Tuesday, 3 September 2013

ARC Review: Find Me by Romily Bernard

Find Me
Find Me

Author: Romily Bernard
Series: -
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 288
Publisher: Harper Teen
Puchase: Amazon : TBD
Release Date: 24th September 2013

Synopsis. (Goodreads)

"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.

Reviews: 3 1/2 out of 5 Stars

I was initially drawn to Find Me from the wonderful cover and intriguing synopsis, I love a good thriller/mystery and this seemed to be just the type of book I needed at this moment.

Computer hacker Wick Tate is a foster child living with her sister after the death of her mother and imprisonment of her criminal father. Now on the run after escaping prison, Wick fears his return and never really settles with her foster family despite their efforts to include and accept her.

Wick was witty and sarcastic and someone I felt quite sorry for; she was a loner with a past that was really quite sad and never really trusted anyone, I loved how caring she was towards her sister Lily and vice versa, she was a likeable character despite her wariness.

When Tessa Waye, Wick’s former friends diary lands on her doorstep with the words ‘Find Me’ written inside, she decides to investigate her death and comes to the realisation she was actually murdered rather than what was a believed suicide and with her superior hacking skills slowly draws out not only the person who left her the diary but also the killer and realises she may be in over her head when this person sets their sights on her sister.

Helping Wick is Griff, a fellow hacker who I quite liked but we don’t really find out too much about him and his attraction to Wick; it’s just sort of there as was their new relationship but it’s definitely not at the forefront of the story.

Find Me was such a thrilling story that was mysterious, dark and had a sinister feel that kept me on the edge of my seat wanting to know what was going to happen next and guessing who the person was behind Tessa's death; I made a few guesstimates but oh boy was I wrong! the pacing for me was initially slow but around the half way mark it gained momentum and kept me riveted, the action sequences at the end really kept me flipping through the pages.

Unfortunately for me there were a number of things which were difficult to believe or grasp such as the police involvement and their treatment of Wick, based on past history I wouldn’t have had faith in them as well, but I was also confused as to why she didn’t entrust an adult be it her foster parents or a teacher not only with Tessa’s diary but also with the work her father and his cronies were involving her with; I know it was difficult for her to rely on others but what she was doing and the trouble it could bring just didn’t sit right with me.

I did like Ms. Bernards detailed writing style which flowed well and kept me engaged and despite the few small issues I had with it, it was an enjoyable and entertaining read - the twist we are given was definitely not what I was expecting.

Overall, Find Me was filled with suspense, intrigue and likeable characters. It was a page turner which kept me wanting more.

Thank-you kindly to Harper Teen for the opportunity to read and review Find Me.

Romily BernardAbout the author: Romily Bernard graduated from Georgia State University with a Literature degree. Since then, she’s 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.
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  1. Despite the couple of issues you had with this book, I'd still like to give it a go! You had me at hackers, murder, mystery, and thrilling! I'll keep an eye out for this one ;)

  2. I'm glad you enjoyed this one, Sharon. I liked it too, but unfortunately, I figured out who the culprit was quite early. However, that didn't lessen my enjoyment. I especially liked Wick's character and her devotion for her sister. I thought it was really sweet.
    I did think Griff wasn't as developed as he could have been, but maybe in the next book?
    Lovely review, Sharon!

  3. I really enjoy "witty" and sarcastic. ;) I think this book and I will get along just fine. I have it coming up for review soon... I'm excited for a little suspense. :)

  4. Despite some issues with plausibility this does look good and I am glad you were able to enjoy it. I love hacker stories.

  5. I think this one sounds interesting. I love a good suspense book, but I know what you mean when the plausibility is strained. Still this is one I would like to check out sometime!

  6. This one sounds so good! I love a good mystery and Wick sounds like a character I'd really like. I'm glad the mystery kept you guessing! I can't wait to read this one, great review Sharon!

  7. This does sound pretty good and I like the fact that it is a mystery. I might have to check this one out eventually. Nice review!

  8. This one looks good even though it's not my usual read. I got denied for this though :(

  9. Despite some of the issues with believability (which is always a turn-off for me in in books, too) I'm glad you mostly enjoyed this one, Sharon!


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