PUBLISHED : Sunday, 14 August, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 14 August, 2005, 12:00am


by Lisa Gardner

Orion, $96

Expect nothing more than an adrenalin rush from Alone and you'll be satisfied. From start to finish - and this should be consumed in a single sitting - it grabs you by the throat. A hostage drama at the start results in a bullet to the head of Catherine Gagnon's husband. Policeman Bobby Dodge fires the shot because he thinks the deranged man is about to kill his wife. Taking a life to save another is tough, but all in the line of duty. His split-second decision, however, sets in motion a roller-coaster ride. Catherine, it seems, isn't the innocent wife she appears. The victim years ago of a paedophile who locked her up for 28 days, she may have survived, but is far from recovered. Money was Catherine's prime motivation for marrying into the Gagnon family and it's not long before the marriage starts to unravel. The couple's child becomes a pawn she uses to prevent a divorce. Just as the story appears to have rounded its last corner, the paedophile is released early and heads straight for his former captive. Readers might find the plot predictable - and even improbable. But once on the thrilling ride, there's no turning back.



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