When You See Me (Detective D.D. Warren, #11; Gardner Universe, #20)
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.

When You See Me (Detective D.D. Warren, #11; Gardner Universe, #20) Details

TitleWhen You See Me (Detective D.D. Warren, #11; Gardner Universe, #20)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 28th, 2020
PublisherDutton
ISBN-139781524745004
Rating
GenreMystery, Thriller, Fiction, Mystery Thriller, Crime, Suspense, Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Adult

When You See Me (Detective D.D. Warren, #11; Gardner Universe, #20) Review

  • Debra
    January 1, 1970
    This is one of those books I want to tell everyone to read. Just say READ IT. End of Story. I loved that this book worked perfectly as a stand-alone for me. Not having read the other books in the series, I did not feel as if I was missing out at all. Having said that, now that I have read this book, I am inclined to go back and read both Detective D.D. Warren and Gardner Universe book series. Seriously, how great was it that she combined two of her popular series and combined them? Brilliant!In This is one of those books I want to tell everyone to read. Just say READ IT. End of Story. I loved that this book worked perfectly as a stand-alone for me. Not having read the other books in the series, I did not feel as if I was missing out at all. Having said that, now that I have read this book, I am inclined to go back and read both Detective D.D. Warren and Gardner Universe book series. Seriously, how great was it that she combined two of her popular series and combined them? Brilliant!In this book, Gardner combined three strong and compelling female characters: Detective D.D. Warren, Flora Dane, and Kimberly Quincy. My hand is in the air, enthusiastically waving for more books with this combination of women.FBI Special Agent, Kimberly Quincy, and Sergeant Detective D.D. Warren have formed a task force to follow deceased serial kidnapper and rapist Jacob Ness. Flora Dane was kidnapped by Ness and having survived her horrifying time with him, is now dedicated to helping the investigators and others who have been harmed as she was.This trio of women along with Keith, a computer analyst and true crime enthusiast (who has eyes for Flora), has come to Niche, a small town in the hills of Georgia where the bodies are piling up and no one is talking. There they meet a young female, who does not speak except through her art, who has been named "the girl" by "family". Could she be the answer? Is she the missing link or clue they have been looking for? Will they ever find the extent of the damage that Jacob Ness has committed? Is this only the beginning? Is there even evil out there?The Hills in Georgia are not alive with the sound of music, they are alive with the sounds of evil. Evil, that has been around a long time. Small towns hold secrets. Secrets that the inhabitants will do anything to keep buried. There is a web of lies, deceit, evil, murder, and depravity.This book was a real page-turner for me. There was tension throughout the book. I loved how the story was told from various points of view. This added to the tension and helped set the mood for the book. This book was dripping with suspense. There is the mystery of course, but the human factor, really made this book unputdownable for me. I was riveted to the pages and didn't want to put this book down. Like the team, I was on the case trying to figure out who the evil man was, hoping for Bonita /the girl's safety, and hoping that everyone makes it out alive. I really enjoyed that this felt like a fresh, new unique tale. I mention this because lately, I have been feeling as if I am reading the same story just wrapped up in a different package (cover). Not this one. This felt completely original and was a breath of fresh air for this mystery/thriller book lover. Gardner did her research in interviewing a nonverbal subject and spoke with many consultants to get aspects of an FBI investigation correct. You will still need to suspend some disbelief while reading this one, but I didn't mind and I don't think anyone else will either.Highly Recommend.Thank you to Lisa Gardner, Penguin Group Dutton, NetGalley and Edelweiss who provided me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Honestly, I loved it! All the thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Paromjit
    January 1, 1970
    Lisa Gardner, the queen of crime thrillers writes a brilliant if traumatic addition to the Detective Sergeant DD Warren series as DD leaves her family in Boston, joining a local and FBI task force in Appalachian Niche in Georgia led by SSA Kimberly Quincy. Two hikers discover human bones that turn out to be those of the missing Lilah Abenito, assumed to be a victim of the now dead predator Jacob Ness. Efforts to dig into Ness's criminal past had ground to a halt, but it looks as if they might Lisa Gardner, the queen of crime thrillers writes a brilliant if traumatic addition to the Detective Sergeant DD Warren series as DD leaves her family in Boston, joining a local and FBI task force in Appalachian Niche in Georgia led by SSA Kimberly Quincy. Two hikers discover human bones that turn out to be those of the missing Lilah Abenito, assumed to be a victim of the now dead predator Jacob Ness. Efforts to dig into Ness's criminal past had ground to a halt, but it looks as if they might just find out more about the other missing girls. Joining the task force are civilians Flora Dane, a survivor of Ness, a prisoner of his for over a year, still suffering PTSD from her harrowing experience and Keith, a gifted computer analyst and true crime enthusiast. There is no doubt that Flora has come a long way from the broken woman rescued from the evil Ness, but she is yet to thrive, she just cannot contemplate being in a relationship, despite being attracted to Keith.The town of Niche appears quaint, wholesome, a picture perfect tourist destination. However, as more and more bodies are uncovered, it begins to feel sinister, beneath the veneer it is a town that is a graveyard, a hubbub of dark deeds, murder and secrets that go back a long time. In the narrative is the voice of a young girl, her mother murdered, living in terror and a life of servitude, unable to speak with a gift when it comes to drawing pictures to communicate. It is DD's sharply honed senses that intuit the young girl with no name is traumatised and terrorised. Flora finds herself back down the nightmare of a rabbit hole, shell shocked, having to face her worst fears about her time with Ness, but is it possible that this experience offers an opportunity to finally lay her horrifying past and the ghost of Ness to rest? In a narrative that takes in fresh murders amidst the rising count of cold cases, more of Ness's past comes to be known, but was he a loner or part of a bigger criminal enterprise?This is a well researched novel from Gardner, she provides technical details and descriptions of FBI task forces, procedures and forensic techniques when it comes to digging up the long dead. When it comes to writing tense, fast paced, gripping and unputdownable thrillers, the author has few rivals. She has created characters we have already come to care about, whilst introducing new people, I hope to encounter Bonita again in future additions to this series. I should warn there are hard to endure upsetting coverage of the misery of human trafficking, murder and more in this novel. A fantastic nail biting read, you are always in safe hands when it comes to Lisa Gardner, she always comes up with the goods. Cannot wait for the next in the series! Many thanks to Random House Cornerstone for an ARC.
