Format: E-Book, 400 pages
Release Date: February 6, 2018
Genre: Thrillers / Suspense
In #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner's latest twisty thrill ride, Detective D. D. Warren and Find Her's Flora Dane return in a race against the clock to either save a young girl's life...or bring her to justice.
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, Look for me.
Look For Me is the Ninth installment in author Lisa Gardner's Detective D.D. Warren series. Our ever stubborn, courageous, driven protagonist Detective Sergeant D.D. Warren is back in true form. This time she's not alone in trying to solve the brutal murder of a Boston area family that leaves a 16 year old girl as the only survivor, possible witness, or perhaps something even more nefarious. If you are a fan of this series, you have probably already read the novel called Find Her. If not, go back and do so. It will help you understand the relationship between Flora and D.D.
7 1/2 years ago, Flora Dane was a college student who was kidnapped off the beach in Florida and held for 472 days by a murdering rapist. During her time in captivity, Flora learned more about what a person can tolerate before coming unglued. She still suffers from nightmares. She definitely has PTSD. She still blames herself for what happened to her. One might call her a vigilante now. D.D. sure does. She lives by a different set of rules from D.D. But, she's also an advocate of sorts for others who have had similar events happen to them. One year ago, Flora helped save a college girl named Sarah. Sarah is now part of her network of survivors. Unlike DD, Flora has access to resources that DD can only imagine.
This story will absolutely blow you away. Though one shouldn't be surprised when it comes to author Lisa Gardner and the way she puts you right in the middle of the story. Right out of the gate, the author hits you with not one mind blowing back story, but two. From Sarah's own terrifying experience with a madman, to 16-year old Roxanna Baez's family being murdered in cold blood. This becomes a co-narrative story switching dialogues between D.D, in the third person narrative, and Flora in the first person narrative. The third part of the story is an essay written by Roxanna Baez.
D.D. is an interesting character these days. She's got a 5 year old son. Her marriage is rock steady to the point of looking for a puppy. All of this is necessary when it comes to her job and trying to come back down after some really emotional and trying times. D.D. still has some issues. If you've read this series fully, you know that she's really not all back to 100% after being injured on the job and being placed on desk duty until she could get back her mobility. D.D. isn't one to whine about her situation. She takes it in stride and understands that it's just one more hurdle she has to jump through in order to be the best she can be. D.D's relationship with Flora has always been interesting. But, I think there is also a whole lot of respect between the women as well.
But, let's not forget about Roxanna Baez. Roxy's story is one of pure emotion, and I can't say that I made it through her story without being misty eyed at times. Roxy's life has been anything but easy. From not knowing who her father is, to temporarily losing her mother to alcohol, to being the mother figure to her younger sister and brother, to being placed in a system where nobody can hear you scream. Roxy's story is told through an essay which hints at things that happened 5 years ago. Roxy and her sister are polar opposites, but Roxy has always tried to do her best to be the strong and brave one in the family. Sometimes, it's just not good enough.
If you are looking for an author who gets what life in foster care, and an over-crowded system that sees too many kids without any families of their own, then Lisa Gardner is your author. This story uncovers a whole lot of things that happened to Roxy and her sister Lola in foster care while their mother was recovering from alcohol abuse. I will only say this, it is pretty apparent that there is a need for a major overhaul of the foster system in this country. Too many children are being left behind without any sort of support system that looks at them as people, not just money for those who take them in.