I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by HarperTeen on September 24th 2013
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult
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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.
Ah, my love for thrillers and unraveling the mysteries involved along with all the action always makes for an enjoyable read for me. Find Me was no different!
Our main character Wick is quite the hacker. Trying to raise money for her and her sister in case of an emergency, she uses her skills to help women investigate their boyfriends and spouses. That is until the diary of an old friend and fellow classmate who was just found dead, Tessa, shows up on her door with the message, “Find me”. Wick then takes on the case to solve just who was responsible for her death before it’s too late for the next target, her sister.
What was great about this storyline was all the layers. We have the story of Wick and Lily and the devastating circumstances that lead them to be in foster care. We also have what seems to be a crooked cop that will do anything to catch Wick’s father, including watching her every move. We then have a layer of Wick being dragged into shady dealing with her father and his ‘friends’, and of course the hunt for the man responsible for the ultimate demise of Tessa. There was so much to explore in all of these avenues which really kept me engaged in the plot and able to develop my own theories. Surprisingly, I did guess correct in many ways but it didn’t detract from my enjoyment because there were still mysteries to solve and action and suspense found around every corner!
As far as the characters go, Wick was pretty great. She was brave and independent though her life had hardened her spirit a bit, making it hard for her to trust anyone, she was still very likable. She didn’t like to ask for help even when she needs it and though it may have drove me nuts a time or two, it also made sense given her situation and character. Of course there is one person she lets in… and that is a boy from school, Griff. He wasn’t perfect, but he was the type of guy who wasn’t ashamed to bribe you for a kiss or throw you into a pool. He was playful and reminded me of guys from my high school days. And he calls her Wicked and I found that endearing. Absolutely loved the dynamic of these two!
He kisses me like I’m wonderful.
And I’m grabbing him like I’m drowning.
A wonderful and thrilling debut, leaving me anxious for what else the author can throw at us next!