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What Doesn't Kill Her (Reeve LeClaire #2)

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From the acclaimed author of The Edge of Normal, a riveting new thriller in which the heroine must confront her former tormentor who has escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane

Reeve LeClaire is a college student, dammit, not Daryl Wayne Flint’s victim. Not anymore—not when Reeve is finally recovering a life of her own after four years of captivity.

Flint is safely
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Hardcover, US Edition, 313 pages
Published June 30th 2015 by Minotaur Books
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    Carole (Carole's Random Life)
    This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life.

    I just love a well written mystery that keeps me guessing. This book grabbed my attention from the very first page and I found myself reading "just one more chapter" until I had had finished the book. I didn't even realize that this was the second book in the series until I was almost done with the book. To be honest, I don't think that I would have ever known if it wasn't on Goodreads because there was never a moment in the book where I felt
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    Sue1958


    When reviewers say "I couldn't put this book down" I'm like....Okay Okay.

    Now I am going to say it...I COULDN'T PUT THIS BOOK DOWN!

    I really couldn't leave this book alone today, I was glued to it. Honestly. NO I haven't read book 1, and I still didn't think that I have lost anything by it. Well, no excitement wise or edge of my seat wise.

    A young girl, on her bike goes swimming, on the way back gets a flat tyre.

    A man sees her struggling and is heading the way she is, maybe he could give her a lif
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    Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
    I won this book in a goodreads first reads give away and I would like to thank the author for an ARC of this book.

    This is the first book I have read from this author and it was so good I'm looking forward to reading more. This book is an awesome psychological thriller.

    When Reeve was younger she was kidnapped and held captive for four years by a freak pedophile named Daryl Wayne Flint. By pure luck she was found when Flint was driving one day and had her in the trunk of his car. I'm not sure wh
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    Liz Barnsley
    So I adored "The Edge of Normal" which was the first novel featuring main protagonist Reeve - survivor of a long term and violent kidnapping when we meet her in book one she sets out to help another victim come to terms with her life after trauma. It was a novel that was full of psychological depth and completely addictive.

    Moving onto "What Doesnt Kill Her" then (UK Title "Hunted") Reeve is enjoying a fairly normal life - more centred, not so on the edge, but still haunted by her past. When her
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    Megan Tiscareno
    Feb 19, 2015 Megan Tiscareno rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: 2015
    I received What Doesn't Kill Her as an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review!

    Carla Norton seriously hit the ball out of the park with What Doesn't Kill Her. The multi narrator perspective was flawless, the suspense weaved throughout the story made this the most exciting suspenseful book I've read since Gone Girl. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Reeve's story, being a part of the investigation, and staying on the edge of my seat as I anxiously awaited answers. Highly enjoyed and recom
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    Linda Strong
    Dec 29, 2015 Linda Strong rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: read-in-2015
    I first met Reeve Leclair in Book 1 of this series .... The Edge of Normal. Reeve was kidnapped as a child and escaped four years later due to a freak car accident.

    She has worked long and hard to get past the things that were done to her for those years she was kept in a cellar. She is now 23 and going to school. She does have trust issues, but she's making friends and learning to live again.

    Daryl Wayne Flint, the man who took her, is now in a psychiatric ward in lieu of prison because he was f
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    Deborah Blanchard
    This book is as incredible as the first one, which I chose to read first. The writing is flawless and the story flows effortlessly. I love the strength of the main character. she was so strong even after all she had endured. The characters are well developed. I highly recommend you read these books in order, though they can be read as stand- alone novels. I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. If you like suspense, mystery and crime all wrapped in a neat package, ...more
    Daniel
    Aug 10, 2016 Daniel rated it really liked it
    Shelves: thriller-crime
    A sequel to Norton's debut novel The Edge of Normal, this continuation of Reeve LeClaire's story can still be picked up and enjoyed by any who haven't read its predecessor. I reviewed the first novel here last year, and was impressed with how well Norton handled an intense, traumatic subject matter in a responsible way while also keeping the book honest, well paced, and suspenseful. For better or for worse, What Doesn't Kill Her consistently matches all the notes of that first novel. The ...more
    Melissa Heerboth
    Mar 11, 2015 Melissa Heerboth rated it it was amazing
    I received this book through Net Galley for an honest review. I want to thank the publisher for letting me review this book.

    First, let me say, this book was fantastic and I have it finished in just over 24 hours. This is the second book in the Reeve LeClaire series. I have not read the first book “The Edge of Normal” but, I sure will be now! That being said, I can tell you will not feel clueless about not having read the first book, the author, Carla Norton, does a very good job at letting you
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    Bernadette Robinson
    My thanks to the Publishers and NetGalley for the opportunty to read this in exchange for an honest review. A huge 5 stars or 10/10 from me. Thanks to Carla Norton for letting us into their world.

