I'm currently suffering from The Mother Of All Reading Slumps. Nothing sounds good, except not reading. Yeah, you read that right - I don't feel like reading. Anything. Thinking I needed a change of pace, I whipped out Have You Seen Her? by Karen Rose, hoping some dead bodies might be all I needed to get my reading mojo back. Unfortunately not. After forcing myself through 150 pages that took me a week to read, with me constantly berating myself to "just pick up the damn book already," I skimmed to the end.
Somebody is kidnapping and killing pretty teenage girls in wholesome small town North Carolina. Special Agent Steven Thatcher is on the case, when he's not wrestling with the guilt over his wife's death (she died in a car accident), the fact that his young son, Nicky, survived a kidnapping of his own and his other son, Brad, has gone from All-American Teen to surly pain-in-the-ass overnight.
Dr. Jenna Marshall is Brad's chemistry teacher and calls Steven when his son fails yet another test. Brad used to be such a good student, and Jenna feels that this sudden change in his personality is not good (well duh). Steven and Jenna are attracted to each other instantly - but she's still carrying baggage leftover from a dead fiance and he's got the whole single father guilt thing going on. Then the killer takes an interest in Jenna.
I just couldn't muster up much excitement here. Rose has worked for me in the past (I really enjoyed Nothing To Fear and Count To Ten) but Have You Seen Her? lacks the sense of urgency that made those other books so compelling. Also, I think the other problem is that Jenna is "just a teacher." That is to say, she practically screams damsel-in-distress - and frankly I'm just not that keen on that sort of conflict. I like the heroine who helps herself - which is why I think Nothing To Fear (heroine helps abused women escape their abusers) and Count To Ten (heroine is a cop) worked a lot better for me.
I just could not get invested in this story, and every reason "why" that I can come up with sounds really, really nit-picky. So I wouldn't consider this a review, more like a desperate cry for help. I skimmed the ending, but pretty much skipped the entire second half - so Final Grade = DNF.
Sigh, I hope I get my reading mojo back soon.