|Plot Summary of Have You Seen Her?|
Warner, Feb 2004, 5.99, 512 pp.
High Point, North Carolina is gripped with fear as a serial killer is in action. State Bureau of Investigation Agent Steven Thatcher vows to bring down this predator killing children. He knows first hand how parents feel as his preadolescent son Nicky was abducted, but fortunately rescued though six months later mental scars remain on the lad, his dad, and his teenage brother Brad.
He takes a break from his obsession when Brad's chemistry teacher Dr. Jenna Marshall asks to see him. Brad's grades have collapsed and Jenna is worried about him. Jenna has other problems with threats from a wealthy father who demands she reinstate his failing son back on the football team. Still she finds she is attracted to Steven, who feels the same way. As they fall in love and he tries to uncover a killer with high level protection, a relationship seems impossible. Not only have both have suffered from previous relationships, his children remain traumatized by the abduction.
Though there is too much angst coming from too many directions that overwhelms the reader, but once adjusted fans will appreciate this solid serial killer romance. The story line is driven by the cast not just the lead couple. The woes of Brad and Nicky as well as relatives of victims like Sheriff Braden pull readers into the tale as much as the stars do. Jenna is a delightful ethical protagonist while Steven shows how a big person can be gentle and kind contrasting to the father of the benched football hunk. HAVE YOU SEEN HER? will please sub-genre fans as Karen Rose provides a deep tale.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of Have You Seen Her?|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 10%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
How difficult to spot villain?
- Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues
Time/era of story:
- 2000+ (Present)
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Kind of investigator
- police procedural, American
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- life in small town
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- government investigator
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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