By: Lisa Gardner
Published:February 9th 2016 by Dutton
About the book:
Flora Dane is a victim.
Seven years ago, carefree college student Flora was kidnapped while on spring break. For 472 days, Flora learned just how much one person can endure.
Flora Dane is a survivor.
Miraculously alive after her ordeal, Flora has spent the past five years reacquainting herself with the rhythms of normal life, working with her FBI victim advocate, Samuel Keynes. She has a mother who’s never stopped loving her, a brother who is scared of the person she’s become, and a bedroom wall covered with photos of other girls who’ve never made it home.
Flora Dane is reckless.
. . . or is she? When Boston detective D. D. Warren is called to the scene of a crime—a dead man and the bound, naked woman who killed him—she learns that Flora has tangled with three other suspects since her return to society. Is Flora a victim or a vigilante? And with her firsthand knowledge of criminal behavior, could she hold the key to rescuing a missing college student whose abduction has rocked Boston? When Flora herself disappears, D.D. realizes a far more sinister predator is out there. One who’s determined that this time, Flora Dane will never escape. And now it is all up to D. D. Warren to find her.
My Thoughts:Lisa Gardner has done it again! After months in a serious reading funk, this has pulled me out of it! While I'd heard this book started off slow, I felt like she got right to the point. Flora is trying to save others from going through what she went through for over a year at the hands of her kidnapper. She is someone who is going to go to extremes to make sure others don't go through what she did.
While I didn't feel like this book was necessarily slow to begin, there was a definite build up to the story. About half way through, I was becoming a little bit confused because there seemed to be several characters and I was having a hard time keeping them straight. However, by the end, I was on the edge of my seat and so the number of characters didn't even matter! I was crazily trying to find time to pick up where I'd left off so I could crack this mystery and find out who done it! I ditched lunch with co-workers a couple times so I could read while I ate. I took the book with me to my son's little league game and was able to finish while the first game was wrapping up. I was so lost in this book, that when I got to the end I let out a long, loud sigh and felt a bunch of eyes on me, like I was a crazy person. That's what I call getting lost in a book!
As a big fan of the D.D Warren series, I was very excited to hear a new installment was coming out. I was wondering how Lisa would top the last one. Sometimes it seems like there's no way an author can top the last one without becoming formulated and predictable. She surpassed my expectations and not once did this book feel formulated, and it certainly wasn't predictable! This book gets 5 stars from me.