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  • Susanne Strong
    January 1, 1970
    5 Stars A Complex, Compelling and Taut Mystery/Thriller. When human bones are found in the deep woods of Georgia, FBI Agent Kimberly Quincy is called in. To her, the findings mean something specific and for this investigation, she needs D.D. Warren and Flora Dane on board. The bones found belong to the body of Lilah Abenito who was reported missing fifteen years ago and is assumed to be a victim of Jacob Ness. Ness, as we all know is the man who kidnapped and tortured Flora Dane for 472 days. 5 Stars A Complex, Compelling and Taut Mystery/Thriller. When human bones are found in the deep woods of Georgia, FBI Agent Kimberly Quincy is called in. To her, the findings mean something specific and for this investigation, she needs D.D. Warren and Flora Dane on board. The bones found belong to the body of Lilah Abenito who was reported missing fifteen years ago and is assumed to be a victim of Jacob Ness. Ness, as we all know is the man who kidnapped and tortured Flora Dane for 472 days. Flora, must once again face her past - this time however, she is not alone- she has D.D., and her friend/computer whiz Keith beside her. When more bodies are found and mass graves are uncovered and suspicions arise. Is Jacob Ness solely responsible? From The Mayor and his wife, who are the owners of the most popular B&B in town, to The Town Clerk and several others, it becomes clear that the Town of Niche isn’t so nice after all. Bonita, the “niece” of the Mayer and his wife, is scared every day of her life. She has good reason. The tension ratchets up here in a way that only Lisa Gardner is capable. Fear rose in my throat.. for Flora Dane, D.D. Warren, Keith and Bonita. I had several moments of panic while reading this novel, afraid for my favorite characters. Admittedly, I also smiled and shed a few tears. What can I say except that Lisa Gardner knows how to get me every time. I simply love the characters of Flora Dane and D.D. Warren together. They are like ying and yang. What I love about Lisa Gardner’s writing is that she never phones it in. Each novel that I’ve read is as strong as the last, and for me that speaks Volumes.This was another incredible buddy read with Kaceey. We both love these characters and feel like we are visiting old friends as soon as we start a new novel. Thanks for sharing this one with me Kaceey!Thank you to Edelweiss, Penguin Publishing - Dutton and Lisa Gardner for the arc.Published on Goodreads and Edelweiss on 12.15.19.
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  • Kaceey
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve been a devoted Lisa Gardner fan for years, having read every book she’s released to date. Her best series' are known to revolve around FBI Special agent Kimberly Quincy and Sergeant Detective DD Warren with the Boston Police department. Now Flora Dane, who survived a sadistic serial killer has being introduced as a new essential character, tying these women together.When a couple hiking in the Georgia wooded mountains stumble across some bones, it’s quickly assumed to be connected to the I’ve been a devoted Lisa Gardner fan for years, having read every book she’s released to date. Her best series' are known to revolve around FBI Special agent Kimberly Quincy and Sergeant Detective DD Warren with the Boston Police department. Now Flora Dane, who survived a sadistic serial killer has being introduced as a new essential character, tying these women together.When a couple hiking in the Georgia wooded mountains stumble across some bones, it’s quickly assumed to be connected to the horrific kidnapping that Flora herself survived. Along with Flores’ new friend and computer geek Keith, all three women converge on the small secluded town to assist the local sheriff. And the deeper they dig...With the aid of a young girl with no name and no voice will they find the evil force behind these killings before they themselves become the next victims? I have to say this was probably the best in the series so far! I was thoroughly locked-in right from the start and loved how these characters all worked together. The ending? One word...perfect! Just loved it!I cannot wait to see where Lisa Gardner takes these incredible characters next!A buddy read with Susanne that we both just loved!💖Thank you to Edelweiss, Penguin Publishing - Dutton and Lisa Gardner for an ARC to read and review.
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  • Dorie - Cats&Books :)
    January 1, 1970
    ***NOW AVAILABLE***This is only the second book that I have read in this series but it can definitely be read as a stand alone. I will tell you that this book scared the heck out of me! It didn’t help that I was reading it at night and way past my bedtime, bad idea, had trouble falling asleep!At any rate the story is told from three different points of view. Flora Dane is a survivor, she was held captive (kidnapped, raped and terrorized) for over a year by Jacob Ness, until she herself was able ***NOW AVAILABLE***This is only the second book that I have read in this series but it can definitely be read as a stand alone. I will tell you that this book scared the heck out of me! It didn’t help that I was reading it at night and way past my bedtime, bad idea, had trouble falling asleep!At any rate the story is told from three different points of view. Flora Dane is a survivor, she was held captive (kidnapped, raped and terrorized) for over a year by Jacob Ness, until she herself was able to kill him. She has spent the last 7 years since then trying to help other victims and now is part of this task force which is sent to a small mountain town in the deep woods of Georgia. Skeletal remains have been found and it is possible that these may be linked to Jacob Ness, the man who had held Flora captive.The other members of the team include detective D.D. Warren and FBI Agent Kimberley Quincey. We are told the story from these three POV’s and Italicized paragraphs in the voice of an unknown person. There are many others who will become a part of the investigative team including Keith, a computer analyst who adds his talents at decoding what will become a tangled web of evil.This Georgia town’s inhabitants are all potentially involved in what has been going on, particularly the mayor and his wife who own the updated and beautiful Victorian B & B at the town’s center. They basically “run” the town and many of the townspeople are fearful of saying anything against them.It isn’t long before more skeletons are found and more forensic teams are called in. All the while the on scene teams split into two teams, one to interrogate inhabitants of the town and the others to use an ATV to canvas the area where the skeletal remains have been found.This isn’t a slow burn of a mystery, it becomes a thriller quite quickly and the tension just keeps on building. It is very difficult with a thriller so multi-layered to say much more without giving away any part of the plot. It would be best to just start reading and let the story drawn you in, and it will I promise you.There are, of course, some believability issues with how many people can be evil in one small town, but that is the nature of the genre and I was willing to just go along for the ride. I really enjoyed the strong female characters in this novel, all of whom have had their own personal struggles. I highly recommend this book to readers of the D.D.Warren series but anyone can pick up this novel and read it on it’s own merit. I received an ARC of this novel through NetGalley. This book is set to publish on January 28, 2020.
