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Finding Claire Fletcher

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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 fifteen-year-old sister was abducted ...more
Paperback, First Paperback Edition, 430 pages
Published December 6th 2012 by Sapphire Star Publishing (first published August 6th 2012)
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Lynda
BRILLIANT! Had me hooked from the beginning. Just could not put it down. This book is an incredible journey through the life of a young woman who was abducted and held by her captor for ten years. It is not always an easy read (some parts are definitely harrowing and emotional) but it is a very compelling one. Excellent story and characters - one that depicts the darker side of the protagonists psyche, and the effect on the human mind.

A.haunting psychological suspense. A MUST read.
Nancy Thompson
Jul 22, 2012 Nancy Thompson rated it it was amazing
Finding Claire Fletcher is truly a story of our times, and magnificently told, even in its brutality. It follows ten years in the life of a girl kidnapped off the streets on her way to school at the age of fifteen. We’ve all seen or read those news stories of kids who vanish without a trace. We wonder what happened to them, if they still live, and if so, how? We know the type of monsters who prey on these children, and we can only imagine what they do once they’ve captured their victims. This is ...more
David
Sep 17, 2012 David rated it it was amazing
Lisa Regan's debut novel is a heart-rending, gut wrenching tale of a fifteen-year-old-girl torn from her family by a mentally-warped abductor. At once a psychological thriller and a police procedural, it also manages to scale the heights of literary novel-hood as it cuts between past and present, first-person and third person, making us share the painful experience of the victim and conveying the critical events outside during her ten years of captivity.

Regan achieves the near-impossible, by not
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Libby
Sep 11, 2012 Libby rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for a review.

This book was extremely compelling. Every time I got used to what was happening, the story shifted in a different direction. Fast paced and entertaining in a gut-wrenching "this is the worst and best of humanity" sort of way. Very realistic in terms of police procedures and the slow pace of progress which was frustrating to read, but in a good, realistic way.

I liked the switch form 3rd to 1st, very effective. I'm not sure I would have under
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Lauren (Sugar & Snark)
Feb 27, 2013 Lauren (Sugar & Snark) rated it really liked it
This book starts out like one of those haunting TV show I used to watch as a kid. A down on his luck detective meets a mysterious young woman in a bar. They have an instant connection but when he wakes up the next morning she is gone and all she left is an address. But when he goes to the address he finds out the women he met the night before was kidnapped 10 years ago and is presumed dead. This leads us to the story of Claire’s kidnapping and the horrors she has endured as well as Connor’s sear ...more
Deanna
Feb 26, 2015 Deanna rated it it was amazing
Wow!! What a heart-wrenching, devastating, emotional, well-written and fantastic book!
At first I was skeptical but within a few pages I was absolutely hooked. I don't think I've read any other Lisa Regan books but I am now a huge fan. I have been thinking about this story constantly since finishing it. Well Done Lisa! I'm sure this will be a top read of mine for 2015!
Eric
Sep 04, 2015 Eric rated it really liked it
The old saying, 'Don't judge a book by its cover' certainly rings true here. And I have to admit that I was guilty of doing so before being told to just read the damn thing. It didn't help that the book was published by a very small publishing house that I'd never heard of -- I assumed it might have even been self-published.

My first reaction was: why is Lisa Regan not huge? Why is she not being courted by the big guns? So weird.

All that being said, the book is great for what it is -- a fast-pac
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Kim
Jul 02, 2013 Kim rated it really liked it
For fans of nice, fluffy, and romantic books such as Abducted and The Breakaway, allow this book to disabuse you of the notion that kidnapping is another means to matchmaking - it is brutal, damned, and should you fall victim to such schemes, chances are, you may not come back with a ring on your finger; even if you coming back alive, it is highly likely you'd come back changed forever.

This book was a wake-up call for reminding me about the harsh realities of abduction. One doesn't have to think
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Tara
Sep 27, 2014 Tara rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Finding Claire Fletcher is a brutal, heart wrenching story of a girl kidnapped at age 15 and subjected to emotional, mental,and physical torture for 10 years. Through it all, Claire struggles to keep hold of hope, her memories of her life before her capture, and herself. Even when she feels helpless and despairing, she never stops fighting.

