When You See Me

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 31 Dec 2020

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When You See Me is a thrilling addition to Lisa Gardner's "Detective D.D. Warren" series!
She unites three of her most well-known characters - Detective D.D. Warren, Flora Dane and Kimberly Quincy as they investigate a mysterious murder from the past that points to a dangerous and horrific present day crime.
Riveting characters and a non-stop, action-packed plot. You won't want to put this book down.
I am thrilled that Lisa Gardner continues to write one of my favourite series!

Thank you to NetGalley and Peguin Group Dutton for an arc of this novel in exchange for my honest review.
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This is the 11th book in Gardner’s D.D. Warren series.  The Boston detective is reunited with Flora Dane, who survived being kidnapped by a madman, and Kimberly Quincy, FBI agent.  D.D. and Kimberly are members of a task force that is still piecing together the crimes of Jacob Ness, Flora’s kidnapper (clearly from an earlier book in the series).  The evidence leads them to a small town north of Atlanta where the search for clues actually turns up a skeleton.  Is this related to Ness, or is it something different.  Along with Keith Edgar, technology expert and cop wannabe, the four main characters find more and more evidence of a most sinister cabal in this remote part of Georgia.  While at first I found the pace a little slow, it quickly picks up and builds to a frantic pace as the underlying conspiracy is unveiled.  While this book can be read as a standalone, I believe knowing more about the characters that reappear from earlier novels would have been helpful.  It is still a good read with plenty of tension to keep you turning the pages.  Gardner is a good writer in this genre.  My thanks to Penguin Random House (Dutton) and NetGalley for the ARC of this novel.
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When the bones of a woman are found in the mountains in a remote part of Georgia, SSA Kimberly Quincy rounds up Detective D.D. Warren, Flora Dane and Keith to find out if the notorious serial killer, Jacob Ness could’ve been responsible. Flora is the one that got away from Jacob, ending his reign of terror once and for all. If you’ve kept up with the series, you know that Flora has become a sort of self-appointed victims’ advocate/vigilante.  Flora’s helped other women in the past books, trying to fight her own nightmares and demons by bringing down predators.  In her mission, she’s formed a reluctant bond with D.D. who, at the beginning, wasn’t pleased at all by Flora going around the law or completely ignoring it, but they’ve come a long way in the cases they’ve worked together. 

Together, all three women with true crime/computer expert, Keith travel to Georgia to investigate, and they all find more than they bargained for. The little town of Niche holds dark secrets and they don’t like this taskforce digging around. Danger, action and shocking revelations kept me on the edge of my seat, and I read When You See Me in one day eager to see how it all turned out!

The last book introduced Keith, a true-crime enthusiast who was obsessed with meeting Flora, I was hopeful, even with his awkward and possibly suspect obsession with Flora, there’d be a romance!  A HEA for Flora, because she totally deserved all the happiness in the world after the nightmare she went through! I wanted her not just “surviving, but thriving”. 

A reader might feel intimidated seeing this is book eleven in the D.D. Warren series, but this could be read as a standalone. Past events are touched on enough that anyone picking up When You See Me wouldn’t feel lost. However, I do recommend starting at Find Her, (book eight), where Flora Dane is introduced and working your way up to really enjoy this installment. Flora has come such a long way and I’m thrilled with how her story ended here. That’s not to say I wouldn’t mind more books with Flora. D.D. and Flora have become quite the team! Also, the Detective D.D. Warren series is really good from the beginning and you get to see how she progresses in her personal life while solving perplexing cases.  Sooo good!

Lisa Gardner has been an auto-buy for me even before Goodreads or blogging became a part of my life, and she continues to be now. Every time I finish one of her books, I’m looking to see when I can get the next one. Fans of well-plotted and researched mysteries, with complex, ever-evolving characters will enjoy her books. I’ve done many re-reads, traditionally reading and by audio. The audios are fantastic! Kirsten Potter starts narrating at book three, The Neighbor, in the Detective D.D. Warren series, and she’s amazing! One of my all-time favorite narrators.  I’d skip book one and two, in D.D.’s series, where she’s only a secondary character and begin with book three.
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Another winner for Flora Dane and DD Warren. In this book I felt like we delved into the characters feelings and were given a look into their personal feelings more. The mystery was one that was many years old and not easily figured out, it always works when you add a bunch of different strong women who are trying to gain the same outcome, figure out who has been killing women and burying them on the mountain for years. These women showed their weaknesses but when it came time for business they could kick ass!!
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Whew! I have to stop and catch my breath after reading this extremely fast-paced, action-packed, and suspenseful crime thriller. I certainly didn't intend to start and finish this in one sitting today but I just let everything else go because I could not put it down. I've read a couple other books by this author, sort of hit and miss in series, but so glad I came upon this one in my TBR. Lisa Gardner is an excellent writer and this book hits all the high points of story, characters, and menace.

