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

Find Her

Find Her

Author: Lisa Gardner Format: Ebook Release Date: 09/02/2016

Flora Dane is a victim.Seven years ago, carefree college student Flora was kidnapped while on spring break. For 472 days, Flora learned just how much one person can endure.Flora Dane is a survivor.Miraculously alive after her ordeal, Flora has spent the past five years reacquainting herself with the rhythms of normal life, working with her FBI victim advocate, Samuel Keynes. She has a mother whos never stopped loving her, a brother who is scared of the person shes become, and a bedroom wall covered with photos of other girls whove never made it home.Flora Dane is reckless.or is she? When Boston detective D. D. Warren is called to the scene of a crimea dead man and the bound, naked woman who killed himshe learns that Flora has tangled with three other suspects since her return to society. Is Flora a victim or a vigilante? And with her firsthand knowledge of criminal behavior, could she hold the key to rescuing a missing college student whose abduction has rocked Boston? When Flora herself disappears, D. D. realizes a far more sinister predator is out there. One whos determined that this time, Flora Dane will never escape. And now it is all up to D. D. Warren to find her.

Mamma, Be My Valentine

Mamma, Be My Valentine

Author: Lisa Gardner Format: Ebook Release Date: 02/02/2016

Author Lisa Gardner's "e;Mamma, Be My Valentine"e; is a celebration of the love between grandmother and grandchild. A valentine from grandmother to grandchild and grandchild to grandmother. Few things are more special than a grandchild's love for Mamma or Mamma's love for her grandchild. This book is designed for reading to a baby, toddler, preschooler or kindergartner, or for a beginning reader to read aloud to Mamma.

Momma, Be My Valentine

Momma, Be My Valentine

Author: Lisa Gardner Format: Ebook Release Date: 09/01/2016

Author Lisa Gardner's "e;Momma, Be My Valentine"e; is a celebration of the love between mother and child. A valentine from mother to child and child to mother. Few things are more special than a child's love for Momma or Momma's love for her child. This book is designed for reading to a baby, toddler, preschooler or kindergartner, or for a beginning reader to read aloud to Momma.

3 Truths and a Lie

3 Truths and a Lie

Author: Lisa Gardner Format: Ebook Release Date: 05/01/2016

Boston Detective D.D. Warren faces her most brutal adversaries yeta class of jaded thriller writersin this short story from #1New York Times Bestselling Author Lisa Gardner.Detective D.D. Warren takes on her most intimidating assignment yet: a fifty-minute class meant to educate a horde of bloodthirsty thriller writers on the ways of actual police work. Yet sometimes life really does imitate fiction, as D.D. takes the writers through the reality of one of her most twisted casesa case that involves a seedy motel room, drugs, prostitution...and a severed leg. With Gardner's trademark suspense, sharp observations, and thrilling storytelling, Three Truths and a Lie is a fascinating chapter in D.D.'s storied career. Includes an excerpt of Lisa Gardner's shocking New York Times bestsellerFind Her.

3 Truths and a Lie (A Detective D.D. Warren Short Story)

3 Truths and a Lie (A Detective D.D. Warren Short Story)

Author: Lisa Gardner Format: Ebook Release Date: 05/01/2016

Boston Detective D.D. Warren faces her most brutal adversaries yet - a class of jaded thriller writers - in Sunday Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner's exclusive eBook short story. Includes an extract from Lisa's next psychological thriller FIND HER.In Lisa Gardner's latest eBook exclusive short story, Detective D.D. Warren takes on her most intimidating assignment yet: a fifty minute class meant to educate a horde of bloodthirsty thriller writers on the ways of actual police work. Yet sometimes life really does imitate fiction, as D.D. takes the writers through the reality of one of her most twisted cases-- a case that involves a seedy motel room, drugs, prostitution... and a severed leg. With Lisa's trademark suspense, sharp observations, and thrilling storytelling, 3 Truths and a Lie is a fascinating chapter in D.D.'s storied career. Includes an early look at Find Her, coming out on 9 February 2016.

