Look for Me Book Review
|Title:||Look for Me|
|Published:||February 6, 2018, Dutton|
|No. of Pages:||400|
|Cover Price:||$27.00 Hardcover, $13.99 Kindle|
Look for Me is the ninth installment of the D.D. Warren series by Lisa Gardner. The novel begins at the discovery of a family that has been murdered – a mother, her boyfriend, and two of three children. The third child is missing with the family dogs. D.D. Warren is called in to investigate, and isn’t sure whether the missing child, Roxanna, who is the oldest, is also a victim and is hiding, or is the murderer of her family. As the story progresses, readers learn of the dysfunctions of the family in the past, and how the mother, Juanita, was a recovering alcoholic who had been sober for some time, and that the children were taken from her for a year previous where they were in foster care and were possibly abused. Lola, the youngest of the girls, is beautiful, but has spunk and has joined a dangerous gang. Her sister, Roxanna isn’t as pretty, but is a good, responsible student, and has always taken care of Lola and her little brother Manny. Lola resents the mothering from her older sister.
D.D. Warren seeks the help of Flora Dane, who is the survivor of a kidnapping; she first came up in a previous Lisa Gardner Novel. Much of the story is told through the eyes of Flora, and the novel doesn’t really feel like D.D. Warren is the main investigator. The characters are well-developed, however, and the story flows as a good novel should. Much of the story is heartbreaking, and there are twists and turns which build suspense and keep readers on the edge. Gardner is an excellent storyteller, and readers won’t be sure of the actual murderer’s identity until the final pages.
Lisa Gardner fans will enjoy this novel, and even though this is the ninth installment, new Lisa Gardner readers will also enjoy it; Look for Me can be read as a stand-alone novel, but readers will most likely want to pick up the previous novels to get to know D.D. Warren.
Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.
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