Lisa Gardner – Catch Me (Detective D.D. Warren #6)

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads/Synopsis from Goodreads:

In New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner’s latest D.D. Warren thriller, the relentless Boston investigator must solve a coldly calculated murder–before it happens.

In four days, someone is going to kill me . . .

Detective D. D. Warren is hard to surprise. But a lone woman outside D.D.’s latest crime scene shocks her with a remarkable proposition: Charlene Rosalind Carter Grant believes she will be murdered in four days. And she wants Boston’s top detective to handle the death investigation.

It will be up close and personal. No evidence of forced entry, no sign of struggle…

Charlie tells a chilling story: Each year at 8:00 p.m. on January 21st, a woman has died. The victims have been childhood best friends from a small town in New Hampshire; the motive remains unknown. Now only one friend, Charlie, remains to count down her final hours.

But as D.D. quickly learns, Charlie Grant doesn’t plan on going down without a fight. By her own admission, the girl can outshoot, outfight, and outrun anyone in Boston. Which begs the question, is Charlie the next victim, or the perfect perpetrator? As D.D. tracks a vigilante gunman who is killing pedophiles in Boston, she must also delve into the murders of Charlie’s friends, racing to find answers before the next gruesome January 21 anniversary. Is Charlie truly in danger, or is she hiding a secret that may turn out to be the biggest threat of all?

Izdevniecība/Publisher: Headline Publishing Group

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

Nopirku to Latvijas grāmatu izstādē 2015!

Vērtējums/Rating: 4.5/5

Mana recenzija/My review

Čārlija Granta apzinās, ka pēc četrām dienām, 21.janvārī, viņa tiks nogalināta. Tāpēc Čārlija, ja nu kas, izpēta izmeklētājus Bostonā, ja nu tā tiešām notiek. Par laimi, viņas izvēle krīt uz detektīvi Vorenu.

Virzoties sižetam maz pamazām uzzinām par Čārlijas neapskaužamo bērnību, līdz viņa nonāca astoņu gadu vecumā nonāk slimnīcā un tad pie tantes. Līdz tam bija jāpacieš un jāiztur māte ar MBPS, t.i., māte, kura nodara pāri savam bērnam, lai gūtu uzmanību no citiem. Tas atstājis paliekošas sekas pieaugušās Čārlijas dzīvē. Iemesls, kāpēc Čārlija gatavojas konkrētam datumam, ir tāds, ka pēdējos divos gados nogalinātas viņas divas labākās bērnības draudzenes, un nu Čārlija palikusi kā pēdējā. Pēdējo gadu viņa visvisādi trenējusies, bet, apsverot slepkavību apstākļus, rodas jautājums, vai tam beigās būs nozīme?

Bez šīs pamattēmas Vorenai kopā ar dzimumnoziegumu izmeklētāju detektīvi O(uzvārds pārāk grūti izrunājams, tāpēc tā saīsināts) mēģina atrisināt slepkavības, kur dažs labs drīzāk būtu gatavs slepkavam pateikt paldies, jo upuri ir pedofili. Interesanti bija vērot O jaunības asumu, dedzību un Vorenas pieredzes pieeju darbā, kā mēģina sastrādāties.

Aplausi par neparedzamību vainīgā ziņā gandrīz līdz pašām beigām! Vienubrīd jau tu esi pārliecināts, bet tad pēkšņi, nez no kurienes tāds pavērsiens un jauns aizdomās turamais, ka tik turies. : )

Netiek aizmirst arī par ieskatu Vorenas personiskajā dzīvē. Tagad, kad mājās ir desmit nedēļu jauns puika Džeks, viņas darba ikdiena ieguvusi šādas tādās pārmaiņas. Varēja pasmaidīt par to kā varenā detektīve uztraucas par savu vecāku neizbēgamo vizīti. Un kā pēdējā piebilde; apsveikums no manas puses Vorenai un Aleksam! Par ko? Tad vien atliek pašam izlasīt. (Vai arī sagaidīt manu viedokli par septīto sērijas grāmatu; visticamāk)

                                                                                                                                                

Charlie Grant knows that after four days at 21st January she probably will get killed. That’s why Charlie looks for a decent detective in Boston if that should happen. Luckily or not it’s detective D.D. Warren that she finds.

