Florence “Flora” Dane, the victim and survivor at the center of bestseller Gardner’s compelling eighth novel featuring Boston Sgt. Det. D.D. Warren (after 2014’s Fear Nothing), has a flat affect and a burning compulsion to meet sexual predators five years after the FBI rescued her from a man who abducted her while she was a UMass student, imprisoning her in a coffin for 472 days. He also raped her repeatedly. One night in a bar, Flora has an encounter with a pick-up she refers to as “Mr. Haven’t I Seen You Around Here Before” that leads to a fatal confrontation and to her meeting D.D., who wonders whether Flora can assist in the case of Stacey Summers, a Boston College student who has been missing for three months. As D.D.’s investigation progresses, the reader is treated to fascinating insights into the psychology of sadistic sexual predators, trauma bonding, and the effects violent crime have on victims and loved ones. Agent: Meg Ruley, Jane Rotrosen Agency. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 11/30/2015 Release date: 02/09/2016 Genre: Fiction
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