When an early morning Amber Alert disrupts Detective D. D. Warren’s plans for the day, she knows it’s bad. Turning up at the scene of a horrible crime, she thinks it couldn’t be worse. Four members of a family of five are dead, the last member – a sixteen year old girl named Roxy – is missing.
The first question any officer would ask – is Roxy in danger or is she on the run, having killed her family. Now it’s one D. D. must answer. Helping her, as well as her team, is Flora Dane, a young woman we first met in Find Her and who was kidnapped and held hostage for 472 days.
Now, she spends her time helping other survivors, though not always in a way D. D. would like, at the same time as tracking down potential predators and inflicting her own type of justice (which D. D. definitely doesn’t like). Roxy is one of the survivors she has been trying to help out and, with the girl having seemingly disappeared into thin air, D. D. and Flora agree to work together to track her down.
What follows is a trail so full of red herrings and potential suspects it’s impossible for the reader (well me at least!) to figure out who is guilty and who is innocent. Gardner creates wonderful grey areas, ones where you aren’t sure if a person is good, bad or truly reformed, and makes you question every instinct you have about a character. It is something she does so well and something I love.
The cast of characters here is wide ranging and just a bit scary considering it involves children, some of whom don’t have the best lives and could quite easily be capable of pulling a trigger. They are all well-written, well-rounded, and totally believable. Best of all, of course, are D. D. and Flora, both of whom I know, like, and enjoy seeing change and grow book on book but Flora’s friend / fellow survivor Sarah is also someone I found myself drawn to.
For me, there is little – if anything – to dislike in this book and I feel a bit like a broken record in that I say that about every Lisa Gardner book I review. It’s hard not to be so positive though because she writes so well, creates such great plots, leaves you hanging till the last section to see what is going to happen, and just draws you in completely. I loved this book and I hope, if you read it, you will too.
About the book…
The home of a family of five is now a crime scene: four of them savagely murdered, one—a sixteen-year-old girl—missing. Was she lucky to have escaped? Or is her absence evidence of something sinister? Detective D. D. Warren is on the case—but so is survivor-turned-avenger Flora Dane. Seeking different types of justice, they must make sense of the clues left behind by a young woman who, whether as victim or suspect, is silently pleading, Look for me.
Publication date: 8th February, 2018
Publisher: Random House UK
Number of pages: 400
Genre: Crime / Police Procedural
Rating: 5 out of 5
Note: I received a copy of this book in return for a fair and honest review. All thoughts, feelings and opinions are my own.
I love Lisa Gardner’s books, too…and just got this one. It felt like I was waiting forever. I am glad you loved it. Great review.
She is such a great writer. I hope you enjoy this one and it was worth the wait x
You have convinced me I really need to read Lisa Gardner. It’s really ridiculous that I haven’t as I love suspense like this and I’ve been seeing her books for years.
Oh you must. She has so many books though – where to start?
Given that I seem to be turning into you, perhaps I had better track down this author! Thank you for a cracking review, Emma:)
So many books – I haven’t read them all either. She is good though (and not gory, which I like).
So that’s another major point in her favour as far as I’m concerned – I used to read a lot more crime, but I really don’t appreciate some of the stomach-churning details we often get, these days…
Me neither. The older I get the more I like clever plots vs bloody ones
I like Lisa Garner’s books too. And I read the previous book where we met Flora. Planning on reading this one too as I am seeing such good reports on it. The synopsis of this one definitely sounds fast paced.
I do like Flora. How Gardner stops things being repetitive I don’t know but she does.