRILLER. This may well be Gardner's best work' - DAVID BALDACCI _______________ One death might be an accident. Two deaths looks like murder. A man is shot dead in his own home, and his pregnant wife, Evie, is found with the gun in her hands. Detective D.D. Warren instantly recognises her. Sixteen years ago, Evie also shot her own father. That killing was ruled an accident. D.D. doesn't believe in coincidences. But this case isn't as open and shut as it first appears, and her job is to discover the truth. Evie might be a victim. Or she might be about to get away with murder again. _______________ 'Never Tell is raw, visceral, emotional, the sentences come at you like MP5 rounds, and features three incredible characters, D.D., Flora and Evie, who, alone, could carry any narrative.' - DAVID BALDACCI 'a shattering emotional journey that's utterly relentless in pacing and suspense. Tell everyone that Never Tell is an early candidate for the best thriller of 2019.' - PROVIDENCE JOURNAL 'Never Tell is a pacey and action-packed thriller that will leave you feeling breathless' -CULTUREFLY '...pulls no punches in its authenticity. She is one of the masters when it comes to crime fiction. Fans of her novels will consider this one of her best, and newcomers will be in awe of the compelling story and unpredictability of the proceedings.' - MAIL ONLINE 'This career-best thriller from the bestseller will keep you up into the wee small hours ... the twists just keep coming' - PETERBOROUGH EVENING TELEGRAPH 'Lisa Gardner has outdone herself with this powerful novel about three women, two murders, and uncountable secrets! From its stunning opening to its last thrilling page, Never Tell will captivate, surprise,and satisfy you.' - LISA SCOTTOLINE 'Never Tell shocks the system like ten thousand volts. D.D. Warren's most gripping case yet. Brace yourself, gulp down a deep breath, and dive in.' - A.J. FINN 'Gardner's writing is beautiful, and the plot weaves together masterfully with detail and precision... For anyone looking for a suspenseful, gripping read, Never Tell will not disappoint.' - NEW YORK JOURNAL OF BOOKS 'Her character work is beautifully done, and she deftly handles multiple narrators, timelines and plot arcs. Gardner strikes what feels like a perfect tone...Never Tell is an excellent addition to the D.D. Warren series and proof it's never too late to draw in new fans.' - SHELF AWARENESS 'Nail-biting ... Gardner's commendable storytelling will keep fans eagerly waiting for the next outing for D.D. and Flora' - PUBLISHERS WEEKLY 'In her latest nail-biter Never Tell, Lisa Gardner knows just what her readers want and how to give it to them.' - REAL BOOK SPY 'This novel is on fire! Surprising twists and a great cast make this a brilliant page-turner that I can recommend to everyone.' - THE BELGIAN REVIEWER BLOG 'gripping, compelling, and full of twists' - BOOK AFTER BOOK BLOG

Das zweite Opfer

Das zweite Opfer

Author: Lisa Gardner Format: Ebook Release Date: 21/08/2018

Ein furioser Thriller, der vor uberraschenden Wendungen und schockierenden Enthullungen nur so strotzt. Als man sie findet, ist sie schwer verletzt: Nicole Frank hatte auf den Straen New Hampshires die Kontrolle ber ihren Wagen verloren. Der Auslser fr das Unglck ist unklar, Tochter Vero verschwunden. Als Ehemann Thomas am Unfallort eintrifft und erklrt, es gbe keine Tochter, stehen die Ermittler Wyatt und Kevin vor einem Rtsel: Existiert Vero nur in Nicoles Phantasie? Lgt der Ehemann? Der ist pltzlich unauffindbar. Und das Ergebnis der Spurensicherung zeigt: Die Fingerabdrcke im Auto gehren zu Veronica Sellers, als Sechsjhrige entfhrt und seit 30 Jahren vermisst. Vero ...

