Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Find Her

Happy Fat Tuesday!  It is the last day before Lent (for Catholics).  In New Orleans they are having a giant party in the French Quarter (people in costumes, parades, and way too much drinking).  They have a parade in my little town to celebrate Mardi Gras (there are some nice floats and treats for the kids).  On February 9 in history Jefferson Davis was elected President of the Confederacy; Ulysses S. Grant establishes the U.S. Weather Bureau in 1870; 1895 William G. Morgan creates a game called Mintonette (volleyball); The Beatles makes their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964!

Find Her is Lisa Gardner's latest D.D. Warren book (the eighth book in series).  Florence “Flora” Dane was kidnapped seven years previously and held captive for 472 days by Jacob Ness (what a horrible experience).  Flora has never returned to the happy go lucky girl she was before the attack.  Sergeant Detective D.D. Warren is called out to a scene and finds Flora Dane naked with zip ties on her wrists.  A bartender “rescued” her at a bar and then kidnapped her.  Flora used resources in the garage (where he put her) to attack him.  The man is now dead (and a little crispy).  Warren finds out that this is the fourth such incident that Flora has been involved in.  Was Flora an innocent victim in these incidents or a vigilante? 

Stacey Summers, a Boston College student, is missing.  No one has been able to find her.  Then Flora goes missing.  Are the cases related?  Was Flora kidnapped or is she trying to rescue Stacey on her own (playing vigilante again)?  Follow D.D. Warren as she sets out to find both women.

Find Her is different from Lisa Gardner’s other books.  The majority of the book is written from the victim’s point-of-view.  How it feels to be kept in a small box by a kidnapper.  It goes on for many, many pages.  It was just not enjoyable or a good part of the book.  I like the crime.  Following the mystery to the end (this part of the book was good).  These parts with the victim (what she was thinking, doing, what the attacked did to her) seemed to drag and were difficult to get through (I started skimming through them).  I give Find Her 3.5 out of 5 stars.  The novel is just not up to Lisa Gardner’s normal standards (and I loved her last book).  This will not, though, stop me from reading her books in the future.

Alone is the first book in the Detective D.D. Warren series.  You can follow Lisa Gardner on Amazon to get updates (they email you) on her latest books.  I received a complimentary copy of Find Her from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I am currently reading The Blue Hour by Douglas Kennedy.  I am off to a doctor's appointment (takes me about 90 minutes to get there).  I hope you have an enjoyable Fat Tuesday!  Take care and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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