Genre: Fiction, mystery, thriller, crime, psychological thriller
Buy on Amazon (Release date: 09/02/2016)
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.
*ARC provided by Negalley in exchange for an honest review*
Crime novels aren’t really my favourite, I think yeah the story might change however the aspects of it are the same, with this novel though I was gripped! It is more of a psychological thriller than a crime novel however call it whatever you want to, it’s still amazing!
When I started reading this I thought it was going to be a really dark book about a young girl who was kidnapped, raped and how she never got over it – yes this book does cover that but it’s not how you would expect. It is more of a survivor/vigilante story and for once the victim is actually smart and not some dumb blonde who gets kidnapped and can’t escape and it stuck there forever until someone rescues her. No. This is the story of Flora Dance, yes she might have been kidnapped for 472 days and that will change her life forever, however she has decided that she can survive this and is determined to stop it happening to any other girls.
After Flora gets rescued from the kidnapping she decides she is never again going to become a helpless victim, she will do everything she can to ensure that if it does happen again that she is prepared, she takes up self defence classes and learns all the different tricks to get out of handcuffs and to apprehend a possible kidnapper. I think this is what makes this such a good book, and also what makes it so scary! Flora has done everything she can to make sure she is prepared, and yet she is still kidnapped and so she must do everything she can to escape and get back to her family.
This book is so gripping! I was constantly guessing at who the possible kidnapper was and I was not prepared for who it was when I found out! Other than it just being a story of a kidnapping it really made me think about how easy it is to get kidnapped and how helpless I would be if I was kidnapped, so it was a really interesting book to read not just for the story but for the message behind it.
I loved the writing of this book and you can clearly tell that the publisher has done their research on the police and how they deal with kidnappings, the only minor criticism that I personally have is I would have liked the ending a little bit more in detail, not going to say what happens because I don’t want to spoil the book however I think there should be more details about what happened to the people at the end of the book. Other than that I thought it was an amazing read and I am so pleased that I was chosen to review this book, I will definitely be buying it for a reread!
Summing up: Gripping thriller that will keep you guessing until the end