While the plot goes on we little by little find out about Charlie’s unenviable childhood, until at age of eight she is at hospital and after goes to live with her aunt. Until then she had to endure her mother with Munchausen by proxy syndrome. That has left big scars to the life of grownup Charlie Grant. The reason why she knows that it’s going to be 21st January is because her two best friends have been killed on those dates for last two years, and know Charlie should be the last one. For the past year she has trained in all imaginable ways for the coming moment, but knowing how her friends were killed you have to ask will that will matter?

Besides this main theme Warren together with sex crimes investigator detective O (the last name to complicate to pronounce) tries to solve murders for which some might congratulate the killer because the victims are pedophiles. It’s interesting to watch how the young and impulsive O and Warren with her experience try to work together.

Applauses for unpredictability considering who’s the killer, couldn’t tell almost until the end. For a while you think you know pretty sure who it is, but out of nowhere a twist with a new suspect and you don’t know what to think!

D.D. Warren’s personal life isn’t forgotten. Now, when there is a 10 weeks old baby boy Jack at home, there are some changes at Warren’s day-to-day work routine. You can only smile seeing how the strong and a bit intimidating detective fears and worries about her parents visit. And as a note from me are congratulations to Warren and Alex! Why? Well, you should probably start to read the book. : ) (or wait for my review of Fear Nothing)

Pirmdienas teikums #68

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Pirmdienas teikums ir mana versija par Bonespark~ “Sunday Sentence”, kurā tiek izcelts teikums no tā, kas iepriekš izlasīts.

At times like these, her mother’s fingers were talons, her entire body radiating a taut, wiry strength that was impossible to break.

Lisa Gardner – Catch Me (Detective D.D. Warren #6)

Pirmdienas teikums #59

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Pirmdienas teikums ir mana versija par Bonespark~ “Sunday Sentence”, kurā tiek izcelts teikums no tā, kas iepriekš izlasīts.

While this undoubtedly sounds like a safer strategy, moving a body involves its own dangers, including the risk of being spotted by witnesses, let alone transferring yet more evidence.

Lisa Gardner – The 7th Month (Detective D.D. Warren #5.5)

Lisa Gardner – The 7th Month (Detective D.D. Warren #5.5)

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads/Synopsis from Goodreads:

In her seventh month of pregnancy, D.D. should be taking it easy. Instead, she accepts a small consulting role on the set of a serial killer film shooting in Boston. D.D. figures she’ll be useful to someone for at least one night, serving as a police expert and making a little extra money in the bargain.

It seems like a simple task—until the previous film consultant, a former Boston cop, is found beaten to death. Suddenly D.D.’s date with Hollywood gets serious. Extremely pregnant, on the trail of a killer, and surrounded by a hundred and four murder suspects in the middle of a graveyard, D.D. must quickly unravel a tangled web of lies. As another cast member is attacked, D.D. realizes that like it or not, her priorities have changed—and her last desperate hope is that she can catch a killer before she and her unborn baby face mortal danger.

Izdevniecība/Publisher: Bantam Books

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

Lejuplādēju no torenta

Vērtējums/Rating: 3.5/5

Mana recenzija/My review

Būdama septītajā mēnesī, seržante detektīve Vorena nosēdināta darbā ar papīriem, un nebūt nav sajūsma, ka laiž garām aktīvu izmeklēšanu. Vienā tādā garlaicīgā dienā rodas negaidīta iespēja konsultēt filmas uzņemšanā, lai izmeklēšanas detaļas un policistu lomu spēle būtu pēc iespējas akurātāka.

Tomēr lietas izvēršas nopietnākas, kad iepriekšējais konsultants, atvaļināts policists, tiek atrasts nogalināts, nosists ar beisbola nūju. Kā arī FBI aģenta klātbūtne kā aktierim ir visai negaidīta.

Vorena izjūt bailes par gaidāmo nākotni, ko viņai nepavisam negribas atzīt (neuzdrošinies to teikt viņas klātbūtnē :D), ne vien par gaidāmo mazuli, bet arī nenovēršamo kopdzīvi ar Aleksu, un, kā tas viss vēlāk ietekmēs viņas darbu un karjeru. Brīžiem labs, neliels humors, kas mazāk manāms garākā sērijas grāmatā.

