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Find Her

Author: Lisa Gardner
Published: 9 February 2016
Reviewed: 25 July 2016
4 out of 5 stars 
Copy supplied by Headline in return for an honest review


AN ESCAPED KIDNAPPING VICTIM BECOMES AN AVENGER OF INNOCENTS. CAN SHE ESCAPE WHEN SHE’S TARGETED AGAIN? The eighth novel in Sunday Times bestseller Lisa Gardner’s Detective D.D. Warren series. Harlan Coben says FIND HER is ‘taut psychological suspense’ which ‘should not be missed’. 

I escaped the box.

The coffin that was both my prison and my lifeline.

My prison as I waited each day for release.

My lifeline as being locked inside meant being away from him.

I escaped the box, but I didn’t escape its consequences.

Now danger’s irrelevant. 

All I care about is making them pay. The other predators out there. Those just like the man who took me.

And if someone tries to grab me again? I know how to protect myself. 

And when another girl is taken? 

Have no doubt: I will do anything, anything, to find her.

Escaped kidnap victim Flora Dane has once again disappeared. Has the self-proclaimed vigilante become a victim? Or is something far more sinister at play? D.D. will have to race against the clock if she is going to Find Her.

My Thoughts & Review:

Despite being the eighth book in the Detective D.D. Warren series, I felt I was able to read this with little trouble.  There were references to previous cases which may have added extra information for other readers but nevertheless had no impact on me.  This book reads well as a standalone book, however where an author has established a series I do like to go back and read the books that I have missed just to catch up (looks like my summer reading pile has grown considerably!).

Flora Dane is a very interesting character, having been held captive for 472 days she was eventually found and returned to her family.  Instead of regressing back into herself, she turns vigilante to hunt down predators, and so when another young girl goes missing, Flora is determined to find her.  Despite putting herself in danger, Flora goes off to find the girl and disappears again, leaving Detective Warren to search for both girls in a gripping and frightening race against time.  Narrating from three perspectives, the author really immerses the reader in the action; details of the investigation, Flora’s current captivity and Flora’s previous kidnapping and time held captive.  The portrayal of Flora’s captivity was harrowing to read, Lisa Gardner really earns her gold stars for creating such a claustrophobic atmosphere that makes the reader feel uncomfortable.  Her attention to detail reflects at how much research has been done into both victims and perpetrators, thoroughly interesting, fascinating yet creepy all at the same time!   

The characters were interesting and realistic, there was a real believability to them, especially FloraFlora’s struggles made it hard to pin her to solely being a victim or a vigilante/ predator, so many of her actions and decisions were easily traced back to what she endured and I wonder if she might have been suffering Stockholm Syndrome

This is a book best read at breakneck speed, it’s thrilling, disturbing and utterly fascinating.   The pace of this good, very easy to read in one day (if you get peace and quiet to do so), but maybe try and get most of it read before bedtime!  
I would absolutely recommend this to fans of psychological thriller booksI can’t wait to see how the previous books compare to this one, hopefully this is another author to add to my “keep an eye out for” list. 

You can buy a copy of Find Her here. 

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