Book Review : Finding Claire Fletcher by Lisa Regan

August 12, 2014 Book review 7 ★★★★

Finding Claire Fletcher is a book where every girl’s worst nightmare comes true. The abduction storyline is chilling, scary and horribly realistic.

Book Review : Finding Claire Fletcher by Lisa ReganFinding Claire Fletcher by Lisa Regan
Published by Sapphire Star Publishing on 2012-10
Genres: Mystery & Detective, Psychological, Social Issues, Thriller
Pages: 430
Format: eBook
Source: Received from Author

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. Driven to see her again, he begins his own investigation, off the clock and without the police department's consent. 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.

My Recap of Finding Claire Fletcher :

Claire Fletcher was abducted 10 years ago. However bizarrely one night Connor meets a girl whom he spends the night with and who leaves a note with her name and address on it. And that note says her name is Claire. Has he just found Claire Fletcher? And why hasn’t she returned home to her family?

First line of Finding Claire Fletcher:

“I still saw her sometimes – the girl I used to be”.

My Thoughts on Finding Claire Fletcher:

This book made me feel so many things; I was angry that we live in a world where things like this happen. I was scared; I mean really scared, nerve-jangling, sick-feeling-in-my-stomach scared by what Claire had to endure. I was annoyed at Claire at times. Then I was sorry and understood her motivation. But thankfully I was also hopeful; I always felt Claire was a survivor and would claw her way back to being Claire.

So I guess what I’m trying to say is that this book is really powerful. It made me feel so many emotions, I believed in the storyline and I believed in the characters. I didn’t agree with all Claire’s decisions and I got annoyed at her. She was able to escape every now and again; she should have just run and ran and ran until she reached safety. But I get it, when you read the book, you see why she didn’t.

One thing I really appreciated about the story is that the abuse that Claire suffered isn’t graphically described. What we feel are her emotions during the abuse instead. Which is still horrific but it gets the point across without over explicit details and as a plot device it worked really well. And as much as I disagreed with Claire for not running, I have to admire her fighting spirit. She might have stayed but she never gave in, she never made things easy and she never gave up. I loved her selfless thought process too; she was always willing to endanger herself to protect those she saw as more vulnerable.

From the moment we met Connor, I breathed a sigh of relief. I knew he would persist and persist and would find Claire. And I was full of cautious hope which balanced out the darker edge of the story. And there was a romantic vibe, not one that dominated the story or one that felt unrealistic but enough of one to give you cause for optimism.  Of course the fact that Claire became a victim and had to wait to be rescued did rub me wrong the way too.  It made her even more of a victim but when you read the book you do understand.

The villain of the book is a real villain. One I’m happy to hate but I would like to have seen a bit more explanation as to why he is the way he is. Or maybe there is no explanation, maybe some people are just born evil and that is it. He really does seem to fall into this category but I would have liked a bit more character development to really make my mind up on this. On the other hand all the secondary characters are excellent; in particular Claire’s family and their reactions just seemed so right.

Overall I really, really enjoyed this. It was scary but also thought-provoking. It makes you think and makes you feel. To me that is a sign of a really good writer and I look forward to reading more of Lisa’s books in the future.


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: four-stars


Who should read Finding Claire Fletcher?

I’d highly recommend this one to fans of realistic crime books especially those who enjoy books that delve into the characters thoughts.

Thanks to the author for giving me  copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.



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7 Responses to “Book Review : Finding Claire Fletcher by Lisa Regan”

  1. Cayce

    Wow, Finding Claire Fletcher sounds like something I’d ENJOY – I have a “morbid” fascination with abduction/surviver stories *adds book to tbr*

    • trish

      Me too! And I feel guilty admitting that but it’s true. This was a BIT frustrating as I wanted her to run but I do understand why didn’t. Hope you get to it sometime 🙂

  2. Rita @ My Home of Books

    I became online friends with author Lisa Regan after I read and reviewed this, her first book ans asked her for an interview. I then went on to read Aberration and Hold Still by her. I would recommend all of these titles, but of all three books, Aberration was a favorite–so good!
    Rita @ My Home of Books recently posted…Jot It Down!- random thoughts

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