Look for Me by Lisa Gardner

Look for Me

Lisa Gardner

"Look for Me starts with a bang and never lets up! You won't be able to put it down--and it will haunt you long after you turn the final page." --Shari Lapena, bestselling author of The Couple Next Door and A Stranger in the House

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“An utterly absorbing story about troubled families and twisted fates. You won’t be able to put it down—and it will haunt you long after you turn the final page.”—Shari Lapena

“A complex crime scene, a missing girl, a ticking clock: no one writes a more page-turning, gut-wrenching thriller.”—Tess Gerritsen

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.

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Great book! I love Lisa Gardner books and was excited to get the advanced copy of this book!

I always look forward to books by Lisa Gardner. This one was great. I was glued to the book from the first chapter and loved the final twist-- did not see it coming.

I wasn't aware that Lisa Gardner's "Look for Me" was part of a series about Detective D.D. Warren and Flora Dane. Had I known, I wouldn't have requested it from Penguin's First to Read. However, I'm glad I read it and met this determined female detective. The major and minor characters are all well-developed, and meeting them for the first time in this novel is fine (although I'll read the earlier books in the series now). Parts of this story are gruesome but never voyeuristic or unnecessary. The pace is so fast and the characters so realistic that the reader rushes through the violence to discover whether the ending will be a satisfying one. I won't give away what happens, but I urge you to read this novel--even before reading the earlier ones in Lisa Gardner's series. Thank you Penguin First to Read for introducing me to Detective Warren and to Lisa Gardner.

I haven’t read every book in this series but the ones I have read are awesome! I could not put the book down. I have loved every one of her books. This is a must read!! I definitely would give it 5 stars!

I always love a new Lisa Gardner book and this one did not disappoint. The mystery was fresh and fabulous, spending more time with Flora Dane from the previous book was a treat and as always DD Warren was superb. This series is such a delicious escape and it continues to entertain and make me happy. Can’t wait for the next one. I highly recommend this book to lovers of suspense with a fabulous detective and a terrific mystery to be solved. This one is a favorite.

This book had me hooked from the very first gruesome scene. I couldn't put it down until I was finished. I love Detective DD Warren and the band of vigilantes that follow her. I truly enjoyed this book and it led me to find a new author to obsess over once I discovered how many more books Gardner had written. Well worth the read!

As always, Lisa Gardner didn't disappoint. She kept me guessing till the very end! I never suspected how the story would end. And I loved getting to know all the characters. I would definitely recommend this book.

Great thriller. This sequel to Find Her is a terrific story about the investigation of the murder of four of five members of a family. The only surviving member of the family, teenage Roxy, has gone missing. D.D. Warren is a great homicide detective, and is joined in the investigation by "CI" Flora Dane. The pacing of the thriller is great. I loved that she blended the three narratives very well, Roxy's story, D.D's push/pull with her home life, and Flora's desperate desire to get her life back after being the victim of a kidnapping in the book Find Her. A really terrific next edition to the saga of these characters. I liked how we got insight into the missing Roxy character through her story to her English teacher...very clever way to place a character that is largely missing through the story and feel like you get to understand her backstory. I would highly recommend this thriller to anyone who loves a good mystery.

I really enjoyed this book. This is the first book by Lisa Gardner I have read and it won't be the last. It kept me guessing until the end. The options on suspects started running out anyway, but it really was the last person I would've thought. I did find it odd, though, that the opening story and victim didn't play a bigger role in the whole story. It was nice that there was closure for that victim in the end, so the reader wasn't just hanging out there wondering what happened. The root of the story is a bit sad, but I am sure there is some truths with how the foster care system works. All in all, a good mystery.

Generally, I know what to expect when I read books in the mystery/thriller/suspense genre, but this one caught me by surprise as I got very emotional reading this. The plot follows Detective DD Warren as they try to find a 16 year old girl who has gone missing after her family was murdered. The plot is pretty straight-forward and entertaining, but what hit me was the background of the 16 year old girl and her siblings. You discover a bit of their history throughout the book and it is incredibly sad. I didn't realize this was the ninth book in the series and it can definitely be read as a standalone though now I am curious about the previous entries. The plot is not reinventing the wheel, but it is engaging and nicely paced. I am glad I had a chance to read it and would recommend it to fans of this genre.

