Today I am pleased to introduce a debut novel: Finding Claire Fletcher by Lisa Regan. Be sure to check the other Tour Stops to see what else was said about this hauntingly engaging novel – and read on to find the giveaway!
About the Book: Down on his luck, Detective Connor Parks takes solace in the arms of a woman he meets at a local bar, but in the morning, Claire Fletcher is gone, leaving behind clues to a decade-old mystery—her own abduction. Perplexed and driven by an unsettling need to see Claire again, Connor must solve the mystery of her disappearance and find her once and for all.
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.
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About the Author: Lisa Regan is a suspense novelist. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Master of Education Degree from Bloomsburg University. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter.