Review: Find Her (D.D. Warren) by Lisa Gardner

My Thoughts

A fast-paced, chilling, emotional thriller
that will keep you riveted until the very end.

5stars

Synopsis

Feb-09Flora 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

Bestselling crime novelist Lisa Gardner is back with Find Her — a taut psychological thriller both chilling and emotional. Her narrative thrums with heart-pounding scenes and unexpected twists that have you furiously flipping pages.

This time, we meet Flora Dane, who five years ago was found in a dirty hotel room at the hands of her kidnapper. For 472 days she’d been held captive, many of those days confined in a wooden coffin. Surviving the unimaginable had changed Flora, a numbness had smothered her emotions. She’d found the void inside herself, shut off her emotions so completely that it left her unable to feel again.

“Find the void. Live in the void. In the void, no one can hurt you. And if no one can hurt you, then you never have to be afraid again.”

In the years since she’d been found, Flora had relentlessly honed her skills in crime investigation and survival strategies—more so than most detectives in employ.

So when Detective D.D. Warren meets Flora at the scene of a crime and then learns she’s since faced three other perpetrators post-abduction, she wonders whether Flora is indeed a victim prone to bad luck, or a vigilante with a plan. Flora is especially knowledgeable in the case of Stacey Summers—a girl whose disappearance has rocked the city and left everyone demanding answers.

When Flora unexpectedly disappears again, D.D. must dig into her past to unearth truths that have been kept hidden. Worse yet, links between Stacey’s and Flora’s disappearance become apparent, raising the stakes even higher. This time, Flora may have gotten herself in more trouble than she can beat as her suffocating past stifles her ability to think clearly. It’s a race against time for both D.D. and Flora.

“I’m the girl who survived four hundred and seventy-two days in and out of a cheap pine coffin. I’m the girl who’s going to get out of this alive.”

Gardner’s mastery of suspense is evident on every page, as Flora’s disturbing story unfurls and D.D.’s investigation intensifies. I was riveted until the very end.

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