Title: When You See Me
Author: Lisa Gardner
Date of publication: 20 February 2020
Format read: Advance Proof copy
Number of pages: 400
Serial killer Jacob Ness is dead.
His final victim, Flora Dane, knows this to be true because she is the one who put a bullet through his brain. After four hundred and seventy-two days held captive in a box no bigger than a coffin, Flora took revenge against the evil that almost broke her.
But even after everything Flora has done to banish the memories, the ghost of Jacob Ness still plagues her. Her only solace is prowling the streets of Boston, searching for girls like the one she used to be – wild, trusting, naïve – and saving them from the monsters that lay in wait.
So when Flora is offered a place in the FBI task force committed to hunting down every last trace of Ness’ atrocities, she can’t refuse. As the last person to see Ness alive, she sadly knows him better than anyone alive.
A body with links to Ness has been discovered in the hills of a small town in the Deep South, and Flora is the key to uncovering whether more secrets may be lurking beneath the surface. But this is the kind of town that doesn’t take kindly to strangers asking questions. As Flora comes face to face with the horrors of her kidnapping, she may realise too late that this is the kind of town she might not leave alive.
If you are planning to go hiking soon, don’t bring When You See Me with you. Or don’t read it just before leaving. Or maybe do it and be inspired…
I don’t have anything against hiking, but it makes me nervous to find myself alone in remote places, with the wilderness and whatever the place is hiding. Now that I have finished Lisa Gardner’s latest book, I can confirm, it’s not for me. But at least for once, it wasn’t a dog walker who found something interesting…
A young and innocent couple decides they need a weekend away. So far, all good. The description of their beginning is fun, relatable, and I could feel the heat on my skin and the ground underneath me. And then… I forgot all about it. A mass grave. How’s that for an appetizer?
A few lines later, I was being reunited with protagonists I had gotten to know in the D.D. Warren series. Kimberly Quincy, D.D herself, Flora, Keith. Don’t worry, this book works marvelously as a standalone. The right amount of information is given so new readers don’t get confused and old veterans get a shot of reminder. Lisa Gardner has cooked a perfect chilli here! A mystery? No, two. Old and new faces. A harsh setting. She whips, measures, add spices, and bam!! You get When You See Me, a complex thriller that throws one punch after the other!!!
The golden trio – D.D, FBI Kimberly Quincy, and Flora, are back at it. As part of the task force trying to unravel the remaining mysteries around monster Jacob Ness’s activities, they travel to a small town in Georgia after it appeared that the deceased Ness might have walked this land…
So different yet complementary, those women have my bravo. Flora, still haunted by her years of captivity under Ness’s control, can’t let go until she has answers. D.D and Kimberly have personal lives, flaws, and the snippets of their lives outside of work only brought them closer to me. I realised I had missed this series!
But work kidnaps them all and a macabre and crazy dance begins. Under the shadow of Jacob Ness, the investigation uncovers more bodies, raising questions in this seemingly quiet small town. I was torn between the urge to find out more about Ness and allowing Flora to take one step away from him and the desire to be sent on a different path. Was I satisfied? Read the book to find out!
The claustrophobic setting kept whispering in my hear, in the voice of a little girl who had witnessed her mother’s terrible fate… I had a feeling the place didn’t only have bodies to release… And I was not disappointed!!! WHAT A CRAZY PLOT! Crazy in a I-am-never-going-on-a-roadtrip-to-end-up-in-such-places way. Sky-high crazy, so big it is almost unbelievable. Almost. Except it’s so real it hurts. Where does Lisa find her ideas??????
When You See Me has more than one shadow, more twists than any back-road, and an addictive prose used to let hope and despair play tug-of-war. A nerve-wracking read with cutting edges!
You can find the book here (pub date is Feb 20! Prepare your boots!
I would like to thank Rachel at Century for inviting me to be part of this amazing tour.
At the tender age of twenty-seven, Lisa Gardner became an overnight success with the publication of her first thriller, The Perfect Husband. Launching to the top of the New York Times bestseller list, Lisa has since become an international bestseller of over twenty thriller novels, including the #1 NYT bestselling series, the FBI Profiler series, the Detective D.D Warren series and the Tessa Leoni series. She has had four books adapted into TV movies: At the Midnight Hour, The Perfect Husband, The Survivors Club and Hide, and has also made personal appearances on TruTV and CNN. Her novel, The Neighbour, won Best Hardcover Novel from the International Thriller Writers and the Grand Prix des Lectrices de Elle in France. She was also recognized with the Daphne du Maurier Award in 2000 for The Other Daughter. Lisa received the Silver Bullet Award from the International Thriller Writers in 2017 for her work on behalf of at-risk children and the Humane Society. For further information about Lisa Gardner, visit: https://www.lisagardner.com/