Saturday, April 23, 2011

Come and Find Me by Hallie Ephron

If Hallie Ephron's latest novel of suspense, Come and Find Me, doesn't make you angry on behalf of the main character, and make you flip pages rapidly, hoping she's strong enough to survive, I'd be surprised. Normally, I don't read women in jeopardy novels. But, I felt vindicated when I finished this book, glad I'd read it.

Diana Banks had once teamed up with her husband, Daniel, and his friend, Jake, as successful computer hackers. But one incident that caused a death convinced Diana they needed to change their ways. They never had a chance to get their new computer security company off the ground before Daniel died in a climbing accident. Diana went into a tailspin. Her panic attacks grew so bad she couldn't leave her house. Instead, she shielded herself behind locked doors, existing in a virtual world. Her skills were good enough, though, that she and Jake could build the security company, with Diana working from home on her elaborate computer set-up.

Jake and Diana's sister, Ashley, got her through the first months after Daniel's accident. It was Ashley who forced her out of bed, into clothes, back into reality. So, when Ashley disappears after dumping her latest boyfriend, Diana is worried. She's so worried that, with the help of a policeman, she leaves the house to look for evidence her sister is gone. When the police drop the case, Diana forces herself to overcome her weaknesses, and continue looking. For Diana, that search only leads to heartbreak, and the ultimate betrayal.

I will admit, the book lacked some elements of surprise. I wasn't surprised to discover the truth, and the people behind Diana's betrayal and her sister's disappearance. However, I was so hooked into Diana and her issues that I was compelled to continue reading. I wanted to see Diana triumph in the end. Ephron's success with this book doesn't lie with the suspense. It lies with the creation of Diana Banks, a character with weaknesses that force sympathy from the reader. Diana's neediness compels the reader to cheer her on in her search for answers, and then, for justice.

And, although we all know we lack privacy in a world where we reveal so much on the Internet, Come and Find Me will make you a little nervous. We've all read that Apple is watching us if we have a smart phone. We know the government is watching.  But, who else is watching?

Hallie Ephron's website is www.HallieEphron.com

Come and Find Me by Hallie Ephron. HarperCollins. ©2011. ISBN 9780061857522 (hardcover), 288p.

*****
FTC Full Disclosure - The author sent me a copy of the book, hoping I would review it.

8 comments:

Kay said...

Yes, who is watching indeed? This one sounds like one I'd like. On the list it goes. LOL

Lesa said...

And, how many years more do you and I have to live to get through our TBR lists and piles, Kay?

stacybuckeye said...

I interviewed Hallie for my blog a few years ago and she was very gracious. I'm looking forward to getting my hands on this one!

kathy d. said...

This sounds like a good read to me, good woman protagonist, a thriller-type plot, suspense -- i.e., a page-turner. Oh, good, another book which will compel me to stay up all night till the last page is turned.

I read Ephron's last stand-alone and liked it.

On the mountainous TBR list it goes. The problem with TBR lists is that they expand exponentially, so one never catches up, because for one book read, five are added!

Kaye Barley said...

Lesa - we agree completely on this book! I loved it. Wasn't surprised, but was just totally immersed in Diana's "virtual world," which I found to be fascinating. And I pulled for her every step of the way. What a terrific character Ms. Ephron gives us!

Happy Easter to you! Hugs!
Kaye

Lesa said...

Stacy,

I agree. Hallie is very gracious, isn't she? Just so nice. I'm sure you'll enjoy the book.

Lesa said...

You're right, Kathy. So sad to think we'll never finish. Or maybe I should say so happy to know there will always be books to be read!

Lesa said...

Diana was a terrific character, wasn't she, Kaye? I really wanted to use a stronger word that angry. I was just so p...ed that someone would do something like that to her. Good writer who can make you that angry on behalf of a character.