Hardcover, 288 pages
Expected publication: September 24th 2013 by Harper Teen
“Find Me.” These are the words written on Tessa Waye’s diary. The diary that ends up with Wick Tate. But Tessa’s just been found…dead.
Wick has the right computer-hacking skills for the job, but little interest in this perverse game of hide-and-seek. Until her sister Lily is the next target. Then Griff, trailer-park boy next door and fellow hacker, shows up, intent on helping Wick.
Is a happy ending possible with the threat of Wick’s deadbeat dad returning, the detective hunting him sniffing around Wick instead, and a killer taunting her at every step?
Foster child. Daughter of a felon. Loner hacker girl. Wick has a bad attitude and sarcasm to spare.
But she’s going to find this killer no matter what.
Because it just got personal.
I am just going to come right out and say it: the biggest problem with this novel is the lack of red herrings in it. For a novel in the mystery genre, the identity of the perpetrator is a bit too easy to figure out simply because there is a distinct lack of other possible characters that could easily fit the profile.
The novel itself, if examined in parts, is quite interesting. The fracturing relationship between the sisters; one of them wants the security this family offers while the elder one knows better than to simply accept things at face value. Wick knows better than most that a calm surface hides the dirtiest secrets. Her father is a stunning example of an asshole; his lack of concern for his daughters except how they can be of use to him is a shocking to read. The other more colourful characters of a criminal persuasion are just as bad. We don’t get to spend much time with the foster mother which is sad because I think she could have potentially contributed a lot more to the narrative than she does. I would have also liked a bit more focus on the relationship between the sisters.
The mystery, as it is, is not very interesting. Especially when you figure out who the villain is so easily. The romance was okay. The action scenes were quick paced and some of my favourite parts of the novel. Find Me was entertaining but ultimately not as satisfying as it could have been.