I received this book for free from the Book Expo America in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Find Me (Find Me #1) by Romily Bernard
Published by HarperTeen on 24 September 2013
Source: Book Expo America
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.
Of all the ARCs that I picked up at BEA, Find Me was my most anticipated. Hackers, foster kids, sisters, a serial killer, and a mystery? It sounded perfect for me. And it was. First, you should know going in that this isn’t really a serial killer book. Tessa actually kills herself after an abusive and sexual relationship with an older man (that would be rape). So it’s not just that Wick’s little sister is in the sights of a killer. It’s that she is in the sights of a rapist… one who blends in and seems like a nice guy.
Probably my favorite part is Wick’s relationship with her sister, Lily. Wick loves Lily more than anything, but that love has always been used to hurt and control Wick. Now that they are living on the “good” side of town with foster parents who seem to really care, Wick struggles with the new situation. She hopes that things work out for Lily, but for herself, Wick thinks she is beyond loving. For me, it made the story really emotional. It wasn’t just that Wick needed to protect Lily, it was that she needed to learn when to protect Lily and when to let someone else do it.
As for the mystery and thriller aspects, I really enjoyed them. I had no idea who the rapist was going to be, although part of the problem was that I really, really didn’t want the bad guy to be a bad guy. His identity brought along a new set of emotional traumas, but I thought it was handled well.
There is also a little bit of romance between Wick and fellow hacker, Griff. I liked him from the moment I realized that he called her “Wicked” instead of “Wick”. She is pretty wicked. His role also helps to set the book up for a sequel, which I am looking forward to reading.
Moments I Loved: Any moments between Wick and her sister. I love sister stories and this one had just the right balance of complicated love.
WTF Moments: The final showdown with the killer/rapist, when Wick is still trying to wrap her head around the truth. The things he said to her… shudder.
Overall: A promising start to a new series.