Book Review | Find Her by Lisa Gardner: My Kinda Mystery

Title: Find Her
Author: Lisa Gardner
Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Suspense
Publisher: Dutton
Release Date: February 9, 2016
Pages: 416


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.

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.

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.


This book gripped me from the very first page with vivid and evocative description of a woman trapped inside a coffin-sized box. The pacing of Find Her was very well done. I didn’t feel bored at any moment while reading. I was constantly wanting to know what happens next.

I liked that in this book we got a glimpse into the psyche of kidnapping victims and their captors. When a kidnapped person is returned to their family it is often portrayed as “happily-ever-after”, but the reality is that things don’t automatically go back to normal. There are often long-lasting effects on the victim, so it was nice to read a book that showed that. I also thought the relationship between Flora and Jacob (her captor) was incredibly intriguing.

Find Her is told in 3 spans of time that go back and forth. We spend time in the past, recounting Flora’s time with Jacob. We get to see Flora in the present, as she is kidnapped once again. And we go along with D.D. Warren, following the progress of the overall investigation. The story and all of the details are woven beautifully; everything just fits.

I wasn’t sure what to expect going into this book, but for some reason I thought there would be more focus on D.D. Warren than there was. The majority of the book is sharing Flora’s story, which was completely fine with me. In actuality, it was nice (and different) to see the detective play more of a backseat role.

After reading Find Her, I can say that I’m very interested to get into more of Lisa Gardner’s work. Her writing totally matches up to my taste. If you are hankering for a good mystery, I’d recommend picking up Find Her when it comes out on February 9, 2016.

4.5 Stars!

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If you have any recommendations for which Garner novel I should tackle next, let me know! Hope you have a great day!

I received this ARC from Dutton Books/Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review.


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