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  • DeAnn
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 heart-pounding starsAnother stellar installment in the D.D. Warren/Flora Dane series. Flora is my favorite! This one is scary but so well done. I have not read all of the D.D. Warren books, but I’ve read all of them that include Flora. It’s nice to have books where women are the strong lead characters and don’t have men swooping in to save the day!This one also has Kimberly Quincy who is with the FBI. The three women are part of a task force put together after a grisly discovery is made. The 4.5 heart-pounding starsAnother stellar installment in the D.D. Warren/Flora Dane series. Flora is my favorite! This one is scary but so well done. I have not read all of the D.D. Warren books, but I’ve read all of them that include Flora. It’s nice to have books where women are the strong lead characters and don’t have men swooping in to save the day!This one also has Kimberly Quincy who is with the FBI. The three women are part of a task force put together after a grisly discovery is made. The women dig deeper into the situation and there is definitely tension building in this one! The town has a deeply sinister aura and I wasn’t sure who to trust.As often is the case with Flora, there is a connection to her kidnapper Jacob Ness and he is as creepy as ever in this one. We learn Jacob’s back story in the dark depths of Georgia. Flora has to wrestle with her past with Jacob in order to hopefully put it behind her. There’s definitely investigation work in this book, but for me the characters are the most important element.Book #8 “Find Her” is the first Flora book – my advice is start there. I hope that Lisa Gardner keeps Flora in this series!Thank you to Lisa Gardner, Dutton, and Edelweiss for an early copy of this one to read and review. This one is out next month, 1/28/2020.
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  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    This instalment ticked all the boxes in my crime fiction favourites list:-out of the way/small/mountain town-local perp/possible local conspiracy-many dirty secrets coming to light-dead people turning up EVERYWHERE -links to even bigger/historical crimes-even more dead peopleOn top of that, D.D., Kimberly, and Flora have got to that point where they come across like a team now. There's a genuine feeling to their interactions, a sense that they have finally accepted this new reality, with the This instalment ticked all the boxes in my crime fiction favourites list:-out of the way/small/mountain town-local perp/possible local conspiracy-many dirty secrets coming to light-dead people turning up EVERYWHERE -links to even bigger/historical crimes-even more dead peopleOn top of that, D.D., Kimberly, and Flora have got to that point where they come across like a team now. There's a genuine feeling to their interactions, a sense that they have finally accepted this new reality, with the focus moving to the work instead of frequent pissing contests about who can do what. Their perspectives are effectively managed too, with each given significant parts of the plot to push forward, and enough new things about each to keep things interesting, especially for Flora...Cleverly plotted with genuine surprises and no little amount of bloody violence, this is is another winner!ARC via Netgalley
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  • Theresa Alan
    January 1, 1970
    I loved that three strong women headed this investigation. Normally Lisa Gardner books don’t scare me, but portions of this suspense novel really had me on edge. The parts that really scared the bejesus out of me were the italicized chapters told from the point of view of a young girl, who, at first, we don’t understand what she’s doing telling her story.FBI agent Kimberly Quincy and Boston police officer D.D. Warren think they are tracking something to do with the dead rapist Jacob Ness. They I loved that three strong women headed this investigation. Normally Lisa Gardner books don’t scare me, but portions of this suspense novel really had me on edge. The parts that really scared the bejesus out of me were the italicized chapters told from the point of view of a young girl, who, at first, we don’t understand what she’s doing telling her story.FBI agent Kimberly Quincy and Boston police officer D.D. Warren think they are tracking something to do with the dead rapist Jacob Ness. They bring a woman he kept as a slave for more than a year, Flora. Flora brings her buddy, a computer genius. What these women find is much more disturbing and widespread than they ever imagined. Gardner wrote more than once that either Quincy or Warren had “prickly feelings at the back of her neck.” That’s an unfortunate oversite in the editorial process. There were a few sections that suspension of disbelief was needed, but all in all, this is a fast-paced page turner. Thanks so much to NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book, which RELEASES JANUARY 28, 2020.For more reviews, please visit http://www.theresaalan.net/blog
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  • MicheleReader
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsLisa Gardner remains in top form in her latest thriller When You See Me. Detective DD Warren, FBI Special Agent Kimberly Quincy and survivor/vigilante Flora Dane are called together to help solve a murder in the hills of Georgia which may or may not involve the now decreased serial kidnapper, Jacob Ness. We quickly learn that this is not a one murder mystery as there are many strange occurrences that are unfolding in this small town. This fast-paced book keeps you guessing as the 4.5 starsLisa Gardner remains in top form in her latest thriller When You See Me. Detective DD Warren, FBI Special Agent Kimberly Quincy and survivor/vigilante Flora Dane are called together to help solve a murder in the hills of Georgia which may or may not involve the now decreased serial kidnapper, Jacob Ness. We quickly learn that this is not a one murder mystery as there are many strange occurrences that are unfolding in this small town. This fast-paced book keeps you guessing as the mysteries keep building. The multiple narratives are done well. You won’t want to put this one down. Many thanks to Edelweiss, Dutton and Ms. Gardner for the advance copy of this suspenseful read which comes out on January 28, 2020.Review also posted on my blog MicheleReader.com
