Finding Claire Fletcher Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Newly divorced and with his career in jeopardy, Detective Connor Parks takes solace in the arms of a beautiful woman he meets at a bar. The next morning, Claire Fletcher is gone, leaving nothing behind but an address and a decade-old mystery. The address leads to the Fletcher family home, where Claire's siblings inform Connor that their 15-year-old sister was abducted from a city street 10 years ago and is presumed dead.
During those 10 years, Claire endured the cruel torture and depravity of the man who abducted her. Paralyzed by fear and too ashamed to return to her family, Claire is resigned to her life as Lynn, the identity her abductor forced upon her. Every time she attempts escape or betrays him in the smallest way, someone dies. Even now, her clandestine run-in with Connor Parks may have put his life at risk as well as the lives of her family.
Connor is convinced not only that Claire Fletcher is alive but that she is also the woman he met at the bar. He is determined to find her and unravel the mystery of her abduction and odd reemergence. But finding Claire Fletcher proves more dangerous than he anticipates. In fact it may be deadly.
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 52 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||August 18, 2015|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #55,150 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#1,303 in Police Procedural Mysteries
#4,335 in Suspense (Audible Books & Originals)
#6,135 in Police Procedurals (Books)
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As Claire's character develops through the story her choices seem a bit short-sighted and immature. I had to remember she didn't have the experience of growing up securely in sometimes dangerous world. Even with the immediate dragnet to find her, her abductor manages to escape detection and her case goes cold. She falls into the nightmare as a child and reasons as a child throughout the first part of the story. As she becomes older her abductor loses interest in her and she gains a bit more freedom, although he still works to maintain a psychological hold on her. As she starts making bolder and braver choices things become more dangerous for her. The ending seemed to be something of an atonement for some of her less brave choices after she gained some freedom, which seemed a little unfair to Claire and an appeasement to the judgement of people who had never been in her place and couldn't empathize with her choices.
I found this a well written and interesting story that makes you face the awful truth about child abductions. I thought it was handled somewhat delicately regardless but the subject matter may be too much for some readers. This story will certainly make you want to keep your children safe that much more, whether they are yours, your family's or just children at large in the world.
SOME SPOILERS: My biggest objection to the book was her description of the victim’s part in the whole terrible situation. I realize that I have never been abducted and violated the way that Claire was. However, I just couldn’t accept her reasons for not escaping when she could. If she had, the man would have been arrested right away and it would have saved so many people so many years of grief and suffering. She could easily have called the cops from the animal hospital where she worked and then gone home as if everything was fine. A nice little SWAT team could have swooped in and grabbed him. But noooooo, she just stayed around for years living a hellish life. She could have left tips on police Hot Lines. But noooooo, she was afraid her family would be upset about the things that had been done to her. Even if this were true, she was a grown woman now and could live by herself anywhere she wanted. This whole issue was so disturbing to me that it made it difficult to read at times. I just wanted to scream.
The other part that was a stretch of the imagination was how clever this abductor was. Okay, he comes from a rich family that covers up his mistakes, but there was no evidence of intelligence in his background. And yet, he manages to allude all the best police for decades. And, he is able to track down Claire’s three flings, killing two of them without getting caught. How is this possible?! Oh, and he manages to get into Connor’s home somehow in spite of the fact that it’s safely locked up. Again—how? I could go on, but I think you get the idea!
If you just want a quick read and are one of those people who believe that women who are abused become mentally dysfunctional, this is the book for you.
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5 stars from me and looking forward to reading Book 2