Welcome to my stop on the official FIND ME by Romily Bernard blog tour, hosted by The Fantastic Flying Book Club! I’m super excited to be a part of this tour. I completely ate this book up. Be sure to check out the other stops on the tour here.
Release Date: September 24, 2013
Series: ?? #1
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.
Is FIND ME on the “Most Anticipated Releases of Fall 2013” list? I don’t know, but it should be! Because if you are a thriller junkie, you are going to want to own this when it comes out, I guarantee you that.
Wick is a foster child who grew up in a very unstable home. Her father made/sold meth, ran multiple credit card scams, and beat Wick, her mother, and sister, Lily. Her mother committed suicide, not being able to handle the stress. Now Wick and Lily are living in a rich home, with a rich husband and wife, trying to adapt. Wick, true to her old ways, is always on edge and knows that something as good as the home they are being fostered in can’t last. They have been in too many foster homes, all of which have given them up because they carry too much baggage. Wick was taught to hack into computers and can’t seem to stop, even if it does help innocent women. Their father, even though he’s “missing,” still has a hold on Wick and Lily that they can’t escape. When an ex friend of Wick’s commits suicide, Wick takes it upon herself to figure out who made this girl’s life so terrible that she wanted to kill herself.
So as you can imagine, Wick has lived a seriously fucked up life. (Pardon my french, but that’s the only way to describe it.) Her dad is a lowlife who drags Wick into very illegal hacking/scamming situations, her mother committed suicide leaving her and her sister alone, she’s been shuffled from one foster home to the next, a girl she was once best friends with just committed suicide the same way her mother did, and now she has that girl’s diary knowing that some man is responsible. That is a hell of a lot to take on during your teenage years. Because of all this, Wick is hard, detached, unemotional, defensive, independent, and doesn’t trust anyone. She’s also extremely protective of her younger sister. She sees it as the two of them against the world. I honestly applaud her character. It was so refreshing to read about a girl with such a great voice. She wasn’t whiny. She didn’t have a very clean track record. She wasn’t perfect. But man, that girl is willing to fight for those she loves and for justice. She may not go about it in the most sound way but she does it the way she knows how, even if it kills her for digging in too deep.
I was so on the fence about Griff. He seemed like a genuinely sweet guy who had a major thing for Wick. He called her Wicked, how cute is that? But he also had his shady moments. Far too often he was described as having his eyes go dark. That’s not a good sign. He and Wick together, though? Awesome. They have a lot more in common than you’d think. He also was wonderful at cracking into Wick’s hard facade.
There was something about the writing style that threw me off for the first couple of chapters. I can’t quite put my finger on it. I just know that the sentences were very short and I was having a hard time pausing after each period. The sentences rushed by, making it seem like one giant long page of a sentence. But by about Chapter 10 or so, I didn’t even notice anymore and wasn’t feeling winded when reading. I’ll just attribute my bad reading skills at the beginning to being super intrigued 😉 This story picked up so fast that I was flying through the book. It was that good. The plot, obviously, was fast paced, but what I loved about it was the thrill of it. My heart hammered in my chest throughout the whole thing. It was intense, it was smart, it was nerve-racking. I’ll go ahead and admit that I didn’t have an absolute clue who the killer was. Not. A. Clue. When I found out, I jumped. I’m pretty sure I yelled out an expletive…or two. It legitimately freaked me out. Bravo, Romily Bernard!
FIND ME is a heart pounding thriller if I’ve ever seen one. It was suspenseful and chilling and everything you love about a novel in this genre. You’ll be on the edge of your seat reading into the night to see how this ends! You’ll never believe who you can and cannot trust.
- “Three years, Wicked. I waited three years, and you were worth every damn second.” —Griff, Ch. 33
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I graduated from Georgia State University with a Literature degree. Since then, I’ve worked as a riding instructor, cell phone salesgirl, personal assistant, groom, exercise rider, accounting assistant, and, during a very dark time, customer service rep.
So don’t let anyone tell you a BA degree will keep you unemployed.