I love Lisa Gardner. She never disappoints. This novel had me engrossed from the very beginning and I really didn't want to stop reading. Flora and DD are amazing women who have overcome some really horrifying odds. I really enjoyed getting to know both women, along with Roxy, Mike, Sarah, Hector, and Roxy's dogs Blaze and Rosie. I felt so bad for the entire family. But wow! What an entertaining ride! Cannot wait for the next novel...

Scheduled to post 2/6/18. Another fantastic read from Lisa Gardner! She writes in such a captivating way. I couldn't put the book down. The story only took place over a couple of days, but once I was submerged in everything that happened, it felt like so much longer without it having felt like I was slogging through a read. So much was packed in without feeling rushed or that anything was skipped. But there was resolution. Maybe not what people would be expecting, but resolution nonetheless. The only thing that kind of irked me a little was the insistence that since DD was a mom now cases with children would take on new meaning and impact her in different ways. It wasn't intentionally insinuating that she didn't connect to cases with children before she had one, but it unintentionally did. And that bothered me. I get it. I really do. But it was mentioned a lot that she has this mom solidarity going for her now and it stood out to me more than I think it should have. As if childless individuals would be any less moved by the events. It's just a little thing, but a niggling thing. I really liked Flora's development especially. I think she's starting to hijack the series a little bit, and that's okay with me. It's not that I don't like DD Warren, but Flora Dane is far more compelling, especially as she trudges along on her path to healing. Now that she's working with DD in an official capacity, I imagine the series is at least going down the path of having Flora play a far more vital role in DD's detective life. She started out at the beginning of LOOK FOR ME as a liability and an annoyance, but ultimately proved her worth. I'm looking forward to seeing where that's going. Gardner is one of those authors where her books are an automatic yes for me. They get added to my shelves and I'll read them ASAP. LOOK FOR ME did not disappoint in that arena and I look forward to seeing what more Gardner comes up with for DD and Flora! 4.5

Each one of the characters in this murder mystery is either damaged, troubled or at the least, having trouble with the lives that they have been given. It starts off with the mass murder of four of the members of a family of five. The surviving female teenager goes missing and is the primary suspect. At first. The detective and the community activist for victim's rights join to solve the case. Much to each others annoyance, that is. We are taken on a kitchen sink ride through just about every despicable situation there is. Physical abuse, mental abuse, alcohol abuse, drug abuse, foster home conditions, rape, bullying, harassment, and on and on. The ending was a bit predictable since we had just about run out of possible murder suspects. My thanks to the author and the Penguin First to Read program for a complimentary copy.

Well, I just learned this is book nine (!) in a series. Golly gee. The writing felt trivial, inexperienced and sort of just...bleh. The opening scene was alright until... the killer just randomly pulls out a massive hunting knife while he's naked and having sex? Where was he hiding it??? And there's like 2 or 3 other women home at the time (at least one of them a lacrosse player nonetheless?) and he decides that right then is perfect time to start hacking bodies? Yeah no. There were so many instances where I just rolled my eyes as I struggled to get through this book. The detective, D.D., was over the top, super cliche ("so petite, but strong!"). It was all vanilla. Just stale, Walmart off-brand, flavored vanilla. The middle of the book was okay. The ending was fine. It is what it is. If you're a fan of the episodes from the last two or three years on CSI / NCIS / Grey's Anatomy / Law & Order than you'll probably love this book. As for me, I'm going to give the rest of anything this author pumps out a hard pass.

