Find Her: Detective D. D. Warren, Book 8 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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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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#375 in Vigilante Justice Thrillers
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Reviewed in the United States on March 11, 2018
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Or so believes Sergeant Detective D. D. Warren, who is called to a horrific scene near a garage in a Boston neighborhood. What she discovers is unexpected…and changes how she sees the “victim.”
As D. D. tries to piece together Flora’s story, from the past and now the present, we catch a glimpse of how she works, and what her life looks like these days. Felled by an injury, she is on “desk duty,” supposedly, but more often than not we’ll see her in the midst of the action. I always love D. D. Warren’s unique perspective on events, and enjoy visualizing a birds-eye view of how she pieces together the puzzles of her daily life as a detective. And then there is her home life. Her husband Alex, her four-year-old son Jack. These aspects of her world soften the hard edges she needs for her work. But at a moment’s notice, she is back in her detective mode, focused and skilled.
Keynes shares very little, but some believe that Flora has been on a mission to find other missing girls, specifically, Stacey Summers.
We learn more about Flora’s story through her first person narrative that takes us into the past and slowly reveals more about her very strange world. Then, after recent events, we watch current events unfold from her perspective. From inside a box to moments outside, rewarded with food and opportunities. Meeting others along the way. How would those meetings come back to haunt her in the future? Her narrative is vivid and descriptive, taking the reader into the box and captivity along with her.
Why, after this second attack, and after being home for two years, has Flora gone missing again? Who has taken her? Her first captor is dead. Isn’t he? And how is this latest event different?
Find Her is the kind of story that is both fast-paced and made up of slowly unfolding moments: first, there is the action going on in the exterior world, and then the detailed moments in Flora’s interior world. From Flora’s perspective, we learn some of her survival skills, like how she set aside her past life into a box. The memories of her life before captivity are inconsistent with her life as an inanimate object. Her advocate Samuel Keynes shares: “Survival isn’t a destination. It’s a journey. And most of the people I help, they’re still getting there.”
Stunning revelations provide the answers to all the questions, and the reader cannot help but rapidly read until the final denouement. 5 stars.
Possibly trigger for those who've been there, that is my only caveat.
I usually stick to clean suspense/crime etc, however at the Crime Writer's Week I was able to listen to Lisa and other authors.
I love good serial killers and gore... ahem. Although I do not write it (at least, not yet). My novel is very clean, but "Find Her" was gripping from the first and second sentencer - this is how a novel grabs you.
Bit my dagblasted nails almost to the quick!
The author has a knack for evil. Behind that sweet, sweet smile of hers, she's got a real grasp on horrific evil. I would love to ask her where she buries the bodies...
There is never a dull moment. It is both exciting and frightening.
Flora Dane was kidnapped and held in captivity for 472 days. It was a horrible ordeal. To survive it she had to give up a part of herself and hope that someday she could recover it again. Throughout the book we find out what happens to Flora during those 472 days and what is happening to her now. Enter D.D. Warren, an investigator who is actually on restricted duty from an injury that could have lost her job for her. That, however, does not stop her from wanting to solve the current case of missing girls and to figure out how Flora is mixed up in the situation. She is literally "a dog with a bone" and will not let go. D.D. is very good at her job so it is only a matter of time before this case will also be "case closed". The ending has one of those moments that will leave you scratching your head, wondering how did I not see this coming.
I recommend this book to anyone that likes suspense and mystery. I loved how descriptive the writing was without being over wordy. And the flow is easy going between Flora and the detective without getting confusing. However, I truly dislike Detective D.D. Warren. Talk about a self-centered bitch. Still, I highly recommend this book to everyone!
It has been 5 years since Flora Dane was found after being kidnapped and abused beyond belief. Then it’s deja vous when it happens again. Same MO, same pine coffin, starvation, mutilation, but she killed the bastard who took her.
So, who is the monster this time? Someone no one knows about…except Flora herself.
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I really enjoyed the twist to this story and didn't see it coming until I was reading it. That said, I did have some issues with this book which is why I only gave it 5 stars. The last novel I really enjoyed by Gardner was Say Goodbye. Subsequent novels, in my opinion, have been weak. Her style has changed and her novels now contain entire chapters composed mainly of speech. Research becomes great long monologues that last several pages. Another reviewer has commented on the fact that her male characters are underdeveloped and I think this is very true in the D.D Warren series. The male characters either tend to be villains or too good to be true. Female characters tend to be stubborn workaholics. Another problem I found with this novel is that for about 40ish chapters, nothing really happens and then in the last couple, everything does!
