Lisa Gardner


HIDE is an International Best Seller

HIDE airs on TNT Mystery Movie Night on December 6, 2011

Lisa Gardner, the New York Times bestselling author of GONE and ALONE, taps into our most intense fears in this terrifying new suspense thriller that pits two detectives against a killer who seems to have returned from the dead. No use locking the doors or turning on the lights, this time there’s no place to … hide.

You have good reason to be afraid …

It was a case that haunts Bobby Dodge to this day-the case that nearly killed him and changed his life forever. Now, in an underground chamber on the grounds of an abandoned Massachusetts mental hospital, the gruesome discovery of six mummified corpses resurrects his worst nightmare: the return of a killer he thought dead and buried.

There’s no place to run …

Bobby’s only lead is wrapped around a dead woman’s neck. Annabelle Granger has been in hiding for as long as she can remember. Her childhood was a blur of new cities and assumed identities. But what-or who-her family was running from, she never knew. Now, a body is unearthed from a grave, wearing a necklace bearing Annabelle’s name, and the danger is too close to escape. This time, she’s not going to run.

You know he will find you …

The new threat could be the dead psychopath’s copycat, his protégé-or something far more terrifying. Dodge knows the only way to find him is to solve the mystery of Annabelle Granger, and to do that he must team up with his former lover, partner, and friend D. D. Warren from the Boston P.D. But the trail leads back to a woman from Bobby’s past who may be every bit as dangerous as the new killer-a beautiful survivor-turned-avenger with an eerie link to Annabelle.

From its tense opening pages to its shocking climax, HIDE is a thriller that delves into our deepest, darkest fears. Where there is no one to trust. Where there is no place left to hide.

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Both the Doubleday Book Club and Literary Guild will pair Lisa with James Patterson’s STEP ON A CRACK in their brochure.

“The tension here doesn’t stem just from the sicko responsible for setting every Boston parent on edge, but from Dodge and his witness, whose relationship sizzles as the case careens to its twisted climax.” – People (4 stars)

“In bestseller Gardner’s first-rate follow-up to ALONE (2005), Bobby Dodge, once a sniper for the Massachusetts State Police and now a police detective, gets called to a horrific crime scene in the middle of the night by fellow detective and ex-lover D.D. Warren. An underground chamber has been discovered on the property of a former Boston mental hospital containing six small naked mummified female bodies in clear garbage bags. A silver locket with one of the corpses, which may be decades old, bears the name Annabelle Granger. Later, a woman shows up at the Boston Homicide offices claiming to be Annabelle Granger. Her resemblance to Catherine Gagnon (whose life Bobby saved in ALONE) helps stoke a romance between her and Bobby both subtle and sizzling. The suspense builds as the police uncover links between patients at the hospital and long-ago criminal activities. Through expert use of red herrings, Gardner takes the reader on a nail-biting ride to the thrilling climax.” – Publisher’s Weekly (starred review) (Feb.)

“Gardner fans look out: this one will take your breath away. Near the grounds of an abandoned mental hospital, a buried chamber is discovered. Inside are six bodies, one of which may be that of a girl who has been missing for two decades-the best friend of a woman, Annabelle, who has spent her childhood moving from city to city, from identity to identity, hiding from someone or something totally unknown to her. She’s been safe for several years now, but a single act of bravery plunges her right back into a life of fear. This is a rich, complex tale that juggles a handful of mysteries at once. Who is the killer, and could it be someone connected with a notorious child murderer? Who or what was Annabelle’s family running from? How did her father, a mathematician, know how to set up foolproof new identities? And why does an old sketch of a murder suspect look unsettlingly like Annabelle’s father? Head and shoulders above anything else Gardner’s written, this riveting novel represents the author at the height of her powers. – David Pitt, Booklist (starred review)

“Few authors have Gardner’s gift for imbuing realistic and flawed characters with a strangely compelling humanity. Her stories are always densely plotted and completely captivating.”-Jill Smith, Romantic Times, 4 1/2 stars

“… gripping, the progatonists earn quick sympathy, and the pages turn with speed …” – The Wall Street Journal

“An angsty, gripping psycho-killer saga …” – Entertainment Weekly

“Sometimes a series writer … rises above to produce a book that stands alone because it’s that good. Indeed, Gardner continues with her lead character from ALONE, Massachusetts state police Det. Bobby Dodge, but in HIDE (Bantam, $25), she really brings her game.” – NY Daily News

“A fast-paced work of suspense that grabs the reader with a stranglehold.” – The Denver Post

“Lisa Gardner has created an unusual and effective thriller about Annabelle Granger-a young woman whose childhood life involved running from place to place, hiding from she’s-never-known-what-and a detective whose worst case is reopened when six small mummified female bodies turn up in an underground crypt, one of them wearing a locket that once belonged to Annabelle. Maggi-Meg Reed gives a fresh intelligent, and attentive performance that makes the listener feel that the story is happening as she speaks. Gardner delivers believable characters in harrowing circumstances, and Reed matches deft plotting with a sympathy and skill that creates nerve-pinging tension over people you care about. This is a superlative performance of a thoroughly absorbing entertainment.” – B.G., Audiofile

