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Sunday, June 11, 2017

#allthebookreviews: Find Her by Lisa Gardner @LisaGardnerBks @DuttonBooks @jessicamapreviews

Find Her by Lisa Gardner
#8 Detective D. D. Warren
Dutton Books
Paperback releases June 13, 2017

Have you read Lisa Gardner yet?  What? You haven't?!  I suggest you remedy that immediately!!  If you like crime fiction, strong female lead characters and an action packed, page turner of a thriller, we highly recommend this book.  Trending on #allthebookreviews tag with my reader-in-crime and everything else, Jessica, we are buddy reading our way through as many fantastic books as possible.   Continue below to see our high praises for this #8 in a series book.

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 Thoughts:

Flora is kidnapped while on spring break in Florida. She spends 472 days as Jacob's captor, sex slave, accomplice and much much more. She manages to escape but the person that comes back is far from the person she was before the abduction. She spends 5 years learning criminal, self defense and anything else that may help in her determination to not let the same things that happened to her happen to anyone else. Throwing herself back into dangerous situations, she gets captured again and it's up to D.D. Warren to find, and save, her.

Lisa Gardner is fast becoming one of my favorite women crime fiction authors. Her fast paced writing and ability to draw you in from the very first page make it so you know before you even pick up the book that you're in for quite a ride and will not be disappointed.

I was a little apprehensive in going into this series in the 8th book... I'd much rather read series in order. This book did well as a stand alone, however. Although I do wish I knew a little more about D.D.'s background that I missed from the first 7 books, I never felt lost or out of touch in this one. The chapters alternate between Flora's POVs from her first capture to her second and from D.D.'s POV - fresh back in the field after being injured on her last case. Even though this is a detective series, the story mainly focuses on Flora, what she endures, her mind set as she struggles with her new found freedom and subsequent next trapping. I felt like there was little to Detective Warren's story line, and that was fine by me. I was utterly fascinated by Flora's mind and the ability of how the author shows the endurance of a human, a woman, not just physically but mentally as well. We are much stronger than we ever give ourselves credit for. Like strong female protagonists? Love fast paced, page turners that keep you engaged from page one? I strongly suggest you pick up Lisa Gardner's books.

5/5 stars for me!

Jessica's Thoughts:

I've read one other Lisa Gardner book, RIGHT BEHIND YOU, and I loved it! So I was excited to get started on this one. Even though it is book 8 in the D. D. Warren series, it read very well as a standalone. I do feel like I should read some of the others, to get to know D. D. Warren better! There are always some references that you won't understand when you jump in so late in a series.

Seven years ago, Flora Dane was a college student kidnapped while on spring break. For 472 days, Flora endured more than she ever thought she could. Flora is a victim turned survivor. 

Flora manages to live through her ordeal and has spent the last five years trying to reacquaint herself to normal life. Working closely with her FBI victim advocate, Samuel Keynes, has really been helping her progress along. Her life at home isn't quite the same as it was before her kidnapping - her mother never stopped looking for her and will support her always, her brother is terrified of the person that Flora has become, and she continues to cover the walls of her room in the photos of other girls - the ones that never made it back home.

Boston detective, D.D. Warren, is called to a crime scene - a dead man and the woman who killed him was bound and naked. Learning that Flora has been tangled up with three other suspects since her return to society, Warren is now concerned that she could be trying to be a vigilante of sorts. However, with her knowledge of criminal behavior, Flora might the key to finding an abducted college student. But when Flora is taken, Warren realizes that this person is determined to not let her escape this time, and it is up to her to find Flora. 

As will the other Lisa Gardner book I read, the characters are well developed and the police procedural is spot on. Flora, despite what she went through, is a strong female heroine. D.D. Warren is determined, flawed, and will stop at nothing to find the missing girls. The kidnapper made me uncomfortable - a truly sinister human being, but is an outwardly normal man that you could just run into on the street. I feel like some investment or attachment to D.D. Warren is lost because it is the 8th installment in her series. It does read well as a standalone, but I feel like I wasn't nearly as invested in her as others would be. 

This story moved at a fast pace - where is the college girl, where is Flora Dane, will D.D. get there in time? What the kidnapper does is horrendous and you hope the girls can escape! I loved this book and I'll definitely keep looking for more from Lisa Gardner. 

I give this 4.5/5 stars - simply because I'm so far behind on D.D. Warren's story (even those this reads as a standalone)

Big thanks to Dutton for the copy in exchange for my honest review! 

Huge thanks to Dutton Books for these copies in return for our honest reviews!

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