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Ex-sniper Bobby Dodge, from Gardner's New York Times bestseller Alone, returns in this thriller about a woman who is thrust into the center of a 20-year-old crime with terrifying repercussions.
Published: New York : Bantam Books, 2007.
ISBN: 9780553804324
0553804324
Branch Call Number: F GAR
Characteristics: 375 p. ;,25 cm.

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KlayDyer
Jul 10, 2018

The denouement is, arguably, one of the greatest challenges in any thriller, even one as powerfully written and intricately plotted as Hide. Does the final unraveling of the mysteries driving the novel stretch the cord of suspended belief just enough or just that one complexity too far? Do the resolutions make sense within the context of the world created in the novel? Does this sense-making extend into the world of the reader, which often makes even the most bizarre narrative even more unsettling? And is the reader left with a sense of satisfied (though not necessarily satisfactory) completion or with the urge to toss the book aside in exasperation? In the end, is the narrative more classic Agatha Christie or more Bobby-in-the-shower Dallas episode (look it up, young readers)?
Gardner dances a fine line in Hide, to be sure, but in the end this is a novel that pushes the limit without ever tumbling into cliche or exasperation. Twists and turns abound. Dead ends accumulate. Obsessions are revealed. New characters appear, but not without context. And the psychological and emotional tensions shaping investigation into a nightmarish cold case are drawn out with just the right touch of hesitation.
In the end, this is a novel about the dynamics of identity. How it is shaped and reshaped, how it defines us, often against our own wishes, and how the search for origins is at once universal and incessant. Although marketed as a D.D. Warren novel (she does play a significant role), this is really the Annabelle Granger story. Recovering from a childhood that had her changing names and cities in response to her father’s ever-darkening obsession with an unnamed and unseen threat, Granger is at once overloaded and empty of a sense of who she really is. As the layers peel back from her five-suitcase life, she is forced to recognize that families are far more complex than our Facebook age represent, and that some decisions, however well intentioned, create deep and unintended ripples across a life.
An impeccable thriller? By no means. But a solid page-turner that keeps you guessing, leaves you slightly uneasy, and has a few really great moments (one involving dogs is especially nice), and has just the right amount of self-aware irony to make the almost-implausible enjoyable.

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Corwall
Mar 30, 2018

Fantastic! My favorite of Lisa Gardner's novels yet!! I definitely recommend this one! Lisa kept you wondering who the actual suspect was with many possibilities right up to the exciting conclusion!

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barryandlinda
Jan 11, 2018

Someone was stalking 7 year old Annabelle Granger and in order to keep her safe, her father moved Annabelle and her mother to other States often. Her parents are now dead and Annabelle decides to come back to Boston where she has her own business. When six mummified bodies of young girls are discovered in an underground chamber, Detective Bobby Dodge is called to help Sargent D D Warren in this case, Bobby knows that somehow Annabelle is connected to this case. The police are desperately trying to solve this case and prevent any more girls to go missing. This is a page turner from beginning to end.

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Khaleeka
Apr 16, 2015

I haven't had the time to read more fiction, lately.

A few weeks ago, I was on the phone with my bookaholic mother and she shared with me how she was reading this great book with awesome plot hooks and unexpected occurrences...that's my kind of story! I pulled it up on my library website while she continued to describe it and I begged her not to spoil it for me, just as I successfully got a copy via Overdrive (God Bless technology)!

It was hard to pull away from it; I enjoyed it so much that I now want to read all her other books.

Artpenr Jan 23, 2014

omg im in the library and i just heard a women mention this book and now i am interested

Mindy04 Aug 09, 2012

This was a great book. I had a hard time putting it down. I was always trying to solve the mystery.

deVichi Mar 14, 2012

This is my first Lisa Gardner novel and I wasn't disappointed. The story development was well done and I enjoyed the characters, their personalities, and how they fit into the story. The twists and turns in the story always kept my interest and I was never bored. I found this book hard to put down and I thoroughly enjoyed the pace. I found myself asking how all the pieces fit together and in the end it was explained well. I was able the guess the "bad guys" in the book, but that didn't take away from seeing how it all played out in the end by the author. I'd definitely consider another Lisa Gardner book and recommend this one for a fun read.

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Abby0429
Dec 30, 2011

one of the best mystery books I've ever read. I probably changed my list of suspects at least six times, the new secrets plucked from the story keeping me hooked. Every time you turned a page another unexpected event happened. Definitely not predictable, and a book I couldn't stop reading, at times I felt like I was reading dreadfully slow because I just needed to know what would happen next, in a good way though. Recommended.

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MeReneG
Feb 28, 2011

My first exposure to Gardner, and I plan to read more. Interesting, suspenseful plot with lots of twists leading to unexpected outcomes. Storytelling style also different: partly in the third person (with respect to the police and other characters), partly in the first person (with respect to the main character, who spent her childhood on the run with her family).

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elmoskippy
Feb 15, 2011

I've enjoyed reading many of Lisa Gardner's books, but this one is my favourite. From beginning to end it's filled with suspense and twists and turns that keep you guessing till the surprising ending. Love the Dodge and Warren characters that Gardner has created in this series.

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Apr 16, 2015

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