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Guest Editor for January - Lisa Gardner Guest Editor - Lisa Gardner

Our Guest Editor slot gives you a chance to discover a new author and find out more about the books and authors who have influenced them in their writing.


Guest Editor's Featured Books

Live to Tell by Lisa Gardner
Live to Tell
Lisa Gardner
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...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/01/2011
The Neighbour by Lisa Gardner
The Neighbour
Lisa Gardner
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. ...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/03/2010
Hide by Lisa Gardner
Hide
Lisa Gardner
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...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/03/2010
Say Goodbye by Lisa Gardner
Say Goodbye
Lisa Gardner
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:...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/03/2010

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Guest Editor's Chosen Authors

Fractured by Karin Slaughter
Fractured
Karin Slaughter
January 2011 Guest Editor Lisa Gardner on Karin Slaughter... Her detective Will Trent is one of the best series characters in suspense today. Here’s a complex character whose greatness weakness—his severe dyslexia—is also his greatest strength, as it has...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/03/2009
The Bone Garden by Tess Gerritsen
The Bone Garden
Tess Gerritsen
One of Lisa Gardner's favourite books. January 2011 Guest Editor Lisa Gardner on Tess Gerritsen... While I’m a huge fan of her characters Rizzoli and Isles, my favourite novel remains The Bone Garden, a historic thriller...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2010
Worth Dying For by Lee Child
Worth Dying For
Lee Child
Shortlisted for the ITV3 People's Bestseller Dagger 2011. Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 28 October 2010. January 2011 Guest Editor Lisa Gardner on Lee Child... His series character, Jack Reacher, remains the ultimate...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/09/2010
Tell No One by Harlan Coben
Tell No One
Harlan Coben
January 2011 Guest Editor Lisa Gardner on Harlan Coben... His breakout thriller Tell No One remains one of my favourite novels, and I consider Harlan the master of the so-called “domestic thriller”—books about ordinary people caught up in extraordinary...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/05/2009
Running from the Devil by Jamie Freveletti
Running from the Devil
Jamie Freveletti
January 2011 Guest Editor Lisa Gardner on Jamie Freveletti... Jamie won Best First Novel in 2010 from the International Thriller Writers for Running from the Devil. Devil begins with a plane crash that lands an ultra-marathoner (a woman...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/05/2010
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins
January 2011 Guest Editor Lisa Gardner on Suzanne Collins... I read the first novel of her trilogy, The Hunger Games, over the summer, and was mesmerized. I'm not huge into futuristics, but this book worked for me because the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/01/2009

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Lisa Gardner our Guest Editor for January Guest Editor - January 2011 - Lisa Gardner Lisa Gardner is the New York Times best-selling author of The Neighbour, Say Goodbye, Hide, Gone, Alone, The Killing Hour, The Survivors Club, The Next Accident, The Other Daughter, The Third Victim, and The Perfect Husband. Lisa sold her first novel when she was just 20 years old. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in international relations. She lives in New England with her husband and daughter. Her latest book, Live to Tell, is out now in paperback. Author Photo © John Earle

Lisa Gardner on…

Karin Slaughter: Her detective Will Trent is one of the best series characters in suspense today. Here’s a complex character whose greatness weakness—his severe dyslexia—is also his greatest strength, as it has made him a master observer of human behaviour. And his love/hate relationship with his wife Angie…powerful, powerful stuff.

Tess Gerritsen: While I’m a huge fan of her characters Rizzoli and Isles, my favourite novel remains The Bone Garden, a historic thriller that captures gruesome medical practices in the 1830s, when surgeons unwittingly cross-contaminated their patients and the demand for black market medical cadavers kept grave robbers in business. The Bone Garden is a thriller that both entertains and informs, my favourite kind of book.

Lee Child: His series character, Jack Reacher, remains the ultimate modern-day lone gunman, a former military cop who can find any problem in any small town and solve it (with maximum fire power) in twenty four hours or less. Lee has breathed authenticity into his character, enabling you to admire Reacher’s military prowess even as you worry about his self-imposed isolation. The result is an action hero with a heart.

Harlan Coben: His breakout thriller Tell No One remains one of my favourite novels, and I consider Harlan the master of the so-called “domestic thriller”—books about ordinary people caught up in extraordinary circumstances. Harlan’s characters feel like our best friends and next door neighbours: You recognize them instantly. Then, the unthinkable happens, and now this husband/mother/child, must dig deep to save his family. I find the novels very emotionally satisfying, the perfect way to unwind at the end of a long day.

Jamie Freveletti: Jamie won Best First Novel in 2010 from the International Thriller Writers for Running from the Devil. Devil begins with a plane crash that lands an ultra-marathoner (a woman who races 100+ miles) in the middle of dense Columbian jungle, where she must outwit dozens of crazed drug lords to save her fellow passengers. I thoroughly enjoyed Freveletti’s female action-hero, whose background makes her both compelling and credible.

Suzanne Collins: I read the first novel of her trilogy, The Hunger Games, over the summer, and was mesmerized. I'm not huge into futuristics, but this book worked for me because the world she created felt so real, and her characters even more genuine. Her sixteen-year old protagonist, Katniss, is everything a heroine should be--tough, vulnerable, determined, desperate, gifted and flawed. Plus, the whole set up of kids being forced to fight to the death for the amusement of a bored nation--to look at TV offerings these days, we're halfway there.

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