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Psychopathic killers and Disappointments: A Review of FIND ME by Romily Bernard

Posted by on November 1, 2013
Find Me 
FIND ME
Romily Bernard
307 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: September 24th, 2013
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: OKAY

“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.

Wick Tate is a hacker. Obviously, not your average teenager. When your dad is the most wanted criminal, you can’t expect much from his daughter. But Wick is different, she helps people with her skills. But when Tessa Waye’s diary shows up on her porch with the words “FIND ME”, Wick doesn’t do much. Until Tessa is found dead.

When her younger sister is targeted next, Wick jumps into action, determined not to let the same fate that stole Tessa’s life fall upon her sister.

I so wanted to love FIND ME. The synopsis sounded amazing, the author is pretty cool, the main character is a hacker, and the ARC has a really creepy and cool tagline (they replaced it with a more original tagline on the hardcover) – Come out, Come out, Wherever you are…

But alas, FIND ME did not manage to impress me as much as I had hoped. They were so many times during the novel that had me shaking my head and I nearly felt like putting it down. And to top it off the protagonist and pretty much all the side characters like to curse. Way too much that it was silly.

The characters fell flat, and I couldn’t bring myself to fall for any of them, not even the main character. Apart from Wick’s cool name, she doesn’t have much else, her hacking skills weren’t really as grand as I had expected. And Griff? Don’t get me started on him, I’m just going to say, I found him somewhat creepy.

I mean come on guys, TANGLED has taught us what to do when a guy comes in through your window — you hit him on the head with a pan, or in this case, a baseball bat. You do not get all warm and fuzzy inside.

Before you decide to lock me up, let me say this – although FIND ME didn’t meet my expectation, I was beyond surprised when the killer was revealed. I. Did not. See. That. Coming.

The little quotes Tessa’s diary at the beginning of every chapter and the ending, was probably my most favorite part. I liked how the quotes gave us an insight to how Tessa was feeling. And like I said before, the ending was amazing.

All in all, FIND ME was okay and if I can get a copy of the second book, REMEMBER ME, then yeah, I’ll read it. I have hopes that the characters will improve. Should you read FIND ME? That’s your choice, the book was interesting, but if I had chance to read FIND ME afresh, I wouldn’t take it.

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1 comment

  1. Everyone should have frying pans handy. Also a cupboard, to shut those window-climbing-intruders in. I haven’t heard much about this book, but it sounds meh now. Pity. The blurb is cool and the cover is gorgeous.

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