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    4.5/ 5 starsWhen You See Me is book #11 in the D.D. Warren series. These books are mystery/thrillers.I adore Lisa Gardner and have read every book that she has written. This was probably my most anticipated read of early 2020. So I was beyond excited to get to read her newest book.This book brings three favorite characters together: D.D. Warren, Kimberly Quincy and Flora Danes.Flora is from books 8, 9, and 10 in the D.D. Warren series (Find Her, Look For Me, and Never Tell). Kimberly Quincy is 4.5/ 5 starsWhen You See Me is book #11 in the D.D. Warren series. These books are mystery/thrillers.I adore Lisa Gardner and have read every book that she has written. This was probably my most anticipated read of early 2020. So I was beyond excited to get to read her newest book.This book brings three favorite characters together: D.D. Warren, Kimberly Quincy and Flora Danes.Flora is from books 8, 9, and 10 in the D.D. Warren series (Find Her, Look For Me, and Never Tell). Kimberly Quincy is from the Quincy and Rainie series (she is Quincy's daughter). She has also made appearances in the last D.D. Warren books. And had an important part in #10. Can this book be read as a standalone? I would personally suggest reading books 8, 9, and 10 before this one. As they are all connected. And I think that it will give you a much better understanding of the characters. However the mystery is self-contained to this book. So it could be read as a standalone.This book has four narrators: D.D. Warren (3rd person POV), Kimberly Quincy (3rd person POV), Flora Danes (1st person POV), and some chapters written in italics (a girl, 1st person POV).The author does give some reminders of what happened to Flora in the past (for those who have not read the other books or who need reminders).Things that I loved about this book. I believe that this is the first book that Kimberly has narrated. I love her so much and was beyond excited to get her point of view. Also, Keith is in this book. After seeing him interact with Flora in the last book I was hoping that we would get to see him again. And we do. He plays a big part in this book.My only small issue with When You See Me is that the beginning was a bit slow. It took a bit of time for everything to come together. But from the one third point on this book was fantastic. And by the half way point I could not put the book down. There was so much happening towards the end. It was incredible.Overall, if you are a Lisa Gardner fan then you will love this book. There is nothing better than getting a book with D.D., Kimberly and Flora. What an amazing book!Thanks to edelweiss and Dutton for allowing me to read this book. I adore Lisa Gardner. And was so beyond excited to read about D.D. Warren again. I love this series so much!
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  • Pauline
    January 1, 1970
    Bones are found in a shallow grave and this is believed to be the work of a famous serial killer Jacob Ness.Detective D.D. Warren and her team are trying to find what lead up to this murder.A young girl is being held by people who use her as a slave, she is mute because of an incident years ago that left her mother dead.I found the story disjointed but enjoyable in parts.Thank you to NetGalley and Random House UK, Cornerstone for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Monnie
    January 1, 1970
    Believable? Kinda. Sorta. Sometimes, even, not so much. But so what? This one put me on a wild ride at the git-go and didn't let me off till the end.What makes it extra-special is that it brings together three of the author's characters - Boston Homicide Detective D.D. Warren, FBI special agent Kimberly Quincy and recovering torture victim Flora Dane - characters with whom I've developed a kinship of sorts over the years. They are three totally different people, with totally different personal Believable? Kinda. Sorta. Sometimes, even, not so much. But so what? This one put me on a wild ride at the git-go and didn't let me off till the end.What makes it extra-special is that it brings together three of the author's characters - Boston Homicide Detective D.D. Warren, FBI special agent Kimberly Quincy and recovering torture victim Flora Dane - characters with whom I've developed a kinship of sorts over the years. They are three totally different people, with totally different personal lives, but they come together here with a single purpose: ferreting out who's responsible for the bunch of human bones in the backwoods of Georgia that likely are tied to late serial killer Jacob Ness. Flora joins in because she's his only victim to survive (even though she's been trying hard to find some semblance of normalcy ever since she escaped).During an intensive search of the area in which the original bones were found, Flora and her computer geek friend, Keith, find another burial site; ultimately, the remains of three more bodies are unearthed. All that leads the team to a tiny town that may be holding deep, dark secrets that are tied to Ness but go well beyond the horrific murders he committed years ago. One of their best hopes of getting to the bottom of things is a teenage girl who works as a maid at an inn operated by the local mayor and his wife. Clearly, she's intelligent; but previous injuries left her unable to speak, read or write; so no matter how much she knows that's crucial to the investigation, accessing that information doesn't appear to be within the realm of possibility. The only thing the investigators know for sure is that no one in this town or surrounding woods can be trusted - not even the local sheriff whose help they've enlisted.All told, the action never lets up - keeping me glued to my Kindle with time out only when household chores (like feeding my long-suffering husband) and the need for sleep intervened. Thoroughly enjoyable - and I hope to see these three strong women come together again in future books (hint, hint). Many thanks to the publisher, via NetGalley, for allowing me to read and review a pre-release copy.
