Summary (from Goodreads):
“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.”
I read this late in 2015 when I had the stomach flu. I’m not going to recommend that anyone get the stomach flu but if you do, I hope that you have a similarly fantastic book to distract you from wanting to die.
I don’t want to discuss the plot (everything you need to know, you can get from the synopsis) but it’s basically another excellent Lisa Gardner book.
I’ve loved Lisa Gardner’s books for years—literally since I read her first one, when it came out—but I feel like I always forget just how great she is. This book is an excellent reminder. It’s incredibly creepy, but it’s also well-written and there is a mention of Kimberly Quincy. I like DD Warren, but I love the Quincy and Rainey books, so it was nice to see his daughter. (Can we get another Quincy and Rainey book soon, please?)
If you haven’t read her before, this is an excellent one to start with. There are references to earlier books and it’s obviously the middle of a series, but it also functions well as a standalone.