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.
Boston Sergeant Detective D.D. Warren is an intense character. In addition to being a wife and mother, she lives for her job. Detective Warren is not a stranger to dark cases involving families and murder and is eager to get back to work (she recently returned from an injury that placed her in “management”).
Flora Dane survived over a year in captivity by a serial rapist and murderer. Returning to a normal life is an impossibility; helping other survivors is not. In this novel, Detective D.D. Warren and survivor Flora Dane unwittingly team up to solve the mass murder of Roxanna Baez’s family. Roxanna’s family is murdered, and she and her dogs are nowhere to be found. Is it possible for a teenaged girl to commit such a horrendous crime?
Flora Dane has a connection to Roxanna. She runs a site on the dark web to help women who are survivors of terrible acts. Sarah, the college student who is Flora’s most recent survivor has been contacted by Roxanna. Asking questions about things like hiding out and where to find a gun make Roxanna look like she could be guilty, but Flora and Sarah don’t believe she is. Can they save her?
Look for Me by Lisa Gardner is unpredictable and fast paced. Strong female characters guide the reader through a descriptive tale of foster system failure, abuse and murder. I’ve read several other D.D. Warren novels and feel like this one holds up to the rest. I was intrigued by the way the secondary characters were woven into the story. They definitely added to the suspense level.