Schmerz

Schmerz

Author: Lisa Gardner Format: Ebook Release Date: 24/04/2015

Ich war drei, als meine Schwester entdeckte, was das Besondere an mir ist. Aufgrund einer genetischen Storung bin ich auerstande, Schmerz zu empfinden. Meine Schwester Shana ist eine verurteilte Mrderin, die ttet, seit sie vierzehn ist. Unser Vater ist Harry Day, der legendre Serienmrder, der ganz Amerika in Atem hielt. Er ist nun schon seit vierzig Jahren tot, aber dieser "e;Rosen-Killer"e; wei Dinge ber ihn, die er eigentlich nicht wissen drfte. Meine Schwester sagt, sie ist die Einzige, die ihn stoppen kann. Auf dem Bett eine tote Frau. Auf dem Nachttisch Champagner und eine langstielige rote Rose. Als Detective D.D. Warren den Tatort inspizieren will, geht pltzlich das Licht aus. Dielenbden knarren, fremder Atem an ihrem Ohr Spter heit es, aus ihrer Pistole seien drei Schsse abgefeuert worden. D.D. selbst ist schwer verletzt. Sechs Wochen spter schlgt der "e;Rosen-Killer"e; wieder zu. Ohne eine Spur zu hinterlassen. D.D. Warren versucht verzweifelt, sich an Details jener Nacht zu erinnern, doch es gelingt ihr nicht. Dafr erinnert sich der Mrder umso besser "e;Ein auergewhnlicher Roman!"e;(Booklist)"e;Lisa Gardner hat einen neuen Bestseller verfasst."e;(Kirkus Review)"e;Lisa Gardners neuer Roman bertrifft alles!"e;(Publishers Weekly)

Crash & Burn

Crash & Burn

Author: Lisa Gardner Format: Ebook Release Date: 03/02/2015

In the new novel by the #1 New York Times bestselling master of psychological suspense,* featuring a cameo by fan-favorite Boston detective D. D. Warren, memories can be murder....Nicole Frank shouldnt have survived the car accident, much less the crawl up the steep ravine. One thought allows her to defy the odds and flag down helpshe must save Vero.If the girl even exists.Arriving at the scene, Sergeant Wyatt Foster joins the desperate hunt for a missing child, only to learn that Nicky suffers from a rare brain injury that causes delusions. According to her husband, there is no child. Never has been. And yet Nicky remains adamant. She must save Vero.For Wyatt and investigator Tessa Leoni, nothing about this case is simple. It turns out Nicky has recently suffered more than one close accident. Is she indeed delusional, as her husband claims, or perhaps she knows more than she thinks? Because clearly someone out there wont rest till Nicky crashes and burns....*The Associated Press

Sola

Sola

Author: Lisa Gardner Format: Ebook Release Date: 02/12/2014

El francotirador de la policia Bobby Dodge observa una tensa escena a traves de la mira telescopica de su rifle: un hombre armado se ha atrincherado en su casa y apunta con su pistola a su mujer y su hijo pequeno. El dedo del hombre aprieta el gatillo y Dodge tiene menos de un segundo para tomar una decision... y quizas pagar para siempre las consecuencias de la misma. El seor Bosu ha permanecido durante veinticinco aos en una celda de una prisin de mxima seguridad. Desde all ha llevado a cabo todo tipo de crmenes amparado en el anonimato. Ahora, alguien le ha ayudado a salir en libertad condicional y est en disposicin de saciar, por fin, su incontenible sed de venganza. Catherine Gagnon es fra, bella, enigmtica y tiene un pasado traumtico. Ahora su marido ha muerto y sus problemas no han hecho ms que empezar... James Gagnon, poderoso juez del Tribunal Supremo de Massachusetts, quiere la custodia de su nieto. Odia a su nuera y no va a consentir que ni ella ni el asesino de su hijo queden impunes por sus acciones, siendo capaz de cualquier cosa para conseguirlo. Pero nadie podr ayudarles cuando la muerte vaya en su busca. El peligro acecha en las sombras y todos ellos estn acorralados, indefensos y solos. "e;Un carrusel de emociones fuertes"e; Boston Globe

