"Catch Me" (Dutton), by Lisa Gardner: If you knew the exact date and time of your death, what would you do? "Everyone has to die sometime. Be brave."
In Lisa Gardner's latest D.D. Warren thriller, "Catch Me," Charlene Grant is terrified that her death is just days away. Two years earlier, on Jan. 21, one of her two best friends was murdered. Her other best friend was killed the following year on the same date. Four days from now it will be the 21st, and she knows she's next.
Charlene tries to live under the radar, but she knows her days are numbered. She works for a 9-11 dispatch and decides to use the time she has left to help those in need.
She also approaches detective Warren to ask for her help in either stopping the killer or, if she dies, solving her murder.
Warren initially believes Charlene is a crackpot. But as she begins investigating her claims, she discovers that someone really is out to get Charlene. The two previous cases were never solved, and time is running out.
Gardner has become one of the best psychological thriller writers in the business. The compelling characters, the shocking plot and the realistic atmosphere of how police operate make this a "must read" for any suspense aficionado.
Gardner somehow gets better with each book.