Welcome to the Working for the Mandroid stop on Romily Bernard's blog tour for Find Me, a suspense filled novel starring teenage hacker Wick and the trouble that insists on following her around. We are pleased to take part in the tour, hosted by The Fantastic Flying Book Club. Find Me comes out on September 24 and in celebration there is going to be a Twitter party hosted by Nova Lee Zaiden (@novablogder) starting at 7PM EST on Tuesday with Romily giving away signed hard copies of Find Me every ten minutes!
Also make sure to enter the contest at the end of our stop to win a copy of Find Me from the author!
I received an e-ARC of the book as part of participating in this tour.
Releases September 24, 2013
YA / Suspense
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.
This book has no monsters, no spaceships, no time travel, no alternate realties, and no superpowers. Everything that happens could possible happen in real life and all the characters could truly exist. In other words, this isn’t my usual sort of book and yet everything about it pulled me in. Something about a teenage hacker with a chip on her shoulder hunting down a killer who toys with victims with the assistance of a boy from the wrong side of the tracks pulled me away from my fantasy worlds and dragged me into the stark light of realty. And I’m glad it did.
Bernard has crafted a tightly woven thriller with a realistic protagonist with trust issues, who desperately wants to belong and yet can’t bring herself to separate from the bleak past in the shadow of a drug dealing father. Even from the relative safety of an upper middle class foster home with kind foster parents, she spends her nights doing investigative work via hacking for jilted housewives and angry business partners to make enough money to run away with her younger sister when this moment of safety inevitably falls apart.
When a former friend commits suicide and her diary lands on her doorstep, Wick gets pulled into even more trouble that she doesn’t want, but also can’t separate herself from. What follows is a twisting game of cat and mouse with Wick as the mouse and a half dozen others as the cat trying to take her down before she digs too date. With the assistance of Griff, who is also not quite what he seems, it’s a matter of bringing the killer to light before the killer her can drag her or her little sister into the dark with him.
I had some issues with certain relationship aspects of this book, like how Griff goes from the standoffish boy who has grown up in the same school with Griff to being desperately in love with her overnight. Had their relationship remained just that of friends of comrades in a difficult situation, it would have made more sense, but the sudden overwhelming passion he displays seemed a little forced to the point that I thought it was all fake to hide a potentially darker intention. Overall I really liked Griff as a character and a foil to Wick’s bitterness at life and distrust of the world around her, but that sudden love angle didn’t seem authentic or very believable to me.
Bernard has a great handle on red herrings, pointing me in so many misdirections that I only figured out the actual killer moments before Wick puts two and two together. It’s a testament to her strength as a writer that she maintains a heavy level of suspense from the first few pages as a creepy detective stalks outside Wick’s new home down to the heart-pounding chase that wraps everything up. It all tied together very well without bogging down the pacing of the plot.
Find Me is an exciting suspense novel with a capable and determined female protagonist facing an increasingly dire situation with a level head. Though I couldn’t really believe the sudden romance between Wick and Griff the way that it played out, it didn’t dampen my enjoyment and inability to put this one down.
Oh man, am I terrible at fan casting. I don’t know enough about young actors to have a wide pool of people to choose from. Then again so many people my age play teenagers on television, maybe I don’t need to cast actual teenagers. Anyway, here is my best fan casting for Find Me.
Wick: the genius hacker with a bad history threatening to catch up with her
Veronica Mars era Kristen Bell
Griff: the loner boy from the wrong side of town
Landon Liboiron from Hemlock Grove
Lily: Wick’s innocent younger sister
Chloe Moretz from Hugo
About the Author:
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.
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