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Book Review: Find Her by Lisa Gardner


Find Her
By Lisa Gardner
Releases 2/9/16
Provided through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 4 bones(4.5 /5 bones)

Well.  This one kind of left me speechless.  Trembling in a corner, shaking and speechless.  I have never been so chilled to my core by a book.  For that reason I loved it.  For the subject matter, I cannot give it a solid five.  Seriously disturbing stuff.

Crash & Burn was my first introduction to Ms. Gardner.  A January read from last year that had me hooked.  So I was very excited to see a new one for this year.  And you can tell I’m excited as I have taken a few months off from reviews and this one will (maybe) throw me back in the game.  This is the kind of book that all other thrillers need to live up to.

Read the description below.  Flora Dane was held hostage for 472 days, a number you will become quite familiar with throughout the book.  We meet Flora 5 years after that kidnapping.  Now living in Boston and trying to adapt to back into society.  But obviously something like that will change you – so she has become obsessed with the abductions of other girls and seems to live between being extra cautious (3 deadbolts on her apartment door) and extra reckless (heading out to bars to entice men.)  Flora is a very complex character, severely scarred from her past, trying to have a future, and yet again finds herself in a compromising (terrifying) situation.

The book starts out action packed, then falls into the rhythm of alternating between Detection D.D. Warren and her team searching for the missing girls, and Flora’s account of her 472 days in captivity and current situation she has found herself in.  It’s set up so perfectly that after the Flora chapters, I needed the almost “break” of what was currently happening to slow my heart-rate and prepare for the next chapter.

Chilling is the best word to describe this book.  I have never had a book terrify me this much.  I don’t want that to sound bad or scare you away – just be prepared (as any good thriller fan should always be!)  I had an inkling as the book went on as to where this was going, but there were still so many pieces to put together (both on Flora’s past and the current case), that I couldn’t get to the end fast enough to put it all together.  And it was tied up perfectly yet still left me thinking about it long into the night.

Thank you to NetGalley & Penguin Books for allowing me to preview.  I also always have to give a special shout out to the author when there are notes at the end – those are my favorite!

You have been warned – don’t miss this book for the ride of your life!  Now onto something a little lighter….maybe!

Book Description:

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.

Thanks for stopping by today – what do you think – would you read it?

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Teaser Tuesday: January 26th 2016

I’m super excited about the book I started this week.  It is called Find Her, by Lisa Gardner and it releases 2/9/16.  Ms. Gardner also happened to write one of my favorite books from 2015 – Crash & Burn.

The book dove right into being terrifying and seems to gaining momentum.  It already has me hooked – can’t wait to see where it goes!

“When I wake up, the sun is gone, my room is dark, and I know immediately that I’m not alone.  I can feel a draft against my cheek, the muted hush of an intruder’s shuffling footstep.”
(22% into book*)

Book Description:

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.

What do you think?? Please share yours below too! Thanks for stopping by today!

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB/Jenn of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

*Quote was pulled from an ARC and may not tie exactly to final version.

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Teaser Tuesday: January 13th

Happy Tuesday!  Review for Crash & Burn is up!  AND I’m starting off the year strong with a 5-bone review!!  I think I only had 2-3 in all of 2014 – so that’s a big deal and has me very excited about the year ahead!

Today’s teaser is from another NetGalley read – Little Black Lies by Sandra Block releasing 2/17/15.  Ok so far, about halfway through, very curious as to where this is going to go…stay tuned!

 “My breath catches.  Beth Summers.
Beth Winters is my birth mother, Mom’s other best friend.  And her high school best friend is Beth Summers?
This seems perilously coincidental.”
54% into book

Book Description:

She helps people conquer their demons. But she has a few of her own…

In the halls of the psychiatric ward, Dr. Zoe Goldman is a resident in training, dedicated to helping troubled patients. However, she has plenty of baggage of her own. When her newest patient arrives – a beautiful sociopath who murdered her mother – Zoe becomes obsessed with questions about her own mother’s death. But the truth remains tauntingly out of reach, locked away within her nightmares of an uncontrollable fire. And as her adoptive mother loses her memory to dementia, the time to find the answers is running out.

As Zoe digs deeper, she realizes that the danger is not just in her dreams but is now close at hand. And she has no choice but to face what terrifies her the most. Because what she can’t remember just might kill her.

Little Black Lies is about madness and memory – and the dangerous, little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.

Thanks for stopping by today – be sure to leave your teaser in the comments!

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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Book Review: Crash and Burn by Lisa Gardner

Crash & Burn (Click book or see below for description)
By Lisa Gardner
Releases 2/3/15
Downloaded free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 5 bones

I’ll get right to the point, I loved this book (which feels so good to say – I’m stingy with my 5-bone ratings!)  Maybe not some of the subject matter, you will never guess where this book is headed, but the fact that it kept me on my toes, up late, and trying to figure it out, made for a great book for me.  Starting off 2015 strong!  (Check out a bonus teaser HERE!)