    Firstly, can I say Wow!!! It's been a while since I've read a book that has made me feel like that.

    I'd never heard of Carla Norton until I saw this book on NetGalley, I requested it on impulse and I'm so glad that I did. This is the second book in the Reeve LeClaire series, but it reads very easily as
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    Brianna
    I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH IT HURTS!
    Sorry, I promise no more all caps. :)
    My favorite part about this book was that it revealed more of Reeve's past (including how Flint found her, how she was kidnapped, and a little more about the trial) as well as Flint's past (how he grew up into a twisted monster.)
    Milo Bender is pretty cool, but the book doesn't play on the old "establishment bad; outsiders good" trope. It recognizes that though some of the 'outsiders' are effective, the establishment works
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    Maren (The Worn Bookmark)
    I received this copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    I grew up reading different mysteries and thrillers by authors such as Mary Higgins Clark and Sidney Sheldon and loved feeling that adrenaline rush with a really great story. This book definitely had my heart pounding and wanting more. I couldn’t wait to find out what was going to happen next. Reeve’s character seemed so strong, especially considering everything she has gone through. Norton did a fabulous job of making Flint
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    Debbie Krenzer
    Jul 01, 2015 Debbie Krenzer rated it it was amazing
    This book was so good that I just could not put it down. I'm still shaking from the adrenaline going through my body right now because I just finished it. Reggie is abducted when she is 12 and held hostage for four years. The only way she escaped was the fact that her captor was wounded while she was in his car trunk in a collision with a drunk driver. Seven years later, her captor escapes and everyone believes he's coming for Reggie.

    The majority of this story is the captor trying to abduct oth
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    Tracy Shephard
    May 22, 2016 Tracy Shephard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Daryl Wayne Flint is one clever psychopath.

    11 years after snatching 12 year old Reggie Leclaire, he is now plotting his escape from a secure Psychiatric Hospital ...with the help of his mother.

    Flint is sadistic and obsessed with the number three. he taps his foot three time, repeats words three times and he gave me the chills.

    Reggie, having changed her name to Reeve, is determined to help with the re-capture of her abductor and the events that follow are quite riveting. Norton keeps her reader
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    Ria
    Oct 02, 2016 Ria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: favorites
    excellent read...Carla Norton once again gives us a story that kicks and punches in all the right places, her ability to create such complex personalities within her characters allows the reader to become totally engaged without becoming confused. I await #3 with high expectations!
    Trina
    May 06, 2015 Trina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: netgalley, arc, kindle
    I received this arc from Netgalley.

    I started off enjoying this book, but the more I read the more I disliked it. First off, I know this is a fiction book but it was just totally unbelievable. Reeve is supposed to have so much insight in to how Flint's mind works because he carved her up all those years ago? I don't think so. Just glad to be finished with this.
    Pamela
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    Adam
    Oct 06, 2015 Adam rated it it was amazing
    I am very happy to have won this book for free from the Goodreads free book giveaway contest!

    “What Doesn’t Kill Her’ is an exciting, edge of your seat thriller pitting Reeve, a broken woman, trapped in her past, against her attacker Flint, in this epic battle of predator vs. prey. Reeve will never be able to escape her past, nor forget the nightmares of torture, confinement, and sadism at the hands of her captor Flint. Etched into her skin are the scars; the constant reminders that what happened
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    Ionia
    Apr 12, 2015 Ionia rated it really liked it
    This is a really terrifying, edge of your seat kind of book. If you are bored with thrillers that claim they will keep you up at night and then disappoint, this is a book you should read. It has been a long time since I was excited and frightened at the same time to turn to the next page.

    Carla Norton has brought us characters that seem as large as life and that are easy to care about (or hate with a passion, depending on which character it is.) Whilst reading this I felt my own pulse responding
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    I read The Edge of Normal and loved reading it to the point I couldn't put it down. Carla seems to have that effect no matter what difficult themes she writes about.

