The home of a family of five is now a crime scene: four of them savagely murdered, one—a sixteen-year-old girl—missing. Was she lucky to have escaped? Or is her absence evidence of something sinister? Detective D. D. Warren is on the case—but so is survivor-turned-avenger Flora Dane. Seeking different types of justice, they must make sense of the clues left behind by a young woman who, whether as victim or suspect, is silently pleading, Look for me. (From Goodreads)
Thank you to Dutton Books #partner For the free copy in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.
I rate this book a 4 out of 5 stars.
The first page blew my mind, I instantly knew that I was hooked. From there my fondness of this book only continued to grow. I loved the flawed character of Flora Dane, she was so realistic in her pain and growth, I could not help but cheer her on. I did like D.D. as well. Roxanna was another character that I had a huge soft spot for.
This book is told in alternating chapters, each with a bit of back story so that even if you haven’t read the entire series (this is book #9) you can pick this one up, and not suffer from any confusion. I have not read any of the prior books and I read this one just fine.
I will add the subject matter for this book is heavy, and multiple times it really just hurt my heart to read. Specifically the crime scene parts with the children. I am a mom, and this is my absolute worst fear, and in being so it did make it hard for me to read at parts. It is a really intense read, there is so much going on in this book, and nothing that is mentioned in the synopsis, so I cannot really go into too much detail as to not ruin it for you guys. I think the who, what, and why was executed perfectly. I loved the shock value of finding out who committed the crime, and why. The only downfall for me is what happened after you found out who and why. I just was just a little letdown with how things transpired. However redemption came in the epilogue.
I am not sure that I have read an author quite like Lisa Gardner, she writes about some really tough and sensitive subject matter, but she does so with tact, and class. She ripped my heart out, played on my worst fears, had my fingers glued to the pages, devouring every single one, and I loved all of it! I am a Lisa Gardner fan for life. She has some serious talent.