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Look for Me
by Lisa Gardner
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Dutton, 2018 (2018)
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* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Boston Sergeant Detective D.D. Warren is back in Lisa Gardner's Look for Me, called to a crime scene, where four members of a family of five have been slaughtered, and the fifth is missing - is sixteen-year-old Roxanna Baez a survivor or the killer?

D.D. shares the stage in this thriller with Flora Dane, once a victim, now a vigilante and an advocate for other survivors - series fans will recall that, as a carefree college student on spring break, Flora was kidnapped and brutalized for well over a year.

The mother, Juanita, had had her troubles as an alcoholic, resulting in Roxy and her younger sister Lola ending up in foster care for some time. However, Juanita had managed to get her life together, partner with stable, hardworking Charlie, and get her girls back - what happened?

Flags were raised at school by Lola's inappropriate suggestions to her teacher - had she been abused? Was a gang involved? Juanita was looking into suing the state for not protecting her daughters in foster care. The police pursue these leads while Flora seeks out Roxy.

As the picture gradually becomes clearer, readers get insights into Roxy's life and thoughts, through a narrative she wrote for a teacher - and it's quite an indictment of the state of the foster care system. As always, Lisa Gardner gives fans an engrossing read in Look for Me, with a surprising ending.

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