Find Her – 4 Stars

find her

Lisa Gardner

Detective D.D. Warren Series (Book 8)

Release Date: February 9, 2016

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book blurb

Flora Dane is a victim.

Seven years ago, carefree college student Flora was kidnapped while on spring break. For 472 days, Flora learned just how much one person can endure.

Flora Dane is a survivor.

Miraculously alive after her ordeal, Flora has spent the past five years reacquainting herself with the rhythms of normal life, working with her FBI victim advocate, Samuel Keynes. She has a mother who’s never stopped loving her, a brother who is scared of the person she’s become, and a bedroom wall covered with photos of other girls who’ve never made it home.

Flora Dane is reckless.

. . . or is she? When Boston detective D. D. Warren is called to the scene of a crime—a dead man and the bound, naked woman who killed him—she learns that Flora has tangled with three other suspects since her return to society. Is Flora a victim or a vigilante? And with her firsthand knowledge of criminal behavior, could she hold the key to rescuing a missing college student whose abduction has rocked Boston? When Flora herself disappears, D.D. realizes a far more sinister predator is out there. One who’s determined that this time, Flora Dane will never escape. And now it is all up to D. D. Warren to find her.

 


my review

4 Stars

Lisa Gardner’s latest release Find Her is the dark and twisted tale of Flora Dane. She’s this character who is so freaking tough – I almost didn’t know what to think of her.  She’s kind of a hot mess but she is also one badass survivor.  (Seven years ago, she was kidnapped – tormented and abused for 472 days but she endured all that one monster put her through.)  Because of her past, Flora is determined never to be a victim again.

So when another college student goes missing, Flora attempts to find the kidnapper herself, and it all kinda goes to hell.  It’s absolute chaos and as I read, I was wondering what was really going on. Was Flora in danger again?  Was she a victim turned perpetrator?  Or had she become some vigilante searching for justice.  It’s crazy.

As the story unfolds you find yourself completely enveloped in Flora’s story because it’s full of suspense and a total roller coaster ride – you just can’t look away. The characters were almost creepy in their intensity but they were also completely captivating and intriguing.  (I thought the various personalities are what made the book great)

And as Flora struggles through her past issues and the current drama, I felt like I was right there beside her.  My heart was racing for most of the book and I was blindsided by the plot a couple of times – which I thought was awesome.

I have not read any of the other books by this author about the detective who investigates the case.  But I didn’t feel like that hurt my reading experience – so I can recommend that this book be read as standalone.  Regardless, I absolutely suggest fans of suspense novels.  Find Her is entertaining and highly enjoyable.  Get this book today!

 

 

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