#ATBR2022 – Find Me by Alafair Burke

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Thanks to Harper Books for the free early copies in exchange for our honest reviews

FIND ME – Alafair Burke (Released January 11th, 2022)

Book Description:

The disappearance of a young woman leaves her closest friend reeling and an NYPD homicide detective digging into her own past in this thrilling mystery full of twists from the New York Times bestselling author of The Better Sister and The Wife.

Some pasts won’t stay forgotten . . .

She calls herself Hope Miller, but she has no idea who she actually is. Fourteen years ago, she was found in a small New Jersey town thrown from an overturned vehicle, with no clue to her identity. Doctors assumed her amnesia was a temporary side effect of her injuries, but she never regained her memory. Hope eventually started a new life with a new name in a new town that welcomed her, yet always wondered what she may have left behind–or been running from. Now, fourteen years later, she’s leaving New Jersey to start over once again.

Manhattan defense lawyer Lindsay Kelly, Hope’s best friend and the one who found her after the accident, understands why Hope wants a new beginning. But she worries how her friend will fare in her new East Hampton home, far away from everything familiar. Lindsay’s worst fears are confirmed when she discovers Hope has vanished without a trace–the only lead a drop of blood found where she was last seen. Even more ominously, the blood matches a DNA sample with a connection to a notorious Kansas murderer.

With nowhere else to turn, Lindsay calls NYPD homicide detective Ellie Hatcher, the daughter of the cop who dedicated his life to hunting the Kansas killer. Ellie has always believed there was more to the story of her father’s death twenty years earlier–and she now fears that Hope’s recent disappearance could be related.

In pursuit of answers, three women search for the truth beneath long-buried secrets. And when their searches converge, what they find will upend everything they’ve ever known.

Chandra’s Thoughts: 3/5 stars

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I am a long time King fan and will continue to read whatever she throws out into the reading world.  Her stories are binge worthy and just thrillery goodness from start to finish.  Sadly, The Secretary didn’t quite work for me as well her past books have… but this was bound to happen considering the volume of her work that I have read.

At just 242 pages, your fingers will FLY through these pages.  I am instantly enthralled with Gillian and her terrible decision making but if she made good ones then the story would not have been as much fun. *wink*  And I do love that King incorporated the silly notes we used to get as kids where we had to check yes or no if we liked someone… however, put this in a “professional” setting from the main man, the big boss himself… well, I’m not sure if that wouldn’t be the first red flag.  And then she “volunteers” for the what and the why and the HOW?! Yeah, that’s a hard pass for me – hahahah but I hold nothing against Gillian, though I wanted to shake her repeatedly at times.

For the most part, I thoroughly enjoyed this read and the fast pacing.  However, I do think that’s happened at an incredibly too fast of a pace that there were parts that needed expanding.  I wanted more about Ellis, about the company, about Gillian and her past. If you a quick popcorn thriller of a read you can devour in one short sitting, grab yourself a copy and go into it for pure entertainment.

My Thoughts: 3.5/5 stars

This is my third book by Burke and I’ll always be amazed at how well she can craft together a suspenseful thriller each time. FIND ME is actually book six in the Ellie Hatcher series, which I wasn’t aware of until I read a few reviews upon finishing the book. So if you’re a fan of her series, then this is one you’ll definitely want to pick up, and that also makes it quite apparent that you don’t need to have read the series in order to enjoy this book!

In the thriller genre, the amnesia plot can be overdone and feel extremely repetitive and very predictable. I’m happy to report that this wasn’t the case with FIND ME. While some things didn’t completely work for me as a reader there were still plenty of twists and pieces that I hadn’t seen coming. I was entertained from start to finish and I felt that the pacing was perfect to keep you flipping those pages and there weren’t any lulls. Definitely recommend and will be looking for my fourth book by Burke very soon!

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