You have a split second to make your decision.
If you don't shoot, will he?
'Lisa Gardner always delivers heart-stopping suspense' HARLAN COBEN
'Stories that grip from the first page' KARIN SLAUGHTER
'The absolute master of the psychological suspense novel' SHARON BOLTON
'A terrific psychological thriller' OBSERVER
FROM THE GLOBAL BESTSELLING AUTHOR of Before She Disappeared comes Alone - a gripping thriller introducing Lisa Gardner's series character Detective D. D. Warren.
As he watches a potentially fatal hostage situation unfold through the scope of his sniper rifle, Massachusetts State Trooper Bobby Dodge knows that he may be all that stands between life and death. But from the moment Bobby pulls the trigger, killing an armed man holding his own wife and child hostage, it may be Bobby's own life that is lost.
Detective D. D. Warren's investigation into the shooting leads her to the impossibly beautiful young widow, Catherine Rose Gagnon, and the darkness in her past. Even as the truth behind the façade of this wealthy Boston family's life is revealed, the body count rises. And with a sadistic, vengeful killer newly released from prison, everyone must be on their guard. For he strikes the solitary wanderer - and no one can stay protected forever...
Praise for Lisa Gardner thrillers:
'Excellent read... The sheer twists and turns keep the suspense going to the very end' ***** Reader Review
'An amazing author who is equally able to get inside the head of the victim and the perpetrator, the plot is so intricate that the twists and turns lead you in so many directions... Fantastic read!' ***** Reader Review
'What a wonderful web of intrigue from start to finish. There were so many twists and turns that sometimes I had to go back a page to make sure I was on the right track' ***** Reader Review
'With twists and turns in every chapter this book keeps you riveted to the end. Believable characters are built and leave you wanting more. An excellent book' ***** Reader Review
'Well written and gripping conclusion, I loved it. Lisa has a gift for life drama and a deep understanding of human mental processes, which enriched her story telling. A first class read' ***** Reader Review
'Once I started this book I found it hard to put down. All the way through I kept doubting who/how/why and constantly changed my mind. Fantastic book. Buy it!!!' ***** Reader Review
'Action from the start, the story twists and turns, keeping you hooked right to the end. Very well written' ***** Reader Review
'There was barely time to pause for breath reading this!' ***** Reader Review
'This author is unrivalled in the genre in my opinion' ***** Reader Review
A terrifying woman-in-jeopardy plot propels Gardner's latest thriller, in which child advocate and PI Lorraine "Rainie" Conner's fate hangs in the balance. Rainie, a recovering alcoholic with a painful past (who previously appeared in Gardner's The Third Victim, The Next Accident and The Killing Hour) is kidnapped from her parked car one night in coastal Oregon. The key players converge on the town of Bakersville to solve the mystery of her disappearance: Rainie's husband, Quincy, a semiretired FBI profiler whose anguish over Rainie undercuts his high-level experience with kidnappers; Quincy's daughter, Kimberley, a rising star in the FBI who flies in from Atlanta; Oregon State Police Sgt. Det. Carlton Kincaid; local sheriff Shelly Atkins; and abrasive federal agent Candi Rodriguez, who specializes in hostage negotiation. Gardner suspensefully intercuts the complicated maneuvering of this bickering team with graphic scenes of Rainie bravely struggling with her violent, sadistic captor. When the rescuers make a misstep, he raises the stakes by snatching a troubled seven-year-old foster child named Dougie, who's one of Rainie's cases. The cat-and-mouse intensifies, as does the mystery of the kidnapper's identity. Sympathetic characters, a strong sense of place and terrific plotting distinguish Gardner's new thriller.