Book Review: Find Her by Lisa Gardner

Hello, my name is Judith! Welcome to my blog, ReadandReview.

Find Her is a thriller by Lisa Gardner, and the eighth novel in her Detective D.D. Warren series.

Seven years ago, Flora Dane was kidnapped whilst on spring break. For 472 days, Flora learned just how much one person can endure. Now, other women have gone missing and when Flora herself disappears, D.D. realises a far more sinister predator is out there, and it is up to D.D. to Find Her.

I read Find Her after a recommendation, so I had no idea that this was part of a series. Fortunately, for the most part, this didn’t affect my reading experience and I think Find Her works well as a standalone thriller. My one comment is that there was limited characterisation of D.D, but, in all honesty, this didn’t bother me. This is the eighth book featuring D.D. and so Gardner probably imagined her readers knew plenty about her already. Furthermore, I preferred reading about the character of Flora; she is a fascinating woman shaped and changed by severe trauma and dramatic experiences.

The narrative switches between different perspectives of Flora – “past” Flora is narrated in flashbacks and “present” Flora is narrated in real-time – as well as between the perspective of D.D. This was a great technique, although it initially took me a while to adjust to, and I began the novel a little confused at what was going on.

The switching perspectives of Flora linked her past experience to her present experience, exemplified by using similar language in each narrative, creating enjoyable and significant parallelism, rather than monotonous repetition.

At times though, the writing felt a little stereotyped, because although it was language one would expect in a crime thriller or murder mystery, it didn’t feel natural. However, for the most part, I was completely engrossed by the writing and the story and I read Find Her in just a few days.

I really enjoyed the drama throughout the book, and the ending was very powerful. Despite the victims of Find Her being female, it didn’t feel like a clichéd “damsel in distress” narrative, which I thought was great, and instead the narrative was raw and emotional and held the right pace.

I strongly recommend Find Her; I enjoyed it so much, I may even read it again!

Star Rating: 4/5 Stars 

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– Judith

This post was last updated in January 2020.

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