Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Finding Claire Fletcher by Lisa Regan Book Tour and Giveaway

Down on his luck, Detective Connor Parks takes solace in the arms of a woman he meets at a local bar, but in the morning, Claire Fletcher is gone, leaving behind clues to a decade-old mystery—her own abduction. Perplexed and driven by an unsettling need to see Claire again, Connor must solve the mystery of her disappearance and find her once and for all.


Chapter 1 ~ 

I still saw her sometimes-the girl I used to be. She lived behind a locked door in my
mind. The door that protected the last secret part of me. The last bastion I had that no one else
could infiltrate or overcome. It was locked so securely that no one but me could force or tease it
Behind the door, the girl stood on the street corner waiting to cross, shielding her eyes
from the sun with one slender hand. She was in the tenth grade and she was on her way to
school. She had a backpack slung over her left shoulder. She wore jeans and a yellow cotton
Behind the door in my mind, I liked leaving the girl suspended on the street corner for as
long as I could. Sometimes I just watched her stand there, shielding her eyes, vaguely aware of
the cars whizzing by in front of her. She had a slight smile on her face. I wanted her to stay
right there on the street corner forever, frozen in her peaceful beauty and teenaged innocence.
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But she couldn’t stay there forever, not even behind the secret, locked door in my mind.
Eventually she crossed the street, walked the 30 feet or so . . . In my mind, however, she didn’t
stop when she saw the man crouched next to his car, neck craning to peer beneath it, the backseat
door hanging open next to him. In my mind she kept walking.
She never knelt down beside him to look beneath the car as he did, attempting to coax an
imaginary but frightened kitten from beneath it. In my mind, the man didn’t smash her head off
the door jamb and stuff her stunned, slack body unceremoniously into the backseat. These things
never happened to the girl I used to be behind the locked, secret door in my mind.
I envisioned two alternatives for that girl. One was that she stood on the corner, shielding
her eyes with one hand and when she stepped off the curb into the street, certain that the way was
clear, she was crushed by an oncoming truck and killed instantly. There she lay in the street,
limbs twisted and bent at odd angles, her thick red blood congealing on the pale asphalt. Her
eyes were fixed upward, blank, unknowing. I liked this scenario because it did not involve the
man who unmade her and took everything pure away from her.
The second alternative was that she did not cross the street. She decided to turn left
instead of crossing and she avoided the man altogether. And so she went on with her life. She
knew nothing of the abject horror she avoided. She was still innocent in that way.
This girl from scenario two lived a parallel life. I imagined that she was out there, still
living my life. She went to her proms and high school graduation. She had a boyfriend and went
off to college. The very second I thought about her, she was out there living the life I was
supposed to live.
Maybe she was making plans to get married or have a child with someone. I liked to
think of her that way, as if she still existed in some other dimension. I liked to think that
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someday I’d run into her and see in her face that in spite of what I’ve been through the girl I used
to be is all innocence and light.
That when she smiles it’s beautiful and not broken.

5 Stars

Having one of the worst days of his life,  Detective Connor Parks finds himself in a bar wondering what happened to his life.  When a young woman comes up to him, he finds himself intrigued by the mysterious woman who has a knack at getting him to talk about his life.  She walks him home, they have a drink, talk, and fall asleep.  Connor wakes up to an address, the only remnant of the secretive Claire Fletcher.  Not sure why he is drawn to her, he seeks her out only to find that Claire Fletcher disappeared ten years ago at the age of fifteen.

Haunting story, Claire is an incomparable heroine who is trying to survive.  Her journey is difficult to read, but you are pulled into it right away.  Excellent story, worth reading if you like finding  a good mystery to delve into.

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. 

Website: www.lisaregan.com
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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this wonderful review! I'm so glad you enjoyed it!