Five years ago, Flora Dane was rescued 472 days after her abduction while on spring break in Florida. Severely traumatized, she worked to regain her life over the ensuing months. Detective Sergeant D. D. Warren arrives at a puzzling scene where a man lies dead and the woman responsible stands bound and naked over him. Apparently that man had abducted her and she managed to save herself. When D. D. learns that the woman is Flora, she wonders if the former captive has turned into an avenging angel, less victim and more perpetrator, especially after learning this is becoming a pattern.
This is one of the most exceptional stories in the series and the hardest one for me to listen to at the same time. It features my greatest nightmare and begins with it. The narrator’s outstanding performance heightened my anxiety as she voiced Flora’s fears in this state of captivity years ago. I literally had to force myself to continue listening and push through it. To say I experienced this story vicariously doesn’t even come close to my reality. But yet I moved on, riveted not only by that situation but what came after because to know Flora, you had to live what she did.
What I will take away from this story is a stronger understanding of what long-term captivity does to the psyche of the person who is returned. Through Flora, Gardner created an exceptional example to give us that insight. In the meantime, she also gave us a much needed opening into D. D.’s psychology, letting us see for the first time how she really sees herself. The case was intriguing but the heart of it all was these two women. This was an extraordinary listening experience.
- Release Date: February 9, 2016
- Series: Detective D. D. Warren #8
- Narrator: Kirsten Potter
- Audio Length: 12 hours, 16 minutes
- Publisher: Brilliance Audio