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"Flora Dane is a victim. Seven years ago, carefree college student Flora was kidnapped while on spring break. For 472 days, Flora learned just how much one person can endure. Flora Dane is a survivor. Miraculously alive after her ordeal, Flora has spent the past five years reacquainting herself with the rhythms of normal life, working with her FBI victim advocate, Samuel Keynes. She has a mother who's never stopped loving her, a brother who is scared of the person she's become,... and a bedroom wall covered with photos of other girls who've never made it home. Flora Dane is reckless.. or is she? When Boston detective D. D. Warren is called to the scene of a crime--a dead man and the bound, naked woman who killed him--she learns that Flora has tangled with three other suspects since her return to society. Is Flora a victim or a vigilante? And with her firsthand knowledge of criminal behavior, could she hold the key to rescuing a missing college student whose abduction has rocked Boston? When Flora herself disappears, D.D. realizes a far more sinister predator is out there. One who's determined that this time, Flora Dane will never escape. And now it is all up to D. D. Warren to find her"--

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Subjects
Genres
Mystery fiction
Suspense fiction
Published
New York, New York : Dutton [2016]
Language
English
Physical Description
402 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN
9780525954576
0525954570
Main Author
Lisa Gardner (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Flora Dane survived for 472 days while being held captive by a sexual predator. Kept in a coffin-sized pine box and slowly starved, she found herself grateful to be let out, even if it meant enduring physical and sexual abuse. After being rescued, she told her story only once, to FBI victim advocate Samuel Keynes. Seven years later, she is still far from the carefree girl who was abducted while on spring break. She scares her loving mother and brother with her risky behavior. Boston detective D. D. Warren encounters Flora when D. D. is called to the scene of a brutal murder, apparently committed by Flora. Then she discovers that Flora has been involved in three previous incidents. D. D. is stumped: Why would a victim purposefully and repeatedly put herself in harm's way? Gardner details the good work of an obscure FBI department while exploring the psychology of sexual predators as well as their victims. Like Karin Slaughter and Chelsea Cain, she turns an unflinching gaze on brutal acts of sexual exploitation. Disturbing reading from a veteran crime writer.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: The combination of best-selling Gardner's name recognition with the return of her most popular character ensures the high visibility of her latest work. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Everything crashed to the basement for college student Flora when she was kidnapped and lived through 472 days of hell. She seems to have recovered, but when Boston detective D.D. Warren investigates a nasty crime involving a dead man and his killer—a woman who is both tied up and naked—it appears that Flora may know something about those involved. [Page 54]. (c) Copyright 2015 Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Flora Dane was just a college student on spring break in Florida when she was abducted and held for 472 days. Now, five years later, she is determined to never be a victim again. Armed with self-defense training, a keen sense of her surroundings, and pages ripped from the headlines about missing girls plastering her bedroom walls, Flora sets out to rid the world of predators and regain her lost confidence. When another missing girl makes the nightly news, Flora believes she will find her, even if it means putting her own life on the line once more. VERDICT With her fifth Detective D.D. Warren thriller (after Fear Nothing), Gardner doesn't disappoint. Longtime fans as well as those new to the series (there is no need to have read the other books in the series to enjoy this one) will delight in this suspenseful offering. [See Prepub Alert, 8/31/15; LibraryReads February pick.]—Cynthia Price, Francis Marion Univ. Lib., Florence, SC [Page 68]. (c) Copyright 2016 Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Florence "Flora" Dane, the victim and survivor at the center of bestseller Gardner's compelling eighth novel featuring Boston Sgt. Det. D.D. Warren (after 2014's Fear Nothing), has a flat affect and a burning compulsion to meet sexual predators five years after the FBI rescued her from a man who abducted her while she was a UMass student, imprisoning her in a coffin for 472 days. He also raped her repeatedly. One night in a bar, Flora has an encounter with a pick-up she refers to as "Mr. Haven't I Seen You Around Here Before" that leads to a fatal confrontation and to her meeting D.D., who wonders whether Flora can assist in the case of Stacey Summers, a Boston College student who has been missing for three months. As D.D.'s investigation progresses, the reader is treated to fascinating insights into the psychology of sadistic sexual predators, trauma bonding, and the effects violent crime have on victims and loved ones. Agent: Meg Ruley, Jane Rotrosen Agency. (Feb.) [Page ]. Copyright 2015 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Requesting the assistance of a survivor of an extended abduction experience who has become obsessed with the cases of girls who never made it home, Boston detective D. D. Warren becomes suspicious of the woman's agenda upon discovering her relationships with other victims. By a #1 New York Times best-selling author.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Requesting the help of kidnapping survivor Flora Dane, who has become obsessed with the abductions of other girls, Detective D.D. Warren becomes suspicious of Flora's agenda upon discovering her relationships with other kidnapping victims.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

"Flora Dane is a victim. Seven years ago, carefree college student Flora was kidnapped while on spring break. For 472 days, Flora learned just how much one person can endure. Flora Dane is a survivor. Miraculously alive after her ordeal, Flora has spent the past five years reacquainting herself with the rhythms of normal life, working with her FBI victim advocate, Samuel Keynes. She has a mother who's never stopped loving her, a brother who is scared of the person she's become, and a bedroom wall covered with photos of other girls who've never made it home. Flora Dane is reckless.. or is she? When Boston detective D. D. Warren is called to the scene of a crime--a dead man and the bound, naked woman who killed him--she learns that Flora has tangled with three other suspects since her return to society. Is Flora a victim or a vigilante? And with her firsthand knowledge of criminal behavior, could she hold the key to rescuing a missing college student whose abduction has rocked Boston? When Flora herself disappears, D.D. realizes a far more sinister predator is out there. One who's determined that this time, Flora Dane will never escape. And now it is all up to D. D. Warren to find her"--

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Lisa Gardner's runaway New York Times bestseller—a fast-paced thrill ride featuring Detective D. D. Warren.Seven years ago, carefree college student Flora Dane was kidnapped while on spring break. For 472 days, Flora learned just how much one person can endure.Miraculously alive after her ordeal, Flora has spent the past five years reacquainting herself with the rhythms of normal life, working with her FBI victim advocate, Samuel Keynes. She has a mother who’s never stopped loving her, a brother who is scared of the person she’s become, and a bedroom wall covered with photos of other girls who’ve never made it home.When Boston detective D. D. Warren is called to the scene of a crime—a dead man and the bound, naked woman who killed him—she learns that Flora has tangled with three other suspects since her return to society. Is Flora a victim or a vigilante? And with her firsthand knowledge of criminal behavior, could she hold the key to rescuing a missing college student whose abduction has rocked Boston? When Flora herself disappears, D.D. realizes a far more sinister predator is out there. One who’s determined that this time, Flora Dane will never escape. And now it is all up to D. D. Warren to find her.