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. (goodreads.com)
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!
I received a copy of this book from the publisher through First to Read in exchange for an honest review.