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  • Linda Strong
    January 1, 1970
    Sergeant Detective DD Warren .... Flora Dane .... FBI Special Agent Kimberly Quincy .... three of the most well-known characters of this author's series .... unite when a body is found 15 years after the victim disappeared outside a very small in Georgia.There is a feeling this was a crime committed by the same man who stalked and abducted Flora Dane and held her captive for over a year. The three women are part of a task force to follow wherever they must to see if this crime was also committed Sergeant Detective DD Warren .... Flora Dane .... FBI Special Agent Kimberly Quincy .... three of the most well-known characters of this author's series .... unite when a body is found 15 years after the victim disappeared outside a very small in Georgia.There is a feeling this was a crime committed by the same man who stalked and abducted Flora Dane and held her captive for over a year. The three women are part of a task force to follow wherever they must to see if this crime was also committed by the now deceased serial killer Jacob Ness.When they find multiple graves with the bodies of three more women, they are afraid that the past and the present may be connected by more than one killer.What are the residents hiding? Why does everyone seem to lie ... or conveniently don't remember? What is the town hiding?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.This is another extremely well written killer thriller featuring stand out characters that are truly unforgettable. The mystery is nicely paced, especially with Dane remembering her time in captivity and what she still needs to discover today. The ending is satisfying and unpredictable.Many thanks to the author / Penguin Group - Dutton / Netgalley for the digital copy of this crime fiction. Read and reviewed voluntarily, opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
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  • Hollis
    January 1, 1970
    I'm writing this review before my review for book ten of this series has even gone live on the blog (or GR). In that other post, I was effusive and bubbly after rediscovering my love for this series, as the installments before had been good, but not great. Well, we've returned to the good. But that's not a bad thing.Book eleven feels like almost a direct continuation of the story in book ten. We have DD, Kimberly, and Flora all partnered up, along with Keith, a civilian crime enthusiast, expert I'm writing this review before my review for book ten of this series has even gone live on the blog (or GR). In that other post, I was effusive and bubbly after rediscovering my love for this series, as the installments before had been good, but not great. Well, we've returned to the good. But that's not a bad thing.Book eleven feels like almost a direct continuation of the story in book ten. We have DD, Kimberly, and Flora all partnered up, along with Keith, a civilian crime enthusiast, expert in his own way, and on their way to Georgia when it appears they may have found one of the first of Jacob Ness' victims. However, things are not quite what they appeared.. and yet also more.Big picture wise, this instalment was huge for the series and for this trio of women, Flora in particular. And while the conspiracy that's discovered is kind of mind boggling, and crazy clever, overall I just wasn't super into it.Full review to come.** I received an ARC from Edelweiss and the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **
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  • Kavita
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first time that i am reading a book by Lisa Gardner and I really feel I may have been living under a rock all these years that i have never read her works. The author has now got another lifelong fan and am slowly and steadily going to be reading all of her earlier published works and am so thrilled for that. This book has kept me glued to it like no other book in a long time. The story line is so complex and yet so straightforward. Every chapter is a different POV of characters and This is the first time that i am reading a book by Lisa Gardner and I really feel I may have been living under a rock all these years that i have never read her works. The author has now got another lifelong fan and am slowly and steadily going to be reading all of her earlier published works and am so thrilled for that. This book has kept me glued to it like no other book in a long time. The story line is so complex and yet so straightforward. Every chapter is a different POV of characters and takes the story forward at a remarkable pace. The characters are developed gradually along with the story and it's eye opening to see their evolution. Every character even though has a base characteristic, it's good to see them showing different traits as the situation and story demands. The underlying theme is equally important and we'll conveyed. The author's depiction of Bonita in the first person voice is heart-wrenching and a few lines of her make way into my quotes book. This book is highly recommended to all those who love to read unputdownable thrillers with kick ass and equally sensitive female cops. A huge thanks to Edelweiss plus for providing me with an advanced DRC of this book.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come closer to pub day!
  • Judy Lesley
    January 1, 1970
    When You See Me is another book in the D.D. Warren/Flora Dane series, this one having viewpoint chapters from D.D., Flora, Kimberly Quincy of the FBI, and a new voice. Those four perspectives were just about all I wanted to handle. The FBI Task Force dealing with the investigation of Jacob Ness, rapist and kidnapper, who held Flora captive for over a year, has gotten notice of human remains in an area where Ness was thought to travel. Quincy activates all the parties, even the civilians Flora When You See Me is another book in the D.D. Warren/Flora Dane series, this one having viewpoint chapters from D.D., Flora, Kimberly Quincy of the FBI, and a new voice. Those four perspectives were just about all I wanted to handle. The FBI Task Force dealing with the investigation of Jacob Ness, rapist and kidnapper, who held Flora captive for over a year, has gotten notice of human remains in an area where Ness was thought to travel. Quincy activates all the parties, even the civilians Flora and Keith, to go to the hills of north Georgia to see if there is any connection to Ness from these unidentified skeletal remains. The team goes from one shocking discovery to another until the investigation seems to be falling apart from too much evidence. How do they know who to trust?I have been following this series since Flora was first introduced and find the plots and the characters fascinating. The material can be disturbing because it does deal with such grim realities in the criminal world so the series is not for all readers. Lisa Gardner doesn't uncover the unsavory aspects of criminal behavior just for shock value and that one thing makes me able to read about these awful things people in these stories do to each other. I certainly like that Gardner continues to do the research necessary to be able to include up-to-date techniques used in criminal investigations; plus she has such a natural way of inserting those facts into her stories, it never feels like I'm being lectured to. As I was reading this story I began to wonder if Flora's story was winding down with this book because Flora is given the opportunity to work through so many of the things about her time with Ness that had held her back from living a normal life. Great strides are made by Flora, but I don't imagine this will be the last time we see her involved in an investigation. Her time of capture made her such an invaluable asset to criminal investigations that I'm sincerely hoping she will continue to be a major character in the series.Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Group - Dutton for an e-galley of this novel.