Šo īso stāstu noteikti der izlasīt arī pavisam vienkārša iemesla dēļ, ja nu noder nākotnē, ka starp nodaļām ir īsi, ātri izlasāmi padomi kā nogalināt, izvēlēties upuri un ieroci, un, protams, ko tālāk iesākt ar līķi.

                                                                                                                                                

Being pregnant and in the 7th month Sgt. Detective D.D. Warren works behind desk with paperwork and she isn’t that thrilled to be out of action. In one such boring day an unexpected opportunity shows up and she has a chance to consult on movie about investigation details and that actors that play cops would be believable and as much accurate as possible.

However things turn out to be a bit more serious when the previous consultant retired cop is found killed; also a presence of the FBI agent as an actor is a surprise.

Warren feels fear (that she doesn’t like to admit even to herself; be careful not to say that in her presence) thinking about future and inevitable moving in with Alex, and how that all will affect her carrier. There is a good humor which is less observable in other books.

Besides the story between chapters there are advices how to kill, choose the victim and your weapon, and of course what to do with the body. Who knows what the future holds so a must read for everyone, especially if the killing is in your job description.

Lisa Gardner – Love You More (Detective D.D. Warren #5; Tessa Leoni #1)

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads/Synopsis from Goodreads:

WHO DO YOU LOVE?
One question, a split-second decision, and Brian Darby lies dead on the kitchen floor. His wife, state police trooper Tessa Leoni, claims to have shot him in self-defense, and bears the bruises to back up her tale. For veteran detective D. D. Warren it should be an open-and-shut case. But where is their six-year-old daughter?
AND HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO . . .
As the homicide investigation ratchets into a frantic statewide search for a missing child, D. D. Warren must partner with former lover Bobby Dodge to break through the blue wall of police brotherhood, seeking to understand the inner workings of a trooper’s mind while also unearthing family secrets. Would a trained police officer truly shoot her own husband? And would a mother harm her own child?
. . . TO SAVE HER?
For Tessa Leoni, the worst has not yet happened. She is walking a tightrope, with nowhere to turn, no one to trust, as the clock ticks down to a terrifying deadline. She has one goal in sight, and she will use every ounce of her training, every trick at her disposal, to do what must be done. No sacrifice is too great, no action unthinkable. A mother knows who she loves. And all others will be made to pay.
Love you more . . .

Izdevniecība/Publisher: Bantam Books

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

Lejuplādēju no torenta

Vērtējums/Rating: 4.75/5

Mana recenzija/My review

Policistes Tesas Leoni dzīve vienudien apgriežas kājām gaisā, kad viņa atgriežas mājās pēc maiņas, bet meita Sofija tur vairs nav, bet vīrs Braiens ar pašas dienesta ieroci tiek nogalināts viņas acu priekšā. Ar šaubīgu pagātni un īsti nezinot, kurš vēl iesaistīts, Tesa neuzdrošinās uzticēties saviem kolēģiem vai likuma aizstāvjiem vispār.

Šajā lietā varam baudīt kā Vorena un Bobijs apvienojas kopīgam darbam. Abi, īpaši jau par Vorenu, atraduši otro pusīti, bet tomēr jāuzmanās vienuviet esot, jo agrāk jau pirms pirmās sērijas grāmatas bijuši pāris, bet, saprotams, darbs katram bijis nozīmīgāks. Vorenai, ņemot vērā ar jauno sevis stāvokli un cenšanos aprast ar domu, lieta izvēršas citādāka. Viņas mērķis nostādīts uz Tesu un nepavisam negribas noticēt Tesas notikumu versijai.

Apbrīnojami, ko gan Tesa gatava paveikt, ja runa ir par briesmās esošo meitu, ko visticamāk citādāk nepieļautu pat domās. Bet, ejot arvien tālāk, pastāv drauds zaudēt vairāk no savas cilvēcības. Stāsts ietver sevī arī problemātiskas tēmas, kā aizraušanas ar azartspēlēm, neskatoties uz augošiem zaudējumiem plus vēl aizņemšanās no nepareiziem avotiem.