Blut ist dicker als Wasser

Blut ist dicker als Wasser

Author: Lisa Gardner Format: Ebook Release Date: 01/09/2014

Justin und Libby Denby fuhren ein Leben wie aus dem Hochglanzmagazin: Sie sind wohlhabend, gut aussehend, wohnen mit ihrer reizenden Tochter Ashlyn in einem wunderschonen Haus in bester Bostoner Lage. Die perfekte Familie. Doch dann kommt der Abend, an dem die Denbys in die Katastrophe strzen: Sie werden entfhrt und verschleppt, in ein altes Gefngnis im Norden New Hampshires. Ihre Entfhrer sind maskiert, die Motive vllig unklar. Geht es tatschlich um Geld? Oder vielmehr darum, eine alte Rechnung zu begleichen?Detective Tessa Leoni tappt lange im Dunklen. Sehr spt erst merkt sie: Auch hinter der schnsten Fassade lauern Abgrnde Eine Ausnahmeautorin!"e; (Karen Slaughter)"e;Lisa Gardners neuer Roman bertrifft alles!"e; (Publishers Weekly)

Du darfst nicht lieben

Du darfst nicht lieben

Author: Lisa Gardner Format: Ebook Release Date: 01/04/2014

Wo sind all die Madchen geblieben ... FBI-Agentin Kimberly Quincy ist im fnften Monat schwanger. Eigentlich msste sie sich schonen, doch das liegt Kimberley gar nicht. Da erreicht sie der Hilferuf einer jungen Frau, Delilah. berall in Boston verschwinden Prostituierte, zuletzt Delilahs Freundin Ginny. Verdchtig ist ein Freier, die Frauen nennen ihn den "e;Spinnenmann"e;. Die Ermittlungen fhren in eine Sackgasse: Es scheint, als habe der Tter den Schlssel zum perfekten Mord gefunden. Keine Leichen, keine Beweise! Doch Kimberly weigert sich aufzugeben. Whrenddessen spinnt jemand sein tdliches Netz. Und wartet Eine faszinierende Autorin!"e; (Karen Slaughter)

Der siebte Monat

Der siebte Monat

Author: Lisa Gardner Format: Ebook Release Date: 01/03/2014

Hast du jemals einen Mord begangen? Glaube mir: zu toten ist nicht schwer. Alles nur eine Frage der Logistik. Man muss jeden einzelnen Schritt planen und dann die notigen Vorkehrungen treffen. Zum Beispiel sein Opfer auswahlen. Blond. Brunett. Rothaarig. Mannlich oder weiblich. Jemanden, den man kennt - bald sehr gut kennen wird. Whle dein Opfer genau aus. Das ist Schritt eins ... Der Mann, der das Bostoner Polizeirevier betritt, hat ein ungewhnliches Anliegen: Er ist Produzent und sucht fr einen Film ber Serienmrder dringend eine Expertin. Detective D.D. Warren nimmt sein Angebot an, ein Tag in Hollywood klingt reizvoll. Doch als sie am Set eintrifft, herrscht dort groe Aufregung: Ein Mitglied der Crew wurde erschlagen aufgefunden. Und dann folgt auch schon der zweite Mord ... 104 Tatverdchtige, ein Mrder und ein Netz voller Lgen: Wem kann D.D. noch trauen?

Fear Nothing

Fear Nothing

Author: Lisa Gardner Format: Ebook Release Date: 07/01/2014

My name is Dr. Adeline Glen. Due to a genetic condition, I cant feel pain. I never have. I never will.The last thing Boston Detective D. D. Warren remembers is walking the crime scene after dark. Then, a creaking floorboard, a low voice crooning in her ear. She is later told she managed to discharge her weapon three times. All she knows is that she is seriously injured, unable to move her left arm, unable to return to work.My sister is Shana Day, a notorious murderer who first killed at fourteen. Incarcerated for thirty years, she has now murdered more people while in prison than she did as a free woman.Six weeks later, a second woman is discovered murdered in her own bed, her room containing the same calling cards from a previous crime scene: a bottle of champagne and a single red rose. The only person who may have seen the killer: Detective D. D. Warren, who still cant lift her child, load her gun, or recall a single detail from the night that may have cost her everything.Our father was Harry Day, an infamous serial killer who buried young women beneath the floor of our home. He has been dead for forty years. Except the Rose Killer knows things about my father he shouldnt. My sister claims she can help catch him. I think just because I cant feel pain doesnt mean my family cant hurt me.D.D. may not be back on the job, but she is back on the hunt. Because the Rose Killer isnt just targeting lone women, he is targeting D.D. And D.D. knows there is only one way to take him down:Fear nothing.

