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.
Lisa Gardner is a go-to author for me, so I went in completely blind and this latest installment in the series did not disappoint. I was pleasantly surprised to see Flora Dane is back. She was in the previous book in this series – Find Her. I believe this is the first time Lisa Gardner has brought back a previous character from another book, other than recurring characters.
Flora Dane is a survivor turned vigilante and lives to help others survive. She has an online group of survivors, her little network if you will. Roxy Baez has recently reached out to the group looking for help for a friend. Flora has never personally met Roxy, but has chatted with her online, so when she sees an Amber Alert has been issued for her she is rightly concerned. Roxy’s family has been killed and D.D. Warren is on the case to find out who the killer is and to find Roxy.
Flora and D.D. are both determined to find Roxy safe and sound, so they decide to form an unlikely alliance and work together. They will investigate on their own and share information in the search for Roxy. Flora and D.D. working together is fantastic! They have a love/hate relationship and I love the way they banter.
The chapters alternate between D.D. and Flora, which worked well for the most part, but at times there was a little too much overlap and the story got a bit repetitive. Roxy’s personal narrative is an excellent way to tell her story. It is eye-opening, heartbreaking and honest. I loved learning her backstory in her own words.
I recommend reading this series in order, especially book eight and nine, due to the character overlap. Lisa Gardner is a fantastic mystery/thriller writer, if you haven’t tried one of her books, this series is a great place to start!
*Thank you Dutton for the opportunity to read and review this book, via NetGalley, for my honest opinion.
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My Rating: 4/5
Series: Detective D.D. Warren, #9
Publication Date: 2/6/2018
Pages: 400 (eBook)
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