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  • Farshana S A
    January 1, 1970
    Turn the pages quickly, tension, uncontrollable pace of heart beats, quickly what happens next, not fast enough, read, read and read, tearing my hair out, finally oh no I don’t want it to end. Epilogue and thus emotionally drained after reading the incredible When You See Me from Lisa Gardner. Bonita- You have my heart! ‘Bonita’ for me is the song La Isla Bonita by Madonna but now it will always resonate in my mind as the girl who rose from utter depths of hell and fought towards a beacon of Turn the pages quickly, tension, uncontrollable pace of heart beats, quickly what happens next, not fast enough, read, read and read, tearing my hair out, finally oh no I don’t want it to end. Epilogue 😫 😫 😫 and thus emotionally drained after reading the incredible When You See Me from Lisa Gardner. Bonita- You have my heart! ‘Bonita’ for me is the song La Isla Bonita by Madonna but now it will always resonate in my mind as the girl who rose from utter depths of hell and fought towards a beacon of light rising from ashes to conquer her fear and be triumphant against evil.Hindus in India worship ‘Kali’ who is believed to be the destroyer of evil forces, one glimpse at the picture and you would understand why Bonita at the end left me with the picture of Kali in my mind.I may sound like a broken tape but once again I’m at loss for words to describe the latest thriller from Lisa Gardner. She is unparalleled in the genre of crime thrillers. Now that I actually think, If I am questioned about the books that I wouldn’t mind re-reading, my answer would be Lisa Gardner and Sandra Brown’s novels. The Other Daughter was the first book that I have read by this author and since then I have fallen hook, line and sinker for her plots and characters and DD, oh my God how much have you grown from the almost hate inducing rude and stubborn attitude to the jelly in my hand mom to Jack. So many mysteries centered around small towns and suddenly the claustrophobic feel has started giving me heebie-jeebies. When You See Me begins with a prologue that doesn’t impact much, of course reading too many thrillers we have read similar opening chapters. But then the ride begins. Human bones identified as Lilah Abenito has been discovered in a quaint mountain town called Niche that caters to hikers doing the Appalachian Trail. Was she the victim of the dreaded seral killer Jacob Ness? Soon a task force is formed lead by SSA Kimberly Quincy of FBI and which includes Sergeant D.D Warren, Flora Dane, the survivor of 472 days of torture at the hands of Ness and also Keith, a true crime aficionado and a superior expert in computers. “Something happened here. Something really bad. Real question is, is it over yet?”Old skeletons have come to light and before long, the investigation changes from 15 yr. old mystery of mass graves to current mystery with bodies piling up leaving the investigating team stunned. The story progresses thru DD, Kimberly and Flora. There’s also another voice whose story leaves the reader teary-eyed and sad. Flora has come a long way from the broken woman she was not just surviving but learning to live taking her chances with Keith, there were some really sweet moments between them that was uplifting, and DD’s instincts still razor-sharp that leads to a chilling climax. Fair warning readers, some parts describing the misery of girls being kidnapped and tortured can be hard to read and When You See Me can probably be read as standalone but it is highly recommended to read them in order especially from DD Warren #8, Find Her as the story of Flora Dane and her strength needs to be understood in its whole entirety. Many Thanks to LisaGardner, NetGalley and Random House UK, Cornerstone for a chance to review this book.
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  • Toni
    January 1, 1970
    I'm really glad to have discovered this series, even though I jumped in and started from book number eleven. 'When you see me' can be read and enjoyed as a standalone, as there is enough background and characterization to help the reader navigate the world created by this talented author.We get a glimpse of DD Warren's family life, as she is about to go on a special trip to Georgia where she will join a special FBI task force unit led by SSA Kimberly Quincy that is trying to follow the digital I'm really glad to have discovered this series, even though I jumped in and started from book number eleven. 'When you see me' can be read and enjoyed as a standalone, as there is enough background and characterization to help the reader navigate the world created by this talented author.We get a glimpse of DD Warren's family life, as she is about to go on a special trip to Georgia where she will join a special FBI task force unit led by SSA Kimberly Quincy that is trying to follow the digital traces of Jacob Ness, an evil serial kidnapper and killer. Flora Dane who knows Jacob Ness' mentality better than anybody else is asked to provide her expertise. She is still suffering from PTSD and has dedicated her life to hunting predators like Ness and saving innocent victims from having her own horrifying experience with an evil criminal. When remains of Lilah Abenito, reported missing by her parents years ago, are found near a montain trail, the task force needs to check out carefully the little town of Niche to see if any more bodies of Ness's victims can be found nearby.Being new to the series, I was surprised how detailed and well-researched the descriptions of forensic procedures were. The story is told from multiple points of view which gives it emotional depth and helps the author create dramatic tension. From the very beginning when we see a harrowing crime through the eyes of an unnamed girl, we know the story is going to deal with dark and uncomfortable topics.A gripping story with fascinating characters, When you see me kept on the edge of my seat until the very end. Recommended for all lovers of mysteries and thrillers who appreciate strong female leads.Thank you to Edelweiss and Dutton for the ARC provided in exchange for an honest opinion.
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  • Renee
    January 1, 1970
    Hard to believe that When You See Me is the 11th book in the D.D. Warren series. I've been reading these since the 1st book, and have to say the characters, plots, and locations have just gotten better over time. D.D., Kimberly Quincy, and Flora Dane join forces to investigate the discovery of bones in a small, Southern town. The possibility exists that the deaths are tied to Jacob Ness, who abducted Flora and whose time as his captive haunts her day and night.More bones are discovered and a Hard to believe that When You See Me is the 11th book in the D.D. Warren series. I've been reading these since the 1st book, and have to say the characters, plots, and locations have just gotten better over time. D.D., Kimberly Quincy, and Flora Dane join forces to investigate the discovery of bones in a small, Southern town. The possibility exists that the deaths are tied to Jacob Ness, who abducted Flora and whose time as his captive haunts her day and night.More bones are discovered and a tangled tale unfolds. Was Jacob involved and if so, did he have an accomplice? As the story progresses, it becomes difficult to know who to trust, and at times, I thought everyone in this town had something to hide. As the team keeps searching for answers, the threat of exposure means that someone will do whatever it takes to protect many, many secrets.This was a real page-turner for me. I enjoyed the pace and the different perspectives of the main characters. There is also a heartbreaking tale of a little girl, who not only lost her mother but any semblance of a normal life. Could this be read as a standalone, yes, but I don't recommend it. I always suggest starting a series from the beginning, and in this case, at least at book #8 where Flora is introduced. Another great read by Lisa Gardner!I received a DRC from Dutton through Edelweiss +.
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  • Jannelies
    January 1, 1970
    This was not my first Lisa Gardner, but my first in this series. Now, I will have to put the other 10 on my ‘want to read list’. I was hooked after the first chapter. Lisa Gardner gives us a group of law enforcement individual from different backgrounds, and two civilians, Flora Dane and her boyfriend Keith. Flora’s background is important because as soon as the first body is discovered, the rumor goes that the girl was killed by Jacob Ness. Flora’s background is somewhat like the story of This was not my first Lisa Gardner, but my first in this series. Now, I will have to put the other 10 on my ‘want to read list’. I was hooked after the first chapter. Lisa Gardner gives us a group of law enforcement individual from different backgrounds, and two civilians, Flora Dane and her boyfriend Keith. Flora’s background is important because as soon as the first body is discovered, the rumor goes that the girl was killed by Jacob Ness. Flora’s background is somewhat like the story of Colleen Stan; like her, Flora spent years being held captive in a box. DD Warren and her colleagues are working very hard to find the person who killed all those young girls, but the voice of a young girl, daughter of one of the victims, is very important. Not her real voice, because after the killing of her mother and the subsequent events, she cannot speak anymore. She can, however, communicate very well with her drawings, because she is very smart. There is a lot of violence in this book, both physically and psychologically, but Lisa Gardner uses her talents wisely and doesn’t draw out any unnecessary details. Thanks to Edelweiss for a digital review copy.
