When You See Me by Lisa Gardner
Penguin Random House: 1/28/20
eBook review copy; 400 pages
When You See Me by Lisa Gardner is a very highly recommended
thriller featuring Detective D. D. Warren, Flora Dane, and FBI Special
Agent Kimberly Quincy. It is a great day when Lisa Gardiner has a new
character-driven thriller released so set aside time to read this ASAP!
When hikers discover skeletal remains in the mountains of Niche,
Georgia, they are identified as those of 17-year-old Lilah
Abenito. She was kidnapped 15 years earlier and it has been suspected
that she was one
of the earliest victims of now-deceased serial predator Jacob Ness.
Because of the ties to Ness, FBI
Special Agent Kimberly Quincy and Sergeant Detective D. D. Warren, who
have a task force following any clues left behind by him, are on the
scenes. They bring along Flora Dane, a survivor of Ness,
and Keith Edgar, a computer analyst and true-crime follower.
As volunteers search the mountains for the rest of the remains of
Lilah, another mass grave of more skeletal remains is discovered. This
escalates the search to include the possibility that the team is looking
at a serial killer dump site. Is this where Ness buried some of his
other victims? An initial visit to the mayor of Niche, Howard Counsel,
and his wife,
Martha, at their Mountain Laurel B&B, leaves the team with some
questions, including the story behind their nameless maid, but even
more after Martha suddenly, suspiciously hangs herself. The
investigation begins to widen at the same time as threats to the team
begin to increase.
As is expected from Gardner, the writing is exceptional. The plot is a
page-turning, nail-biting, twisty, tension-filled, and emotionally
powerful story that will grip you from start to finish. The crimes from
the past seem to be stirring up trouble in the present, but the question
is who is involved and how is all of this connected. This is a novel
that will be very hard to put down once you start it. I admittedly
stayed up late just to finish it and it was worth it.
All these characters are well developed and, quite frankly, loved by
many of us, so a new novel with D.D., Kimberly, Flora, and Keith marks
an exciting new addition to their stories. The sensitive treatment of
Flora's recovery from her trauma at the hands of Ness is handled with
compassion and understanding. It is exciting to see some major forward
movement in Flora's character development and healing. Along with
others, I appreciate the strong female characters.
I really loved this one from start to finish. Disclosure:
My review copy was courtesy of Penguin Random House.