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.
"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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Dark and Fascinating