Book Reviews

When You See Me by Lisa Gardner

A few weeks ago, one of my friends that I used to dance with sent me a message on Instagram telling me that I HAD to read When You See Me by Lisa Gardner. She had seen me rave over other Gardner books, and told me she read this one in a day. That means it’s a high-quality book. Needless to say, I bought it immediately, though it took me a few weeks to get around to reading it.

The Story

FBI Special Agent Kimberly Quincy and Sergeant Detective D D Warren have built a task force to follow the digital bread crumbs left behind by deceased serial kidnapper Jacob Ness. When a disturbing piece of evidence is discovered in the hills of Georgia, they bring Flora Dane and true-crime savant Keith Edgar to a small town where something seems to be deeply wrong. What at first looks like a Gothic eeriness soon hardens into something much more sinister . . . and 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.

My Thoughts

For starters, I just want to say how bothered I am that it took me until this book to realize that these books are starred by a powerhouse of three women. The end of When You See Me has a single line about each of them in a row, and then it hit me. Girl power!

Secondly, I weirdly enjoyed that this specific book took place a bit north of Atlanta. I mean, they fly into Atlanta and then drive up into the mountains. I’ve been up that way enough to know exactly what they meant by places being spread out and locals getting everywhere by ATV.

Now, When You See Me honestly feels like it has a HUGE twist every other chapter, which makes it kind of difficult to share my thoughts on too much without giving things away. One thing that was nice to see was Flora opening up to Keith and starting a bit of a romance with him. It’s like we’re healing alongside her.

This book kept you moving! You definitely need to carve some time out to sit down and read this in one sitting. If your plan is to do it by the pool or on a beach, make sure you put sticky notes to remember to put on sunblock! 😉

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