Lisa Gardner – The Neighbor (Detective D.D. Warren #3)

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads/Synopsis from Goodreads:
A young mother, blond and pretty, vanishes from her South Boston home, leaving behind only one witness—her four-year-old daughter—and one suspect—her handsome, secretive husband.

From the moment Detective Sergeant D. D. Warren arrives at the Joneses’ snug little bungalow, instinct tells her that something is seriously off with the wholesome image the couple has worked so hard to create.

With the clock ticking on the life of a missing woman and a media firestorm building, D.D. must decide whether Jason Jones is hiding his guilt—or just trying to hide. But first she must stand between a potential killer and his next victim—an innocent child who may have seen too much.

Izdevniecība/Publisher: Bantam Books

Kā tiku pie šīs grāmatas?/How I got this book?

Lejuplādēju no torenta

Vērtējums/Rating: 4/5

Mana recenzija/My review

Varbūt nedaudz negaidīti (ka nav līķa, vismaz sākumā), ka detektīvs Braiens Millers piecina D.D. Vorenu pazudušas personas, konkrētāk Sandras Džounsas, meklēšanā. Ar katru grāmatu šis tas arvien vairāk tiek parādīts/atklāts par izmeklētāju; piemēram, par ēšanas manieri, ko varētu salīdzināt ar tālbraucēju, t.i. pamatīgi daudz.

Pētot arvien dziļāk lasītājs atklāj ar vien vairāk dažādus noslēpumus, kurus katrs no tēliem pavisam noteikti vēlētos, ka tie tādi paliek. Sandra apprecējās īsi pēc pilngadības sasniegšanas jau būdama stāvoklī, un kopā ar vīru Džeisonu pameta dzimto pusi. Var vien just līdzi, kā viņu četrgadīgā meita Klarisa jeb Rī, tiek galā ar radušos situāciju; ne vien mātes pazušana, bet arī mediju uzmanība, un izmeklētāju/policistu klātbūtne; tas pats par tēvu.

Patika momenti no Sandras perspektīvas, kas vairāk kā atstāts par to, kā viss nonāca līdz pazušanas faktam. Gan viņas, gan arī Džeisona bērnība nav bijusi no tām laimīgākajām, kas katru nopietni ietekmējušas. Tas labi izskaidro Džeisona (grūti izprotams no malas) raksturu un uzvedību, kas pamatīgi nokaitina Vorenu un pamatoti liek prātot, vai tik viņš nav vainojams sievas neesamībā.

Lai gan neesmu nedz lasījis, nedz redzējis Gone Girl (lai gan lielo pavērsienu šķiet zinu), tad tieši fragmenti no Sandras skatpunkta, atgādināja dzirdēto.

Par laimi, Džeisonam, viņš nav vienīgais vērā ņemamais aizdomās turamais. Pāris mājas tālāk uz tās pašas ielas dzīvo reģistrēts dzimumnoziedznieks Adrians; līdz ar to arī grāmatas nosaukums. Pat pēc soda izciešanas un apmeklējot obligātās sanāksmes, Adrians joprojām jūtas tā it kā joprojām izciestu sodu, un patstāvīgu nosodošu attieksmi no sabiedrības.

Līdzīgi kā sērijas otrajā grāmatā, arī šajā, bez jau minētajiem aizdomīgajiem tēliem, doti vēl citi, tai skaitā skolnieks, datorģēnijs. Bet šoreiz pavērsiens bija negaidītāks.

P.S. Bobija un Anabellas attiecības tiešām bija nopietnākas kā ar Katrīnu; apprecējušies. :)

                                                                                                                                                

Maybe a bit unexpected for D.D. that this case at least at the beginning doesn’t involve bodies as detective Brian Miller calls for her help to investigate a missing person; that it Sandra Jones. With each book in the series you get new tidbits about Warren like about her eating style and maners which couldn’t differ much from truckers.

So as the investigation digs even deeper many secrets are revealed (not everything), though that some characters would like that they stay that way. Sandra married shortly after 18th birthday plus being pregnant. Together with the new husband Jason they leave there homes. You can only sympathize for their four year daughter Clarissa (called Ree) as she tries understand why mother isn’t at home, and also to deal with media attention and police presence; the same for father.

Liked those fragments from POV of Sandra which tells more about what exactly lead to her disappearance. For both of them (Sandra and Jason) the childhood wasn’t those of particularly happy ones and that has left marks in them. That explains well what and why Jason does and how he tries to cope with fact that his wife has disappeared; this behavior makes D.D. crazy and gives her reasons to blame him.

