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In the end, I enjoyed myself, and didn't feel bad about it. I have no regerts, and I'll probably give the next book in the series a chance at some point. Still, I'm not overly eager to rush things, and I'll probably spend time with some o I liked this. Still, I'm not overly eager to rush things, and I'll probably spend time with some other books first.

It was just the end to an ordinary shift for Officer Bobby Dodge when he gets the call about a domestic dispute, where the husband had a gun with his wife and son inside their home. Bobby works for SWAT as a sniper, so he was close by and one of the first on the scene. He sets up shop and when he looks into his scope, he sees a man holding a gun and a woman holding a young child. Suddenly he sees the man smile and put his finger on the trigger. And in an instant, Bobby pulls his trigger and the It was just the end to an ordinary shift for Officer Bobby Dodge when he gets the call about a domestic dispute, where the husband had a gun with his wife and son inside their home.

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And in an instant, Bobby pulls his trigger and the man is on the ground. It was necessary, or so Bobby thought. It turns out that the man he shot, Jimmy Gagnon, was the son of a well-respected judge and came from an absorbent amount of money. His wife, Catherine Gagnon, was kidnapped, held captive and raped years ago when she was years old. What appeared to be a clear cut case now was more than just a little complicated.

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The Gagnon family is charging Bobby with a murder case and Bobby feels backed into a corner when they want him to lie in order to drop their case. They believe that Catherine framed Jimmy and caused his death. Bobby is left questioning if there really was a domestic dispute to begin with and if he made the right decision. And then more strange things start happening; all the people surrounding Catherine, who believe her to be an innocent, good person, are turning up dead.

Bobby started his Thursday just like any as a respected officer, but now days later, he is made out to be a heartless villain. This case is bringing back memories of his traumatizing past and he feels he could be losing his mind trying to decipher the truth. Alone by Lisa Gardner is the first installment of the Detective D.

I first started this series last year with books 8 and 9. Because I loved the series so much, I decided to go back and start the series from the beginning. Warren like the later books, but the story was just as compelling. Bobby and Catherine are such complex characters and I was left wondering the whole time if either or both of them were guilty. View 2 comments. Recommended to Brenda by: Michael.

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Bobby Dodge is a police sniper. He was called out to a domestic dispute in an elite area, where an armed man had his wife and child hostage. The neighbours reported shots being fired After Bobby was briefed, he ran to the top floor of a neighbouring house, where the bedroom window overlooked the subject's master bedroom, and the standoff was taking place. He followed procedure, reporting to his captain, identifying the subject through the scope of his sniper rifle Bobby found out the man he had killed, the 'subject', was the son of Supreme Court Judge Gagnon, and the victim was Catherine Gagnon, who at the age of 12, had been kidnapped by a pedophile, and kept in an underground cave where she suffered abuse for a nightmarish 28 days before she was found and released Judge Gagnon throws around a mighty amount of power and money, and he blames Catherine for his son's death But Bobby's life is spiralling out of control, and Detective DD Warren is having a hard time convincing herself he is innocent!

Catherine needs Bobby's help A killer is on the loose, and death is surrounding them, catching up with them This psychological thriller keeps you on your toes, catches you unaware, and is so incredibly worth the read! Lisa Gardner weaves a brilliant tale! Jan 11, Karen rated it really liked it.

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Exciting book and start to Gardner's Detective D. Warren series, even though she only played a minor role in this book. This was definitely a page turner! Mar 29, Tonya rated it it was amazing.

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This was a great read. SWAT team member, Bobby Dodge, is involved with a terrible shooting that leaves him disjointed, separated from his team and questioning his every move. The emotional arc he experiences is done flawlessly. And Catherine Gagnon's character also experiences an incredible change. The overall story was gripping, suspenseful and hard to put down. And the ending was amazing.

I'd recommend this book to anyone wanting to sink inside the pages of a good book. View all 12 comments. Enjoyed discovering Bobby Dodge and D. Very happy to dive into this series. It seems I started it at one point, and then progress fell by the wayside. Too many wonderful books out there!

It seems that everyone has their own machinations and manipulations. The ending was not at all what I thought it would be. Gardner did a terrific little switcheroo at the end, the lovely kind of twist that keeps readers guessing. May 10, Sam Sattler rated it liked it Shelves: series , thriller , crime-fiction. Nothing special or unusual in the plot, but the author is good at character development.

That kept me reading to the end despite the feeling of having heard the story before Jun 01, Sebastien Castell rated it liked it Shelves: suspense , mystery , thriller. A solid suspense thriller whose twists are somewhat undercut by a lack of depth in the characters.

Warren series first as the characters in that book were considerably more nuanced while also being more engaging. Alone reads as modestly ahead of its time in that it has all the qualities of the more recent crop of domestic thrillers that dominate the charts.


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Like those, we have a story centred around a woman whose troubled past has given A solid suspense thriller whose twists are somewhat undercut by a lack of depth in the characters. Like those, we have a story centred around a woman whose troubled past has given her strength and resiliency at the cost of any chance for real happiness. This pessimistic outlook on the world lends domestic thrillers a kind of realism, though for me they sometimes read so cynically as to become less believable than even the more heroic thrillers out there. Maybe people are just generally that depressed and self-destructive, finding agency only through hurting themselves and everyone around them.

I hope not, though. Bobby Dodge, the honourable-but-miserable police sniper is a reasonable protagonist, but I found myself wondering why he was so doggedly determined to find the worst possible approach to every problem he tries to solve. The reader knows, of course, that Bobby's going to take her side anyway, which is fine. You just find yourself wishing he'd take five minutes now and then to, you know, make sure he's got proof of his own innocence or maybe carry a tape recorder once in a while for all the people who reveal their evil plans to him.

It's worth noting that my problems with the book won't necessarily reflect anyone else's reading experience. Gardner is a good writer who knows how to balance both fast-paced thrills and the necessary pauses for the characters and the reader to process what's going on.

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Where to leave off? I'm glad I found Lisa Gardner's work through Find Her first, because it's given me the impetus to keep reading her books that I might not have felt with Alone. Now the only question is which of her novels should I read next? My first Lisa Gardner book and loved it.

Bobby Dodge is a great character and I really enjoyed this story. Bobby is not a typical tall, dark and handsome "alpha male" that most books tend to tell. Bobby's a former problem drinker with probably an average appearance I do't think the details were disclosed other than he's 5'10", , with a troubled childhood and despite the fact the he's a sniper, has a somewhat passive attitude.