    Settle was baking hot, Reggie was stranded with nothing to do. Her best friend had gone on a family vacation. So, if Reggie wanted to go the lake for a swim, she would have to take matters in her own hands. Any kid with a bike would have done the same thing. After she swims in the lake she got her
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    Joanne Robertson
    Jun 26, 2015 Joanne Robertson rated it really liked it
    Shelves: netgalley
    This is the sequel to Edge of Normal that told the story of Reeve LeClaire who was kidnapped at the age of 12 and held for 4 years. After her escape she helped as an advisor for other kidnapping cases but in this book her own kidnapper has escaped and "Edgy Reggie" may be in danger again.
    I love the character of Reeve-at the start of this sequel she is starting a new life in California but the love interest that was looking interesting at the end of the last book has come to nothing. She is a sur
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    Margaret Loves A Good Story
    What Doesn't Kill Her
    Carla Norton

    Contemporary
    Crime Thriller

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    What Doesn't Kill Her is a fast paced read that keeps you hanging until the bitter end. I was so afraid for Reeve LeClaire the entire book, but I never grew to like her honestly. She was a hardass and not someone I could seem to like. I enjoyed the plot, location, but I did not become invested in the characters. It was a good read but not one I want to follow as a series.
    Thank you NetGalley and St Martin's Press and Mi
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    Maureen Tumenas
    Jan 25, 2015 Maureen Tumenas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I received a copy of this book from NetGalley.

    I haven't read any of the previous Norton thrillers, but now am curious to go back and explore the backstory. This is a fairly typical "ripped from the headlines" kidnapping thriller. The characters are well crafted and aside from Reeve being a pretty miraculously strong young woman- both physically and psychologically- are believable. They are totally black and white characters; you love them or hate them, with nothing in between. This is one thing
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    Sheryle
    Mar 22, 2015 Sheryle rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: netgalley
    ARC provided by NetGalley and St. Martin's Press

    I didn’t know what to expect when I started What Doesn't Kill Her by Carla Norton, but it certainly wasn’t the non-stop action, heart in your throat book that it turned out to be! I can honestly say I enjoyed everything about this book. It just seemed so “spot on” in every respect. It was well written, and able to convey the pain the heroine went through as a kidnap victim as well as the struggles she still was facing. At the same time, the reader
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    Kerry
    Jul 07, 2015 Kerry rated it it was amazing
    I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, all opinions are my own.

    Wow, just wow. This book left me on the edge of my seat and I don't say that often. Reggie now going by Reeve after a man kidnapped her and held her hostage for 4 years, is on the hunt for that same man after he escaped from the psych hospital. Pairing up with the FBI Agent who once worked her case she is in a hunt to find him, using all the information she knows of him.

    Her kidnapper Fl
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    Nancy McFarlane
    Mar 23, 2015 Nancy McFarlane rated it it was amazing
    Reeve LeClaire thinks she is finally leading a normal life as a college student in San Francisco after having spent 4 years from 12 – 16 being tortured and kept in a basement by a sadistic psychopath. Her kidnapper, Daryl Flint, is safely locked away in a mental instutue and she finally feels safe. And then he escapes! He had spent 7 years waiting and planning for his opportunity. Since Reeve was not killed his psychiatrist had managed to convince the hospital that he was not violent and was not ...more
    Tucker
    Feb 25, 2015 Tucker rated it really liked it
    This is the second book in the Reeve LeClaire series. I haven’t read the first book “The Edge of Normal,” but didn’t feel clueless because the author did a good job of providing details of Reeve and Flint’s history. However, based on how suspenseful and absorbing this book was I will definitely go back and read the first book. Flint was a genuinely terrifying madman and I admired Reeve’s ability to recover from the horror he caused in her life. Recommended to those who love well plotted ...more
    Vicki Jaeger
    Apr 24, 2015 Vicki Jaeger rated it really liked it
    Recommended to Vicki by: advance reading copy
    Great great great! Kind of a blend of Kiss the Girls and some other book I can't seem to put my finger on at this moment. The lead character is a smart young woman who was abducted and held against her will for several years. The book starts when her abductor escapes from jail (an asylum really), and goes hunting for her. Not too scary, as we don't hear much about the abuse she withstood, but really smart writing. The victim is attuned to the abductor's thought process, and helps the authorities ...more
    Wendy
    Jul 24, 2015 Wendy rated it really liked it
    Another terrific book by Carla Norton that features Reeve LeClare (from Edge of Normal) as the main character. Flint, the man who kidnapped Reeve when she was a 12 year old, has escaped from his high security mental institution. Reeve teams up with Bender, the retired investigator who helped her case years ago, and they discover clues to Flint's whereabouts following Reeve's instincts. Once again, Carla Norton writes a tight mystery with the right amount of dialogue and intrigue. 4 stars rounded ...more
    Jo
    When Reeve was 12 she was kidnapped by a sexual sadist and kept captive for four years. It's been seven years and she's just putting her life back together. But now her kidnapper has escaped from the secure mental institution he was incarcerated in and all her old fears have returned. This was a great psychological thriller although with the ending I'm wondering where Reeve's story might go if the author continues.
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