The book jumps right into the action with a car wreck, subsequent manhunt for a supposed missing child, and then Pandora’s box begins to open.  Nicky Frank, main character, suffered some brain damage from the wreck, and as it turned out also a few other recent head injuries, so she can sense things and knows things are not what they seem but can’t quite put the story together.  Introduce her husband, Thomas, and you just know something is off.  Can he be trusted?  What is he hiding?  As Sergeant Wyatt Foster takes on this case, he has a lot more questions than answers too.  And every time he thinks he has an answer or comes up with a theory, it either is completely off or just opens up so much more.  The reader jumps right on board for this ride of finding answers and it is quite the exciting one!

And just who is Vero?  A nagging question asked up front and throughout the whole story.  In the end, I never would have guessed the answer, and believe me, I had a lot of guesses throughout the book.  The book does that with so many different characters and occurrences, it keeps the reader so engaged!  What really happened the night of the car crash?  Who is Nicky?  Who is Thomas?  Why did they move so much? Was there really a dollhouse?  Are these things just coincidence?  What REALLY happened?  SO much anticipation, I couldn’t get enough!

Like I said before, this book went to a place I did not see coming.  It became very dark at times and addressed some harder topics I wasn’t expecting.  But in the end it was all wrapped up.  With so much action and so many questions throughout the book, I was really worried one would be left out, but the author did a great job of tying it all up.  I love the book description (see below) as it really gives a great glimpse into this book.

Check out this book, just make sure you have time to finish it, my biggest complaint was having to wait in between readings (sleep trumps all with little kids!!)  Thanks to NetGalley for another great read!  I’ll definitely be looking up other titles from Ms. Gardner!

Book Description:

My name is Nicky Frank. Except, most likely, it isn’t.

Nicole Frank shouldn’t have been able to survive the car accident, much less crawl up the steep ravine. Not in the dark, not in the rain, not with her injuries. But one thought allows her to defy the odds and flag down help: Vero.

I’m looking for a little girl. I have to save her. Except, most likely, she doesn’t exist.

Sergeant Wyatt Foster is frustrated when even the search dogs can’t find any trace of the mysterious missing child. Until Nicky’s husband, Thomas, arrives with a host of shattering revelations: Nicole Frank suffers from a rare brain injury and the police shouldn’t trust anything she says.

My husband claims he’ll do anything to save me. Except, most likely, he can’t.

Who is Nicky Frank, and what happened the night her car sailed off the road? Was it a random accident or something more sinister given the woman’s lack of family and no close friends? The deeper Wyatt digs, the more concerned he becomes. Because it turns out, in the past few months, Nicky has suffered from more than one close accident. . . . In fact, it would appear someone very much wants her dead.

This is my life. Except, most likely, it’s not. Now watch me crash and burn.

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Teaser Tuesday: January 6th (Happy New Year!)

Happy 2015!!  I’ve missed my poor, neglected blog,  I’m going to TRY and be better this year…but I’ve been MIA for good reason.  This past month has brought 2 birthdays (I have a 3 & 5-year-old now!!!), Christmas, New Years, and entertaining lots of family and friends.  Some day I’ll catch up, but I’m not going to beat myself up over it!

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Ofcourse I have been reading.  I have plans for a post to recap 2014, I don’t think I ended as strong as I started, but I think I’m up in the mid-50’s – not too shabby!

This week I started a NetGalley read, Crash & Burn by Lisa Gardner releasing 2/3/15.  If I weren’t so tired at night – I would easily stay up all night to finish – but I’m about a fourth of the way through and I’m HOOKED!

“Then I see him, head slumped forward in the chair next to the foot of my bed.
My heart constricts.  I think: I love you.
My head explodes.  I think: Get the f*** away from me.
Then: What the hell is his name again?”
(6% into book)

Book Description:

My name is Nicky Frank. Except, most likely, it isn’t.

Nicole Frank shouldn’t have been able to survive the car accident, much less crawl up the steep ravine. Not in the dark, not in the rain, not with her injuries. But one thought allows her to defy the odds and flag down help: Vero.

I’m looking for a little girl. I have to save her. Except, most likely, she doesn’t exist.

Sergeant Wyatt Foster is frustrated when even the search dogs can’t find any trace of the mysterious missing child. Until Nicky’s husband, Thomas, arrives with a host of shattering revelations: Nicole Frank suffers from a rare brain injury and the police shouldn’t trust anything she says.

My husband claims he’ll do anything to save me. Except, most likely, he can’t.

Who is Nicky Frank, and what happened the night her car sailed off the road? Was it a random accident or something more sinister given the woman’s lack of family and no close friends? The deeper Wyatt digs, the more concerned he becomes. Because it turns out, in the past few months, Nicky has suffered from more than one close accident. . . . In fact, it would appear someone very much wants her dead.

This is my life. Except, most likely, it’s not. Now watch me crash and burn.

Thanks for stopping by today – be sure to leave your teaser in the comments, and hope to see you more often in 2015!

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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