Find Her: a novel by Lisa Gardner. New York: Dutton, 2016. 402 pages. ***
Seven years ago, college student Florence “Flora” Dane was kidnapped during spring break and held captive for 472 days by self-proclaimed monster Jacob Ness. Flora has never returned to the person she was before Jacob turned her into "Molly," a pale, lifeless, victim. Flora may have been released from the box Jacob confined her in, however, will she ever be free from her darkest thoughts? Sergeant Detective D.D. Warren is called out to a scene and finds Flora Dane naked with zip ties on her wrists. Flora uses resources in the garage, a packet of food and anti-freeze to attack the bartender who while pretending to save her, kidnaps her. Warren finds out that this is the fourth such incident that Flora has been involved in. Complicating the situation is that additional girls have been kidnapped and D.D. is working the case to find them. Is Flora a victim of being in the wrong place, wrong time, or does she have first-hand knowledge of who the kidnapper is?
Find Her is Lisa Gardner’s latest D.D. Warren book, the eighth book in the series. Gardner has a talent for drawing me right in and holding me captive inside her stories. This one, not so much. The plot was great and I was constantly second guessing Flora's role, however, it was somewhat predictable and disappointing. It was told from Flora's point of view and I was sympathetic to her plight and the horror of it was real, but there was something keeping me from totally "buying" the story. I'm not even sure why...could have been me.
I received an ecopy of this book from NetGalley for review.
Lisa Gardner is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of seventeen previous novels, including her most recent Crash & Burn. Her detective D.D. Warren novels include Fear Nothing, Catch Me, Love You More, and The Neighbor which won the International Thriller of the Year Award. She lives with her family in New England.