Honestly, Finding Claire Fletcher was truly a joy to read from the first page to the last. It was...awesome, amazing, thrilling, exciting, and many other des
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Julie Flanders
Sep 14, 2012 Julie Flanders rated it it was amazing
It was hard to believe this is Lisa Regan's debut novel while I was reading it. Finding Claire Fletcher is a fantastic suspense story that excels not only because it is a page-turner, but also because it has such rich and compelling characters. I felt connected to both Claire and Connor right from the start, and I wanted to get to know them better. That is always the key to a strong novel for me.

It's very hard to put this book down once you start reading. While parts of the story are simply hor
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Mario Sleiman
Apr 17, 2013 Mario Sleiman rated it it was amazing
My god, where to start? this book is one of the best book i have read in such a long time, maybe the best. the quick action of the plot holds you captive until the end. LITERALLY you cant put this book down until you finish it. the characters are so much developed and detailed emotionally from the heroes of the plot until the very least unimportant third characters. and the author is so good in blending raw emotions in thrills in sickening scenes. no other book can make u cry, jump off your seat ...more
Lisa
Dec 14, 2015 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Holy Shit!!! I don't even know where to begin with this story!!! Major and horrific crime from the beginning.
I need a story to take off from the first chapter and this book delivered!!!
I normally don't like the story jumping back and forth between the past and the present but it was definitely necessary for this story to be told and for you to understand the characters thoughts, feelings and actions. The author took you through Claire's journey from the beginning and you truly understood her m
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Jan
Although it's a debut novel, it's a page turner with well defined and rich characters with a few plot twists that will turn your stomach. Claire Fletcher was abducted by a pedophile and for ten years, she endured his beatings, rape, and all manner of psychological horrors created by his sadistic personality.
Greg at 2 Book Lovers Reviews
I would rate this book 4.5 Stars!

It has been quite some time since I read Hold Still. I had completely forgotten what an excellent author Lisa Regan is. She writes a dark crime story as well as any of the big boys (Larsson, Adler-Olsen).

Connor is a detective, he has had a bad day…until Claire Fletcher comes into his life. Then just as quickly she disappears again, launching Connor into the mystery of Finding Claire Fletcher. So begins the race to stop a sick demented criminal from continuing his
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Kathleen
Aug 16, 2013 Kathleen rated it it was amazing

Finding Claire Fletcher by Lisa Regan is a story that would be unbelievable if it were not so true, as we have learned from news stories in the past few years.
Claire Fletcher is fifteen years old when she is abducted on her way to school, and endures rape and mental and physical torture during the ten years she is held captive. She disappeared without a trace, and the police found only slim clues that led nowhere. Her father and sister believe she is dead, but her mother never gives up hope tha
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Nick Wilford
Mar 25, 2013 Nick Wilford rated it it was amazing
A first-rate thriller that draws you completely into the tortuous existence led by Claire, held captive by a deranged criminal for ten years. This was a completely absorbing read, told so well by Regan that I felt I was right there watching the action unfold. It is brutal at times, but that would be the reality of such a situation. The book drew me in not only from the premise in the blurb, but the conundrum this presents; if Claire has enough freedom to meet Connor in a bar and go home with him ...more
ELIZABETH
Oct 03, 2015 ELIZABETH rated it really liked it
5 Emotionally Tortured Soul Stars

I am speechless. Debut novel? Really!?! What a first impression!
Finding Claire Fletcher is brilliant. It surely will leave such a mark on your heart.

This story has so much depth. It drowns your thoughts into darkness, brings sadness, and you feel depression set in. At this moment you are probably thinking . . . I will not pick up this book after reading that sentence. BUT TRUST ME , this story will change your perception of life and make you realize life is
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Trish at Between My Lines
This review was originally posted on Between My Lines

Finding Claire Fletcher is a book where every girl’s worst nightmare comes true. The abduction storyline is chilling, scary and horribly realistic.



My Recap of Finding Claire Fletcher :

Claire Fletcher was abducted 10 years ago. However bizarrely one night Connor meets a girl whom he spends the night with and who leaves a note with her name and address on it. And that note says her name is Claire. Has he just found Claire Fletcher? And why hasn’
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Lissette
Feb 18, 2013 Lissette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Abducted at the mere age of fifteen, Claire Fletcher has endured a life of torment and pain. From the moment, she opened her eyes that fateful day so long ago, she's lived a nightmare from which she may never wake. She's fought to retain her sanity every day since, holding out a hope that someone will come to her rescue. Granted, she knows it's wishful thinking, but it's kept her alive thus far.

