Review: When You See Me by Lisa Gardner

When You See Me by Lisa Gardner

Synopsis and Details:

Bestselling author Lisa Gardner unites three of her most loved characters -Detective D.D. Warren, Flora Dane, and Kimberly Quincy – in a twisty new thriller, as they investigate a mysterious murder from the past that points to a dangerous and chilling present-day crime.

FBI Special Agent Kimberly Quincy and Sergeant Detective DD Warren have built a task force to follow the digital bread crumbs left behind by deceased serial kidnapper Jacob Ness. And when a disturbing piece of evidence comes to light, they decide to bring in Flora Dane who has personal experience of being imprisoned by Ness.

Their investigations take them to a small town deep in the hills of Georgia where something seems to be deeply wrong.

What at first seems like a Gothic eeriness soon hardens into something much more sinister as they discover that for all the evil Jacob committed while alive, his worst secret is still to be revealed.

Quincy and DD must summon their considerable skills and experience to crack the most disturbing case of their careers – and Flora must face her own past directly in the hope of saving others.

Series: Detective D.D. Warren #11, Gardner Universe #20  |  Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller  |  Release Date: January 28, 2020  |  Publisher: Dutton  | Pages: 400  |  ISBN: 978-1524745004  |  ASIN: B07RTTDCBR  |  Format: ARC  |  Source: Netgalley

Review with Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

In When You See Me, after the discovery of human remains in a remote area in Georgia that were believed to have a connection with a serial rapist, FBI agent Kimberly Quincy, Detective D.D. Warren, and Flora Dane were all brought in to aid in the investigation due to their connection with the deceased serial kidnapper Jacob Ness. I found that I enjoyed having three prominent characters with well-developed backgrounds because they each brought something powerful to the table and worked together well. I will admit that I was not completely familiar with all the protagonists but I never felt that it was a deterrent to enjoying this story.

With the opening of the prologue, I was not sure if I could handle what I was getting myself into. Sometimes being a parent is hard because it personalizes anything involving children. The scene was disturbing, heartbreaking, and mysterious all at the same time. It also introduced a character who later showed such strength, resilience, and an unwavering commitment to justice, even if it was in her own way. Even though I didn’t know it at the time, she truly was an almost addictive character. What a way to emotionally invest me as a reader! I ended up loving this character very much, even if her story was very painful to be a part of.

There were many memorable characters introduced in When You See Me and out of the three main characters, I have to say that D.D. Warren was my favorite in this story. She was not afraid to push for answers when something didn’t seem right, even if she was being told to leave it alone. I also loved that Agent Quincy had Warren’s back, even if she couldn’t see the connection that Warren did. Flora’s part in this story was more focused on her past with Ness and the influence he still had on her life, particularly her love life as her boyfriend and computer analyst, Keith Edgar, was also along on this investigation.

Keith was interesting and I liked how his character approached things in both the investigation and with Flora. Although not having a background into their relationship development kinda had me at a loss. With his morbid interest in serial killers and Flora’s personal thoughts on what he was “really about,” it had me waiting to see if he was good or bad. It took the fun out of what was developing between them but that is on me for not having read books with Flora’s character. Overall, When You See Me was a thrilling story that hit me on many levels as a reader. It was aces in my book and I hope there are more books with a collaboration that includes these characters!

*Thank you to Dutton & NetGalley for this eARC of When You See Me*

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This review is based on a complimentary book I received. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

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About the Author:

Author Lisa Gardner

Lisa Gardner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of twenty suspense novels, including The Neighbor, which won Thriller of the Year from the International Thriller Writers. An avid hiker, traveler and cribbage player, she lives in the mountains of New Hampshire with her family.

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