Vorenas sērijas grāmatas nezaudē savu šarmu ar katru nākamo grāmatu sērijā un spēj joprojām noturēt interesi, nezaudējot spriedzi un mistēriju, cerams arī atsevišķās Tesas sērijas grāmatas (pēc Goodreads datiem vēl divas ira) ir līdzīgas.

                                                                                                                                                

State police troopers Tessa Leoni’s life turns upside down when after a long shift she comes home to find her daughter Sophie missing and her husband Brian at gunpoint and then killed with her own gun in front of her. With suspicious past and not really knowing who else is involved Tessa doesn’t dare to trust her colleagues or other law enforcement.

This case gives the reader a chance to enjoy the investigative work when Bobby Dodge and D.D. Warren join together. Both of them have found a significant other but still as once ex-couple (before the first book in the series) and realizing that both of them enjoyed the work more. For Warren this case turns out to be something more as she tries to accustom with her new condition. Her target from the beginning is Tessa as she doesn’t buy her story.

It’s amazing what Tessa is willing to do and how far to go when her daughter is in danger, and probably what she didn’t even thought capable of before. But going further and further there are risks to lose more and more from your humanity. The book contains problematic themes as gambling even when your losses are increasing plus borrowing from wrong people.

Detective D.D. Warren series as it goes on doesn’t still can be interesting and not lose its mystery  and suspense, hopefully that’s the same for Tessa Leoni series. According to Goodreads two more books in that series.

Lisa Gardner – Live to Tell (Detective D.D. Warren #4)

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads/Synopsis from Goodreads:

A savage crime has rocked a working-class neighbourhood of Boston; four members of a family have been brutally murdered. The father is lying in an intensive care unit, his survival in doubt. He is the principal suspect. Female police detective D.D. Warren, however, is not one to take things at face value. At the same time, Danielle Burton is about to have her life thrown into turmoil; a nurse whose life is at the service of her profession, she has tentatively recovered from a devastating family tragedy of decades before – and the investigation by Warren and her partner is about to throw Danielle’s life into chaos once again. There is one more angle to the triangle: the devotion of a mother, Victoria Oliver, to her disturbed son is about to be tested to the limit.

Izdevniecība/Publisher: Bantam Books

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

Lejuplādēju no torenta

Vērtējums/Rating: 4.5/5

Mana recenzija/My review

Tuvojas 25.gadadiena kopš Daniela izdzīvoja, kopš viņas tēvs nogalināja māti, māsu, brāli un pats sevi, bet viņu atstāja dzīvu. Katru gadu Daniela tuvojoties šim datumam uzņemas vairāk maiņu darbā kā ierasts, un strādā viņa slimnīcas nodaļā, kura ārstē garīgi slimus bērnus.

Darbaholiķei seržantei Vorenai prātā ik pa brīdim iešaujas doma, ka būtu pēdējais laiks atrast dzīves draugu un mēģināt veidot ģimeni, bet vienmēr atrunājies ar ilgajām un neparedzamajām darba stundām, kā arī, ka vienkārši nav tam domāta. Tomēr Bobijs kalpo kā pamudinājums kaut ko darīt, īpaši, pēc tam, kad viņa un Anabellas ģimenē skaitlisks pieaugums. Šajā ziņā interesanta autores intervija ar Vorenu pēc recencijas. : )

Jaunākā lieta, visa ģimene tiek atrasta nogalināta un izskatās, ka vainīgais tēvs, kurš mēģinājis izdarīt nesekmīgu pašnāvību. Bet papētot tuvāk atklājas interesantas lietas kā iespējamas finanšu problēmas (bet ne bezcerīgas) un garīgi slims adoptēts puika ar tendenci uz vardarbību.

Nepaiet īpaši daudz dienu, kad jau līdzīgu likteni piedzīvo cita ģimene. No pirmā iespaida varētu domāt, ka abām ģimenēm nav nekā kopīga, bet izrādās, ka ir – Danielas darbavieta, kura piedāvā savu klāstu aizdomīgo.

Kā vēl vienu interesantu tēlu var pieminēt agrāku finanšu haizivi, bet tagad garīgu dziednieku Endrū Vieglpēdi (Andrew Lightfoot). No malas, pārāk neiedziļinoties, var padomāt, ka tāds nekaitīgs kadrs ar vien labiem nodomiem.

