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Lisa Gardner

USA flag (b.1956)

aka Alicia Scott

Lisa Gardner sold her first novel when she was just 20 years old. In 1993 she graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in international relations. She lives in New Hampshire.

Genres: Mystery
Lisa Gardner recommends
Ruthless Game (2001)
Danielle Girard
"Danielle Girard writes thrillers guaranteed to keep you up late at night."
Don't Look Back (2002)
(Lavinia Lake / Tobias March, book 2)
Amanda Quick
"I had a wonderful time reading Don't Look Back....What fun, what fun, what fun! This action-packed tale, brimming with witty characters, vivid historical detail, and tautly woven intrigue kept me guessing until the very end. I loved the book and can't wait to brag to my mother that I've already read the latest AMANDA QUICK."
Promises to Keep (2002)
(Lean On Me, book 1)
Kathryn Shay
"A wonderful work of contemporary romance... Kathryn Shay never dissappoints."
Gone Too Far (2003)
(Troubleshooters, book 6)
Suzanne Brockmann
"Suzanne Brockmann always delivers kick-ass heroes, unforgettable heroines and nail-biting tales of suspense."
First Class Killing (2004)
(Alex Shanahan, book 3)
Lynne Heitman
"Thoroughly engrossing suspense."
Five Days in Summer (2004)
Kate Pepper (Katia Lief)
"Mesmerising... Your heart will be pounding long after you've turned the final page."
Through Violet Eyes (2004)
(Violet Eyes , book 1)
Stephen Woodworth
"Part The Silence of the Lambs, part The Lovely Bones, THROUGH VIOLET EYES delivers a highly evocative, thrilling punch. You won't put it down."
The Assassin (2005)
(Selena McCaffrey, book 1)
Rachel Butler
"The Assassin delivers the goods: fast action, surprise twists, and a heroine who's positively killer with a gun."
Hide Your Eyes (2005)
(Samantha Leiffer, book 1)
Alison Gaylin
"Punchy, comic, and clever, Hide Your Eyes will blow your mind."
Blue Mercy (2005)
(Kay Delaney, book 1)
Illona Haus
"Illona Haus shows no mercy in this taut tale of one cop's quest for justice."
Before I Wake (2005)
Anne Frasier
"Anne Frasier delivers thoroughly engrossing, completely riveting suspense."
The First Cut (2006)
(Nan Vining Mysteries, book 1)
Dianne Emley
"The First Cut hurtles the reader down a razor's edge of suspense to the final shattering end."
Twisted (2008)
(FBI , book 1)
Andrea Kane
"Andrea Kane sets new standards for suspense."
The Solomon Effect (2009)
(October Guinness and Jax Alexander, book 2)
C S Graham
"Fast-paced fun! Careening action with compelling characters and fascinating research."
Deadly Little Secrets (2010)
(Deadly , book 3)
Jeanne Adams
"...turns up the heat..."
You Are Next (2010)
(Karin Schaeffer, book 1)
Katia Lief
"Your heart will be pounding long after you've turned the final page."
Watch Me Die (2011)
(Stacy Killian, book 4)
Erica Spindler
"A can't-put-it-down rollercoaster ride of a read."
Hotwire (2011)
(Maggie O'Dell, book 9)
Alex Kava
"Twisted plots, shocking characters, breakneck pacing. Guaranteed to keep you up all night!"
Claim of Innocence (2011)
(Izzy McNeil, book 4)
Laura Caldwell
"Claim of Innocence is guaranteed to claim your weekend, while securing plucky lawyere heroine Izzy McNeil a place straight at the top of your reading pile."
Deliverance (2012)
(Mortal Path, book 3)
Dakota Banks
"Readers who like their paranormal romantic suspense novels to feature nonstop action, twisting plots, and deadly heroines will devour Bank's clever and compelling series."
The Cloud (2013)
(Nathaniel Idle, book 3)
Matt Richtel
"A pulse-pounding, down-the-rabbit-hole tale. Be prepared to stay up very late; this book is worth it!"
The Cold Nowhere (2013)
(Jonathan Stride, book 6)
Brian Freeman
"A master of psychological suspense."
Mortal Bonds (2013)
(Jason Stafford, book 2)
Michael Sears
"An extraordinary writer."
Watch Your Back (2013)
(Baltimore , book 4)
Karen Rose
"Karen Rose delivers the kind of high-wire suspense that keeps you riveted."
36 Hours (2013)
Allison Brennan
"Brennan knows how to deliver."
Runner (2014)
(Sam Dryden, book 1)
Patrick Lee
"Pure adrenaline rush! Finally, an action-packed novel brimming with complex characters as well as genuine heart. Not to be missed."
When Shadows Fall (2014)
(Samantha Owens, book 3)
J T Ellison
The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair (2014)
(Marcus Goldman, book 1)
Joël Dicker
"I haven't had a suspense novel surprise me like this one in a long time. Joel Dicker is a bright new star of suspense, and he proves his serious chops with this utterly thrilling, delightfully twisted, continually shocking novel. I can't wait to read what he writes next!"
Eeny Meeny (2014)
(D.I. Helen Grace, book 1)
M J Arlidge
"No doubt about it! 'Eeny Meeny' debuts one of the best new series detectives, Helen Grace. Determined, tough, and damaged, she must unravel a terrifying riddle of a killer kidnapping victims in pairs to send a particularly personal message. Mesmerizing!"
Eyes on You (2014)
Kate White
"Sharp as a stiletto! White captures the cut-throat world of entertainment TV where the latest star should trust no one if she's to build her show...or save her very life."
The Ways of the Dead (2014)
(Sully Carter, book 1)
Neely Tucker
"From the powerful opening to the shocking finale, "The Ways of the Dead" delivers the very best in gritty, hard-edged suspense. Complex characters, taut dialogue, and a riveting plot all add up to one extremely excellent novel."
My Sister's Grave (2014)
(Tracy Crosswhite, book 1)
Robert Dugoni
"One of the best books I’ll read this year."
Who Buries the Dead (2015)
(Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery, book 10)
C S Harris
"Sebastian St. Cyr is everything you could want in a Regency-era nobleman-turned–death investigator: uncannily clever, unwaveringly reserved, and irresistibly sexy."
Woman of the Dead (2015)
(Blum Trilogy, book 1)
Bernhard Aichner
"One of the most arresting thrillers I've read in years. A hypnotic thriller! Aichner plumbs the darkest depths of the human psyche in this compelling tale of a female undertaker. As a mother, Blum is touching and relatable, but as a vengeful wife determined to hunt down her husband's killers... be afraid. Be very, very afraid."
The Killing Lessons (2015)
(Valerie Hart, book 1)
Saul Black
"Completely mesmerizing! Black delivers a powerhouse of a thriller: two terrifying villains versus one damaged cop with numerous lives in the balance. Not to be missed."
Little Black Lies (2015)
Sharon Bolton
"I loved it! I stayed up entirely too late and completely ignored my family. It is the perfect thriller. A riveting portrait of small town secrets and big time betrayals. Friends, lovers, neighbours, everyone has something to hide..."
The Bourbon Kings (2015)
(Bourbon Kings, book 1)
J R Ward
"Breathless fun! J. R. Ward moves her trademark dark and sexy from the world of warrior vampires to the halls of the Kentucky elite, where the family members claws are just as sharp and the consequences just as deadly. I couldn't stop turning the pages!"
Pretty Baby (2015)
Mary Kubica
"A twisty, roller coaster ride of a debut. Fans of Gone Girl will embrace this equally evocative tale of a missing woman, shattered family and the lies we tell not just to each other, but especially to ourselves."
Those Girls (2015)
Chevy Stevens
Orphan X (2016)
(Orphan X, book 1)
Gregg Hurwitz
"Mind blowing! A perfect mix of Jason Bourne and Jack Reacher."
The Widow (2016)
(Kate Waters, book 1)
Fiona Barton
"The ultimate psychological thriller."
He Will Be My Ruin (2016)
K A Tucker
"A smart, sexy thriller. Tucker beguiles in this dark, twisty tale of lurid secrets, lavish lifestyles, and devastating loss. Once you start reading, you won't stop."
Collecting the Dead (2016)
(Special Tracking Unit, book 1)
Spencer Kope
"Will leave you breathless!."
Deep Six (2016)
(Jake Longly, book 1)
D P Lyle
"Corruption, vendettas, cartel killers, oh my! Deep Six puts the fun back into late-night reading with this fast-paced romp through murder and mayhem. Prepare to flip the pages."
The Freedom Broker (2017)
(Thea Paris, book 1)
K J Howe
"Clever and gritty."
A Deeper Grave (2017)
(Shades of Death , book 2)
Debra Webb
"You will fly through the pages of this action-packed thriller!."
Final Girls (2017)
Riley Sager
"This is the best book of 2017."
