I read almost every genre & I enjoy venturing into unfamiliar territory. As a library volunteer, I'm constantly bringing home novels. Being a substitute teacher, I read lots of YA & children's books.
Flora was held captive for 472 days but when she was found, was she really released from the nightmare that she endured? When found, Flora finds herself obsessed with the cases of women who have gone missing, whether it is for closure or revenge, Flora digs deep into these cases until one day, Flora herself once again in the hands of an abductor. There is anger, denial and frustration as Flora tries to figure out where she went wrong, or did she? The frustration, the self-doubt and the humiliation is repeated over and over in this audio as she watches her life repeat itself. Flora quickly counterbalances these thoughts with ideas on how she is going to save herself from this second abduction. Flora struggles with her new predicament. For Flora knows now that she is smarter and braver this time as she has lived and survived a similar experience before and she has also researched and analyzed cases just like the one is living in. Flora needs to gain dominance over this situation but there are other factors that come into play. As I listen to this audio, I feel that it’s a mental game that Flora is having with herself as she deals with her second abduction.
It’s an emotional novel as individuals have to deal with their feelings throughout the novel. Flora has deep connections with her mother and she becomes part of her motivation to survive while her mother keeps her case alive with the authorities. The other missing women, the police, and the subjects behind Flora’s disappearances all bring their drama and excitement to the novel, creating quite a scene. I found myself getting frustrated listening to Flora’s turmoil of self-doubt over and over again. I understand her dilemma but it seemed relentless after a while. I thought the premise of the novel was creative and I liked how the novel was put together. Even though this was part of a series, I thought it was a good standalone as I hadn’t read the previous novels in this series. I like novels by Lisa Gardner and I would like to read other books in the series.