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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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.


Advance Galley Reviews

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!

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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