Thursday, March 15, 2012

Review: Come and Find Me

Come and Find Me by Hallie Ephron
Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Thrillers
Pages: 276 (Paperback)
Source: TLC Book Tours
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COME AND FIND ME is a novel of suspense that tells the story of Diana Highsmith, a young woman who never leaves her home. Ever since her lover fell to his death while they were mountain climbing, she's been afraid to brave the outside world. She makes a living as a computer security expert with a virtual office on the Internet, barricaded behind layers of physical and electronic security. But when her sister goes missing, she's forced to face her inner demons and go out and find her. The journey brings her face to face with traumas from her own past.
My Rating:

My Review:
After a traumatic, life-changing loss, Diana develops Agoraphobia (fear of going outside).  While trying to work through her fears, Diana spends half her time working with her partner Jake on their new security business.  She spends the rest of her time trying to navigate the internet world called the "other world."  It is in this world that she can socialize and share her thoughts and feelings in way that she finds difficult in the real world.  However, Diana soon fears that a hacker is targeting the customers of her business, fearing the worse she begins to investigate.  Priorities soon shift when her sister, Ashley mysteriously disappears.  Somehow, Diana must overcome her fears to get to the bottom of these events and save her sister.

I really and truly enjoyed this read and actually completed the book in one sitting.  The premise reminded me of the movie The Net with Sandra Bullock but it is certainly a bit more relevant to these times.  Diana's agoraphobia was so crippling I felt that I was feeling the same fears.  I was really rooting for her to overcome this huge problem.  I thought I had all the answers figured out but I didn't get it exactly right and the parts I didn't guess were the most surprising and intriguing parts.  I'm not sure if I ever truly understood the "other world" thing.  I have my theories but my confusion didn't distract me from my interest in anything and everything to do with hackers.  There is a bit of hacker jargon.  I ignored what I didn't understand and was able to easily navigate the story.

I think this one had a bit of a slow start but I absolutely recommend this to others who expect the unexpected.  The premise and twists really kept me excited until the very last page.  Since I can't describe how captivated I was by this read, I'll just have to tell you to give it a read.

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  1. Sounds interesting and I like that cover!

  2. Sounds fascinating! The character's unusual situation is enough to draw me in and want to read this. And I'm always down for a good mystery that keeps me guessing and manages to surprise me and give me the unexpected. I'm so curious as to how this one plays out and how the main character works through her paralyzing fear. Nice review, one for the TBR.

    1. This one kept me guessing for sure. While I had my guesses about certain incidents, I was blown away by the full extent of everything. It made it almost impossible to put down.

  3. Sounds like a great read. I always enjoy it when characters have their own demons to overcome in order to succeed.

  4. I remember really enjoying The Net years ago - sounds like I'd enjoy this one as well!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour.

  5. Oh, wow. It's been so long since I've watched The Net. It took me a while to remember what it was about. LOL

    1. Lol. It was one of my favorite movies I think. It is pretty old though.

  6. This one sounds just like my kind of read! How are you doing, Alexis? Sorry it's been so long since I visited. Almost done with that literature class and then I can be a good book blogger again.

    1. I'm a horrible book blogger these days. I don't know what happened! I'm doing good, but I look forward to your return (if that's what I should call it). I understand life happens.


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