"Find Me." 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.
I like to think that I am a very discerning reviewer, I usually figure out the culprit in this type of book pretty quickly and that is why mystery contemporary books never really appeal to me. I was sooo shocked by Find Me though, even though looking back I know I should have seen it coming and I think that's the sign of a good mystery novel - the reveal shocks you but there are obvious signs throughout it.
This isn't just a mystery whodunnit novel though - firstly, we don't have a murderer, we have a suicide caused by somebody. Secondly, there's the way that Wick is a hacker and has links to scams and her father is wanted criminal. All of these other things add an edge to this book that make it just gritty and original, such a pleasure to read. Wick was street-smart and defensive character but she never seemed overly cold or whiny, it all suited her after what she had been through, I really liked Griff who was loyal and yet also a little rough and ready - he was the absolute perfect for for Wick and I loved their relationship. Lily was a fantastic innocent character and I really liked Bren, and I liked beginning to like her along with Wick.
There are more things going on than just the main mystery story. What I really loved in this book was watching Wick show, she is bitter in this book which is understandable but she grows into a more open person by the end of the book and I absolutely loved her by the end of the book.
Bernard is an awesome writer. The pacing and tension in this book was always at a high and she kept me guessing from the first to last page, the romance was well written but she is also so talented at writing nail-biting action scenes - that ending climax had me white-knuckled from gripping my kindle so tightly and I was half expecting my fingers to go through the screen!
Overall, Find Me was one of the best mystery books that I have ever read. This book mixes a great romance, an awesome heroine, a not-so-obvious mystery and the right amount of techy awesomeness! Very well done! I am sooooo excited for the sequel now!
Overall Rating: A
Book released 24th September 2013 by Harper Teen
Book received from the author in exchange for an honest review (Edelweiss)