Lisa Gardner's runaway New York Times bestseller—a fast-paced thrill ride featuring Detective D. D. Warren.
Seven years ago, carefree college student Flora Dane was kidnapped while on spring break. For 472 days, Flora learned just how much one person can endure.
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.
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.
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D.D. Warren is no stranger to violence and brutality, but the newest case to fall within her jurisdiction as supervising investigator ups the ante. A young woman emerges from a Boston garage bound and naked after killing her abductor with a lethal mix of antifreeze and flower food. Her name is Flora Dane and her past is decidedly more horrific and traumatic than her current predicament. As D.D. races to unravel Florence’s case, aided by an intriguing victim specialist from the FBI, the case becomes increasingly dangerous. Lisa Gardner’s Find Her is a terrifying thriller—prepare to keep the lights on all night.
Florence "Flora" Dane, the victim and survivor at the center of bestseller Gardner's compelling eighth novel featuring Boston Sgt. Det. D.D. Warren (after 2014's Fear Nothing), has a flat affect and a burning compulsion to meet sexual predators five years after the FBI rescued her from a man who abducted her while she was a UMass student, imprisoning her in a coffin for 472 days. He also raped her repeatedly. One night in a bar, Flora has an encounter with a pick-up she refers to as "Mr. Haven't I Seen You Around Here Before" that leads to a fatal confrontation and to her meeting D.D., who wonders whether Flora can assist in the case of Stacey Summers, a Boston College student who has been missing for three months. As D.D.'s investigation progresses, the reader is treated to fascinating insights into the psychology of sadistic sexual predators, trauma bonding, and the effects violent crime have on victims and loved ones.
The book is overall pretty solid. I enjoyed the alternating perspectives and time-jumps, but this book has definitely not left me amazed. I am glad I read it, I totally see why Gardner is a popular author, but there were minor things that were distracting to me. The moments Gardner chose to repeat words or sayings, or just the number of times a specific event is mentioned throughout the story was not always needed and/or effective to me. Most times, I just felt like I could not read it right in my head with the intention Gardner was possibly aiming for, and that could have taken away from the novel for me. Regardless, it is a great book, pretty unique even having just read this 8 years after its release, I definitely kept picking it up wanting to know how this would end.
Intense. Never put it down
Some parts were slow compared to most of her other books, but interesting perspective of a survivor’s mind!