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Finding Claire Fletcher

Finding Claire Fletcher

Escrito por Lisa Regan

Narrado por Amy Landon


Finding Claire Fletcher

Escrito por Lisa Regan

Narrado por Amy Landon

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4.5/5 (16 avaliações)
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11 horas
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Lançado em:
Aug 18, 2015
ISBN:
9781494585778
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Audiolivro

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Newly divorced and with his career in jeopardy, Detective Connor Parks takes solace in the arms of a beautiful woman he meets at a bar. The next morning, Claire Fletcher is gone, leaving nothing behind but an address and a decade-old mystery. The address leads to the Fletcher family home, where Claire's siblings inform Connor that their fifteen-year-old sister was abducted from a city street ten years ago and is presumed dead.


During those ten years, Claire endured the cruel torture and depravity of the man who abducted her. Paralyzed by fear and too ashamed to return to her family, Claire is resigned to her life as Lynn, the identity her abductor forced upon her. Every time she attempts escape or betrays him in the smallest way, someone dies. Even now, her clandestine run-in with Connor Parks may have put his life at risk, as well as the lives of her family.



Connor is convinced that not only is Claire Fletcher alive, but that she is also the woman he met at the bar. He is determined to find her and unravel the mystery of her abduction and odd reemergence. But finding Claire Fletcher proves more dangerous than he anticipates. In fact, it may be deadly.
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Aug 18, 2015
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  • (5/5)
    This was an excellent book. Couldn't put it down. It's a book about a woman who was abducted when she was fifteen years old. Now she is twenty five and still held captive. He keeps her by either killing people sh has interactions with or threatening to harm them. She occasionally sneaks out and has one night stands with men leaving her old address in hopes that they will contact her family letting them know she is alive. She sneaks out one night and meets up with Conner, only he won't sleep with her. He is a cop. When he gets her address in the morning and he goes to her family and finds out she was abducted ten years ago, he must investigate. Riveting.
  • (5/5)
    A very riveting story line and really held my interest. Couldn't wait to get to the end to see how it all finished up. Loved this book. This was edge-of-the-seat great! Couldn't get anything done until I finished it! I can see this as a movie with Ashley Judd starring! This was a really well written novel and had all the best action. Lisa Regan writes character-driven novels. I admit I have become captivated by Lisa Regan's writing. I'm a fan. If you read her works, especially Spouse Trap, I think you'll become a fan, too. Wow, I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a good mystery, thriller. A must read!!
  • (5/5)
    I really liked this story a lot. A story of a girl who was kidnapped when she was 15 years old. It is now 10 years later and Claire Fletcher shows up in a bar, having drinks with a detective and proceeding to follow him home for the night. She leaves him early the next morning with only a note with her address and a second dirty wine glass as proof that she was there.This begins Connor Parks journey on a decades old cold case. Because, when he goes to the address listed on the note, he discovers that the woman he is looking for disappeared 10 years ago.The story is filled with Lynn (Claire) reliving her decade with her abductor. The horrors, the loathing and the detestation of the monstrosity that was her abductor. It's also filled with suspense, action and a jaw dropping reality of the monster.I loved that this book was written differently than most abduction books I have read. With the historical aspect of the story, your not really seeing it happen, but just hearing about it.An excellent read that I sped through, especially towards the end, and could not put down.Huge thanks to Thomas & Mercer and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
  • (4/5)
    Lisa Regan has turned out the best-rounded kidnapping stories that I have read in recent years. The thing that separates Finding Claire Fletcher from the others on the bookstore shelves is the point of view. Readers are lucky enough to get bother the victim’s and the detective’s side of the story. Things are going so well for Detective Conner Parks. He’s been busted to desk duty while an investigation into a shooting/killing takes place. He’s newly divorced, and he drinks too much. One night he picks up a beautiful woman in a bar and takes her home. The next morning, she has disappeared, leaving behind a slip of paper containing her name and address.Conner really liked this woman, so he goes to the address. There he finds that the woman who claimed to live there disappeared without a trace 10 years earlier as a 15-year-old. Her brother and sister still live there. Conner makes the fourth man who comes to find Claire after a rendezvous.Conner’s police training kicks in, and since he’s stuck on the desk, he re-opens Claire’s case, without authorization. He becomes obsessed with finding her. He enlists the help of a private investigator Claire’s family has used.Meanwhile, Claire returns to abductor. There are many reasons, including that fact that each time she tries to escape, someone dies. In fact, pursuing Claire could turn out to be deadly for Conner. The story is narrated in alternate chapters. Claire’s chapters are in first person, Conner’s in third. Interesting combination and hard to pull off, but Regan does it effortlessly, especially since the chapters are identified other than Chapter One, Chapter Two, etc.Another thing that Regan does extremely well is that Claire’s kidnapper is not given until a name until Conner figures it out. That truly brought me into Claire’s story. Finding Claire Fletcher is an on-the-seat-of your-chair thriller. I loved it, except for the last couple of chapters. Those final chapters fell into predictability that forces me to give this story 4 out of 5 stars.
  • (3/5)
    Finding Claire Fletcher by Lisa Regan is a   creepy abduction story told from Claire's point of view.  This story begins in present time with many flashbacks to Claire's kidnapping and the physical and psychological torment she experiences. Detective Connor Parks is sitting in a bar after a very bad day.  Claire approaches him, tries to pick him up and eventually goes to his home.   He awakens the next morning to find her gone, leaving behind a paper with her name and home address.  No phone number.  Connor goes to the address asking for her and discovers this woman has been missing for 10 years.Now why would Claire be able to leave her abductor and not return home?  Because she was told he would kill her family if she ever spoke to the police.  Over the years she was captive she was "rewarded" with privileges such as clothing, food and clean water if she cooperated.She was kidnapped at the age of 15, chained to a bed, beaten, raped, starved and forced to watch him kill someone.  A passage from the beginning:“When he came home, he talked to me in that effeminate singsong voice. The thread of his one-sided conversation never deviated….in his mind I was “Lynn” and I was his. This was our home and we would be together forever.When he looked at me he didn’t see a shrunken, dangerously thin girl with hatred in her eyes, literally chained in place.”Claire would eventually be allowed out but the fear for her family, and the shame she undeservedly felt, kept her from returning to them.  You also read about the aftermath of her kidnapping and what it did to her parents and siblings.Here is a passage where her sister Brianna vents to Connor:“That bastard took my sister and it ruined my life. It ruined everything, my whole family may well have been abducted because they were gone. Mom forgot about my senior prom because there was some lead on Claire’s case. During my high school graduation my parents spent more time looking at their watches than the ceremony because they couldn’t wait to get home in case the detective called with news about her.”Does that sound selfish?  No, I don't think so.  Real life side story here - My son's friend  was on his way home from work one evening and failed to negotiate a curve while riding his motorcycle. He crashed and died at the age of 18 years and one month.  He didn't have a chance to graduate or celebrate so many things life may have offered.  His parents were obviously devastated.  They ran his obituary and paid to keep it running for 2 years, allowing people to still comment.  His little sister was left in the shadows.  Their grief actually short changed the little girl as her celebrations weren't met with the enthusiasm they may have had.  I felt sorry for her.  So Brianna's venting had some merit.A note I'd like to make is the use of character names from Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.  Perhaps it's a coincidence, or a tribute to a favored author but did anyone notice Claire, Brianna and Jenny as character names?There is evidently a second book with Detective Connor Parks and Claire features in this one as well.  While this was a page turner I think I will skip the next books.
  • (5/5)
    This was not your typical crime thriller read, it was far better done than others I have read, and far more laden with emotional impact that heightens and increases the tension, as it also leads the reader into truly horrific imagery. A difficult book to read without wholly immersing yourself in the story, and actually having a visceral reaction to the acts recounted, I had to put this book down often to regroup and regain some perspective, yet it kept calling me back to read more and immerse myself in the story until it concluded.

