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Fear Nothing: A Detective D.D. Warren Novel [Kindle Edition]

Lisa Gardner
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,090 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In #1 New York Times bestseller Lisa Gardner’s latest pulse-pounding thriller, Detective D. D. Warren must face a new fear as a serial killer terrorizes Boston.

My name is Dr. Adeline Glen. Due to a genetic condition, I can’t 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 the first: a bottle of champagne and a single red rose. The only person who may have seen the killer: Detective D. D. Warren, who still can’t 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 shouldn’t. My sister claims she can help catch him. I think just because I can’t feel pain doesn’t mean my family can’t hurt me.

D.D. may not be back on the job, but she 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.

Editorial Reviews Review

Lisa Gardner and CJ Lyons Talk Though Heroines and the Men Who Love Them

Lisa: I think one of the appeals of my detective, D.D. Warren and CJ’s FBI agent Lucy Guardino, is that they face real world issues readers can relate to.  So, on the one hand, maybe our readers haven’t tracked down a serial killer lately.  On the other hand, having a job with demanding hours, or missing their kid’s soccer game yet again, or falling in bed exhausted every night from all the stresses of the day, hits close to home. 

CJ: I agree. I think most women these days are struggling to have it all—and somehow that seems wrong. It’s not an either/or question. If you don’t “have it all” (whatever “all” means!) it doesn’t mean that you’ve failed in any way. I love that both D.D. and Lucy sometimes screw up the whole work/family teeter-totter balance, but they never give up.

One of my favorite scenes from your "Fear Nothing" was when the bad guy is threatening D.D.’s family and all she wants to do is go after him, but she’s torn because she also needs to take care of her family—and herself, since she’s wounded. I think so many women forget that important bit--including Lucy, this is where she’s always screwing up, putting herself last and then running out of strength right when she needs it most.

What I loved about the scene in "Fear Nothing" was that D.D. is all bristling Xena Warrior Princess and yet is so worried about how powerless she feels bringing this evil into her home, and Alex simply takes her hand and moves to stand beside her, shoulder to shoulder. I so loved that solidarity. It said it all about their relationship.

Lisa: Opposites attract. When D.D. is maimed and can’t return to work, she’s forced to really deal with the household, her own insecurities and her own vulnerabilities.  Naturally, she’s terrible at it.  Alex, on the other hand, is brilliant at coaxing her through, and trying to get her to understand that patience really can be a virtue. 

CJ: I love how both D.D. and Lucy are just as passionate about their jobs and victims they protect as they are their families.

But sometimes you have to make a choice, as Lucy does in "After Shock". I set it up so she’s in a no-win situation. Any decision she makes is going to be the wrong one and put both her family and her career at risk. She faces the kind of dilemma that I love torturing characters with: is it okay to do all the wrong things for all the right reasons?

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From Booklist

*Starred Review* In Gardner’s seventh Detective D. D. Warren thriller (following Catch Me, 2012), the Rose Killer is re-creating the crimes of Harry Day, a serial killer who kept the skin of his victims as a souvenir—153 vials of souvenirs. Day’s legacy also includes two daughters. Shana distinguished herself at 14 as the youngest person in Massachusetts history to be tried for murder as an adult. A psychiatrist specializing in pain management, her sister, Adeline, was born with congenital insensitivity to pain. Detective Warren goes to see Adeline professionally, after she is injured at a crime scene. When she learns that Adeline is Harry Day’s daughter, she asks her to help identify anyone who would have been influenced by her father. The obvious suspect is Shana. But how could a woman who has spent the last decade in solitary confinement be responsible for these vicious mutilations and murders? In this strong addition to the series, Gardner retains her place on thrillerdom’s top tier. If they haven’t already discovered her, fans of Tess Gerritsen, Alafair Burke, and Meg Gardiner would love an introduction. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Gardner has a reserved seat on most best-seller lists, and she’ll be claiming her spot once again. --Karen Keefe

Product Details

  • File Size: 2071 KB
  • Print Length: 417 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Adult (January 7, 2014)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,129 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Huge Fan Annoyed with Repetitive Elements January 17, 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I am a die-hard Lisa Gardner Fan and have read every one of her mystery novels. It pains me to say that I just didn't enjoy her latest very much. D.D. Warren is one of my favorite Gardner characters, and she didn't disappoint--always hard-as-nails, going beyond the call of duty, this time with a debilitating injury that restricts every action and decision. However, the numerous repetitive passages killed the read for me. This one could have used a good editor to trim elements that became quite annoying as the book progressed.
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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A TOP-NOTCH PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER! January 7, 2014
Fear Nothing by Lisa Gardner, the seventh in the detective D.D. Warren series, is a freshly-baked story that is a fast-paced and full of twists and turns, with interesting characters and heart-pounding edge of the seat action while keeping her signature formula intact. It is a suspenseful book with a sinister edge to it. This installment from the D.D. Warren series is simply absorbing.

In Fear Nothing, Warren suffers from an avulsion fracture when she is taken by surprise by an assailant at a crime scene. She is advised to speak to Dr. Adeline Glen, who is a pain specialist. As she is recovering from her injury, a serial killer is on the loose in the streets of Boston, whose MO bears striking resemblance to Adeline’s own sister.

Fear Nothing is a top-notch crime and psychological thriller that explores the issue of nature versus nurture debate which is quite interesting. It is the idea that certain things are genetic which is best reflected in Adeline. Daughter of a well-known killer who suggests blood is love, Adeline also battles her own demons that will leave readers shuddering.