Brandon's Bride

Brandon's Bride

Author: Lisa Gardner Format: Ebook Release Date: 03/12/2013

Three siblings searching for the truth about their family are about to find more than they bargained for.For years, Brandon Ferringer has sought to untangle the mystery surrounding his fathers disappearance. Now training as a hotshota seasonal wildland firefighterBrandon feels hes on the verge of finally discovering the truth. In need of temporary lodging, Brandon rents a room at a local farm, and he is surprised when his attraction to the ranchs alluring owner threatens to distract him from his mission.Single mother Victoria Meese struggles to find time for herself in between raising her son, Randy, and running the Lady Luck Ranch. When she meets Brandon, she suddenly finds something to believe in again. But Brandons search for answers is about to turn dangerous, threatening their growing connectionand their very lives. If you love romantic suspense, dont miss Lisa Gardner's version. Intelligent, smart, and romantic. Jayne Ann Krentz

MacNamara's Woman

MacNamara's Woman

Author: Lisa Gardner Format: Ebook Release Date: 01/10/2013

Three siblings searching for the truth about their family are about to find more than they bargained for.When Tamara Allistair lost her family, she quickly learned that the only person she could rely on was herself. Now Tamara wants revenge against the man who wronged her. But going after a target with far-reaching connections is a dangerous gamble, and soon Tamara is the one being threatened.A man with his own share of family issues, ex-marine C. J. MacNamara knows that protecting Tamara is the right thing to do. Keeping her safe is no easy task, but getting her to trust him is an entirely different challenge. As Tamara attempts to right a wrong ten years in the making, C.J. puts his own life on the line to protect the woman who is more worthy of love than anyone hes ever known. Always delivers heart-stopping suspense."e; Harlan Coben

Der Tag, an dem du stirbst

Der Tag, an dem du stirbst

Author: Lisa Gardner Format: Ebook Release Date: 02/09/2013

Auf dem Bostoner Polizeirevier sitzt eine Frau. Sichtlich verstort erzahlt Charlie Grant eine unglaubliche Geschichte: In jedem der letzten Jahre kam eine ihrer Freundinnen ums Leben. Immer am 21. Januar. Charlie ist uberzeugt, das nachste Opfer zu sein. Die Einzige, die ihr Glauben schenkt, ist Detective D.D. Warren. Doch schon bald kommen D.D. Zweifel. Charlie verbirgt ein Geheimnis - so explosiv, dass sie selbst zur Bedrohung wird Lisa Gardner ist eine Ausnahmeautorin!"e; (Karen Slaughter)"e;Keiner beherrscht die Kunst des Thrillerschreibens so wie Lisa Gardner."e; (Lee Child)

Maggie's Man

Maggie's Man

Author: Lisa Gardner Format: Ebook Release Date: 06/08/2013

Three siblings searching for the truth about their family are about to find more than they bargained for.When shy and reserved Maggie Ferringer is called for jury duty, she never expects to be kidnapped by an escaped convict. But when Cain Cannon, disguised as a prison guard, pulls a gun, she has no choice but to be taken hostage. Cain claims that hes innocent of killing his girlfriend six years ago, and now he wants revenge on the people who put him behind bars.Soon Maggie becomes more than just a hostage to Cain. As they slowly begin to share the secrets of their respective pasts, Maggie discovers that she wants to fight for Cains freedombecause he just might be the kind of man she can love.Lisa Gardner's work has the chills and thrills to excite, and the heart to draw you in."e; Sandra Brown