    While any parent’s nightmare is losing their child to some unknown person, there are thousands of children who go missing yearly, without drawing national attention, and Claire is one of those. Ten years after having no word and fewer answers, people start appearing at her family’s home, asking about her. Crafted with twists and turns to show all sides of a kidnapped child's existence, we see all of Claire’s worlds, and begin to understand the mentality of the captive.

    All of the characters are so well developed and defined that they fairly leap from the page. Told in two points of view, Claire’s voice is surprisingly sharp and strong, despite her situation. Connor’s voice is full of procedural logic, yet drafted with the completeness that makes him a good detective and a good man. Seeing such different character voices as the narration of the story could be confusing and difficult to follow, the author has skilfully adapted voice, meter and personality to clearly lead the reader where she wants them to go. My one reservation to recommending this novel to everyone without reservation is the torturous punishments meted out to Claire by her captor: paedophilia at is most bare sense, those moments were difficult to read and exceedingly graphic in emotional impact. That they are so real will be a difficult sticking point for some.

    As a first novel, this author has created a beautifully crafted and highly engaging story, skilfully leading the reader into directions only she has forseen: all good things. Most certainly a book and an author to put on your follow lists, I look forward from more from her.

    I received an eBook copy from the author for purpose of honest review for the Innovative Online Book tour. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.