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Publisher: Harper Teen / Simon & Schuster UK
Release Date: September 24th, 2013
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller, Romance
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.
If you were a hacker, what would you do with your talents? Unfortunately for Wick, she has no choice but to put her hacking to work for her drug dealing father. She knows what will happen if she doesn't follow the rules and she isn't about to break them. Wick and her younger sister, Lily, have been living in fear of their father for years. Still struggling with the death of their mother, the girls are now living with Bren and Todd, foster parents, after their father escaped from police. They know that he will come for them eventually, and Wick is doing all that she can to keep Lily safe. Then the unthinkable happens. Wick's former friend has been found dead and her diary has mysteriously landed at her door, naming Lily as the next target of Tessa's killer. Now Wick is determined to find out who has their sights set on Lily and will stop at nothing to keep her sister safe.
The first thing that got my attention about Find Me was the cover. I didn't even need to read the synopsis to know that I needed to read this book. But once I did, it only made me that much surer that this book belonged in my hands. Man, was I right! This story opens with a punch when Wick discovers a detective snooping around her home at two in the morning. Detective Carson is playing a cruel game with Wick, trying to torture her into giving up information about her father's whereabouts. I didn't like this guy right away. He was creepy and a complete jerk, I knew he was going to be trouble.
Wick, on the other hand, is my kind of girl. Lonely and tortured at school, yet brilliant, she uses her hacking abilities to help wives and girlfriends check out their spouses' private lives and determine if they are being faithful or not. I can't deny that if I had Wick's talent that I wouldn't be doing the same thing. Who doesn't want to catch a cheater in the act? But more than that, Wick has a snarky personality and a deep love for her sister. She feels responsible for her and wants nothing more than to keep her safe. She uses her hacking as a way to make money for them to survive should they need to make a fast getaway. I felt sorry for her and the crappy situation she was dealt and was desperately hoping that things would work out for her.
And of course, there's the boy. There's always a boy, and Griff doesn't disappoint. Griff is keeping his own secrets, but that doesn't stop Wick from falling for him anyway. He sticks up for her when it could mean social suicide for him and goes out of his way to spend time with her. It doesn't hurt that he is handsome, either. But even so, Wick is wary of Griff's elusiveness and why he has set his sights on her.
Unfortunately, I figured out the ending of this book quite early. It didn't take me long at all to figure out who the killer was. But even though I knew, it didn't distract me from loving the story anyway. I couldn't wait to get to the big reveal and to see what was going to happen. In fact, I enjoyed this book so much that I read the entire thing in one sitting and still wanted more. I wouldn't be against hearing more about Wick and Lily in the future.
Overall, Find Me was an excellent read. It was dark, creepy and had an excellently mysterious storyline. The budding relationship between Wick and Griff was pretty engaging too. I give this book four out of five stars! You can be sure that I will be reading anything and everything that Romily writes from this moment on. I highly recommend Find Me to anyone and everyone who loves Young Adult, mysteries or just plain old heart-thumping reads!
About Romily Bernard:
I graduated from Georgia State University with a Literature degree. Since then, I've 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.
Details: (1) of (2) signed hardback copies of Find Me by Romily Bernard and Slapbands
*Question of the day: If you had Wick's hacking abilities,what would you do with them? Would you use them for good like Wick, or would you use them for your own interests?
*I received this book for free in exchange of my honest review. This did not influence my opinion in any way and all views and opinions expressed are 100% my own.