Alone

Alone

eBook - 2005
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Alone ... Massachusetts State Trooper Bobby Dodge watches a tense hostage standoff unfold through the scope of his sniper rifle. Just across the street, in wealthy Back Bay, Boston, an armed man has barricaded himself with his wife and child. The man's finger tightens on the trigger and Dodge has only a split second to react ... and forever pay the consequences. Alone ... that's where the nightmare began for cool, beautiful, and dangerously sexy Catherine Rose Gagnon. Twenty-five years ago, she was buried underground during a month-long nightmare of abduction and abuse. Now her husband has just been killed. Her father-in-law, the powerful Judge Gagnon, blames Catherine for his son's death ... and for the series of unexplained illnesses that have sent her own young son repeatedly to the hospital. Alone ... a madman survived solitary confinement in a maximum security prison where he'd done hard time for the most sadistic of crimes. Now he walks the streets a free man, invisible, anonymous ... and filled with an unquenchable rage for vengeance. What brings them together is a moment of violence--but what connects them is a passion far deeper and much more dangerous. For a killer is loose who's woven such an intricate web of evil that no one is above suspicion, no one is beyond harm, and no one will see death coming until it has them cornered, helpless, and alone.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2005
ISBN: 9780553901139
0553901133
Characteristics: 1 online resource (324 p.)

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LauraSteinert
Jun 13, 2018

Now that I have read several of this author's works, I have learned that the endless details have no purpose in discovering what is really going on. I suspect she writes a good story, then goes back and adds pages and pages of description of the landscape, clothing, rooms, facial expressions, and sex scenes. If you just ignore the details rather than try to discover clues in them, you will find a well-written investigation. If you try to remember the details, the ending is still a surprise, and you'll discover that trying to keep track of rooms, people's social status, and the landscape had nothing to do with anything. I enjoy her work, but I am pretty sure she gets paid by the page.

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susan_findlay
May 14, 2018

I liked this book - but not as much as some of the author's more recent books. Nevertheless, it's clever and features the twists and turns I've come to expect from Ms. Gardner.

I suspect that part of reason I was less into it than the others was that I just finished reading Find Her - which seemed very similar in concept at first. By the middle of the book, the story had diverged wildly from the other one but I had twinges of "I just read this" early on. Probably best not to read those two books back to back.

I also didn't get particularly attached to any of the characters - maybe because there seems to be a lot of effort made to make Catherine unlikable. This was an interesting choice because you'd usually expect a victim of childhood kidnapping to be a sympathetic character. Personally, I want a character to relate to.

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barryandlinda
Jan 06, 2018

When Massachusetts State Trooper, Bobby Dodge is called to a hostage scene, he has to make a choice whether to kill the suspect before the suspect kills his wife and son. After he kills the suspect, he finds himself investigated. There are more murders and he is being set up to take the fall for killing the suspect. This is a page turner and I couldn't put it down.

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Eil_1
Sep 13, 2013

A real page-turner. Thoroughly enjoyed it a second time, although couldn't remember much of the plot. That makes it a real 'taker'.

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Keeler1943
Mar 27, 2011

This author knows how to develop believable characters and situations and keep you guessing on how her mystery is going to evolve and be resolved.

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