ARC Review | When You See Me by Lisa Gardner

When You See Me by Lisa Gardner
Series: Detective D.D. Warren
Genre: Mystery Thriller

Publication Date: January 28th, 2020
ARC from Netgalley

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.

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When You See Me by Lisa Gardner is the 11th novel in her Detective D.D. Warren series. This is where I jumped on, and I didn’t feel lost at all while reading this story. In fact, I feel like I jumped on at just the right time. A certain story arc really seemed to ramp up in this installment, and I was given enough back story to anticipate it as if I’d been reading the series all along. The reason I requested this book was because I’m a huge fan of Criminal Minds, and the blurb reminded me of the show. I got exactly what I wanted with this read. We delved into the details of the crime with the procedural parts, and it featured a core group of characters that I quickly became attached to. (Which will serve me well when Criminal Minds ends later this year, and I need a fix – I have all the previous books in this series to satiate my need.)

This book was definitely more Thriller than Mystery; the way it was presented had me on the edge of my seat throughout the story, and I never knew who I could trust. I was constantly fearing for the safety of the main characters, and I have to say this book was so fast paced. There were several points of view offered within the story, and because I cared for all of those people, I was always devouring the book to get to the next POV. There was more than one character breakthrough in this book, and even though they came at harrowing times, I was cheering them on. But it wasn’t just the ‘regulars.’ There were parts of this book that were hard to read, because it was that wicked and to think about the things some of these people went through was unbearable. To think things like this really could (and probably do) go on is devastating. But I don’t want to give too much away; I think all you really need to know is how gripping this book is and how it really could be ripped from today’s headlines. There were a lot of twists and turns and creepy factors with a slightly Gothic feel. And this is the kind of thing that can only happen when depraved people are able to find their tribe on the internet. 

I find myself saying this a lot lately, but Mystery/Thrillers are quickly becoming my go to genre. It feels like I can count on whatever I pick up being a good read, and that in itself thrills me. Of course, When You See Me with all the procedural elements was right up my alley, and I’m glad to have discovered a series to go back and read. If you’re like me and haven’t read the previous books in the series, no worries. You can jump on here and feel like you’re in the loop. I couldn’t put this book down, and if you’re a fan of this genre, I don’t think you’ll be able to, either.

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7 thoughts on “ARC Review | When You See Me by Lisa Gardner

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  1. I used to watch Criminal Minds all the time and now have tapered back, but not because I didn’t like it. Mood viewer- just like with my books mood reading.
    I’ve not tried Lisa Gardner’s books yet, but I’ve been trying to branch out more and more into thrillers so she’s on the list.
    Neat that you could jump right in with this one and get a really gripping story.


  2. I LOVE this series and I’ve been reading Lisa Gardner since before Goodreads or blogging was a part of my life. I’d suggest starting at book 3, The Neighbor, you want to catch up with the Detective D.D. Warren series. The first 2 books she was more on the periphery and I don’t think it made much of an impact on her story ARC. The audios are fantastic, btw, if you like audio books. Glad you enjoyed this! I agree, you don’t have to read the previous books to enjoy this one, but the series is wonderful so I definitely recommend continuing if you liked this one. Fab review! 🙂


  3. What a great mystery thriller! I love that you were able to jump in without being lost, and the story kept you on the edge of your seat! Wonderful Review Angie 🙂

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape


  4. As long as there is some romantic element I love mystery/thrillers (I blame Clive Cussler and Mary Higgins Clark for that ) and I do have this author on my list to read and soon. Good to know I can just jump into the story here.


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