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Come and Find Me

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“It takes a lot of chutzpah for a book reviewer to write books of her own….But Hallie Ephron…can hold her head high: She does it, and very well, too.”
Seattle Times

A recluse who works and lives online must brave the “real world” when her sister goes missing in Come and Find Me—a gripping and ingenious novel of mystery and psychological suspense from Hallie Ephron, author o
Paperback, 304 pages
Published February 28th 2012 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published March 2nd 2011)
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Mar 06, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
The premise of the book is intriguing. After Diana, a hacker-turned-cyberspace-security-expert, saw her boyfriend and mentor Daniel fall to death during a mountain climbing trip, she has become a recluse, connecting only with her sister and her friends from the alternative cyber-universe OtherWorld. She runs her business together with Jake, the other member of their original group. Then when Ashley disappears, she had to overcome her agoraphobia and panic attacks to find her. It becomes clear th ...more
Jul 31, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Diana Highsmith is a reformed computer hacker. She has repented her ways and now uses her skills to help provide network security to corporations and government entities that she and her boyfriend previously preyed upon. With the help of her boyfriend’s best friend, Jake, she is the founder and backbone of an up and coming internet security company called Gamelan. It almost seems like a fairy tale life…almost. Diana suffers from a severe case of Agoraphobia: she has not left her house in over a ...more
Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What if your passion is for the world online, and the virtual reality you have created means more than the real world?

Such is the case for Diana Highsmith, who worked in the virtual world, hacking, alongside her husband Daniel and his friend Jake…until a climbing accident took Daniel.

Now Diana is continuing to work with Jake as her only partner, to create software to combat hackers and make up for what she, Daniel, and Jake once did.

But her panic attacks, from PTSD, have literally imprisoned her
Kathy Martin
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Diana Highsmith is a computer hacker who has traded in her black hat for a white one as she has a business protecting companies from other hackers. She formed the business with her boyfriend Daniel and his friend Jake who are also hackers. But since Daniel's death in a climbing accident, Diana's life has gone out of control. She has always suffered from anxiety but currently she is also paranoid and agoraphobic finding herself unable to leave her house. Her only outside contacts are her sister A ...more
Apr 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller, mystery
Originally posted on Books & Bottles.

Shut-in hacker girl? Missing sister? Virtual reality? Count me in.

I've always been fascinated with the lives of shut-ins and hackers. I'm fairly certain if given the opportunity I'd have already slipped into the life of a shut-in, and I definitely fall in love with hacker girls - admittedly, almost instantly (my one exception to insta-love :) ). My favourite characters in TV shows like Criminal Minds and Arrow were the hacker-girls: Penelope Garcia and Fe
Apr 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Diana Highsmith hasn’t left her house for more than a year. Her boyfriend, Daniel, had died while they were on a climbing vacation in Switzerland a year ago. Outside she had cameras which provided her with live video feeds. When someone was outside her residence, a Klaxon sounded and “INTRUDER ALERT” would flash on her screen.

Diana and Daniel’s best friend, Jake, ran a successful Internet Security company. Diana meets her clients in a virtual world she created called: ‘OtherWorld’, and her chara
Luanne Ollivier
Here's an interesting, but not unexpected crossover. Hallie Ephron is a noted mystery reviewer for the Boston Globe newspaper. Come and Find Me is her second stand alone suspense novel.

Ephron has come up with a great plot and an interesting protagonist. Diana Banks has been confined to her home with severe anxiety and panic attacks following the death of her husband Daniel two years ago. However, she has managed to carry on working with their third partner, Jake, in their Internet security busin
Apr 30, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Diana Highsmith has not left her house since her husband, Daniel died. While on a hiking trip in Switzerland, Daniel’s rope came lose and he perished. Diana can remember watching Daniel fall to his death. Since than, Diana has built herself a fortress and the main way that she interacts with people is through a virtual reality world, known as Otherworld.

When, Diana’s sister, Ashley goes missing, Diana will have to leave her virtual reality world and venture into the real world. Can Diana surviv
Terri Lynn
I loved this mystery. Diana was a computer hacker and the girlfriend of Daniel, a fellow hacker. They believed that the government had too much personal information on citizens and that none of it was safe so they hacked into systems and brought them down. When a woman dies because they took down a hospital's system, Diana convinces Daniel and their fellow hacker Jake to go straight and begin a company to stop hackers from breaking into medical computers.

On a celebratory visit to Europe where
Sara Strand
OK, so let me start by saying I literally just watched a show about people who participate in version 2.0 or "other reality" lives. Basically, it's like that game Sims, but the characters are "real" and people fall in love and basically let this take over their real life. Freaks and weirdos, peeps. So then I started reading this book and was immediately annoyed because people who fall into that probably need professional mental help.

I found that this book was slow to get going and at one point
May 04, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!! Could not put it down. Great style, intriguing & kept me riveted.
Mar 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Was a page turner; enjoyed the real world scenario of virtual world dealings.
Bree T
Diana Highsmith never leaves the confines of her property. Ever since a mountain-climbing accident in Switzerland a year ago claimed the life of her boyfriend, she’s suffered from a crippling agoraphobia. Fortunately Diana’s skills as an excellent computer hacker mean that she’s able to earn a living in computer security with her business partner Jake. Her, Jake and her boyfriend Daniel were once mischief makers who were just deciding to go straight and set up their company providing security to ...more
Jul 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Diana Highsmith is an agoraphobic, reformed hacker who runs a successful computer security company with her friend Jake.

