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.
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"As Flora, [narrator Kirsten] Potter transitions from the fragile tones of a survivor to her fearful, desperate thoughts while being held by her captor. Portraying Warren, Potter projects confidence and excitement as the detective uses her intuition to get to the bottom of the case. Each snappy remark adds power and validity to this strong character while engaging the listener." (AudioFile)
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"Lisa Gardner just keeps getting BETTER & BETTER!"
Kirsten Potter as D D Warren? Could anyone else compare?
Yes, and I did.
Wow! This book is unbelievable (in a good way)! I cringed when Flora described the time she spent locked in the pine box, I mean I could feel my anxiety level and !heart rate! increasing and really thinking about "what would I do in that situation?). When an author can do that to you, you know she's good. The book OUTSTANDING! I started listening and from the very first sentence I was on the edge of my seat. When the protagonist (Flora) describes her life with her captor and the things she participated in to stay alive while costing other women theirs or her complete submission to his every dark perversion and her acceptance to what she believes to be the rest of her life. Having an opportunity to escape and letting it pass because she no longer believes she's worth it - heartbreaking. I think for me the really heartbreaking part is knowing that this story is a compilation of headline stories from the past few years. This book is extremely thought provoking, disturbing and knowing that it is a work of fiction - thrilling!
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This book left me on the edge of my seat the entire time. Brilliantly performed and amazing story. Well done indeed!
I loved this book, it was one of the best I've ever listened to! I listen to audio books on my hour long drive to and from work, this book however I could not put down. I listened even when I worked. I loved every moment. It kept me entertained and wondering what was going to happen until the very end. Normally books like this are predicable, this one was far from it! While I wanted to know everything I was honestly so sad when it ended.
This is the first time I've even heard of Lisa Gardner and I now plan on reading and listening to more of her books! It's been a long time since a book has kept me this enthralled. I'm going to recommend this book to everyone!
"Wow, so damn good."
One of the best suspense thriller books I've listened to. I was on my seat from start to finish. There wasn't one moment I got bored with the story line or characters. Nothing predictable about it.
"Kept me guessing"
Every time I thought I had it figured out, the author proved me wrong. Enjoyed the twists and turns.
"I loved it!!!"
This was a great story, right up my alley. Full of suspense and a twist to boot! I would highly recommend this book
"Psychological Mystery ~ Stockholm Syndrome?"
This psychological mystery is fascinating. It's about the kidnapping and maltreatment of Flora who was placed in a pine box for days and weeks on end with little water and food. Just when she begins to accept that living with her captor will be the rest of her life, she is rescued.
Stockholm Syndrome is the phenomenon in which victims of trauma, such as kidnapping, sympathizes with their captors as a mechanism for survival and to manage their fear. Did Flora suffer Stockholm Syndrome? That is the question because later we learn that maybe, perhaps she did not...not really but she learned to survive.
This a twisted and horrific story about Flora who was kidnapped, rescued and kidnapped again 7 years later. During the 7 years, Flora learned a thing or two about self-defense. the story is primarily about the second kidnapping with interesting flashbacks to the first time she was kidnapped.
In the opening scenes of this highly engaging, edge of your seat mystery/suspense, Flora demonstrates the depth of her self-defense and survival skills. There was never a dull moment. I finished this listen in record time .... into the night listening and rooting for Flora and wanting DD Warren to hurry up and figure things out before it was too late!
Kirsten Potter's narration was spot on... excellent!
"Hardened, Dark Kidnapping Tale Far Too Tedious"
Love DD Warren, but she is entirely overshadowed by the victim in this tale. The police procedural portion of the novel is excellent. Unfortunately I found the victim's sordid tale of kidnapping, brainwashing and rape too much. Don't misunderstand me, I have no problem with the subject matter, but we are asked to go through hours and hours of the girl's torturous nightmare, all written in the first person.
I guess it would have been more interesting to learn more of the hunt than the ordeal of the victim. As it is, I found it one long, miserable tale.
"Buy the book. Check your calendar. Start listening."
Or, what the hell, forget your calendar and just start listening. You'll surface in 12 hours and 16 minutes— how much can you miss?
If you like Lisa Gardner, you'll love this book. If you don't like Lisa Gardner, you might love this book. Wait— if you don't like Lisa Gardner, what's wrong with you?!
So much of this book goes on in Flora's head that the choice of narrator was critical. Kirsten Potter doesn't let us down. She IS Flora Dane.
"Dark and Fascinating"
This is the story of Flora Dane. Lost and found and lost again. It's a story of monsters and survival. So horrifying and gut-wrenching that I dare not listen close to bedtime because I was afraid of the nightmares.
Several times I thought I would just quit. I couldn't stand anymore. But then I'd start again because I NEEDED to know what happened to Flora.
Lisa Gardner is an excellent writer. One of the best I've ever read. The book is well-worth 5 stars. Glad I finished it. Never want to read it again....but if Gardner writes more about Flora, I'd be first in line to get the book.
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