Author: Lisa Gardner
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books 
Length: 10.6 hours (9CDs)
The book opens with Massachusetts State Police Sniper Bobby Dodge responding to a call out at a domestic disturbance where shots have been fired. When he observes a man pointing a gun at a woman with a small child in her arms he shoots to kill. Although at first Bobby is considered a hero for saving Catherine Gagnon and her son Nathan things soon turn sour. Police soon start to suspect that Catherine engineered her husband’s murder-by-cop and that Bobby may have been involved long before the night of the shooting. At the same time Catherine’s father-in-law tries every trick in the book to gain custody of Nathan, including accusing Catherine of abuse, and the people Catherine is close to start dying gruesome deaths.
Honestly a one word review of this one would suffice: meh.
If you want more I’ll say that it was one of those run of the mill crime fiction books that passes the time but is barely memorable. For a start I found the characters quite clichéd. Catherine was the victim of a paedophile as a child and is now an emotionally wounded but stunningly beautiful woman (so stunningly beautiful that even while being shot at and facing almost certain death a man will think first of how great she looks). Of course she is married to an abusive man. And of course all the men she meets fall at her stunningly beautiful feet. She is also the unluckiest human on the planet and because she’s such a two-dimensional character I found the endless trail of tragedy in her life to be ridiculous. Bobby is not much better as the stoic Trooper who can’t seem to make up his mind who to believe. None of the other players left much of an impression, although the villain seemed wholly incredible to me (would someone who had been in prison for 25 years be familiar with the mod cons of 2005?).
The plot, revolving largely on the aforementioned tragedies in Catherine’s life and her ability to manipulate the men in her life, left me fairly cold. I was mildly interested in what tortured mechanism the author would use to tie it all together but I found it so contrived that I didn’t much care about what was happening from moment to moment (although my concern for the puppy did keep me attentive for a while). There were just too many unbelievable elements for me to find the book genuinely suspenseful because I always knew that certain things would turn out a certain way, regardless of how silly or fantastic such an outcome might appear.
If this had been a print book I probably wouldn’t have finished it but I am always short of audio books and it was distraction enough on my morning walk to work this week.
My rating 2/5
I note from my reading journal that I’ve read one other Lisa Gardner book, The Next Accident. As it was in my pre-blog days I don’t have a full review but I did say that the characters weren’t terribly good or memorable and I rated it a 2.5. Perhaps this author is just not for me