Two day hikers go off trail to look for a hiking stick but instead find human bones. The remains of Lilah Abenito have been discovered in the mountains of Georgia. The victim had been missing for 15 years. A task force is formed and included characters from other Gardner novels. FBI SSA Kimberly Quincy joins Boston homicide detective Sergeant D.D. Warren. In addition, two civilians -- one is Flora Dane, a survivor of the serial killer Jacob Ness, but now a sort of vigilante; the other is her "almost" boyfriend and computer nerd, Keith Edgar -- a true crime enthusiast. As this team joins other law enforcement in Niche, Georgia, to examine the area for further evidence related to Lilah Abenito as well as to determine if Jacob Ness had used that area as part of his hunting grounds, i.e., will they find more remains? What they discover there in that little community that feeds onto the Appalachian Trail is more than they could have ever imagined. NO SPOILERS. 

The narrative takes off like a rocket and the reader is immediately propelled into the chilling tale of evil and madness through the viewpoints of several of the main characters -- one is that of a mute young girl who was injured and abducted by the beast who killed her mother. I know it's a cliche to say that I couldn't turn the pages fast enough, but it was definitely true here. I loved all the characters and how the case came together with everyone working their end. I'm definitely going to be on the lookout for future titles by this author. Don't miss this one if you're a fan of the genre.

Thank you to NetGalley and Dutton Penguin Random House for this e-book ARC to read, review and recommend.
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I first met Detective D.D.Warren and survivor Flora Dane in Lisa Gardner's book FIND HER. This time around we follow them into the mountains of Georgia after a hiker accidentally stumbles upon the remains of a fifteen year old crime. It's not long before D.D., Flora, and FBI Agent Kimberly Quincy realize nothing is as it seems in the quaint town nearby.

I was so happy to be reunited with D.D. and Flora in WHEN YOU SEE ME. Flora Dane is a character I find myself thinking about long after I've set down the book and is definitely now one of my favorites of all time. This is the only Gardner book I've read after FIND HER so I'm not sure what I've missed as far as her developed relationships with the other characters. Her partnership with Keith is adorable and is it weird to be proud of a fictional woman's healing progress??

Sometimes when a book is a police procedural I decide not to pick it up because different readers have different knowledge of how law enforcement operates and the author has to write so that those who don't know very much can still follow along easily while those who are familiar with the procedure don't feel like things are being explained unnecessarily. In the beginning I felt like the decisions of D.D., Quincy, and the Sheriff were explained, not unnecessarily, but in a kind of textbook way. As the book progressed though it got better and through the dialogue of the characters I was able to understand instead of being told in a text paragraph.

Past that, I can't say a lot against this book. Things just got crazier and crazier for these exhausted women and Lisa Gardner kept me guessing the entire time. Who can we trust? Where will the evil turn up next? This case is BIG. Any time new evidence surfaced or another question raised, I could not believe how much deeper this investigation was getting. A wild ride!
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A bit of a slow starter--features many of Gardner's familiar protagonists--Sgt. DD Warren, Special Agent Kimberly Quincy, and former victim Flora Dane. They all come together because newly discovered skeletal remains might be a victim of Jacob Ness, Flora's former captor. Getting everything set up takes a bit of time, but once this book gets going, it is a thrill ride until the very end.
I love Gardner's police procedurals and this one is no exception. Although this book stands alone, you will be missing out if you don't read the books that come before because the characters' backgrounds and journeys are vast and complicated.
The point of this book isn't really to figure out "whodunit", although that is an added bonus, it's the twists and turns that the story takes to get there that make this author's books shine.
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I honestly love this series. Each book just gets more and more amazing. 

In this book, D.D. is joined by past characters to help solve the mystery surrounding a body that is discovered in the mountains. 

We're also reunited with Flora, a past character who has honestly grown on me. Flora tags along with D.D. to the mountains and finds way more than she expected to. 

This book is written extremely well and the plot just pulls you in. During the last 70 pages or so, I honestly couldn't read fast enough. I had to know what happened next.

