Title: Find Her
Author: Lisa Gardner
Publication Date: February 2016
Format: Physical book
Genre: Suspense, Mystery, Thriller
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
**TRIGER WARNING** There are scenes that describe rape and sexual assault. This book also contains traumatic scenes of abuse and torture.**
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.
Book one of the Booktube-A-Thon 2017 complete!
Are you ever walking down the aisle of a bookstore when a cover completely jumps out at you? Find Her was that book for me recently. While I won’t buy a book only for the cover and this book doesn’t have an especially pretty cover, it jumped out at me as the type of thriller I would enjoy, which the synopsis confirmed.
On to what’s inside the book. I can’t say too much without giving away spoilers, but basically, this was a complex thriller with plenty of twists and red herrings that made me fly through it.
Flora is still learning to live with who she is after her abduction, and it leaves her changed and those around her confused and hurt that she can’t return to the person she was before she was taken.
I liked Flora and her determination and resilience despite the horrors she faced for over a year. The points of the novel told from Det. D.D. Warren felt slower and I never really connected with her character.
When the “bad guy” is revealed, it felt a little forced and I guessed the ending, so the twist didn’t completely feel like a twist. The pacing was pretty solid throughout, but towards the end, it did start to get repetitive, which are the reasons it was a 3.5 star read. However, I literally carried it with me everywhere while reading it, so I definitely enjoyed this one.
I feel like I’m off to a good start for the Booktube-A-Thon and now onto book #2!