Monday, January 13, 2014

Review: Find Me by Romily Bernard

Find Me (Find Me, #1) “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.

My Review:

Find Me is a fast-paced mystery novel.  The characters are well-developed, and the plot keeps you turning the pages to see what will happen next.  There are some red herrings in the mystery, since there are a few suspicious characters.  This should continue to be a good mystery series.  The end of this book sets up the premise of the next book, and I will read that when it releases.


Wick is a great character.  She does some things that are legally questionable, such as her hacking.  She tells herself that her hacking is always for good purposes, but that may not always be true.  She cares about her sister, and she will do anything to protect her.  Her sister, Lily, is eleven years old, and she believes in people more than Wick does.  It's understandable that Wick has some cynical views of people.  After all, her mom killed herself when Wick was younger to escape Wick's abusive dad.  Her dad cooked drugs and taught her how to hack.  When her mom killed herself and her dad went to jail, Wick and Lily were both placed into the foster care system.  

Part of this book was focused on family.  Wick cared so much about Lily, her younger sister.  Lily just wanted to have a good home, and she was glad to have finally found this good home with Bren and Todd.  Bren and Todd are both involved in the types of jobs where they help kids and teenagers, like therapy.  Bren is a really kind foster mom who would like to adopt Wick and Lily since she was never able to have her own children.  I liked how she cared about them, and she really wanted them to be a part of her life.  She tried to act like a true parent to them.

Griff was an interesting character as well.  Sometimes he seemed sweet, and sometimes, he wasn't really as sweet.  He was there for Wick to help her solve the mystery, and he was a big help to her sometimes.  The plot with his hacking was interesting.  When she finds out he hacks, Wick thinks that he is like her.  It is interesting when we find out the truth about him getting involved with hacking for Wick's dad's friend, Joe.  The romance between Griff and Wick was well-developed.  They weren't in a relationship right away.  They started off working together to solve the mystery, and the romance developed from there.

There were some characters who seemed pretty shady, which made the mystery harder to solve.  One policeman, Detective Carson, came and sat outside Wick's house at night.  She wasn't sure if he was doing this because he was trying to find her dad, or if he had discovered Wick was a hacker.  He was really creepy, and Wick would encounter him in many different places.  Another guy who seems shady is Jim Waye, Tessa's dad.  From descriptions in the book, it sounds like he was definitely abusive to his family.  He also comes and lurks outside Wick's house at one part during the book.  And he gets pretty angry and isn't good at controlling his anger.  These shady characters make it difficult to guess who it really was that had caused Tessa to commit suicide.

If you like YA contemporary mystery, read this book.


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