The Marriage Pact (2017)
Michelle Richmond
"Beware. This book will keep you up all night, while making you second guess everything you know and everyone you've ever loved."
The Dark Lake (2017)
(Gemma Woodstock, book 1)
Sarah Bailey
"Hooked me from page one! [A] stunning debut thriller... With clever twists and all-too-human characters, this book will keep you racing toward the end."
Barbed Wire Heart (2018)
Tess Sharpe
"Read this book! From the opening scene to the adrenaline-fueled finale, this is the rare thriller that packs an emotional punch as compelling as the deadly drug war that must be won at any cost. Harley is absolutely my kind of kick ass heroine. She's one of the most complex, fascinating, dangerous characters I've encountered in years. And BARBED WIRE HEART is the kind of novel that will stay with you long after the end."
Too Close to Breathe (2018)
(Frankie Sheehan, book 1)
Olivia Kiernan
"Mesmerizing . . . murder, betrayal, and secret lives . . . Everything you need in a great thriller."
Jar of Hearts (2018)
Jennifer Hillier
"Jar of Hearts grabs you by the throat! The perfect blend of riveting characters, chilling details, and gasping twists in this standout thriller will keep you frantically reading until the explosive end."
Caged (2018)
(Agent Sayer Altair, book 1)
Ellison Cooper
"Dark and mesmerizing...channels equal parts Kathy"
Trust Me (2018)
Hank Phillippi Ryan
"Mesmerizing! Hank Phillippi Ryan has outdone herself in this taut thriller of damaged lives, uneasy alliances and deadly cat and mouse!"
A Borrowing of Bones (2018)
(Mercy Carr Mystery, book 1)
Paula Munier
"A one-sit-read!."
Long Road to Mercy (2018)
(Atlee Pine, book 1)
David Baldacci
"David Baldacci is one of the all-time best thriller authors. Long Road to Mercy is all action and attitude, and makes no apologies. Love it!"
Before I Find You (2018)
Ali Knight
"Deliciously dark and suspenseful."
The 18th Abduction (2019)
(Women's Murder Club, book 18)
Maxine Paetro and James Patterson
"Everything you love about Patterson and the Women's Murder Club – smart characters, shocking twists, and a villain so evil you count down to the very last page to discover what will happen next."
Saving Meghan (2019)
D J Palmer
"DJ Palmer captivates readers with the fine line between a mother on a mission and a mother who’s gone way too far...the stakes couldn’t be higher in this pulse-pounding winner of a thriller."
Lost Hills (2020)
(Eve Ronin, book 1)
Lee Goldberg
"The perfect combination of action and suspense...Eve Ronin is one of the best new female characters in ages."
No Bad Deed (2020)
Heather Chavez
"The kind of twisty, jet-fueled thriller that explodes on page one and has you happily abandoning work, sleep, life as you race to the stunning end."
A Conspiracy of Bones (2020)
(Temperance Brennan, book 19)
Kathy Reichs
"Sinister and chilling. In Tempe Brennan's riveting return to the investigative trail, she suddenly finds herself caught in a tangled web. Who can she trust? Maybe not even herself. Bones is back and better than ever."
Hide Away (2020)
(Rachel Marin, book 1)
Jason Pinter
"Absolutely addictive! Pinter’s Hide Away breaks new ground with the kind of vigilante heroine who can hunt down the bad guys, serve up some justice, then return home in time for breakfast with the kids. Bravo!"
He Started It (2020)
Samantha Downing
"Wholly original. Scarily clever. Completely mesmerizing. You will never look at family road trips the same way again."
Don't Make a Sound (2020)
(Sawyer Brooks, book 1)
T R Ragan
"A heart-stopping read. Ragan’s compelling blend of strained family ties and small-town secrets will keep you racing to the end!"
You Betrayed Me (2020)
(San Francisco , book 3)
Lisa Jackson
"Shiveringly good suspense! Lisa Jackson ratchets up the tension as one woman's desperate search for her missing son takes her to the very brink of losing her husband, her sanity, her very self. Each chapter will leave you wondering who to trust. The answer: You don't want to know..."
Finlay Donovan Is Killing It (2021)
(Finlay Donovan, book 1)
Elle Cosimano
"Read in a single night, applauding along the way. For anyone who's ever wished to turn her life around, Finlay Donovan is the master. From failing everything, to succeeding brilliantly, she proves you only need to get mistaken once for a contract killer, to solve all your problems."
