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When You See Me (Thorndike Press Large Print Basic) Library Binding – Large Print, February 26, 2020
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FBI Special Agent Kimberly Quincy and Sergeant Detective D D Warren have built a task force to follow the digital bread crumbs left behind by deceased serial kidnapper Jacob Ness. When a disturbing piece of evidence is discovered in the hills of Georgia, they bring Flora Dane and true-crime savant Keith Edgar to a small town where something seems to be deeply wrong. What at first looks like a Gothic eeriness soon hardens into something much more sinister . . . and they discover that for all the evil Jacob committed while alive, his worst secret is still to be revealed. Quincy and DD must summon their considerable skills and experience to crack the most disturbing case of their careers--and Flora must face her own past directly in the hope of saving others.
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"When You See Me is another rocket-fuel-propelled thriller from Lisa Gardner. This culmination of her great talents sees the return of her finest characters (including my favorite, Flora Dane), who collide with an intrigue that starts out chillingly intimate and explodes into a sky-high denouement that will leave you breathless." --Gregg Hurwitz, New York Times bestselling author of the Orphan X series
"A twisty-turny psycho-thriller with a plot and characters that won't let you go. Lisa Gardner is at the top of her game!" --Kathy Reichs, author of the Temperance Brennan Bones series
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- Publisher : Thorndike Press Large Print; Large type / Large print edition (February 26, 2020)
- Language : English
- Library Binding : 575 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1432872494
- ISBN-13 : 978-1432872496
- Item Weight : 1.55 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.7 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,127,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviewed in the United States on February 5, 2020
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In general, one of my favorite things about Ms. Gardner's novels is the deep and detailed research she clearly undertakes to get the story right. However, unlike some authors who want to include every single fact they uncovered during their research, often resulting in a 700-page tome, Ms. Gardner does a masterful job of blending research details into the overall storyline, allowing you to learn new things while still progressing at a rapid clip.
A particular strength of When You See Me itself is the convergence of three of Ms. Gardner's major heroines (Warren, Quincy, and Dane) in one novel. In order to bring the three characters together, I think some creative liberties were taken. For example, I'm not sure how realistic it is that a Boston police detective and a vigilante victim of a serial killer would be asked to assist an FBI agent in an investigation in rural North Georgia that might involve said serial killer. I feel like that may be a stretch (but, honestly, I don't know enough about the interactivity between law enforcement agencies to be sure either way). However, for those of us who have grown to know and love these characters over many, many books, the payment of a small amount of "suspension of disbelief" to have all of our favorites in one place is totally worth it.
As I find it more and more difficult to find quality writing and realistic stories, especially in the thriller/mystery genre, I am becoming increasingly thankful for rock solid authors like Ms. Gardner and the hard work they put into maintaining their high standards.
In closing, if you're in the market for a great story, definitely check out this novel. And don't worry if you haven't read any of the previous books - all of Ms. Gardner's books are written so that they can stand alone. If you're a fan of the series and wondering if it holds up, it totally does!
P.S. Because I always appreciate when people mention "read-alike" authors in their reviews, I thought I would pay it forward: If you like Lisa Gardner and the D.D. Warren series, you may also like Robert Dugoni's Tracy Crosswhite series (7 novels to date) and Barbara Nickless's Sydney Rose Parnell series (3 novels to date, with the 4th to be released in June 2020).
At the start of the novel there is the discovery of skeletons buried in the woods. As the team starts investigating in this small town the story quickly moves into what was going on in this town and who is involved. Weird towns have never been plots that hold any interest for me so I can’t say I was happy with the plot of this book. To her credit the author did manage to keep me turning pages and held my interest in this book. A good portion somewhere in the middle was compelling and I found myself enjoying both plot lines between D.D. And Flora instead of wishing I were reading only about D.D. I felt like the ending and some of the plots were ridiculous. It’s one of those unrealistic over the top endings that this author does not normally write. I was also let down by the lack of twists. There’s also not a lot of follow through on some of the plot elements. Normally this author writes her books in a way that you have to pay attention or you won’t see what’s coming but in this book there’s really not a lot going on in this one.
I can’t say I regret reading this book because I do love this series but it’s just not her best. I don’t think this is a must read even for huge fans of this series. Anything that happens in this book if it’s carried over into the next one would be quickly explained. I really hope the next book has more going on and a new mystery with her trademark unexpected plot twists.
Other monsters appear in a small mountain town and it is a tense and terrible battle to save the good guys lives.
I can't say I loved the book but I could not put it down. I reccomend this book if you like a good mystery and a satisfying ending.
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One body in the hills leads to more bodies and more secrets, all propelling toward one explosive ending. Heavy on police and FBI procedure to start, the book then takes off, shrewdly weaving past mysteries with present investigations.
A compelling, emotional, and sometimes disturbing read, When You See Me is Lisa Gardener at her finest.