This one started out slow then just got weird. I couldn’t finish it…

Detective D.D. Warren has a new case to investigate. A family of five is now a crime scene. Four of the family members are shot dead while the fifth one is nowhere to be found. Is the sixteen-year-old-girl hiding somewhere safe? Or has she been abducted? Or is there another angle to this case? D.D. has to find out what is behind this mess she found today in that family house, and what is still hidden. On the other side of this equation is Flora Dane, a woman that has survived her abduction. She has spent four hundred and seventy two days learning exactly how much can a person endure. She has now turned avenger and is after anyone that hurts innocent women. She is determined to find sixteen-year-old Roxy and help her out. Because for Flora, Roxy is a victim. So what really happens in this book? The story begins with a scene that is totally different to what is described in the synopsis. It is the story of a third woman, which the reader comes to understand a bit later, and it is a very disturbing one. But it helps to put things together and let the reader understand exactly how Flora works and what she is currently doing. How she lives her life through helping others. I hadn’t read any of Lisa Gardner’s books before and I was a bit concerned when selected to read “Look for me“. Concerned I wouldn’t understand the background story. Concerned I would be missing some key points of the story due to what may have happened in the previous books. Concerned the author may be referring to past scenes I would not understand. But there was no actual cause for concern, as whatever needed to be known from past stories, Gardner would summarize it in a sentence or two, keeping all the vital parts in those few words. It is true that Flora’s own story was featured in a previous book which may have been a really nice one, considering the information provided in this book. However, it was well enough covered from her thoughts and actions, as the author depicted them in this book, to give the background story to support the character. Gardner knows her main character, D.D., really well. In this book, she is also a mother, apart from a detective which is a nice touch. It also shows the problems the detective work can cause to a family, the events and moments a mother can miss. Speaking of family, the main theme here is the perfect family. Does it really exist? Where can we find it? The background of the family that plays the protagonistic role in this book is a troubled one. Even though at first glance it seems to be just another normal family in Brighton, it turns out that there is a lot more hidden in the shadows of the past. Alcoholism being one of them. Foster care another. And that is one of the big issues in the country as the reader can see through the story. If only 1% of what is in the book is true, it is enough for someone to understand that there is something wrong with the system and has to change. Foster parents must be above all, loving parents! That could help eliminate a good amount of the problems.

I really enjoy Lisa Gardner's novels and this was no exception. I felt that the characterization of each person was great and you could absolutely understand why they made the choices they did. The foster-care situation that the sisters found themselves in broke my heart, especially knowing that this is not a "fictional" situation - so many children find themselves in the exact same place. I'm not sure how realistic it would be where the police actually take assistance from someone on the vigilante side but I think the contrast between Flora and D.D. was really well done. It's been a while since I've read the previous books in this series, so I am rating this more as a stand alone but I would definitely give it 3.5 stars out of 5. It moved along and I never felt like I was wasting time trying to slog through it.

From a mystery aspect, there was nothing overly outstanding or suspenseful about the story. There were things I figured out and even the things I didn't, I wasn't all that surprised by. But from an emotional level, this book hit me right in the feels. The characters and their situations and all my emotions had me crying at several points in the book, which is honestly one of the few times I can even think of doing so with a mystery book. The POV of the victims (or suspects or whatever, since you never know), is always hit or miss for me. It can make or break how I feel about the book. But the intense way it made me feel for all these poor characters made this book as good as it was!

Lisa Gardner’s “Look for Me” is a winner. From the opening pages to the dramatic conclusion, “Look for Me” takes the reader on a suspenseful and compelling journey as Detective D.D. Warren and victim-advocate Flora Dane (from Gardner’s “Find Her”) team up to solve the massacre of the Baez family and locate its only remaining member, Roxy, a 16-year-old who was out walking her elderly, blind dogs when the murders occurred. Was Roxy’s absence a coincidence, or did she have some connection to the killings? Is she a victim or a suspect? D.D. and Flora must race against time to find the answers before the killer can act again. D.D.’s by-the-book investigation and Flora’s no-holds-barred approach combine to both bring out the heart-wrenching pitfalls of the foster care system and unmask the killer in the book’s dramatic (but somewhat predictable) conclusion. Excerpts of Roxy’s school essays detailing her search for the “perfect family” and experiences in the broken foster care system add a poignant touch to the story. All told, “Look for Me” is a gripping, well-paced thrill ride that will keep you reading late into the night.

This is the first D.D. Warren book for me and I definitely felt left out since I didn't read any of the previous books, there was just this disconnect there with the characters for me. So I am reviewing this as a stand-alone read so the rating will reflect that. I really didn't enjoy this too much I found myself struggling with it, but I did give it 3 stars because I did finish it and I did want to read the ending to see how everything ended up working out, but not in an edge of your seat kind of way.

Penguin First to Read ARC. Rating: 4 of 5 stars. Ninth book in the series but can be read as a standalone, you'll lose some of the background but nothing critical to enjoying the story. A family is killed except for the oldest daughter. Is she a victim or the perpetrator? D.D. is in charge, she has to solve this crime but while she is trying to understand this family more and more violence towards connected people occurs. Who is doing it and why? Flora Dane makes a repeat appearance, from the previous book in the series, she's a survivor and a vigilante, helping other survivors take back control of their lives. Will they work together to keep anyone else from getting murdered? The ending is unexpected but very believable. Another great read from the author!

