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What Doesn't Kill Her

(Reeve LeClaire #2)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  1,671 ratings  ·  255 reviews
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
Hardcover, US Edition, 313 pages
Published June 30th 2015 by Minotaur Books (first published 2015)
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Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
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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
May 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers

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
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf 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
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
Megan Tiscareno
Feb 19, 2015 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
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, t ...more
May 03, 2015 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.
May 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
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 writing ...more
Linda Strong
Apr 15, 2015 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
I believe I am being generous giving this novel 3 stars. The novel resurrects a particularly smarmy, repulsive abuser, Daryl Flint, who escapes from the psychiatric hospital where he has been a patient for seven years. He had been found guilty for holding a young woman, Reeve, in captivity for four years. Reeve has tried to make life good for herself but images of her former captivity as a child keeps haunting her and her past and present come to a collision when she discovers that Flint Is on t ...more
Reeve LeClaire is a student at U.C. Berkeley. Reeve wasn’t always called “Reeve”; she’d changed her name to avoid attention after having been kidnapped and held captive by a predator for the majority of her teenage years. It’s worked so far; that is, it’s worked until her captor, Daryl Wayne Flint, killed a worker at Washington State’s Olshaker Psychiatric Hospital and escaped.

After a fellow student identifies her to the news media, and a domineering FBI agent attempts to question her using stro
Melissa Heerboth
Mar 04, 2015 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
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
Feb 03, 2015 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
Oct 09, 2015 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!
Debra Komar
Feb 10, 2017 rated it liked it
2.5 stars. Competent writing but wildly unoriginal. I feel I have read this book a dozen times already. There is nothing new here. The "voice" is identical to a handful of other mystery writers and the plotting is cliched. The end result is forgettable. Norton is a decent story teller and the prose is inoffensive but it feels like a pastiche of every thriller ever written.
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved this second Reeve LeClaire's book as much as the first one (better be read in order even if I think it could work as a stand alone), and I thought the ending was better. No cliff hanger there, but a nice hint to a third book (I need to read that one if it really comes out)
The writing style of the author is really good, characters are very well portrayed, I still hope that there will really be a third book that could give Reeve a little bit of love in her life, there is a charming young m
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
I received my copy of What Doesn't Kill Her through Goodreads for my honest review. I would like to thank the author, Carla Norton, for the signed copy.

"Stick to the plan....."

Now this is the common thread that runs through this psychological thriller by Carla Norton. Upon reading it, you'll find out who does and doesn't stick to the plan. One misguided step, one misspoken word, one untimely action can take you in a direction that has unspeakable consequences. And the consequences ripple across
Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 bike to go home and found that she
Feb 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-copy
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
Aug 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
What Doesn't Kill Her
Carla Norton

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
Tracy Shephard
May 19, 2016 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
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I will definitely be reading more about Reeve LeClaire.
Joyce Stewart Reviews
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Carla Norton
What Doesn't Kill Her
5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Twenty-three year old Reeve LeClaire is tired of being portrayed as a victim, although it is understandable that people see her that way. When she was twelve, a mentally disturbed and sadistic felon, Daryl Wayne Flint, snatched her and kept her imprisoned in a basement for four years, where he abused, tortured, and mutilated her. Flint was finally apprehended, but instead of going to prison, he is sent to the forensic unit of Olshaker Psychiatric Hospital
Kimberly Gulley
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
What Doesn’t Kill Her : ⭐️⭐️/5 ⠀

Can you see at the top where it says ‘A nonstop thriller?’ Well, Booklist, you’re a liar liar 👖on 🔥. I was so.bored. It’s a miracle I even finished it, if I’m being honest here. It ended up taking too long to read, though. Pffffttttttt 👎⠀

I gave it two stars simply because the very end picked up somewhat. I mean, like the last 50 or so pages. Next time, let’s consider making it interesting from the very beginning, mmkay?⠀

Well, that’s all I really have to say ab
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018
Excellent book. Kept me interested all the way, very action packed. The killer was really creepy and you felt connected to all the characters. Highly recommend this book!
Ches Hutchinson
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The end accelerates a little quickly but very good thriller overall!
No stars. Couldn't take this boring book
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*WHAT DOESN'T KILL HER: 2016 PNWA Nancy Pearl Book Award Winner, Genre Fiction. 2016 FAPA President's Book Award Winner, Suspense/Thriller genre.

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