Find Her by Lisa Gardner

find-her-lisa-gardnerGenre: Suspense, Thriller
Publisher: Dutton
Publication Date: February 2016

Flora Dane endured the unthinkable. Kidnapped and held for 472 days, she somehow managed to survive. With the help of her FBI victim advocate, Flora has endeavored to re-enter society. But the shrine in her bedroom suggests she might not be readjusting to society as well as she claims—in fact, she’s haunted by the abducted girls who have never made it home.

D.D. Warren arrives at a crime scene. A would-be abductor is dead, and his captive has become his killer. When D.D. recognizes the woman as Flora, she is startled—this is the fourth time Flora has ended up in a kidnapper’s grasp, though the first time that death has been the result. What are the chances that one woman can be so unlucky as to be kidnapped four times? As a cop, D.D. doesn’t believe in coincidences, which leaves her to wonder whether the young woman is truly a victim or a vigilante who has just escalated to murder.

However, Flora’s past could prove vital to the rescue of the missing college student that has stunned Boston. When the young woman vanishes again, D.D. uncovers a much more sinister plot with a predator at the center who’s determined that this time, Flora Dane won’t make it out alive.

Find Her delivers a hair-rising, spine-tingling thriller. Lisa Gardner’s complex characters, vivid settings, and gripping storytelling hooked me from the start. Twists at every corner played with my mind as Flora’s dark, gut-wrenching tale unfolded.

Few authors can bring a story to life quite like Gardner who had me smelling the greasy fries, experiencing the pangs of cold and hunger, or tasting the bile and fear. This is one novel to read with all the lights on. At times, I even wished for a little less immersion — such as during the final confrontation or as the truth of what Flora endured surfaced.

Due to mature themes and strong language, this novel should stay within its intended audience. I recommend Find Her to Gardner’s fans as well as anyone who enjoys psychological thrillers.

Review copy provided by publisher. Thanks!

**Originally posted on Life is Story.

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