A chance meeting with Detective Connor Parks soon sets a chain reaction of events into motion. Claire
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Karen Harper
Dec 17, 2013 Karen Harper rated it it was amazing
First of all, this is NOT a light read and it’s not the genre of book I usually read, but I am glad I listened to a friend’s suggestion.
This is the type of book that consumes you and brings out every emotion that you could possibly imagine. Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating but not a lot. It’s also a book that transports you outside of your own safe little world and makes you think.
I’m not going to regurgitate the synopsis because you can read that in lots of places. I want to tell you about my feel
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Dana Mason
Dec 27, 2012 Dana Mason rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sspub
Excellent! I've had trouble finding the words to describe how great this book is. That's why it's taken me over a week to write this review.
Not to sound cliché but this book had me from hello. The first chapter is short, but extremely powerful and you won’t be able to put it down after reading that brief look into Claire’s life. I was drawn in completely and had trouble concentrating on anything else while reading it.
Claire’s story will break your heart, but her perseverance and determination
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Carrie
Jul 15, 2012 Carrie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime-novel
Finding Claire Fletcher is a hauntingly beautiful contrast——a tale that teeters between the strength of human spirit and the depths of its depravity.

Parts of this novel surged through my veins——the fluidity of Regan’s writing, the plausibility of the concept, and the credibility she lent her characters. I couldn’t stop turning pages. But it was the other parts, the glimpses of hope nestled between both heart wrenching POVs, that I clung to.

At times, I forgot I was reading. It would be three or f
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Judy
Nov 21, 2015 Judy rated it really liked it
A really well written, emotional thriller about a 15 year old kidnapped by a pedophile and her 10 years of captivity hell. The book is told with two POV's. The girl's from the day she was kidnapped to present, and then her family and the authorities currently who are trying to find her when they get evidence that she's still alive 10 years later. It is on the edge of your seat gripping, but I found myself also very uncomfortable with some of the goings on (particularly the violence and abuse) an ...more
Torese Hummel
Dec 08, 2013 Torese Hummel rated it it was amazing
this was a recommendation from a bunch of friends who know the author. I started it at 4pm yesterday, finished at 4pm today. couldn't put it down from the time I started till the time I fell asleep kindle in hand last night till I woke up, made coffee and finished it. this book is the kind of book that i want to pass around to friends and tell them "trust me, you won't b disappointed" from beginning to end I was hooked! Thank u Lisa Regan!
C.E. Jr.
Mar 23, 2013 C.E. Jr. rated it it was amazing
Finding Claire Fletcher is an incredibly well written and intense debut novel. Though perhaps not a book for everyone, it is emotional and gripping. Lisa Regan does a fantastic job of taking the reader into Claire's dark, dirty, and destructive world. Even as we learn the back story we are propelled forward and the story maintains suspense.
Valerie
Aug 05, 2014 Valerie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was quite possibly the best book I have ever read. This is the story of a young 15 year old girl abducted on her way to school one morning, and then subjected to years of torment and abuse by a truly evil man. There are some very graphic images depicted that even a week after reading were hard to shake from my memory, but if you like to be shocked and appalled and get a grim taste of the depth of evil and the level of strength that some humans are capable of, this is your book. The story al ...more
Nicola Sharp-hinton
Jun 06, 2013 Nicola Sharp-hinton rated it it was amazing
I can't say anything more than what every review on goodreads has already said. It is emotionally taxing to read and impossible to put down
Elizabeth Seckman
Jan 19, 2013 Elizabeth Seckman rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Lisa Regan knows how to spin a mystery. And such attention to details. Very impressed. Super well thought out and written.
Michael Infinito
Jul 16, 2012 Michael Infinito rated it it was amazing
I read this novel right after it was written and I was blown away! I enjoyed it from cover to cover!
Eden Sharp
Oct 16, 2015 Eden Sharp rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime
When you’ve become someone else how do you find yourself again?

On the day that Detective Connor Parks has jeopardized his career for killing a man, he meets Claire Fletcher in a bar and spends one night with her, catching a glimpse of the girl she once was. Trouble is Claire Fletcher is no longer that girl. When she vanishes from his bed leaving an address, he tries to follow up for a chance to re-encounter this intriguing woman only to discover shocking news. The enigmatic Claire has been miss
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Lisa Regan is a suspense novelist. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Master of Education Degree from Bloomsburg University. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter.

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