This book could be read just fine as a standalone due to all the background information but I definitely recommend reading the whole D.D. Warren series if you haven't. You won't regret it! 

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy in exchange for a review.
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Hot Diggity dang!!! Lisa Garner brings back three of my favorite characters, serial killer survivor turned vigilante Flora Dane, Sergeant Detective D.D. Warren and FBI Agent Kimberly Quincy here in When You See Me. This team go together like tea and biscuits with Flora being the strong bag of leaves here as she faces her worse fears and traumatic past with kidnapper Jacob Ness. The dynamics between these strong characters are fresh, humorous and exciting. Computer analyst and true crime enthusiast Neil is by Flora's side and I loved the warm relationship growing between the two.

The story is intriguing, a bit different with some great twists and turns but it's all about the characters and connections for me here. D.D. warmly takes a character under her wing and I hope to see more of the character in the future.

I read this in our Traveling Sister reading group and one sister read this one as a stand-alone and thought it worked however if you are new to these characters I suggest starting with Find Her where we first meet Flora Dane.
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner unites three of her most beloved characters—Detective D. D. Warren, Flora Dane, and Kimberly Quincy—in a twisty new thriller, as they investigate a mysterious murder from the past...which points to a dangerous and chilling present-day crime.

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 Review
Lisa Gardner has done it again! WOW! When You See Me is one of those books that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end. If you have not read any books by this author, well what are you waiting for - go get your book today!

Here is another great thriller brought to you by my favorite characters. As they try to figure out this new clue that has been found in the hills of Georgia left behind by serial kidnapper Jacob, you can’t wait to find out what this all really means.

I was provided this ARC in exchange for my honest opinion. Well, let me tell you - I give this a definite 5 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟
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Eerie, Chilling, Deliciously Creepy. 

Lisa Gardner is the Queen of Suspense!! My heart was pounding, I was on the edge of my seat, tightly gripping my kindle, as I flew through these pages. I devoured this book! I had to read it all in one sitting. I could not stop. 

I was completely immersed, completely captivated, and completely ADDICTED!! 

These characters flew off the pages and became real. I felt like I was truly in the hunt. Amazing read!
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Did I enjoy this book? I really enjoyed this book! I’ll be the first to admit, thrillers aren’t my favorite genre of books. It’s not that I have a problem with thrillers, but some of them can get really close to crossing the line into horror or just get too graphic for my liking. I have an overactive imagination, and I just can’t handle stuff that is too scary. This is the second book that I’ve read by Lisa Gardner, and she does an amazing job of keeping you on the edge of your seat without ever crossing the line into horror. I was a bit skeptical when I picked up this book, since it’s number 11 in the series and I haven’t read all the previous books. How would I know what’s going on or who all these people are? The author balances perfectly on the line of giving you enough information so you know how everyone is connected, without wasting your time on nothing but backstory. I walked away from this book thinking that I’d enjoy reading the previous books in the series, but I could also pick up the next one she writes without missing any crucial information.

For the book itself, I couldn’t put it down! I love a story told from multiple points of view, and this one did not disappoint. I was engaged, I cared about each of the characters, and I LOVED reading from Bonita’s point of view. This was a well-crafted story with strong characters and a ton of suspense. Exactly what I would want in a thriller!

Would I recommend it? Absolutely! What a fabulous read! Don’t let the series number scare you away. You can absolutely read this as a standalone book. However, this has also left me wanting more, so you can bet I’ll be jumping at the chance to read more books in this series and by this author!
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Detective D.D. Warren, Flora Dane, and Kimberly Quincy are back in a new thriller. Warren and Quincy have built a task force to track the digital bread crumbs left behind by notorious serial killer Jacob Ness. After a disturbing piece of evidence is uncovered, the pair bring in Flora Dane, the sole survivor of Ness’s torment, in the hopes she can assist. But when the trail leads to a tiny town deep in the mountains of Georgia, the FBI quickly realizes this isn’t the sleepy town they had expected as mass graves are uncovered and suspects begin getting picked off one by one.

I always know I’m in for a good time whenever I have a new Lisa Gardner novel. While When You See Me is technically part of a much larger series (the 11th in the Detective D.D. Warren series and the 4th featuring Flora), there’s enough background info provided regarding Flora’s past – particularly regarding her time spent as a prisoner of Ness’s – that a new reader can jump right in. Though these books are so good and so engaging it’s their loss for not starting at the beginning!

