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COME AND FIND ME
Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery
It must be difficult to create a character smart enough to hack into any computer system but plausibly dumb enough to fall for obvious technologically based traps. Unfortunately, Ephron doesn’t quite succeed here. Her novel reads as though it were written by someone who doesn’t spend that much time online – fine for those who also don’t, but those who do may find all the techno jargon tedious, clearly masking what the author doesn’t know. This is less a “novel of suspense” (as the subtitle claims) and more a story of superficial female empowerment, lacking in substance but rich in shopping.
Ever since Diana Highsmith’s boyfriend was killed in a mountain climbing accident, she has barricaded herself from the outside world, fearful of the slightest possibility of danger. However, she lives a vibrant life online in a virtual world — even running a successful Internet security business. But then her sister disappears and Diana is forced outside her comfort zone to find her. It soon becomes apparent that her sister’s disappearance is connected to Diana’s business and a conspiracy that not only threatens her sister’s life, but also Diana’s own. (MORROW, Mar., 288 pp., $24.99)
Reviewed By: Michelle Wiener
Published: March 2011