Every Last Fear (2021)
Alex Finlay
"Explosive! A knife-edged thriller that explores the true meaning of family, including love, loyalty and lies."
Every Vow You Break (2021)
Peter Swanson
"A true tour de force."
The Family Tree (2021)
Nicole Mabry and Steph Mullin
"This thriller keeps the shocks coming right up to the climatic end."
The Hive (2021)
Gregg Olsen
"Mesmerizing! Gregg Olsen tautly reveals layer after layer of lies, secrets, and betrayals in an increasingly horrifying exposé of one cult leader and her terrible sway over others. Forget the evil men do. These women will have you fearing for your life."
Hostage (2021)
Clare Mackintosh
"Fiendishly clever. Mackintosh takes domestic suspense to new heights in this tale of a kidnapped child, hijacked plane, and two parents' desperate fight to save their family."
The Lost Girls (2021)
Jessica Chiarella
"Dark, clever and gripping. Starting with its ripped-from-the-headlines opening to its fast and furious descent down the rabbit hole of lies, deceit and revenge, The Lost Girls grabs you by the throat and never lets go. Fans of podcasts, true crime and edgy thrillers must read this book!"
The Stranger in the Mirror (2021)
Liv Constantine
"Gripping! Equal parts character study and domestic thriller, THE STRANGER IN THE MIRROR makes for a perfect weekend read—a highly enjoyable page-turner where you race to the end, breathless to discover the shocking truth."
Gone For Good (2021)
(Detective Annalisa Vega, book 1)
Joanna Schaffhausen
"Annalisa Vega is the detective you've been waiting for. A second generation Chicago cop, she has the chops to take on a serial killer, a large family to keep her grounded, and personal experience with the secrets behind closed doors."
Never Saw Me Coming (2021)
Vera Kurian
"Fresh, fast-paced and fiendishly clever! If you love watching true crime and wonder about the psychopaths among us, this is the book for you! Never Saw Me Coming will have you never sleeping again."
The Bone Cay (2021)
Eliza Nellums
"Atmospheric and gripping. Eliza Nellums combines old mysteries with new dangers to create an evocative page-turner that will have you racing breathlessly to the end."
Strange Fire (2022)
Joel Burcat
"Warning: surprising twists and turns ahead! Strange Fire is much more authentic than the usual fictional fare and is a rare legal thriller with the ability to educate as well as entertain."
Run, Rose, Run (2022)
Dolly Parton and James Patterson
"Taut and exciting...Patterson's suspense mastery plus Parton's insider knowledge of Nashville's dark underbelly equals one great read."
The Investigator (2022)
(Letty Davenport, book 1)
John Sandford
"Sandford fans rejoice! Davenport next generation has arrived and Letty is exactly the kind of cool-eyed, smart-mouthed, lethally dangerous heroine we've been waiting for."
Assassin's Lullaby (2022)
Mark Rubinstein
"Assassin's Lullaby is the kind of thriller that will have you breathlessly flipping each page. Rubinstein's lean prose perfectly captures the stark, brutally honest life of a paid killing machine, even as the quiet moments let you, the reader, and Eli, the assassin, wonder if he shouldn't want for something more."
First Victim (2022)
Debbie Babitt
"A taut, visceral thriller. From the first page to the last, FIRST VICTIM grabs you by the throat and hurtles you forward in a breathless need for answers, as the twists and turns keep coming. Buckle up for a wild ride."
The Gatekeeper (2022)
(Dez Limerick, book 1)
James Byrne
"Adrenaline charged! James Byrne delivers an action-packed, twist-a-minute thrill ride featuring Dez, the massively muscled, wickedly clever, tongue in cheek hero we never knew we needed...and I already can't wait to meet again."
The Blue Bar (2023)
(Blue Mumbai, book 1)
Damyanti Biswas
"An intense, visceral thriller that... will leave you breathless!"
City Under One Roof (2023)
Iris Yamashita
"Northern Exposure meets Dexter in this clever thriller in which an isolated community is rocked by a twisted murder, increasingly dark secrets and the terrifying knowledge that the people they always thought they knew are now the ones they should fear the most."
The House in the Pines (2023)
Ana Reyes
"Loved it! Read in a single-sitting, totally enthralled and desperate to learn the truth!"
The Institution (2023)
Helen Fields
"Quite simply, wow! One of the best high concept thrillers I've read in forever. I can't decide which is my favourite character, Dr. Connie Woolwine, or the Institution itself."

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