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Hide (A Detective D.D. Warren Novel) Mass Market Paperback – May 20, 2008
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Reed will find lots of work in the audio whodunit world. She has a low, slightly gravelly voice that fits the genre well. She distinguishes characters without trying to be them and helps a wacky protagonist become a believable character. The gruesome story begins with the discovery of the bodies of six young girls who are bagged, tagged and shelved in an old underground chamber in the yard of an abandoned Boston insane asylum. Bobby Dodge (returning from Gardner's Alone) is called to the crime scene. Gardner offers up numerous plausible suspects, suspense and violence, and lots of requited and unrequited love. The book is longer than it needs to be, somewhat repetitive and has a hokey ending with a murderer who appears out of nowhere. But Hide is still an enjoyable thriller and a well-read listen.
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*Starred Review* Gardner fans look out: this one will take your breath away. Near the grounds of an abandoned mental hospital, a buried chamber is discovered. Inside are six bodies, one of which may be that of a girl who has been missing for two decades--the best friend of a woman, Annabelle, who has spent her childhood moving from city to city, from identity to identity, hiding from someone or something totally unknown to her. She's been safe for several years now, but a single act of bravery plunges her right back into a life of fear. This is a rich, complex tale that juggles a handful of mysteries at once. Who is the killer, and could it be someone connected with a notorious child murderer? Who or what was Annabelle's family running from? How did her father, a mathematician, know how to set up foolproof new identities? And why does an old sketch of a murder suspect look unsettlingly like Annabelle's father? Head and shoulders above anything else Gardner's written, this riveting novel represents the author at the height of her powers. David Pitt
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The story starts out with a woman, Annabel, wondering if she'd taken the right things with her when she's asked to move as a child of seven. Her father, an MIT math professor tells his daughter that she can only take 2 things. From Boston, the family moves to Florida, where the father gives everyone a new name, and he gets a job driving a taxi. Little by little, Gardner lets the clues out, leading her readers down a path of suspense, without ever letting them guess 'who-done-it'. At least I can never figured it out.
In this story, we have Bobby Dodge, and might I say this is one of Gardner's most intriguing characters. The kind of guy you wished would come to your door asking you to be a potential witness. I'd be making things up just to keep him around.
Then you have D.D. Warren, a woman all of us wish were could be. She smart, tough, capable, and great looking, and of course, she and Bobby had a thing years back. D.D. is called onto the case where an underground den with the bodies of six young girls mummified in plastic bags, are laid out on two shelves. One of the girls wears a silver locket that has the name Annabel on it. Imagine Annabel's surprise when she recognizes the locket as one she gave to her best friend just before the move to Florida?
Because this story involves the characters from Alone, Katherine Argon is involved. How Gardner meshes her two stories is amazing and totally unpredictable. It's like Gardner likes to paint herself in corners just so she can use her considerable gift as a writer, to pull the story back out.
I read this story in 2 days which is no record for me. If I pick up a Lisa Gardner novel, I'm doomed to a few sleepless nights until I can know what's happening to characters I love. And that's what makes Gardner so good at her job, that, and the way she gets all the police lingo and procedures down. I feel like I'm in the precinct with her whenever I read one of Gardner's novels.
Hide is masterful suspense, and Gardner has yet to disappoint me.
That said, it was a quick fun read at a great price. I did figure out immediately as he entered the picture who the UPS man was - Ms Garner is no Agatha Christie - but I would buy another of her novels just for an evening's diversion.
The twists and turns (the detective theories) and persons of interest in this particular case will keep the reader guessing up till the final end. . . Oh what an ending!
My hat is off to Lisa Gardner for a great novel! This series would be fun to read as part of a book club!