What is particularly fascinating about Lisa Gardner’s novels is her sweeping portrayal of her characters who are totally different from each other. Think of the main protagonist, and other characters like Adeline and Shana – they are poles apart. Fear Nothing has a serial killer who removes people’s skin and a woman prisoner who is a psychopath. If you loved her earlier books, you will love this one too. Lisa Gardner doesn’t disappoint! She keeps you guessing to the very end.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sinister, riveting & the best DD Warren book to date January 7, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Note: This review, as well as many more, can also be found on my blog, The Baking Bookworm (

Disclaimer: My sincere thanks to NetGalley and The Penguin Group - Dutton for providing me with a complimentary e-book copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

My Review: Lisa Gardner is well known for her suspenseful reads filled with interesting characters, twists and turns as well as some edge of your seat action thrown in for good measure. This book doesn't disappoint.

This wasn't my first time reading a book in Gardner's D.D Warren series but this is definitely my favourite book featuring D.D. While it had Ms Gardners' signature suspenseful writing it also had a very sinister, eerie feel to it. Yup. It was ultra creepy {inner shiver} and kept me on the edge of my seat the entire read.

Lisa Gardner is not only known for her suspenseful writing but she's also known as being very adept at letting her readers really get to know her characters. She doesn't write one-dimensional characters that are easy to predict. D.D, Adeline and Shana were all very detailed characters, each with their own very distinct issues and voices within the book. Readers get glimpses into the characters' lives, motivations, thoughts and actions but at the same time the momentum of the storyline never feels bogged down. The mark of a great suspense writer.

In "Fear Nothing", Gardner addresses the 'nature versus nurture' issue but within a very chilling context and I was quite riveted throughout the entire book. There were plenty of twists and turns to keep this reader from guessing 'whodunnit' until very close to the end.


My Rating: 4/5 stars
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
By LolaM
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It was one of the worst, most preposterous books I have read in a long, long time. And, this is coming from a long-time Lisa Gardner book who has read and loved every book she has ever written. In a genre where female characters often do silly things, I always appreciated the fact that Ms. Gardner's characters never made me want to shake my head and scream, "No thinking, rational person would EVER do that!" No more. It wasn't just Adeline either. I really liked the Warden (?) character--She seemed smart and capable. and I was definitely interested in knowing more about her...Right up until she was part of a scene that was so unbelievable it bordered on flat-out absurd. I am not often frustrated by a book but I was this one. I expect a smartly written book when I read a Lisa Gardner book and this just wasn't it. Very disappointed.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Full of Plot Holes March 19, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
*Contains some Spoilers*

This is one of the worse D.D. Warren novels. It is so full of plot holes it is not even funny. First, D.D. was suppose to have an injured arm. She says her pain is at a "14" on a 1-10 scale. However, it seems miraculously a day or two later she is running to crime scenes, she Is bending down to pick up evidence. This from a woman who couldn't even poor a cup of coffee for herself. Second, we never do find out why the killer was singing the lullaby "Rock a bye Baby." I thought that might give us some insight into the killer, but it never did. Next, we never do find out the significance of the crime scene (the rose, the champagne, the cuffs). My only guess is that the killer wanted to make a "trade mark" for himself. There are other avenues the detectives explored such as going to the morgue and seeing if any workers had an "interests" in corpses but that never seemed like it was fully explored (like they just dropped it). Also, they said that the killer probably had hunting experience or experience in the medical field. However, our killer didn't have either of those things. I don't know if that was a red herring to throw us off, or Jackson forgot about that clue. Overall, I am willing to suspend believe for some of these things, but it seems like a good chunk of things were just thrown in the story and never explained! I was also disappointed with who the killer was. I felt like his "motive" was really lacking. I wish she would have went a different direction with this book because the premise was really good at first.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Detective D. D. Warren anytime!
Detective D.D. Warren anytime!
Published 2 days ago by T Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent and compelling
I love Lisa Gardner as a author, this book is no exception- highly recommend this to anyone who likes suspense novels.
Published 2 days ago by Hasanai Badar
3.0 out of 5 stars Just OK
I love Lisa Gardner but this book was a little slow for me. It seemed to drag for awhile. I put the book down several times, but glad I did finish it.
Published 2 days ago by M. Chavis
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Loved it, original idea, kept me guessing until the end!
Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
It was a great story I want to read more of this author's highest praised book reviews right now I hope
Published 3 days ago by Kindle Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Good writer in all of her other books
Was good but not her best kind of long and drug out easy to figure out early in the book
Published 4 days ago by Margaret Ray
2.0 out of 5 stars Lisa is a great writer. The story was okay
Lisa is a great writer. The story was okay. The plot was a little convoluted, but her writing makes up for it. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Laura VN
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great author. Loved this book. Cannot wait for the next novel
Published 6 days ago by Clare McBrayer
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Good book Lisa garner always comes threw awesome when she writes
Published 6 days ago by lydia
5.0 out of 5 stars Riviting!!
Kept me on edge page after page!!! I did not want to put it down!!! Excellent!!! Riviting and nail biting!!
Published 8 days ago by Patricia Carr
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New York Times #1 bestselling crime novelist Lisa Gardner began her career in food service, but after catching her hair on fire numerous times, she took the hint and focused on writing instead. A self-described research junkie, she has parlayed her interest in police procedure, cutting edge forensics and twisted plots into a streak of thirteen bestselling suspense novels, including her most recent release, Catch Me.

Readers are invited to get in on the fun by entering the annual "Kill a Friend, Maim a Mate" Sweepstakes, where they can nominate the person of their choice to die in Lisa's latest novel. Every year, one Lucky Stiff is selected for Literary Immortality. It's cheaper than therapy, and you get a great book besides. For more details, simply visit Lisa's website.

Lisa lives in New England with her family, as well as two highly spoiled dogs and one extremely neurotic three-legged cat.

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