Saturday, August 15, 2020

Review - When You See Me

Title:   When You See Me
Author:  Lisa Gardner
Series:  Detective D.D. Warren #11
Genre:   Mystery/Thrillers
Publisher:  Dutton
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   385
Date of Publication:  January 28, 2020
My Rating:  4 Stars


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. 


A serial kidnapper is now dead, yet his crimes are far from behind him. In the 11th book of the Detective D.D. Warren series, D.D., a detective and FBI Special Agent Kimberly Quincy join forces with Flora Dane to connect a brutal murder from the past to what is going on right now. Before I go on I will say that because I did not read either series by Gardner first, with the exception of Never Tell, I was definitely at a disadvantage.

In Never Tell  D.D. and Flora worked together on a difficult case and this introduced me to both characters. In this book, When You See Me, we meet Quincy. So with this book I feel like I did miss a few cues. However, as the story is told with several points of view, I was able to be pulled into it. Once that happened, things began to click into place.

Flora once was a victim of Jacob Ness. He raped and brutalized her for over a year. Through a terrifying series of events, Flora manages to kill Ness. Since then she has tried to help victims of similar crimes to cope and to move on with their lives. Paired with D.D. under the guise of a new task force, it is full speed ahead. However, skeletal bones are found, and the link to Ness. FBI agent Kimberley Quincy is bought into the task force.

More events unfold, and then secrets slowly begin to be revealed. Although it has been several months since I read this book (yes, I am quite behind schedule for writing reviews) the scene when even more skeletal remains are discovered jumps right in front of me. I felt the terror, the shock and the drama. In my estimation, this went beyond simple mystery and suspense to be a multi-layered thriller. Reading this book has convinced me to add this and the connecting series to my series spreadsheet. It is time I really get to know D.D and Quincy.

Many thanks to Dutton Books and to NetGalley for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.


Lisa Gardner, a #1 New York Times bestselling thriller novelist, began her career in food service, but after catching her hair on fire numerous times, she took the hint and focused on writing instead. A self-described research junkie, she has transformed her interest in police procedure and criminal minds into a streak of internationally acclaimed novels, published across 30 countries. She’s also had four books become TV movies (At the Midnight Hour; The Perfect Husband; The Survivors Club; Hide) and has made personal appearances on TruTV and CNN.

Lisa’s books have received awards from across the globe. Her novel, The Neighbor, won Best Hardcover Novel from the International Thriller Writers, while also receiving the Grand Prix des Lectrices de Elle in France. She was also recognized with the Daphne du Maurier Award in 2000 for The Other Daughter. Finally, Lisa received the Silver Bullet Award from the International Thriller Writers in 2017 for her work on behalf of at-risk children and the Humane Society.

For a bit of fun, Lisa invites her readers to enter the annual “Kill a Friend, Maim a Buddy” Sweepstakes at Every year, one Lucky Stiff is selected to meet a grand end in Lisa’s latest novel. Past winners have nominated spouses, best friends and even themselves.

Lisa lives in New Hampshire where she spends her time with an assortment of canine companions. When not writing, she loves to hike, garden, snowshoe and play cribbage.

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