Find Her by Lisa Gardner
The description from Goodreads:
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.
This is the first book I’ve read of Lisa Gardner so I’m not familiar with the Detective D.D Warren series but you don’t need to have read the previous books. This is the type of thriller I love; good pace with a build up at the end , enough moving pieces to be complex without being too much and an eerie, creepy feel. I was really pleased with this one.
The story was so easy to read, a bit predictable in spots but that didn’t bother me. The characters were unique and compelling and the dual character perspective was easy to follow. The author did an excellent job writing about kidnapping, captivity and survival, I just kept thinking ‘I could not imagine…’ while reading Flora’s chapters. There were also points in this book where I felt so creeped out, and that’s hard to do for a true crime and horror lover like myself.
I really, really enjoyed this book and I plan on reading more from the Detective D.D Warren series.
I give this book 4.5 stars!