This is the first book I have read in this series but I found it fairly easy to read as a standalone novel. I was impressed at how well the book covered such subjects as the foster care system and how survivors of horrific crimes attempt to deal with the aftermath. I thought the use of the essay was a clever way to flashback to Roxy's life before the murders. While it was fairly easy to predict where the story was headed, it didn't really hamper my enjoyment. My only real nitpick is I thought the book dragged a bit in the second half and maybe trimming off 25-50 pages would have helped. Thank you to First to Read for the opportunity to read an advance digital copy! All views expressed are my honest opinion.

This was gripping but also predictable

I have read several books in this series and this one is well written as always. It is also as disturbing as her books tend to be. I don’t know how well this would stand on its own, but if you are a fan of Gardner’s books, this certainly won’t disappoint.

Look For Me by Lisa Gardner was a fast read. This book marks the return of victim turned vigilante, Flora Dane, first introduced in the DD Warren series book Find Her. The book starts with DD Warren being called to the scene of a homicide of a family that has been gunned down in their own home. Among the dead are a mother, her boyfriend, and 2 of her kids. Her 16 year old daughter, Roxy, is missing. Is she the killer or another victim? This is a winding, twisting tale that is interspersed with an essay Roxy wrote for school about The Perfect Family. Flora and DD are both determined to find Roxy, each with their own different method. This book could be a standalone, but I feel it's best to at least read Find Her first to get Flora's back story. All in all, this was a great addition to the series!

This was the first Lisa Gardner book that I have read and will definitely not be the last. I found Warren to be an extremely intelligent and complex character and was drawn to the mysterious elements of this book. I was not aware that this book was part of a series, but had no problems just digging into the story from the outside. I liked the backward glimpses of the essay and felt that they really helped ramp up the anticipation.

The most beautiful thing about Look For Me by Lisa Gardner is the fact that the overwhelming emotion that assails one after reading this book is love. It is hard to imagine, considering the fact that the realization of that love emerges out of deep sadness and tragedy. The story is written in the third person past tense point of view of DD, the first person past tense point of view of Flora and the PoV of Roxy which comes to us in the form of an essay, written in 8 long chapters, that she submitted at school. The essay, on What is a Perfect Family?, is the key to understanding what Roxy was going through. Flora’s PoV brings out the angst that survivors never manage to overcome. We come to know of the misery they live every day of their lives, as they are tortured by the recurring question of why they didn’t try harder to escape, of whether it was their fault somehow. What keeps this book going is the surfeit of strong women characters, both major and minor. Each of them have strong personalities, and they take decisions and actions that propel the story forward. While I liked both DD and Flora, I found the latter more appealing. She has her vulnerabilities and her quirks, and yet she was reaching beyond herself to help others. I found Flora very authentic. Her efforts to do something to keep the nightmares and trauma at bay were very heartening. She made the psychological experience of an abducted person come alive. Of course, I did wonder how she managed to finance herself. There is a vague mention of a job she holds, but we never see her actually going to work. I also appreciated DD’s single-minded focus, often at the cost of family time. DD doesn’t trust Flora’s methods (the sarcastic flip-flop in their conversations was fun), but there is a measure of respect she has for Flora that is undeniable. I felt sorry for Juanita who proved herself capable of learning from her mistakes and working towards a happy ending for her children. But the woman who carries this book on her frail shoulders is undoubtedly Roxy. Driven by fierce love for her family, she is the parent for her siblings when her mother and her boyfriend give in to their addictions. She and Lola both take great risks and subject themselves to tremendous hardships and strain, to protect the other. Unfortunately, for Lola, that is not enough, and for a while, she gives in to hatred and resentment. But love does triumph, even in the midst of tragedy. That is what we learn from both girls, and how they are acted when it mattered the most. Mike Davis, the only friend Roxy has, also redeems himself in a beautiful way. The writing simply excels itself in Roxy’s essays. These are her first-person accounts which give us a peek into what she is feeling. The trauma of kids torn away from their families and siblings and forced into foster homes, where conditions are often abysmal, is well reflected in the narrative. When it comes to the beauty of the prose, Flora’s PoV too has its share of gems worth quoting. The only thing that I found out of place was the fact that the author chose to give us Sarah’s backstory in the Prologue. The story of the multiple murders of Roxy’s family would have made far greater sense, since the book is about these murders and the investigation into them. Prologues aren’t supposed to pique reader interest by feeding us something sensational. They should invite us to read by giving us a hint of what is to follow, something crucial that will only prove its significance to us on hindsight. The book causes us to reflect on a range of pressing social issues such as alcoholism, the foster care system, broken families, how parental irresponsibility inflicts tragic consequences on the lives of innocent children, even babies, the harmful effects of drugs, guns and violence, and how the odds are stacked against so many, for no fault of theirs. Ultimately, Look For Me is a beautiful book that manages to wrest beauty and courage and love from the brink of despairing circumstances, and for that alone, this book deserves its readers. Read Full and Detailed review at https://cynthology.blogspot.com/2018/01/book-review-look-for-me.html

