Hello and welcome to the last week of July. Can you believe that 7 months of the year are over already??? Today, I’m going to review Look For Me by Lisa Gardner. The characters were great, I liked the mystery and the ending surprised me. However, I did skip some parts to try and hurry the story along.
Book: Look For Me
Author: Lisa Gardner
Summary: 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.
Quote: “It takes a villain to make a hero. And it took a monster to make me.”
*D.D. and Flora. Both were amazing characters and I loved their relationship. Flora’s vigilante work and her past made the story more interesting and also explained her peculiar relationship with D.D. I loved D.D. because even though she was a great detective, she was also a mother and a person outside of her work. Her annoyance at Flora meddling in the investigation and her grudging respect for her made them a great pair.
*Mystery. The mystery was intriguing and there were a lot of possible guilty suspects. I had no idea who it could be. The Baez family also had so many secrets that they were hiding which didn’t help. The ending and the identity of the killer surprised me, but in a good way. I also really liked the police procedure aspect of the book and learned a few things.
*Struggles. The Baez family went through so much and the story lightly touched on the effects of alcohol addiction and foster care. It was really saddening and I felt so pained after it was revealed how much they had turned their life around just for it to be ended. Roxy’s essays were amazing and I wished so much that they could go back in time to stop the murder.
*Side plots. I really liked the parts in which D.D.’s son and her husband went to get a dog and also the moments in which the mystery wasn’t the main focus. It was just sweet and a chance to step back and breathe.
Quote: “Bad people don’t want to deal with the powerful. They prey on the weak.”
*Impatience. I found myself skipping some portions so that I could hurry and find out who the murderer was, but I think that was more because I was impatient and nervous, than because the story was boring.
Quote: “Being a survivor didn’t just mean being strong. It meant being lonely.”
I really loved this, I would recommend it, and I hope you enjoy it if you read it! The mystery was engaging, and the topics that the story lightly touched on were heart-breaking while also being realistically portrayed. D.D. and Flora were both really amazing.
One sentence summary: A great mystery with strong and amazing main characters.
Overall, 4.5 stars rounded up!
That’s it dear friends! Have you read Look For Me? What did you think? Have you read any other books in the Detective D.D. Warren series? Let’s chat in the comments below!