The thing about mysteries is that they have to be both entertaining and surprising. FIND ME, on the other hand, excels at suspense, but was completely predictable. Nonetheless, I thoroughly enjoyed the story and its thrills.
The romance didn’t seem to take up too much of the book, but I wasn’t a total fan of it either. I didn’t really see a chemistry between Wick and Griff, so it didn’t add much to my enjoyment of the story. If you’re the type of reader who needs to have romance in the story, you might enjoy their relationship more. Personally, however, I found the romance rather bland.
I was also mixed about Wick. For the most part, she was a great heroine – she was brave, smart and persistent. I particularly admired her willingness to do absolutely anything for Lily. But what I was a bit doubtful about was her hacking skills. In the novel, the most she does to solve the mystery was track an IP address, which really isn’t hacking. I also didn’t understand why Wick didn’t use her hacking skills to trap her father and his cohorts. At times, her complete distrust of the police also seemed a bit ridiculous.
The pacing in FIND ME, however, is brilliant. Right off the bat, you’re thrown into the mystery, and from then on, the story doesn’t stop moving. I found myself completely immersed in the story (except for a couple parts, which I’ll talk about later) and was trying to guess the killer myself. This suspense was what really kept me reading and enjoying the story.
The ending and huge “reveal” really threw me off, though. When the villain was revealed, I just felt that the ending really let me down, especially since I got so hooked on the suspense earlier. In fact, the villain ended up being the one guy I thought he couldn’t be, since it would have been too simple.
Above all, FIND ME was a book I enjoyed. Even though I was mixed about the ending, romance and Wick, the suspense and Wick’s snark were an absolute thrill to read. I particularly recommend this to readers who need romance in their stories. Otherwise, I’d say that readers who enjoy the thrill of the chase more than the end of the chase itself might also enjoy this story.
* I received a free copy of this book for review purposes. This did not affect my opinion of the book.