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  • Laura/Mystery in Minutes
    January 1, 1970
    D.D. Warren, Flora Dane, AND Kimberly Quincy?! Oh, my!If Lisa Gardner’s upcoming novel is anything like Never Tell, it will be thrilling!Can’t wait!!
  • Diane
    January 1, 1970
    When You See Me by Lisa Gardner is one of the BEST in the DD Warren series! Oh My Goodness! It is not only a non-stop suspense, but the cast of D.D., Kimberly, and Flora is like a wonderful reunion! I could not stop reading once I started. My heart broke for little 'chiquita' as she watched the horror of her mamita's murder.The body count rises as DD, Kimberly, Flora, and Keith work furiously to find answers to the dark and sinister secrets which are uncovered in the Appalachia area of When You See Me by Lisa Gardner is one of the BEST in the DD Warren series! Oh My Goodness! It is not only a non-stop suspense, but the cast of D.D., Kimberly, and Flora is like a wonderful reunion! I could not stop reading once I started. My heart broke for little 'chiquita' as she watched the horror of her mamita's murder.The body count rises as DD, Kimberly, Flora, and Keith work furiously to find answers to the dark and sinister secrets which are uncovered in the Appalachia area of Dahlonega. The team soon discovers they can not trust friendly or seemingly helpful locals. The evil is layered within not only the Appalachian Trail terrain but within the walls of the Mountain Laurel B&B. I hope we read more about Bonita in future books! Publication Date: January 28, 2020Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review When You See Me.
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  • Sarah Swann
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars! This was my first Lisa Gardner and definitely won’t be my last. This was a great crime thriller that went to some dark places and kept me on the edge of my seat. I didn’t figure anything out and I liked the complex relationships that were in here. She use the one line that I hate most in books: “She released a breath she didn’t realized she was holding.” Twice!!! And there a little snippet of some paranormal happening which was fine, but wasn’t my favorite aspect. Overall, this was 4.5 stars! This was my first Lisa Gardner and definitely won’t be my last. This was a great crime thriller that went to some dark places and kept me on the edge of my seat. I didn’t figure anything out and I liked the complex relationships that were in here. She use the one line that I hate most in books: “She released a breath she didn’t realized she was holding.” Twice!!! And there a little snippet of some paranormal happening which was fine, but wasn’t my favorite aspect. Overall, this was awesome and I will definitely be reading more.
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  • Toni
    January 1, 1970
    5 StarsThis is the eleventh book in the Detective DD Warren series by Lisa Gardner.This is the first book I have read in this series and it was easily read as a standalone. There is enough backstory to get you going into the story and not so much that you feel weighed down by the past.I liked the dynamic of the three female main characters. It was easy to distinguish when you jumped from point of view to point of view. Their voices were unique and you didn’t confuse them when jumping from 5 StarsThis is the eleventh book in the Detective DD Warren series by Lisa Gardner.This is the first book I have read in this series and it was easily read as a standalone. There is enough backstory to get you going into the story and not so much that you feel weighed down by the past.I liked the dynamic of the three female main characters. It was easy to distinguish when you jumped from point of view to point of view. Their voices were unique and you didn’t confuse them when jumping from chapter to chapter. Then you add in the point of view of the silent girl and it made for a perfect read for me. I was trapped on the edge of my seat the entire time. It is a good hefty read at 400 pages and I think I got through it in two or three sittings.This is definitely a series I want to continue with in 2020. I have ten previous books to dig into and I know Lisa Gardner has a plethora of other titles that I have in paperback form on my shelves. Time for a marathon, methinks.If you love a good detective mystery thriller/police procedural, definitely check this one out. You won’t be disappointed.I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.
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  • Shelley
    January 1, 1970
    *Source* Publisher*Genre* Thrillers, Suspense*Rating* 3.5-4*Thoughts*When You See Me is the Eleventh book in Lisa Gardner’s series featuring Boston Sergeant Detective D.D. Warren. The story starts off with two hikers discovering human bones. After findings uncover that the remains are approximately 15 years old, the question becomes could this female be another victim of predator Jacob Ness who investigators have never found the cabin in the woods? FBI Special Agent Kimberly Quincy quickly puts *Source* Publisher*Genre* Thrillers, Suspense*Rating* 3.5-4*Thoughts*When You See Me is the Eleventh book in Lisa Gardner’s series featuring Boston Sergeant Detective D.D. Warren. The story starts off with two hikers discovering human bones. After findings uncover that the remains are approximately 15 years old, the question becomes could this female be another victim of predator Jacob Ness who investigators have never found the cabin in the woods? FBI Special Agent Kimberly Quincy quickly puts together a task force after the remains where found in the mountains of Georgia. It should be noted that a good majority of this story is set in small towns in Georgia. *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews*https://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/20...