I haven’t read or seen Gone Girl but those fragments with Sandra’s POV reminded me of what I have heard.

Fortunately for Jason he isn’t the only good suspect. Few houses down the street lives registered sex offender Adrian Brewster. Despite that he has served his time, goes to required meetings and follows his PO advices Adrian still feels like receiving punishment and society’s rejection.

Similarly as in the previous book there are plenty of suspicious characters besides Jason and Adrian, including pupil – computer genius. This time the twist was more unexpected.

P.S. I was right about Bobby and Annabelle, and they managed to marry. : )

Lisa Gardner – Hide (Detective D.D. Warren #2)

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads/Synopsis from Goodreads:

You have good reason to be afraid….

It was a case that haunts Bobby Dodge to this day—the case that nearly killed him and changed his life forever. Now, in an underground chamber on the grounds of an abandoned Massachusetts mental hospital, the gruesome discovery of six mummified corpses resurrects his worst nightmare: the return of a killer he thought dead and buried. There’s no place to run. . . . Bobby’s only lead is wrapped around a dead woman’s neck. Annabelle Granger has been in hiding for as long as she can remember. Her childhood was a blur of new cities and assumed identities. But what—or who—her family was running from, she never knew. Now a body is unearthed from a grave, wearing a necklace bearing Annabelle’s name, and the danger is too close to escape. This time, she’s not going to run. You know he will find you. . . .

The new threat could be the dead psychopath’s copycat, his protégé—or something far more terrifying. Dodge knows the only way to find him is to solve the mystery of Annabelle Granger, and to do that he must team up with his former lover, partner, and friend D. D. Warren from the Boston P.D. But the trail leads back to a woman from Bobby’s past who may be every bit as dangerous as the new killer—a beautiful survivor-turned-avenger with an eerie link to Annabelle. From its tense opening pages to its shocking climax, Hide is a thriller that delves into our deepest, darkest fears. Where there is no one to trust. Where there is no place left to hide.

Izdevniecība/Publisher: Bantam Books

Kā tiku pie šīs grāmatas?/How I got this book?

Lejuplādēju no torenta

Vērtējums/Rating: 4.25/5

Mana recenzija/My review

Kopš pirmās grāmatas beigām pagājuši divi gadi un Bobijs pārkvalificējies par štata detektīvu. Jau otrajā dienā viņam tiek smaga lieta, turklāt ne šāda tāda, bet gan tāda, kas atgādina Katrīnas nolaupīšanu. Diemžēl pamestās Bostonas garīgi neveselo slimnīcas teritorijā tiek atrasti sešu meiteņu mumificējušies līķi, kurām tā ‘’nepaveicās’’. Pa to laiku arī D.D. Vorena vairs nav vien detektīve, bet kļuvusi par seržanti.

Par spīti visām līdzībām jau visai drīz kļūst skaidrs, ka vainīgais šajā lietā ir pavisam cits. Izmeklēšanā palīdz Anabella, kuras medaljons atrasts pie viena no līķiem; izrādās, ka viņas bērnības draudzene. Anabella, pateicoties ārkārtīgi paranoiskajam tēvam, bet ar labu iemeslu, tika sveikā. Kopš septiņu gadu vecuma ik pa laikam pameta dzīves vietu un mainīja identitāti. Tēva mācības un bēguļošana atbildīga par to, kāda Anabella kļuvusi; viņas vienīgā draudzene ir viņas suns Bella. Izmeklēšanas laikā atklātās patiesības visai šokējošas un ne viena vien asara gan no Anabellas, gan citiem tēliem.

Uz pāris epizodēm iesaistīta Katrīna. Šajā ziņā varētu piebilst, ka arī šoreiz Bobijs nemācās no kļūdām un ļaujas apdraudētas sievietes (Anabellas) valdzinājumam, un šķiet, ka šoreiz arī varētu būt nopietnāk.

Līdz gandrīz pašām beigām tiek uzturēta intriga par vainīgo. Tiek doti vairāki varianti, kā viens no slimnīcas pacientiem īsi pirms slimnīcas slēgšanas Kristofers Eolla (interesants un biedējošs stāsts par šo indivīdu). Bet patiesība par īsto viens no tām šokējoši pārsteidzošajiem atklājumiem.

Prognoze, ka Vorena darbība būs vairāk, piepildījās : )

                                                                                                                                                

It’s been two years since the events of the first book Bobby has qualified to be a state detective. Already in his second day he receives a heavy case and not just any case but one that resembles of where Catherine was kept. Six mummified bodies of little girls are found in a pit at territory of abandoned Boston’s mental hospital. In those two years D.D. Warren also isn’t detective anymore and has advanced to position of Sgt.

