Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Look For Me

Author: Lisa Gardner
Genre: Suspense
Type: e-book
Series: #9 in the Detective D.D Warren series
Source: NetGalley
Publisher: Dutton
First Published: February 6, 2018
First Line: "A year later, what Sarah remembered most was waking up to the sound of giggling."

Book Description from GoodReadsIn #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.

My Rating: 3.5 stars

My Review: This 9th book in the D.D Warren series has the experienced detective in the middle of a murder of a family and includes Flora Dane, a character from the previous book, Find Her, who becomes D.D's sidekick/confidential informant. 

The addition of Flora's POV and different methods of getting information added an extra layer to the plot and funny banter between the seasoned police detective and the vigilante. But, there was often overlap between the two POVs which sometimes gave the story a 'didn't I just read about that?' feel for me.

This book picks up two years after 2016's Find Her (a wonderfully gritty read and one of my top reads of 2016). While readers don't have to read previous books in the series, I highly recommend reading Find Her to get Flora's back story which is important to understanding her character's development.

In Look For Me, Gardner gives her readers another twisty read and provides insight into the overburdened foster care system, how it has helped some kids and failed others. Gardner also addresses the issue of family, mistakes and healing and the addition of a teen's school essays on what 'The Perfect Family' means to her were touching and poignant.

This is a clever police procedural that kept me entertained, had some twists (even though I figured out the culprit) and an important social aspect. And while I can't say I was totally wowed this time out, I look forward to reading the next installment in this series.

Disclaimer: This ARC was generously provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

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