Look For Me

Look For Me

Author: Lisa Gardner Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/02/2018

BY THE INTERNATIONAL NUMBER ONE BESTSELLING AUTHOR 'Terror, twists, and trepidation. Look for Me is a triple-salvo thriller.' Kathy Reichs 'A complex crime scene, a missing girl, a ticking clock: no one writes a more page-turning, gut-wrenching, edgy thriller. LOOK FOR ME is a page turner par excellence.' Tess Gerritsen 'Starts with a bang and never lets up! An utterly absorbing story about troubled families and twisted fates.' Shari Lapena, author of The Couple Next Door Detective DD Warren and Flora Dane are in a race against time to save a young girl's life - or bring her to justice. A family home has become a crime scene. Five people are involved: four of them have been savagely murdered; one - a sixteen-year-old girl - is missing. Was she lucky to have escaped? Or is her absence evidence of something sinister? Detective D. D. Warren is on the case, as is survivor-turned-avenger Flora Dane. Seeking different types of justice, they must make sense of the clues left behind by a young woman who, as victim or suspect, is silently pleading, Look for me.

Right Behind You

Right Behind You

Author: Lisa Gardner Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/10/2017

Lisa Gardner's next thriller following her runaway New York Times bestseller FIND HER takes her wildly popular brand of suspense to new heights. Thirteen-year-old Sharlah Nash knows that the first time her brother killed eight years ago, he did it to save their lives. Now retired FBI profiler Pierce Quincy and his wife Rainie Conner have offered Sharlah a new life of safety. She desperately wants to believe this is her shot at happily ever after. Then two people are murdered in their local convenience store and Sharlah's brother is identified as the killer. Telly Ray Nash is on the hunt for Sharlah and as the death count rises it becomes clear that nothing and no-one, including Pierce and Rainie, will stop him getting to her. Now, Sharlah has one chance to take control. She can run for her life... or turn and face the danger right behind her.

Die Uberlebende

Die Uberlebende

Author: Lisa Gardner Format: Ebook Release Date: 21/07/2017

472 Tage lang lernte sie, wie viel ein Mensch ertragen kann:Flora Dane, College-Studentin, am helllichten Tag gekidnappt. Wie durch ein Wunder berlebte sie. Und entkam ihrem Peiniger. Sieben Jahre ist das nun her - doch vergessen kann Flora nicht. Die Wnde ihres Zimmers sind voller Fotos: Mdchen, die weniger Glck hatten als sie. Mdchen, die jetzt tot sind. Flora schwrt, sie niemals im Stich zu lassen. Und dann ist wieder eine junge Frau verschwunden. Kurz darauf wird Detective D.D. Warren an den Tatort eines grausigen Verbrechens gerufen: Ein Mann - verbrannt. Eine junge Frau - nackt und gefesselt. Flora Dane.

Right Behind You

Right Behind You

Author: Lisa Gardner Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/01/2017

Lisa Gardner's next thriller following her runaway New York Times bestseller Find Her takes her wildly popular brand of suspense to new heights. Thirteen-year-old Sharlah Nash knows that the first time her brother killed eight years ago, he did it to save their lives. Now retired FBI profiler Pierce Quincy and his wife Rainie Connor have offered Sharlah a new life of safety. She desperately wants to believe this is her shot at happily ever after. Then two people are murdered in their local convenience store and Sharlah's brother is identified as the killer. Telly Ray Nash is on the hunt for Sharlah and as the death count rises it becomes clear that nothing and no-one, including Pierce and Rainie, will stop him getting to her. Now, Sharlah has one chance to take control. She can run for her life... or turn and face the danger right behind her.