Viktorija un viņas astoņgadīgais dēls Evans ir gandrīz kā atsevišķs stāsts, kas atklāj savu saistību ar pārējo vien tuvojoties beigām. Jāpiebilst, ka Evans arī cieš no garīgām kaitēm un mēdz būt īpaši nežēlīgs, bet tādas epizodes mijas ar retām priecīgām, un māte akli tic, ka tikai viņa zina, kas būtu labāk un ka tikai viņa spēj palīdzēt. Bet, manuprāt, tā vien pasliktinot situāciju.

                                                                                                                                                

25th anniversary is near since Danielle survived; since her dad killed her mother, sister, brother and himself and left her live to tell. Each year Danielle buries herself in the work and picks up extra shifts, and she works at hospital’s unit for mentally ill children.

Workaholic Sgt. D.D. Warren occasionally thinks that it might be the last time to think about starting a family but always excused herself with long and unpredictable work hours and also that it’s not just meant for her. However Bobby and Annabelle are as a stimulus especially when their daughter is born. In this case afterwards the review there is an interesting interview. : )

The newest case, the whole family is found killed and it seems that father was responsible who later unsuccessfully tried to shoot himself. But after looking into the matters more closely interesting fact are revealed like that the family had financial troubles but not so desperate to kill or that they had adopted mentally ill child with violent episodes.

Not that many days go by when another entire family is killed. From the first sight you might think that there is nothing common between them but there is – Danielle’s workplace, and there are enough suspicious characters

And one of those is former financial shark but now a spiritual healer Andrew Lightfoot. He gives an impression as harmless person with only good intentions.

Victoria and her 8 year old son Evan could be almost another story that reveals its connection to the main one only when the end is approaching. I should add that Evan also is mentally ill and can be very violent and cruel. But such episodes vary with happy ones, and the mother blindly believes that only she knows what’s best for her son and that only she can help, but in my mind only making everything worse.


Lisa Gardner Interviews Detective D.D. Warren / I thought that she became a Sgt. in the second book

Lisa Gardner: D.D.–What do you find most fascinating/frustrating about working with the new guy, crime scene expert Alex Wilson?
D.D.: Alex seems sharp. Knows his blood spatter–I respect that in a guy. ‘Course, he’s been teaching at the Academy, which is one thing, while we’re now standing in a Dorchester home with five dead and carnage in every room. I don’t want lectures, I want results. This was a family–according the neighbors, even a nice family who seemed to actually like one another. Until, of course, the father snapped and killed them all. Or did he? These are the kinds of questions I gotta ask, and Prof Alex better be ready to answer.

LG: When did you know you were going to have your own novel?
D.D.: First time I walked on scene in Alone. Please, I’m five times tougher than fellow detective Bobby Dodge and twenty times smarter. Plus, I look damn good in Jimmy Choos. Let’s see the former sniper do my job in my heels, then we’ll talk.

LG: What’s the most difficult case you’ve ever had to handle? Why?
D.D.: These past two family homicides. For one thing, any crime involving kids wrecks you a little. For another…I don’t believe in coincidence. Here are two families, totally different neighborhoods, socioeconomics, lifestyles, etc., yet they both wind up the same way, dead. Now, what are the odds of two totally different fathers going whacko in exactly the same way? I don’t believe it, but my boss isn’t into gut feel. All comes down to evidence. I would like some. Really, it would be nice right about now. Yo, Alex…

LG: What is the thing you love most about being a Boston P.D. Sergeant?
D.D.: Being in charge, calling all the shots, being the boss. Did I mention being in charge?

LG: What’s on your nightstand? What’s in the drawer?
D.D.: On my nightstand–back issue of the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin I keep meaning to read. In the drawer–emergency stash of chocolate, couple of condoms (don’t I wish), and a Kindle loaded up with the latest J.R. Ward steamy hot, seriously action-packed vampire novel. Tell anyone, and they will never find your body.

