I just finished this book, Find Her, by Lisa Gardner. It was a really good book. Not amazing...but very good. I picked it up because it was all over every book store I went to. I was intrigued by the cover blurb. Before I say anything else, I want to make very clear that I DO recommend this book for domestic suspense fans. I just had a few "issues" that I wanted to vent about, as well.
First, the main thing I had a problem with was the way that Garnder wrote the character of Flora Dane (protagonist). Flora had a tragic past and chose to become a vigilante rather than just a regular survivor. Some crazy things happen to her, which I won't spoil, but basically, I felt like she was a crazy bitch, not a heroine I would really root for. I did feel sorry for what she'd been through, but I just saw no redeeming qualities about her. This is something I ALMOST did with Like Father, Like Daughter...until I got a lot of similar feedback that no one really liked Libby as written. So I totally understand the author's intent. But for me, it just didn't work at all.
Secondly, I felt that the author repeated her self many times. I think she was trying to create themes that carried on throughout the novel, but to me, it felt, well, repetitive. For example, the protagonist said several times in each chapter "I am okay." Also, in every chapter, she mentioned her mother's necklace resting at the nape of her neck. Again, I get the theme, but it just felt so mechanical. It's hard to explain, but basically, it's something I'm now going to pay attention to in my own writing.
But those things considered, it's still a very good book. I guess if I had known ahead of time that Flora was kind of a bitch and not very likable, I might have given it 5 stars instead of 4.5. So, my suggestion is, read this book, but keep in mind that Flora is not a bubbly, lovable, sweetheart of a character. She's crazy.
Warning! Also, it's very graphic about what happened to Flora in the past when she was held as a truck driver's sex slave for over a year. The faint of heart should NOT read this book.