Look for Me
by Gardner, Lisa

When a sixteen-year-old girl, whose family has been murdered, goes missing, Detective D.D. Warren and Flora Dane investigate.

Lisa Gardner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of twenty novels, including Look for MeRight Behind YouFind HerCrash & BurnFear NothingTouch & GoCatch Me, and The Neighbor, which won the International Thriller of the Year Award. She lives with her family in New England.

*Starred Review* Detective D. D. Warren draws a red-ball case in a quiet Boston neighborhood: four members of a family have been murdered in their home, and a teenage girl is missing. D. D. doubts the obvious murder-suicide scenario: by all accounts, Charlie Boyd and Juanita Baez were happy together, and the missing teenager, Roxanna Baez, was devoted to her siblings. Unapologetic vigilante Flora Dane (introduced in Find Her, 2016) has been dedicated to rescuing abuse victims since her own liberation from torture as a sadistic killer's captive. Now she contacts D. D. to let her know that Roxanna recently joined her group for self-defense advice but never revealed whom she feared. Uninhibited by protocol, Flora quickly gathers leads: Roxanna and her late sister Lola Baez spent a year in an abusive foster home near the murder scene, and 13-year-old Lola had recently joined a street gang. Ignoring fellow detectives' protests, D. D. makes Flora an informant, and the detective and vigilante work in tandem to systematically unwind Roxanna's life. Gardner alternates gripping narratives of D. D. and Flora's investigation with Roxanna's essays about family, illuminating the vulnerability of children in America's strained, deeply flawed foster-care system. Suspenseful and wholly believable, this ninth entry will win new fans for the series, especially among those who favor Karin Slaughter's gritty procedurals.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Combine the kind of subject matter likely to draw off-the-book-page interest with Gardner's already substantial following and a strong social-media campaign, and you have a book sure to generate buzz. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

The execution-style murders of a family and the disappearance of their eldest daughter once again bring together a seasoned homicide detective and a kidnap victim-turned-vigilante to find the killer.In the Boston suburb of Brighton, it's Detective D.D. Warren's (Find Her, 2016, etc.) least favorite kind of crime: the slaughter of a family. Juanita Baez, her boyfriend, Charlie Boyd, her 13-year-old daughter, Lola, and her 9-year-old son, Manny, are all dead, shot to death in their home. Conspicuously absent are 16-year-old Roxanna Baez and the family's two elderly dogs. Warren and her team weigh the possibility that Roxy was abducted or the more chilling one: that she murdered her family. Turns out Juanita wasn't always a perfect mother; the state removed her children five years earlier due to her drinking, placing the girls in the almost Dickensian Mother Del's foster home, where all manner of abuse went on under the radar. In a rare instance of family reunification, Juanita regained custody, but the girls' time in foster care changed them. In an awkwardly patched-in subplot, another Gardner regular, kidnap survivor Flora Dane, who now runs a support/empowerment group of sorts for women who've lived through similar trauma, realizes Roxy approached her group before disappearing, making Flora determined to find her before the police do. She and D.D. enter an uneasy, and entirely preposterous, partnership, each exploring her own leads in a case that, while tragic, becomes more predictable with each supposed wrinkle and stereotypical villain. Despite Gardner's considerable research into the foster-care system, her plot is a tired one populated with cardboard characters and twists any savvy reader will see coming a mile away. Copyright Kirkus 2017 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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