Tuesday Intro: Find Her

Once again I’m linking up again with Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea who hosts a post every Tuesday for people to share the first chapter / paragraph of the book they are reading, or thinking of reading soon. In really enjoy these tasters when I read them on other blogs so wanted to join in.

This week I’m reading Find Her by Lisa Gardener, an author I like and whose books I don’t seem to have enough of.  Here’s what it’s about…

25644437Seven 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.

And here’s how it starts…

These are the things I didn’t know:

When you first wake up in a dark wooden box, you’ll tell yourself this isn’t happening. You’ll push against the lid, of course. No surprise there. You’ll beat at the sides with your fists, pummel your heels against the bottom. You’ll bang your head, again and again, even though it hurts. And you’ll scream. You’ll scream and scream and scream. Snot will run from your nose. Tears will stream from your eyes. Until your screams grow rough, hiccuppy. Then you’ll hear sounds that are strange and sad and pathetic, and you’ll understand the box, truly get, hey, I’m trapped in a dark wooden box, when you realize those sounds come from you.

What do you think? Would you keep reading?


  1. Oh, good grief! Nooo! I suffer from enough horrible nightmares – without adding THAT one into the mix. That said, it sounds an amazing book and very well written. And now I must go and breathe into a paper bag…

    1. Sorry I have sent you into shock, it is quite an opening but it did hook me.

      1. That’s okay – I probably need to woman up. You’re right – it’s a doozy of an opener.

  2. Nice teaser! I haven’t read this author but she is on my list of ones to try. 🙂

    1. Isn’t it. She’s a good author. I wish I had read more of her books but there are too many so I’ll never catch up.

  3. I’d like to read Lisa Gardner, but this sounds a little to scary for me! 😉

    1. Every one I have read have been really good. I think I came to her late though so have never caught up.

  4. Well that intro gets your attention, doesn’t it?! So yes, I’d have to keep reading.

    1. Just a bit. Not what I was expecting when I opened the book.

  5. Yikes! I’m a little claustrophobic, and that scene made me start to hyperventilate! Once I got my breathing under control, I’d keep reading. Flora sounds like a fascinating character.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I appreciate your comments.
    Sandy @ TEXAS TWANG

    1. It is claustrophobic isn’t it. I felt very uncomfortable reading it…but have to read on.

  6. I love this author…and really loved this book, as I do all of her books. Like you, I don’t have enough of them, and I’m eagerly awaiting the next one. Thanks for sharing….and for visiting my blog.

    1. Good to know you enjoyed it. Am just getting stuck in and so far so good

  7. This may be nightmare inducing. I’m not sure I’d go on. BUT Mr. BFR would probably love it.

    1. It is an opening that grabs you and sounds like a worse nightmare. I can’t not read on.

  8. Now I’m not easily scared but that is a horrific opener – but of course I’d read on 🙂

    1. Isn’t it. I felt very claustrophobic reading it.

  9. This was a good one Emma; hope you enjoy it.

    1. Me too. I am so far!

    1. I hope the rest of the book is too!

  10. That intro alone is stressful! It’s like my worst nightmare in a paragraph! It sounds like a page turner and one I’d definitely keep reading.

    1. Isn’t it. I can’t imagine being trapped in a box underground. Being locked in a room would be bad enough.

  11. I love D.D. Warren and would keep reading. I do have this on audio.

    1. I have in all the books I’ve read (though not all the series). I wonder what it will be like on audio. I can imaging that being a chilling opening.

  12. Whoa – I’m claustrophobic from that opening paragraph. I’ve read Lisa Gardner’s books before so I know this one will be okay. Enjoy.

    1. It’s quite an opener isn’t it. I couldn’t wait to keep reading.

  13. […] much as I would like.  All told, I posted three times in the end – two reviews and my usual Tuesday intro (for Find Her by Lisa Gardner, which I really enjoyed and will be reviewing this […]

  14. Wow, that’s an intense and frightening opening scene. I would definitely keep reading. Thanks for sharing, Emma!

    1. It really was and it was a great book! Well worth reading.

  15. Whoa – that is a very compelling story, possibly a bit too graphic for me.

    1. The book wasn’t, which is good, but a very intense opening.

  16. That’s sounds like my kind of book. I’ll have to look for it. Girl Who Reads

    1. It was really good…so worth reading!

  17. It’s not my usual read but I was hooked with the blurb and the intro. I NEED to read this to find out what happens 🙂

    1. It definitely is compelling. I really couldn’t put it down. A good example of the genre.

  18. One of my favorite authors. I plan to read this soon.

    1. I really would. Disappointed at myself I haven’t read more!

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