Book Review: Find Her by Lisa Gardner
February 1, 2016
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.
I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy of this book from the publisher, Penguin Random House, in exchange for an honest review. Here are my thoughts on finishing:
On the Plus Side:
- I always enjoy a good mystery, and I think Lisa Gardner is a reliable author if you are looking for one. I’ve never been disappointed in a novel of hers.
- Once I was drawn into the story, I found I had a hard time putting it down. I just wanted to figure out “whodunnit”, and I couldn’t wait.
- The portrayal of Flora as a recovering victim felt very believable to me – I could see many victims coping in the same way that she did.
- The pieces of this particular mystery line up very well. If you are paying attention to the breadcrumbs, you will be able to figure out many aspects of the story.
- I did enjoy the ending. For me, it was believable yet unexpected – the perfect ending for a good mystery.
On the Minus Side:
- This isn’t my first novel with Detective DD Warren, and even after all this time, I often find it difficult to connect with her character (and I felt it more in this novel that in previous ones). Although you see warm moments, she is often cold-hearted and methodical about her feelings….very different from me.
Overall, I definitely recommend this one if you are looking for a good page turner. Gardner does not disappoint!
What do you think of Lisa Gardner mysteries? Are there any books of hers in particular you would recommend?