LG: Favorite food?
D.D.: I’ve always been partial to Italian. Which my squadmate Phil, told Alex all about. Now, Alex claims to be a serious Italian cook–apparently his mother is a Capozzoli and they know their Bolognese. A little wine, a little homemade pasta, a little tiramisu. All I gotta do is pick up the phone, tell him a time and date…one phone call. How hard can that be? One little call.

LG: You drive that butch police car all day. What’s your idea of a dream ride?
D.D.: Walking on a beach. No car, no pager, no shoes. Just me, the wind, the waves and the cry of the gulls. I’d probably go nuts within minutes, but it would be nice to give peace a chance.

LG: Can you ever see yourself partnering successfully with another cop? Or are you the quintessential lone wolf?
D.D.: Excuse me, I love my squad and my squad loves me. Neil is one of the finest detectives around, plus better him than me viewing all the autopsies. And Phil–hey, family man, great wife, four kids, works in homicide to escape the violence. Gotta love Phil. They have my back and I have theirs. Life is good.

LG: I’m a woman traveling alone, staying in a hotel. What are your top three tips to keep me safe from psychos?
D.D.: Most hotel crimes have to do with property theft. Unfortunately, a guest walking in on a burglary, or a thief breaking in assuming the room’s vacant only to find a guest present, can lead to violence. Thus, your best defense is to always use the deadbolt, and always advertise when you’re “home,” so to speak.

Bolt all locks anytime you’re in the room and hang out the Do Not Disturb Sign Double-check door is closed and latched (failures happen more than you think) Try to avoid staying in rooms closest to the elevators and/or stairs–these rooms are more frequently targeted by thieves as the location allows for quick getaways.

LG: Do you have any scars?
D.D.: Maybe, but you should see the other guy. Give as good as you get, that’s always been my motto.

LG: What’s the most you’ve ever spent on a pair of shoes? Describe!
D.D.: Silver sequined Jimmy Choos, on sale $500. Should never have bought them, but they’re really pretty and when I wear them, I don’t look like a cop, walk like a cop, or think like a cop. How does that commercial go…? Oh yeah, priceless.

LG: If you had to: dog or cat?
D.D.: No! Never! Don’t even think it!

LG: Tell me something I don’t know about you.
D.D.: I like mobiles. Don’t ask me why. But there’s something cool about looking up and watching the various shapes and colors slowly twist around. Sometimes, after a really bad day, I go home, close my eyes and create mobiles in my head–maybe one with bright origami animals, or another with silver geometric shapes. I let them go round and round, til finally I can sleep. Then when I wake up, I’ll know something critical about the crime–a piece of the puzzle I missed the day before, a clue I’d overlooked. I think it’s from focusing on patterns. That’s what crimes are, really–very violent patterns that a good detective must deconstruct, then rebuild in her head.

LG: Worst crime scene?
D.D.: The mummified remains of six girls on the grounds of the abandoned mental institute in Mattapan. Never saw anything like it, never want to again. Funny, that was Bobby Dodge’s first case as a detective (Hide)–got him a wife, and now a baby girl. But he never talks about it, and neither do I. Sometimes, finding justice for the victims isn’t enough, but it’s all we got. So a good detective walls it up, puts a Do Not Disturb Sign on that section of memory and walks away. Gotta in this job, or you’ll go mad.

LG: What do you wish you knew five years ago?
D.D.: Can a working woman have it all? Five years ago, I sweated my job. I worried I wasn’t working smart enough, closing cases fast enough. Now, I sweat my entire life. Am I working too hard? Missing out on other parts of life? Maybe I should take Alex up on his offer of homemade alfredo, except can I really be the detective I need to be, while trying to be the girlfriend I’d like to be? Can’t figure it out. So I wish that I’d realized five years ago, how good I had it. That focusing only on my policing career was a luxury I’d never have again. Spoken like a true workaholic, huh?

Pirmdienas teikums #58

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Pirmdienas teikums ir mana versija par Bonespark~ “Sunday Sentence”, kurā tiek izcelts teikums no tā, kas iepriekš izlasīts.

We try to figure out what makes each child tick, and we write up recommendations for the next set of experts who will ultimately deal with these kids, either at a residential program, or a long-term-care institution, or a supervised return to the home environment.

Lisa Gardner – Live to Tell (Detective D.D. Warren #4)

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.