review: Find Her by Lisa Gardner

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Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Group Dutton for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. It’s appreciated as always!

Stellar cover, just saying that off the bat. I love a good cover. (And is it just me, or does that look like Daisy Ridley?)

I also love a good Lisa Gardner mystery, and this is her at her very, very best. Electrifying, creepy, raw and full of real, honest emotion, Find Her is Gardner at her peak powers, weaving an unputdownable tale with the finesse she’s famous for – and rightly so.

In this book, Gardner’s Detective D.D. Warren is back – having suffered a fracture to her arm during a raid on a suspect’s home – and ostensibly relegated to desk duty. But of course, D.D. being D.D., there can be no desks. Only action. When a man is found dead by terrified neighbors and D.D. meets the young woman – the bound, naked woman – who admits to killing him, she’s at the cusp of one of the more complex cases she’s ever encountered.

The suspect is none other than Florence Dane, kidnap victim, survivor, and perhaps… a vigilante? D.D. is desperate to find out the truth, but when Florence herself disappears, it becomes clear that something far more sinister is going on. It’s up to D.D. to find out the truth.

The novel switches back and forth from past to present, recounting the horrifying and nauseating details of Flora’s captivity (Gardner is a master at revealing just enough to make you feel slightly sick), while also following D.D.’s footsteps as she races against time to find Flora and other missing girls. Flora is a wonderful character, full of grit, guts and glory, full of doubts and regrets, full of the weight of her own mind. And as always, D.D. is the funny, whip-smart and ballsy detective, anxious to do anything she can to bring the baddies to justice.

On a more serious note, the book echoes the Ariel Castro case, and brings back haunting memories of those women escaping from that house – it also evokes memories of Jaycee Dugard, Elizabeth Smart and the Fritzls – people kept away, in the dark, away from the land of the living. It’s devastating.

I won’t reveal anything more about the plot, because the joy and excitement is in the discovery. Just trust me – It’s one of Lisa Gardner’s best – how can she possibly get any better? – and in the end, it’s just a damn good read. I couldn’t put it down, not even for a second. Highly recommended.


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