I'd wholeheartedly recommend Gardner's earlier works and hope she returns to the FBI profiler series.
"He started the war" the girl stated clearly. "I simply ended it."
Five years of freedom and the fourth time that Flora has placed a call to Keynes, the only man she has ever told her full story of the 472 day nightmare to. Prior to the Goulding fatality she has never killed or faced charges, deemed to have responded to any violence against her with an appropriate level of force. But is she going out looking for trouble deliberately, and what of her obsession with the girls that never return home? Why her specific interest in the case of the missing Stacey Summers? D.D. is dealing with an unknown quantity, an individual who sees value in saving the abstract girl but wilfully neglecting her own safety. Is D.D. dealing with a self-destructive woman who seems to see her duty as policing the world? Self-defence and security might have been the key to coping with the day to day battle of getting through life after her escape from Jacob Ness, but her efforts seem to border on obsessive. An already suspicious D.D. thinks that both Flora and Keynes aren't disclosing their full history to her and when Flora is once again discovered missing after this latest incident, D.D. has to decide if she has fled or once again been abducted? D.D. Is conflicted and confused. Is Flora attempting to bring Stacey Summers home and deliver the happy ending she never found and just how many lives is she placing in danger?
Lisa Gardner combines the harrowing details of Flora's time in captivity with the escalating tension of the race against time facing D.D. and her team. D.D. isn't the only one feeling torn between suspicion and sympathy for Flora Dane, leaving readers in a state of flux about their own feelings. Lisa Gardner not only blurs the line but transgresses it as regards who is the most at fault, Flora or the men she takes down. Tackling topics such as the post captivity nightmare that follows the terror of an abduction and the difficulty of regaining some sense of self in the aftermath Find Her is at times an uncomfortable read. More harrowing than the systematic abuse which Flora was exposed to at the hands of Jacob Ness is what is left of her after, forever suspended between the two worlds. Lisa Gardner drills down into the core of Flora and the twisted reality of the truth when abductor Jacob Ness tells her, "I'm all you have left. You and me girl, till the end of time."
After an enforced six-month break from the line of fire due to an avulsion fracture to her left arm, Sergeant Detective D.D. Warren is recently back doing what she does best for the Boston Police Department, albeit in a supervisory role and shackled by restricted duty and reams of paperwork. Not exactly how she would like it, and her irrational feelings surrounding the officer who replaced her on the team, Carol Manley aren't helping. Does Flora have a connection to Stacey Summers, or was she hoping that rescuing another girl would allow her to find happiness by association and help her see the light? Or was she simply seeking a fresh target and was Stacey's ordeal a by-product? D.D. is faced with a dilemma and due to being replaced on her team and lacking her trusty sidearm she feels vulnerable.
This is the eighth D.D. Warren thriller and is an absolute stormer but crucially can be read as a standalone novel. Having read the preceding instalment, Fear Nothing, and being an unashamed admirer of the high-octane psychological suspense that Lisa Gardner weaves throughout I can confirm Find Her is a first rate thriller. Personally this is a case that touches D.D. particularly when considering the impact of an abduction not only Flora but her family network as D.D. understands only too well that her own home life has grounded her and husband, Alex and son, Jack are central to her world and sanity.
Gardner delivers a captivating portrayal of the complexities in the captor and captive relationship and sheds light on the trauma bonding that can form between a victim when the man who puts you in the box is the same man with the very power to release you. Lisa Gardner once again displays her talent for researching the areas that she tackles and her complete mastery of an authentic execution of a fight to survive ensures Find Her is never anything other than gripping.
Review written by Rachel Hall (@hallrachel)
I found the early chapters of this book an uncomfortable read.
Lisa Gardners description of waking in the dark to an abductor seemed real, vivid and strikingly ordinary; which made it all the more terrifying. I almost didn’t continue further because her penmanship makes the idea of a young woman vanishing twice sound plausible and possible. I had to read the rest of the book in daylight, as that description of a night abduction made me uneasy to read it at night, even with the doors locked.
Throughout the story it felt that just when I started to understand Flora, she acted in such a way that made question who she was and her motive for undertaking, what could be seen as, reckless behaviour.
The switch back and forth between DD and Keynes on-going search and how it played out for Flora, gave an added dimension and understanding to what Flora was going through.