Books by Lisa Gardner

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Right Behind You

This is why I read: to discover and devour engrossing, fascinating, mesmerizing novels like Right Behind You.  There is nothing quite like the experience of becoming completely absorbed and involved in a good book, and this story with its riveting characters and thrilling, non-stop plot is a very g ...

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The 4th Man

I’ll be blunt here.  I don’t approve of the short story prequel trend as I find one of two things tends to happen with this particular gimmick. The first is that I wind up paying an extra few dollars for information that is absolutely vital to the story and should have been included in the book ...

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Find Her

This book frightened me. It put a coil of terror in my belly and gave me anxious dreams. It wasn’t just because the writing was excellent or the plot scary, but because of its subject matter. Every parent has a secret belief that if we can just get our kids through the school years, we can breathe ...

B+
Crash and Burn

I can remember a time when the song "Memory" from Cats was everywhere. I was reminded of that song while I read this book since part of the lyrics express exactly what the heroine in this novel feels as she tries to recapture a very elusive memory of her own. “I remember/A time I knew what happine ...

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Touch and Go

When my children were little I became well acquainted with the wit and wisdom of a nationally known purple dinosaur. One of his numerous oft-repeated songs told me that, “a family is people and a family is love, they come in all different sizes and different shapes but mine’s just right for me. ...

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Love You More

In real life, strong women aren't hard to find. I am surrounded by them. In books, they seem tough to locate. Many times verbosity seems to be confused with strength. TSTL is many a time described as "independent." This is why a Lisa Gardner book is always such a treat for me. She nearly always writ ...

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Live to Tell

Are our childhood memories ever as accurate as we think they are? Do our minds sometimes force us to forget the unthinkable, shielding us from things that might make it hard for us to heal? Live to Tell is all about memories that destroy, but more, it is about the dangerous place that the human min ...

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Say Goodbye

My roommate asked me the other day if I liked murder mysteries. I told her I did, as long as there were good characters. Though I initially despaired of making a connection with the characters of Say Goodbye, things eventually picked up to make a well crafted, if disturbing, mystery. ...

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The Neighbor

I've long been a fan of the television show Without a Trace. The disappearance stories on the show sometimes end in the discovery of a murder and sometimes in the victim being found alive and often one doesn't know until the very end how close to a happy ending it will be for all involved. So it ...

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Gone

Gone is a solid and engrossing mystery with a fairly suspenseful plot. However, readers should not expect a romance, because this isn't one, although it does examine the relationship between a husband and wife. Rainie Connor Quincy, a capable former cop turned child advocate, h ...