“When you run, you’re never the person you should be. Annabelle Granger has been running for 25 years since she was a little girl. From who and what she never knew. Her parents just upped sticks and off they went, until it became a habit she couldn’t break. Then six bodies turn up in the grounds of an abandoned mental hospital in Boston, and one of them bears her name. An intriguing start to an intriguing novel, where a case that has haunted Detective Bobby Dodge for years jumps up and bites him again. No matter how screwed up the main characters are, I really warmed to them-although I had no idea who to trust. A brilliant book not to be missed under any circumstances.” -The Independent (UK)

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Discussion Questions/FAQs

What was your inspiration for HIDE?
Most of my novels are based on true crime and HIDE is no exception. I came up with the premise for the novel eight years ago, when reading a case about a grown man who stalked a young girl by leaving little gifts on her doorstep. Unfortunately, the situation ended tragically, with the stranger abducting the child.

The case always stayed with me. What must it have been like to be those parents? To see the threat but have no legal options? How far would any of us go, should any of us go, to protect our children?

HIDE features a police detective Bobby Dodge, whom you first introduced as a police sniper in ALONE. When you finished ALONE, did you know Bobby would reappear in another novel?
One of the occupational hazards of being an author is that sometimes you fall in love with your characters. I adored Bobby, and by the end of ALONE, felt he had more stories to tell. Returning to him and his cool-eyed sniper’s perspective was one of the biggest treats of writing HIDE.

The heroine in HIDE is Annabelle Granger, who has been on the run for the past 25 years. Her case appears to be closely tied to that of Catherine Gagnon, who in ALONE, was abducted as a child and held in an underground pit. What do you see as the biggest similarities and differences between the two women?
One of my favorite scenes in HIDE is Catherine and Annabelle finally getting a moment alone, where they can compare notes on their pasts and attempt to sound optimistic about their futures. At face value, Annabelle is the lucky one. Her father’s extreme actions meant she escaped a madman’s clutches. Or did she? How different is her own sense of anxiety, distrust and hopelessness from Catherine’s? These are the fun questions for me to ask and for readers to ponder.

Who do you think would win in a boxing match between the two? Annabelle is a kickboxer, but maybe Catherine would fight dirtier?
Catherine would never go head to head with an opponent as tough as Annabelle. She’d attempt to poison Annabelle’s drinking water. Failing that, she’d simply slink around looking sexier, richer and more accomplished than her rival. In a woman’s world, that’s punishing enough.

In HIDE, when the bodies of the six girls are found, they’ve been preserved through “wet mummification.” What exactly is this, and where did you get the idea to use it here?
Research is my favorite part of writing. For HIDE, I started the research process by interviewing a forensic anthropologist. Once I gave her the parameters for the mass grave discovered at the opening of HIDE, she suggested wet mummification. Over the years, I’ve gotten some of my best book ideas from the pros in the field. Real life experts have seen it all, and apparently, given crime quite a bit of thought.

In the course of your research, have you ever unearthed a tidbit that though true, you thought readers would find too unbelievable?
In THE SURVIVORS CLUB, I had two convicts discussing how the bloody imprint left on a victim from the seam of the jeans worn by the perpetrator lead to his arrest and conviction. Readers thought I was making it up, but it’s from a real case. Same with forensic freckle analysis, also used to positively ID the arm belonging to a suspect as the same arm pictured in photos with numerous victims. I tell you, research is fun. You never know what great idea you’re going to stumble across next.

There are over 8 million copies of your books in print and you have had eight consecutive New York Times bestsellers. Does writing get any easier with each book?
No, it gets harder because you learn more about writing with each book so you set the bar higher. The process never stops; the more you learn, the more you feel challenged to write a better story each time out.

HIDE is the second book to feature police sergeant D.D. Warren. What do like most about D.D., and are there plans to see more of her in the future?
I loved Boston PD Sergeant D.D. Warren from the first moment she strode into ALONE wearing a tight t-shirt with the word Felonious scrawled across her chest. In case readers haven’t noticed, I like characters with attitude. As a matter of fact, I’m working on another novel with her as we speak-but readers will have to wait until summer of 2009 to read the results.

How about Bobby Dodge – will we see him again? Please say yes!
Never say never.

Will he be in your next book?
Actually, my next novel returns to my FBI profiler characters. SAY GOODBYE, due out July 2008, features Kimberly Quincy, Mac, Rainie and Quincy from my previous novels, THE KILLING HOUR and GONE. SAY GOODBYE is really Kimberly’s story. She’s five months pregnant and facing the most dangerous predator of her career.

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Interview for the DoubleDay Book Club

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Bantam Dell
Hardcover January 30, 2007
Paperback May 20, 2008
Cover Art © 2006 Yook Louie

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