Right Behind You

Right Behind You

Author: Lisa Gardner Format: Ebook Release Date: 31/01/2017

Lisa Gardner's next thriller following her runaway New York Times bestseller Find Her takes her wildly popular brand of suspense to new heights.Is he a hero?Eight years ago, Sharlah May Nashs older brother beat their drunken father to death with a baseball bat in order to save both of their lives. Now thirteen years old, Sharlah has finally moved on. About to be adopted by retired FBI profiler Pierce Quincy, and his partner, Rainie Conner, Sharlah loves one thing best about her new family: they are all experts on monsters.Is he a killer?Then the call comes in. A double-murder at a local gas station, followed by reports of an armed suspect shooting his way through the wilds of Oregon. As Quincy and Rainie race to assist, they are forced to confront mounting evidence: the shooter may very well be Sharlahs older brother, Telly Ray Nash, and it appears his killing spree has only just begun. All she knows for sure: hes back.As the clock winds down on a massive hunt for Telly, Quincy and Rainie must answer two critical questions: Why after eight years has this young man started killing again? And what does this mean for Sharlah? Once upon a time, Sharlahs big brother saved her life. Now, she has two questions of her own: is her brother a hero, or a killer? And how much will it cost her new family before they learn the final, shattering truth? Because as Sharlah knows all too well, the biggest danger is the one standing right behind you.

4th Man (An FBI Profiler Short Story)

4th Man (An FBI Profiler Short Story)

Author: Lisa Gardner Format: Ebook Release Date: 03/01/2017

FBI Profiler Pierce Quincy, Officer Rainie Conner and D.D. Warren come together on a baffling cold case in this exclusive ebook short story by New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner.A young woman is found strangled in the stairwell of a college library, with only her shoes missing. With no physical evidence and no witnesses, all the police have to go on are the three men who were in the library with her: her boyfriend, and two campus security guards. They all have secrets to hide, but none of them can be proven guilty. Five years later, ex-FBI profiler Pierce Quincy and his wife, former police officer Rainie Conner consult with D.D. Warren on the still-unsolved case. Will they be able to build a case against one of the three suspects, or is there a fourth man out there? And if the killer has eluded the police this long, how far will he go to ensure justice is never served? With Gardner's singular ability to delve into the minds of criminals and law enforcement alike, The 4th Man is a shocking look at the reasons for taking a life... and just how far profilers need to go to learn them. Includes an early look at Gardner's next chilling thriller, Right Behind You, coming 31 January 2017.

4th Man

4th Man

Author: Lisa Gardner Format: Ebook Release Date: 27/12/2016

FBI Profiler Pierce Quincy and Officer Rainie Conner return in a baffling cold case in this short story from #1New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner.A young woman is found strangled in the stairwell of a college library, only her sneakers missing. With no physical evidence, no signs of sexual assault, and no witnesses, all the police have to go on are the three men who were in the library with her: her boyfriend and two campus security guards...all of whom have secrets, none of whom can be proven guilty.Five years later, ex-FBI profiler Pierce Quincy and his wife, former police officer Rainie Conner, agree to consult on the still-unsolved case, delving into deep background to comb for any clue that will lead to the woman's murderer. But with no leads and the case colder than the body, will they be able to build a case against one of the three suspects, or is there a fourth man out there? And if the killer has eluded the police this long, how far will he go to ensure justice is never served?Includes an excerpt of Lisa Gardner's bestselling thriller, Right Behind You.

Find Her

Find Her

Author: Lisa Gardner Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/10/2016

AN ESCAPED KIDNAPPING VICTIM BECOMES AN AVENGER OF INNOCENTS. CAN SHE ESCAPE WHEN SHE'S TARGETED AGAIN? The eighth novel in Sunday Times bestseller Lisa Gardner's Detective D. D. Warren series. Harlan Coben says FIND HER is 'taut psychological suspense' which 'should not be missed'. A LOST GIRL FOUND 472 days locked in a pine box, at the mercy of a madman. Flora Dane survived her hell with only one goal: develop all the deadly skills necessary to make sure she's never caught again. ANOTHER GIRL MISSING Detective D.D. Warren believes that Flora may be the key to finding missing college student, Staecy Summers. But she must follow rules that Flora has no interest in. For Flora no risk is too great, no cost too high, even if it means playing into a predator's hands. Two victims. One cop. TIME IS RUNNING OUT...if you're going to FIND HER