This is the first book that I’ve read from the author, let alone this series. I was hooked within the first 10 pages and had a hard time putting it down after that. I look forward to reading the rest of the series and plan on following the author for more of her releases.

I love Lisa Gardner books and recently found the D.D. Warren series, so I was excited to get an early copy of Look For Me. The great thing is you don’t have to read these in order, you can pick up this book without reading the others and get a quick, easy to read thriller. Read it and the 8 tha5 came before it.

I'm always excited when a new DD Warren book is published and LOOK FOR ME did not disappoint! Another book of this police investigator at her best. Even though she is now a wife and a mom, her police cases remain an important part of her life and defines who she really is. She may be kinder and gentler on her off time but she is still a 'kick-ass' investigator when she's on a case. NOTE - this is book 9 in the DD Warren series and to get the most out of this series, you really need to read the books in order. While trying to solve a horrific crime that left a husband, wife and two of their children dead and one missing, DD gets some outside help that is at first unwanted but becomes pivotal to solving the crime. Flora Dane from book 8, a survivor of an abductor who kept her imprisoned for 472 days. Flora has become a vigilante and doesn't have to follow the same rules as the police department. It takes these two strong women - DD and Flora to try to find the missing teenager and determine if she killed her family or if she is a victim and her life is in danger. This was a real page turner with a surprise ending that I didn't see coming. This is a wonderful story about the love within a family despite what they have faced in the past. They are terrible scenes about the life the kids lived in the foster care system and they bullying that they received in school. I love this series and can't wait to see what DD Warren does in future books. Thanks to First to Read for a copy of this book to read and review.

I thought this book was going to be along the lines of Final Girls. The beginning definitely reeled you in and I was waiting for the draw drop ending. The twist that felt like someone had stabbed you in the back and then twisted it for good measure. Sadly, I ended up seeing the whole ending coming, which for me just ruins the whole book. So while it was a good start, I was not all that impressed with it.

Thank you First to Read for the advanced copy of Look for Me by Lisa Gardner. I like Lisa Gardiner and the 9th book in the DD Warren series didn't disappoint. Now, I'll be honest, I have not read all 9 but I was still able to enjoy this book out of order even with missing books in between which I'm thankful for. Everyone in Roxy's family is murdered, all but her and the 2 blind dogs so DD Warren is called in to find out who did this. When Roxy and the dogs go missing it's a race to find them but with Roxy missing, it raises the question of whether Roxy is a victim or the killer. This is the 2nd book I read this year involving foster care and what a horrid situation, of course, the horrid tales are for the reader but ugh, they break my heart every time.

What a ride! I definitely recommend this book. It was hard to put down. And had some pretty emotional parts. Doesn't end like you'd expect it would. I feel for all children subjected to the foster care system. And am happy for the ones that find a happy ending. Thanks First to Read for my advance copy!

I received an advanced copy of Look For Me (Detective D.D. Warren #9) by Lisa Gardner from Penguin Random House’s First to Read Program for an honest review. I wish to extend my thanks to the Publisher and the Author for this opportunity. I have read almost all of the Lisa Gardner’s books across her multiple series. I have enjoyed the D.D.Warren series, and have especially enjoyed seeing D.D. having a personal life alongside her professional career ( I feel it has made her a more realistic and believable character). In this installment, I felt that D.D. was not a focal character, but more of a secondary or background player, sharing the stage with Flora and Sarah (both survivors of heinous crimes in earlier books) and Roxy. In my opinion, I found Look For Me to be a long-winded, tedious, and repetitively written book. The multiple viewpoints, frequently repeated info the reader had already been given. I found the book to be neither thrilling, suspenseful, nor mysterious. I felt as if I was reading a family drama, a ripped from the “headlines” story. The book is a commentary on the “failings” and mismanagement of children placed in the foster care or child protective system. This is a theme I have read from other authors as well, and the overall conclusions are very similar, the system needs help! The story is basically about a family given a second chance at being together, but fate has different plans. The family is found murdered, and the only survivor, a 16-year-old is missing. The big question becomes, did this person commit the crimes and if so why. There were some touching moments in the story, D.D.’s family is shown in cameo’s revolving around the acquisition of a new puppy, and the care and love of the two older blind dogs that the Baez family had. I also noticed the story really doesn’t place any blame on any one thing, but questions how a situation could have been done differently, leading to a different outcome. In my opinion, I felt this book was a step outside of the D.D. Warren series and should have been standalone book “featuring” characters from the D.D. Warren series. My rating on the book is low, basically due to the repetitiveness of the story and the fact that the book really didn’t hold my attention as previous books in the series have. For me, this was a 2.75-star read which I will rise to 3 stars. I feel that readers of the series should check it out and make their own decision on the story and its inclusion in the D.D. Warren series.