Over a year ago, she, Jake, and her lover, Daniel, decided to go legit and start this company. On a holiday to celebrate this decision, Daniel fell to his death in a climbing accident. Ever since then, Diana's panic attacks have morphed into crippling agoraphobia. She lives in the virtual world on her computer and only has outside contact with her sister, Ashley, and her partn
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fast, easy read! When Diana's sister disappears, she is forced to confront the demons that have plagued her & step outside her protected world to find her. But when Ashley returns with no memory of what happened, Diana is drawn back into the virtual world she's relied on to uncover what happened. And when she learns that Ashley might not have been the original target, she is forced to confront the reality behind the tragedy that devastated her less than 2 years before.
Barbara Walsh
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book - it was hard to put down and it was a quick read. There was lots of excitement at the end that was a bit nerve wracking. All in all, a good book!
Kali Borovic
Somewhat predictable, but will still keep you up reading all night. A thriller for the cautious and the curious.
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed the book. The more I got into it the better it was.
Feb 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Diana Highsmith is prone to panic attacks and hasn’t left her house in over a year. She wasn’t always this way. After Daniel died falling to his death while they were mountain climbing in Switzerland, her life fell apart. Fearful of everyone except her mother and her sister, Ashley, she has fortified her house with the best alarms and monitoring system available.

Diana, a reformed computer hacker, now works from home running a high-tech internet security company with Daniel’s best friend, Jake. U
Aug 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thrilling, exciting, mortifying, are the three first words that come to my mind when I think about this book. This book has a very interesting and unusual concept. Come and find me narrates the story of girl name Diana. Diana was a computer expert she knew everything related to computer science from security code to how to hack into computer systems; however, she had a slightly phobia that prevented her with interacting with the world outside the virtual world. After her boyfriend ''supposedly'' ...more
Alisha Marie
Come and Find Me was one of those books that has a fantastic premise. I freely admit that I’m intrigued by the whole avatar and alternate internet world thing. It’s one of those things I’d try if I wasn’t 100 percent sure that it’s a colossal waste of money. If it was free, I’d totally try it out because it does seem kind of cool to my geeky-somewhat techy girl self. So, Come and Find Me seemed like it was right up my alley with the whole avatar thing AND the mystery of the missing sister (cause ...more
Mar 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Diana is a reformed hacker who hasn't left her house since her boyfriend, Daniel, died fifteen months ago in a horrific mountain climbing accident. She suffers from panic attacks and is only now making efforts to step out of her door from time to time. Along with her partner Jake, who was also Daniel's best friend, she runs an Internet security company from home. She meets her clients in OtherWorld, an online virtual reality platform where she lives as her avatar, Nadia. This whole concept of th ...more
Rebekah Scott
May 01, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
Diana Highsmith has barely left her house in fifteen months. Occasionally, she ventures out her front door and down to the street, but it’s inevitable that the crushing sense of panic overwhelms her and she must return to the safety of her home. After the tragic climbing death of her husband Daniel in the Swiss Alps more than a year ago, grief has transformed Diana into a recluse, whose only human contact comes in the form of her younger sister Ashley and the occasional UPS driver.

But despite Di
Melanie Coombes
Come and Find Me is a modern day mystery with lots of suspense especially towards the later end of the story. It was an original plot, but one that did not seem very believable to me. However, I was turning the pages as fast as I could towards the end. The author explores the issue of personal identity in an age when we can pretend to be anything we want to be online.

Computer expert and former hacker, Diana is virtually afraid to leave the safety of her home since the tragic climbing death of he
Shelby Lee
Jul 11, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

I mean,

ugh. no.

At first I thought I didn't like the book because I'm not extra computer literate. I can do what I need to do but I'm not back here writing code or anything. Our protagonist, Diana, is supposedly computer literate. She's a reformed hacker who conducts all of her very successful business in the Otherworld, which is an online game simulation? I guess?

So The Sims, but more advanced. I love The Sims! But this is weird.

Anyway, Diana went on a hiking trip with her boyfriend and other
Alexis Villery
Mar 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After a traumatic, life-changing loss, Diana develops Agoraphobia (fear of going outside). While trying to work through her fears, Diana spends half her time working with her partner Jake on their new security business. She spends the rest of her time trying to navigate the internet world called the "other world." It is in this world that she can socialize and share her thoughts and feelings in way that she finds difficult in the real world. However, Diana soon fears that a hacker is targeting t ...more
Hillary Woody
For those who like a good suspense novel, but don’t like scary books there’s Come and Find Me by Hallie Ephron. Former computer hacker Diana Highsmith is so terrified of the outside world that she conducts all her business and maintains the few personal relationships she still has through a virtual world. But then her sister goes missing and Diana can’t solve the mystery from inside her house.

The reason this book isn’t scary isn’t because nothing scary happens. It’s just Diana is so paranoid tha
Mar 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
In Hallie Ephrons' Come and Find Me, the narrator Diana is finding it hard to cope after losing her husband a rock climbing accident. A reformed hacker she is able to start a business without taking a step outside. Cameras and security systems guard her home. The only interacting she does of any kind is on a virtual online word, and the occasional visit from her sister. But when her sister comes missing, she's forced to confront everything she's hiding from including enemies both real and imagin ...more
Diana has suffered from severe panic attacks ever since her husband died in a mountain climbing accident over 15 months ago. She lives in a highly secured house and works in a virtual reality called "Other-World", where she runs her real world company providing internet protection services. She's very qualified--up until 3 years ago she was a hacker herself. As was her business partner Jake. There are some glitches to the business, however. In the past several months three potential clients have ...more
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