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  • Cassie-Traveling Sister-
    January 1, 1970
    Going into this book I had had only read one other book in this series, it didn’t confuse me I truly enjoyed it! Let me tell you the opening scene had me shocked and I had to continue reading! An unknown little girl watches as a man murders her mother. Fast forward bones are found by two hikers in the North Georgia mountains. Soon your introduced to FBI agent Kimberly Quincey, Detective D.D Warren and a kidnapped/ survivor Flora Dane whose making it her mission to help other survivors , and she Going into this book I had had only read one other book in this series, it didn’t confuse me I truly enjoyed it! Let me tell you the opening scene had me shocked and I had to continue reading! An unknown little girl watches as a man murders her mother. Fast forward bones are found by two hikers in the North Georgia mountains. Soon your introduced to FBI agent Kimberly Quincey, Detective D.D Warren and a kidnapped/ survivor Flora Dane whose making it her mission to help other survivors , and she brings along Keith a computer genius . They head to North Georgia wondering if the remains are linked to the dead Jacob Ness a horrible sexual predator who had also kidnapped Flora and held her has his prisoner for over a year! Jacob was know to travel in this area. When more remains are found and they bring in forensic teams they begin to realize they have uncovered a mass grave site. The more they investigate they begin to uncover that the small sleepy mountain town is hiding some dark secrets. The towns people believe in keeping quiet especially when it involves talking about the Mayor and his wife. The Mayor and his wife own a B.B. in an old Victorian house. It seems like the B.B. may just be at the center of their investigation. The mountains and the woods make their already difficult investigation more difficult especially when more bodies begin to pile up. Soon they meet a young nameless girl who works at the B.B. who may just hold the key to everything , the only problem is she’s mute from a horrific injury. This book was told in multiple POVs, Kimberly, DD and Flora and the young mute girl. The young mute girls POV chapters scared me! The horrible things she witnessed gave me goosebumps! I loved this book! The author had a way of writing the story and the characters perfectly! The build up had me feeling tense not knowing what was going to happen next! Five stars!
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  • Elaine Tomasso
    January 1, 1970
    I would like to thank Netgalley and Random House UK, Cornerstone for an advance copy of When You See Me, the eleventh novel to feature Boston based Detective D.D. Warren.When bones are found in the mountains of Northern Georgia SSA Kimberley Quincy activates a task force as they are potentially linked to serial killer Jacob Ness. D.D., Flora Dane and Keith Edgar are invited to Georgia to participate but what they find in the town of Niche is much worse than they could have imagined.I thoroughly I would like to thank Netgalley and Random House UK, Cornerstone for an advance copy of When You See Me, the eleventh novel to feature Boston based Detective D.D. Warren.When bones are found in the mountains of Northern Georgia SSA Kimberley Quincy activates a task force as they are potentially linked to serial killer Jacob Ness. D.D., Flora Dane and Keith Edgar are invited to Georgia to participate but what they find in the town of Niche is much worse than they could have imagined.I thoroughly enjoyed When You See Me which is an absorbing read that I read in one sitting. It is told from various points of view, A third person narrative for D.D. and Kimberley and first person for Flora and a young, mute teenager only referred to as Girl. Fortunately the chapters are titled with the narrator’s name so there is no confusion over who is speaking. I don’t always like multiple points of view as I find it distracting but in this case it works well, giving the reader a wider perspective on and different interpretations of events. There is also so much going on in the novel there is no time to lose focus.As I said I found the plot engrossing as there is never a dull moment. It is full of reveals, twists and action. The plot stretches credulity at times but it is so exciting and well done that this is a minor issue that in no way spoiled my enjoyment. The bad guy is psychopathically evil and it seems like a master stroke to recount his actions and the fear he instils through the mute Girl. Hers is a heartbreaking story and adds to the atmosphere of fear and evil. This atmosphere is reinforced by setting much of the action in the woods that surround the town, always a creepy location.I’m not sure what to say about the characters. Series readers will know that D.D. and Kimberley are hard nosed investigators with soft insides and that Flora Dane not only survived but killed her kidnapper, Jacob Ness. She is a bit of a mess emotionally but developments in this novel point to a potential stronger recovery. When You See Me is a good read that I have no hesitation in recommending.
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  • Brad
    January 1, 1970
    When You See Me by Lisa Gardner brings all of her characters together - FBI Special Agent Kimberly Quincy, Detective DD Warren and survivor Flora Dane."Hikers stumble on a shallow grave in the North Georgia woods. Special Agent Quincy is brought in to investigate. Serial predator Jacob Ness was known to be in the area, so Warren and Dane are brought in to help. More bones are found. People in town start acting weird and become unhelpful to the task force. Flora Dane makes a startling discovery When You See Me by Lisa Gardner brings all of her characters together - FBI Special Agent Kimberly Quincy, Detective DD Warren and survivor Flora Dane."Hikers stumble on a shallow grave in the North Georgia woods. Special Agent Quincy is brought in to investigate. Serial predator Jacob Ness was known to be in the area, so Warren and Dane are brought in to help. More bones are found. People in town start acting weird and become unhelpful to the task force. Flora Dane makes a startling discovery of someone linked to Ness. What has been going on here for so long? Who is buried in the woods?"Gardner does it again. It's great to watch three great characters work together on a horrific crime. The POV moves among the characters including a little girl who is a witness to most of the horror. The story moves quickly with Gardner's usual fast=paced story telling. I had a hard time putting this one down. And it's good to see characters change and grow. Loved seeing all these characters together and the addition of Keith to the team.Another great novel from Gardner.
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  • Cara EM
    January 1, 1970
    Lisa Gardner always delivers with her DD Warren series, and When You See Me is no exception. When skeletal remains are found in the North Georgia mountains, a possible connection to Jacob Ness, deceased predator, brings DD, Flora and Keith, among with FBI agent Kimberly Quincy, to Niche, Georgia. As more remains are discovered and the whole little town seems to be holding back horrible secrets, DD and team do what they do best - seek unconventional methods - to uncover the truth. I rarely tend Lisa Gardner always delivers with her DD Warren series, and When You See Me is no exception. When skeletal remains are found in the North Georgia mountains, a possible connection to Jacob Ness, deceased predator, brings DD, Flora and Keith, among with FBI agent Kimberly Quincy, to Niche, Georgia. As more remains are discovered and the whole little town seems to be holding back horrible secrets, DD and team do what they do best - seek unconventional methods - to uncover the truth. I rarely tend to think thriller/police procedural writers can sustain a series with evolving plots, well developed characters, AND a surprising story with each new book, but Gardner does it all deftly and with such talent. I look forward to the next in this superbly wrought series. Five stars. I received this as an advance readers copy, but all opinions are my own.
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