I am really impressed with the depth in this book. Ms. Gardner deals with problems in the foster-care system, the modern evolving definition of family, and of course murders. In this case, lots of murders. Like an entire family of murders. Roxy takes the dogs for a walk and while she is gone, her mother and boyfriend, her younger sister, and younger brother are all gunned down. Why? Who did it? Of course DD Warren is on the case and thinks Roxy must have something to do with it. Also making a major appearance is Flora Danes from [book:Find Her|25644437]. I really hope she is a continuing character. She is a great counterbalance to DD's straight-laced persona. Together, and somewhat separate, DD and Flora try to piece together what happened and find Roxy. I was impressed with the objective view Ms. Gardner gave of the family court system, a place where almost no one is ever happy but a bit sad at yet another portrayal of how horrible the foster-care system is. I realize happy quality foster homes do not make for good books, but it would be nice if they were highlighted once in awhile. Sometimes the system works.

Look at Me belongs in a series of other books about Sergeant Warren and Flora Dane. Th author gave enough background to form a timeline but I wish I knew more without needing to go back and read the previous installments. The main story of the book; the murder of a family, a missing teenager, the children time in foster care was carefully woven to where I did not begin to suspect the real killers identity until everyone arrived at the theatre. It was dark subject material but it covers a topic society doesn't like to talk about. But these discussions need to happen. There were some spelling mistakes in there but not enough to detract. Overall, it was a good book, not amazing but not bad or boring. I like the contrast of Flora and D.D, though their banter did get old at times.

Thank you First to Read on the preview off Look for Me by Lisa Gardner. I have read one or two of Gardner's books, but did not find my interest in the characters of her books. I wanted to try again and see if this book will peak my interest. The plot opens with the murder of a family and one of the family members missing, or is she on the run or is she the killer??? The returning cast DD Warren and a few others, are here to get justice and solve this mystery. There are alot of moving parts in this book, and that is ok. This is a series book, and I always feel as if it really helps from a character development standpoint to read prior books if possible . Not sure if this one stands on it own without previous readings and for me that's a drawback. I did find a few typos and I did figure out the ending before the ending. I think fans will like it, but not sure if they won't be bored a bit. Just ok.

Loved it! Lisa Gardner never disappoints!!

*Thank you to First to Read for providing me an advance copy in exchange for my honest review* I wasn't sure how I would feel about reading a book that was technically #9 in a series that I hadn't read the rest of, but Lisa Gardner very seamlessly introduces you to the detective (D.D) as well as the new characters. I really enjoyed this book. It was an extremely quick read and flowed very nicely. The story was very believable and all the characters seemed real and relatable. Intermingled with the murder-mystery facet was a heart-wrenching story of a drunk mother desperately trying to pick up the pieces of the family she had destroyed. The backstory was woven effortlessly into the current story and by the end you are just as angry and hurt as Roxy. Very good read....except the title has me completely thrown. I feel like there are a million things I would've named that book and "Look for Me" would not have been one of them.