From secret tunnels to mass graves to a mute teen who knows far more than she’s letting on, When You See Me was an excellent thriller, providing a weekend full of wild rides and the twistiest of turns. You better believe I’ll be back for more!
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I have to say I think this is my favorite Detective D.D Warren book!!! D.D, Kimberly, Flora, and Keith are quite a team!!! My favorite quote from Flora was “Then that’s it. We have a runner, a thug, and a detective. The dream team indeed.” The search for more answers about Jacob Ness brings the new task force to the mountains of Gregoria where they find so much more then they are expecting! The beginning started a little slow for me, but then bag I was off racing to find out more of what was happening in this small town.  More captives and secrets revealed, you won’t want to put this down! Out today!!
Thank you @penguinrandomhouse @ duttonbooks and @netgalley for my free copy for review!
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So this is my first of Lisa Gardner's series I was a bit afraid when I realized this was a series but this book is so so good I dint feel like I missed out on anything.  If you enjoy thrillers and suspense this is the book to read. DD Warren and Flora have become one of my fav unforgettable characters.
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As always, I am thrilled to be reading the latest Lisa Gardner book!! She has been one of my favorite authors for quite a long time!! I am up-to-date on the D.D. Warren series, but I am one book behind still on the Kimberly Quincy series, so I really appreciated that in this mash-up with three of her heroines working together - D.D., Quincy and my personal favorite, Flora Dane - Gardner inserts reminders for these characters' backstories. The newly introduced characters are really great here, too. 

This is an exciting read which is genuinely hard to put down! The plot definitely takes some unexpected and quite surprising turns. There are a few twists that I did suspect, but it's nice to be able to follow the clues along with these great detectives! I thoroughly enjoy Gardner's writing and it's so nice to see all of her heroines working together here. I especially liked Flora's role - and her growth here as even more of Jacob Ness is revealed. I am a little concerned that there isn't too much more to learn about Ness, so I am worried that Dane will fade out of the books - but I certainly hope that this isn't the case, because she is definitely my favorite! And though D.D. isn't usually my favorite character, this book reveals a bit of a new side to her as well that I did appreciate. And now I am left anxiously awaiting to see what will happen next!! I hope the wait isn't too long!!
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Victim and survivor Flora Dane is back with a vengeance in When You See Me. 

D.D. Warren is assigned a multi-jurisdictional case of a skeleton buried fifteen years in rural Georgia. Jacob Ness, the serial killer who held Flora as his sex slave for over a year until she killed him, is suspected. D.D. brings in Flora, and Flora’s new serial killer obsessed techie boyfriend, Keith Edgar. All four work with the head of the team FBI agent Kimberly Quincy to catch the victim’s killer.

The book is told from four women’s point of view—D.D., Flora, Kimberly, and an unknown victim who has lost the power of speech to a bullet. It is a riveting tale that delves into what happens to bodies when buried in shallow graves that I won’t soon forget. If you’re ready for a fast-paced deep dive into the seedy side of mankind, pick up the latest D.D. Warren book, When You See Me. Even though this is fine as a standalone, you may want to start with Flora’s own story in Find Her first. 5 stars and highly recommended!

Thanks to Dutton Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
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This is the first Lisa Gardner book I read and it for sure won’t be my last!! Lisa is amazing, through the whole book I kept thinking I had things figured out and then something would happen to show me I hadn’t figured anything out.  Deceive Warren is one of my favorite characters and I am now going back and reading the rest of the series. I would give this book more than 5 stars if I could and highly recommend this book, author and series!!
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Looks like I’m in the minority on this one.  Only having read part of the series might have something to do with that (especially book 10, Never Tell, as the story was somewhat of a continuation).  There were just too many irons in the fire and the overall plot was totally unbelievable.  While these are strong women characters, it’s doubtful that they would ever work together at a crime scene.  Let alone being joined by a crime enthusiast that just happens to be a computer wizard.  Overall not that suspenseful and unrealistic.
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Never have I been disappointed after reading a Lisa Gardner novel. Over the years I have come to highly anticipate her new releases because they are always somehow just a little above the last. When You See Me is no exception. 

This book kept my head spinning. I would think I was on the right track when a whole new surprise would reveal itself. The twists and turns kept me wanting to push on no matter how heavy my eyelids were. 

Kimberly, Flora and D.D. definitely have their work cut out from them in Lisa Gardner's latest book. By the end I couldn't help but repeat to myself "I am Flora Dane".
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