Despite all similarities early on it’s clear that the perpetrator in this case is someone else. Annabelle whose locket is found on one of the bodies becomes a real help; it’s found out that the girl is her childhood friend. Thanks to her paranoid (with a good reason) father it wasn’t his daughter Annabelle. Since she was seven years old they were forced to flee and continue to change their home and identities. Lessons and advices from the father are responsible for what his daughter has become; and that her only friend is her dog Bella – much braver than Courage the Cowardly Dog. The investigation reveals some shocking truth and are responsible for few tears from Annabelle and other characters.

Catherine Gagnon participates in few episodes. In this case I should mention that Bobby doesn’t learn from his mistakes and once again falls for a damsel in distress (Annabelle); my guess that this time it might become more serious.

The intrigue of who is the perpetrator is maintained almost till the end. There are given few candidates as former patient Christopher Eola shortly before closing the hospital (interesting and frightening story about him). But the truth about who it really is is one of those shockingly surprising revelations.

My guess that D.D. Warren will participate more was accurate. : )

Lisa Gardner – Alone (Detective D.D. Warren #1)

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads/Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

Izdevniecība/Publisher: Bantam Books

Kā tiku pie šīs grāmatas?/How I got this book?

Lejuplādēju no torenta

Vērtējums/Rating: 3.75/5

Mana recenzija/My review

Kā jau pats apraksts, tā varētu teikt, ka arī grāmata ir trīsdaļīga.

Par Bobiju Dodžu, policijas snaiperi, kurš pēc garas maiņas dienas beigās tika izsaukts uz ģimenes konfliktu, kur vīrs pavērsis ieroci pret sievu Katrīnu un četrgadīgo (ļoti slimīgs) dēlu Neitanu. Viss notiek ātri, un Bobijs rīkojas, paļaujoties uz pieredzi un intuīciju, bet rīcības sekas grandiozākas, nekā varētu šķist cilvēkam, kas dara savu darbu. Pats savas muļķības dēļ turpina iesaistīties un kontaktēties ar Katrīnu arī pēc notikušā, maz domājot par savu karjeru. Bet gods kam gods, labi, ka tā. Patika psiholoģe Elizabete Leina.

Katrīna, bīstama, neaprēķināma un sarežģīta sieviete, bet ar traģisku atgadījumu bērnībā, kad 12 gadu vecumā viņu nolaupīja pedofils un maniaks; vien pēc 28 dienām laimīgā kārtā viņu nejauši atrada mežā gūstā (arī izmantota). Notikums atstājis savas sekas/neirozes. Katrīnai gatava darīt absolūti jebko sava neizskaidrojami slimā dēlā labā. Atbilde meklējama gēnos… Šajā ziņā arī vēl daži citi mazāk galveni tēli ņem savu dalību.

Un Ričards Umbrio jeb Mr. Buso kā pats sevi dēvē, tas pats maniaks. Nepatīkams tips, kas prieku gūst, nogalinot citu, un, kas var būt vēl labāk, ja par to tiek maksāts. Kā jau ļaundaris uzskata sevi par neaizsniedzamu, īpaši gudru un izmanīgu, bet var gadīties, ka kļūdās.

Detektīve D.D. Vorena parādās maz par spīti tam, ka viņas vārdā nosaukta sērija. Tad jau cerams biežāk būs manāma nākamajās.

                                                                                                                                                

As the synopsis also the book could be divided in three parts.

About Bobby Dodge, police sniper, who at the end of the day after a long gets called to domestic disturbance where a husband threatens with a gun to his wife Catherine and 4 year old son Nathan (very sickly). Everything happens quickly and Bobby uses his experience and intuition but consequences might be greater than someone that does his job as best as he can might think. Because of his own foolishness Bobby continues to interfere in the situation and also see Catherine; you might think he doesn’t think about his carrier, but good enough that he did. Psychologist Elizabeth Lane was likable.

Catherine, dangerous, unpredictable and complicated woman, but in her childhood was a very tragic event. At age of 12 she was kidnapped by a pedophile and maniac, and was found by a chance only after 28 days in forest (was also violated). And the event has made its mark with some neurosis. Catherine is ready do absolutely anything for her inexplicably sick son. The answer is in genes… Considering this there are few other reckonable characters.

And Richard Umbrio or Mr. Buso as he calls himself, the same maniac. Unlikable type who gets pleasure by killing others, and what could you ask more if you even get paid. As a bad guy should he thinks about himself very highly but that might be his demise.

Detective D.D. Warren despite that the series has her name shows up very little. Hopefully more in the next books.