Thanks to the First to Read program for supplying me with an advanced copy of Look for Me in digital format. This book starts off with a powerful preface. A group of college roommates are attacked when one of them unknowingly brings home a savage killer. The details of the event pull the reader right in. When one shocking part of the scene plays out, what seems like an absolute absurdity becomes a telling reminder of how a person never truly knows how he or she will react in any given situation! The story itself centers around Detective D.D. Warren investigating a homicide in which 4 family members have been shot and the one remaining teenage daughter is on the run. Is she the killer or is she running from the killer? What triggered the events that led up to an entire family being murdered? Detective Warren has been assigned the grueling case. Seeing a child who has been murdered is troubling and she can't help but think of her own young son at home. She is absolutely driven to find the perpetrator. Detective Warren could use some assistance and sometimes having someone who is not law enforcement is better. Like it or not, Detective Warren has outside help from a woman (Flora) who was once severely traumatized herself. Will Flora and her survivors group aid the investigation or seek vigilante justice? All in all, I thought this was a really good story. The plot was strong and while I had suspicions as to whom the real killer was, I still had doubts now and again. This was definitely a enjoyable page turner for me. I haven't read any other books in the series prior to this one, but I have no doubt that I will now!

*I received a copy of this book for free from First to Read in exchange for an honest review.* I'll start by saying that I haven't read any of the other books in this series and while reading I felt it didn't matter in the least. There is enough information given to understand why Detective Warren and more specifically Flora Dane are so invested in finding this missing girl who's entire family has been murdered. I enjoyed this book far more than I anticipated. I'm a sucker for a good murder mystery but I generally dislike when I can figure out who did it before the big reveal which I did with this book when they started investigating more of Roxy and her sisters past, but while I was able to figure it out, I was far too invested in what was going on with Roxy, her family, and Flora to have that negatively affect my opinion of the book. It may be easier than I'd like to pick out the killer but the women in the book are so engrossing I didn't care. Roxy's story is heartbreaking from the very beginning but only gets worse as the book progresses. Detective Warren is interesting but I was interested less in her and more in the way she interacted with Flora and later Roxy. Flora is actually a perfect counterpart to the Detective and hopefully will stay around for even more books. I'm sure fans of this series will enjoy this book, and for those who haven't read the series this book is still well worth a read as I spent my New Year's Eve devouring this book.

Look for Me (D.D. Warren series #9) by Lisa Gardner This book follows Detective Warren and her CI, Flora Dane (a character from a previous book in series). You do not have to have read this series in order to follow the story lines at all, but I'm sure that it provides a more rounded look at the two main characters and their interactions. I have only read one other Lisa Gardner book and had no problems following along here. We find a family murdered and the remaining member on the run - the question posed is did 16 year old Roxy run to protect herself or is she involved in the crimes? The interactions between Flora and D.D. were good, even a bit witty. D.D. is a strong lead detective character that was believable. Flora is a survivor of a horrific crime and now a 'survivalist' ..which.. ok. I guess. I went with that. I don't know that I was sold on this relationship. We are introduced to the murdered family through interviews the detectives are doing and given more backstory through a series of essays Roxy has written for a school project. It illuminates many motives and a whole host of options for bad guys, though I personally felt that the reveal of the killer wasn't a surprise. That being said, nor was it a cheat of the plot. Is this book fast moving? yes, overall. Does it touch on some very uncomfortable subject matter? yes. a lot. children removed from alcoholic and abusive homes and into foster homes that are even worse. Underage sexual activity/rape, bullying, drugs, gangs etc. were all a part of the plot. So when I ask the question 'is this entertaining?' I had to allow that those topics are horrific, but it's still a page turner. I did find some of it repetitive and so I'm keeping this book at a solid 3-star *thank you to Penguin Random House First to Read for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review

Author Lisa Gardner delivers another taut, exciting thriller with unexpected twists that continue through until the very end. This is a solid pairing of the stalwart detective DD Warren and the ever resourceful, former victim Flora Dane, in a case that defies easy solutions. A recently melded family unit is murdered, except for the oldest daughter, who is missing along with the elderly dogs. As the solid police procedural works one end of the search for the missing daughter, Flora and her band of former victims use their own resources. Is the missing teen dead or alive, and why is she still missing? It’s a difficult book to stop mid-way as the details slowly unwind, some helpful, some decidedly not. One thing is clear: nothing is what it seems and that makes the story great.

I received a copy of this book free from First to Read in exchange for my honest review. This was the first book in the Detective Warren series that I've read. It won't be the last. The story is told from the viewpoints of Detective Warren. A wife and mother and now the owner of the best spotted dog ever. Flora, who was kidnapped and survived. Albeit with a lot of scars. Roxy, who's family was murdered. At first, you are not sure if Roxy is a victim or suspect. Roxy and her siblings were placed in foster care for a year while their mother got sober and her life back together. unbeknownst to her mother, Roxy and her sister were now placed back in the school with two other kids from their foster home who were abusive to them. The story has enough twists and turns to keep me interested but I was able to figure out who dun it about half way thru.

Thanks Random Penguin for the advanced copy! (Always exciting to read a book early) What a thrilling book! I read through in one day and very few sittings, luckily I was off on holidays when I did so. (Even then I'm sure I would have read it through very quickly as I normally do) The story is told from multiple points of views and is narrated as such. The different views tell a complex story but all come together easily. The story is a true page turner, and will quickly leave you feeling emotionally involved with the various characters of the story. Surprises and shock is common throughout the book and will keep you curious as you try to figure out what happens next! I won't say to much as to why this story is so emotional for some and complex to avoid ruining the suspense that you are almost guaranteed to feel.

Bravo! Gardner has given fans another great read while challenging readers to dig deeper into their own beliefs. The big question - What constitutes family? Is family limited to blood ties that can never be severed? Or can we choose who is entitled to walk beside us in the familial role? What do children do when there is no one to adequately fit family roles? Is it safe to choose a family? Finally, can we forgive mistakes and mend broken families? Gardner doesn’t stop the probing there. She goes on by exploring how victims of violence survive, assimilate back into society, and thrive. This includes a look at foster care and child protective services. As a former sexual abuse investigator I was impressed by the accuracy depicted in these portions of the tale. Gardner shines a spotlight on the survival skills foster children learn to survive and the unexpected predators they face when placed in care. The use of the protagonist’s emotional leakage in her English essays is spot on. I hope in a future work, Gardner will continue to delve into the world of child pornography and examine the growing problem of sex trafficking through gang activity. As Gardner showed, the system does not adequately protect those removed. The places they end up might be more dangerous than the homes they were in.

This is the first book I have read by Lisa Gardner and was anxious about reading it out of series, but it was fine. The writing was tight and the plot riveting and the characters well developed. The exploration of motives and the victims stories were not overly graphic in detail. D.D. Warren is investigating the shooting murder of a family except for the oldest daughter, ostensibly, considering her for the role of aggressor or possible victim. Flora is a survivor of an abduction that shaped and honed her into a survivalist who helps others to deal with their problems. She has been contacted by the missing girl, Roxanna, via her blog prior to the murders and decides to locate the girl. Hard to put down trying to figure out who the real shooter turned out to be of several possible suspects. Interesting and well worth the read, will look at the rest of the series.

When a family of five is violently gunned down in their home, D.D. Warren is called in to investigate the crime scene. The eldest daughter, sixteen-year old Roxanna Baez is missing along with the families two elderly, blind, Brittany spaniels. Flora Dane an abduction survivor is running a vigilante support group for others like herself. When she finds out Roxy has recently contacted her group for help she begins her own investigation. When everyone has a motive anyone could be the killer. I really enjoyed this action packed thriller and could not put it down. The novel explores the often deplorable conditions of overcrowded and unchecked foster care systems, the children who get broken, and the families who are torn apart. This novel kept me guessing with a complex plot that all ties together in the end. The story changes POV between D.D. Warren who uses her professional experience and investigative team to track the killer and Flora Dane who has her own set of rules, not always legal. Look For Me was a fantastic murder mystery that will have you on the edge of your seat.

This was a gripping page-turner. I really enjoyed it.

**Thanks to First to Read for providing me a complimentary copy of LOOK FOR ME by Lisa Gardner in exchange for my honest review** When four members of a family are massacred, the police put out an Amber Alert for Roxy, the eldest daughter unsure whether she’s a victim or the perp. More shots will be fired over the next days and not everyone will survive. LOOK FOR ME is my first Lisa Garner novel, so I can’t compare it to her other stories, but I can compare it to my expectations and what I look for in a five star review. Told from detective DD Warren’s third person POV and trauma survivor/confidential informant Flora as well as a seven part story written by Roxy, I liked Garner’s writing style. This medium paced story lacked tension, because I never felt invested in anyone. While the characters were well developed,unique and complex, they lacked heart and the intangible quality that made me invest myself in the story. The sexualization of Roxy’s 13 year old sister, as the pursuer of older boys and men creeped me out with the use of “sex” instead of rape (since 13 year olds can’t consent) even though one character made a comment about Lola’s age and consent it felt wrong. The resolution of the mystery shooter let me down. I’m sure Lisa Gardner fans will love LOOK FOR ME. I’d certainly read, but not purchase, her books in the future.


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