Come and Find Me

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Overview

Reformed hacker Diana Highsmith hasn’t left her house in over a year . . .

. . . not since she watched the man she loved fall to his death in the Swiss mountains. Now a grief-stricken recluse, she runs a thriving Internet security company from her home—meeting with clients in OtherWorld, an online virtual reality platform where she lives as her avatar, Nadia. The only two people Diana has seen live in the past twelve months are her sister, Ashley, and her UPS delivery guy.

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Overview

Reformed hacker Diana Highsmith hasn’t left her house in over a year . . .

. . . not since she watched the man she loved fall to his death in the Swiss mountains. Now a grief-stricken recluse, she runs a thriving Internet security company from her home—meeting with clients in OtherWorld, an online virtual reality platform where she lives as her avatar, Nadia. The only two people Diana has seen live in the past twelve months are her sister, Ashley, and her UPS delivery guy.

But when Ashley vanishes, Diana is forced to do the unthinkable: to brave both the outside and her own personal demons to find her missing sister. As one shaky step leads to another, Diana finds that the trail she is following is fraught with peril for her and her sister both—as she uncovers a frightening web of deceit and betrayal that stretches from the virtual world into real life.

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Editorial Reviews

Mystery Scene
“Psychologically astute and emotionally gripping . . . Ephron understands that the fears we inflict upon ourselves can be more crippling than a man with a gun . . . A unique and compelling novel to be read more than once.”
Richmond Times-Dispatch
“A compelling yarn of deception and danger . . . a cautionary tale about the power of information technology . . . And although this novel seems to be a stand-alone, readers can hope that a sequel is not out of the question.”
Bookreporter.com
“Propelled me from first page to last in a single sitting.”
Times Leader
“Ephron excels in creating an authentic view of an agoraphobic for whom the mere thought of walking down the driveway to the mailbox can immobilize her . . . Diana’s emotional fragility gives a unique perspective to this character’s psyche.”
Connecticut Post
“Explores the dark side of cyberspace . . . Although COME AND FIND ME is at its core a breathless thriller, Ephron also explores the issue of personal identity in an age when we can pretend to be anything we want to be online.”
Time Magazines Leader
"Ephron excels in creating an authentic view of an agoraphobic for whom the mere thought of walking down the driveway to the mailbox can immobilize her . . . Diana’s emotional fragility gives a unique perspective to this character’s psyche."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780594491842
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/22/2011
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

An award-winning mystery reviewer, Hallie Ephron is the author of Never Tell a Lie (a Mary Higgins Clark Award finalist that was also made into the Lifetime Movie Network film And Baby Will Fall) and the Edgar and Anthony Award-nominated Writing and Selling Your Mystery. Ephron lives near Boston.

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  • Posted January 24, 2013

    The book was entertaining. Very interesting twist at the end th

    The book was entertaining. Very interesting twist at the end that surprised me - wich doesn't happen often! A quick read. I'd recommend this book to folks who like technology and mystery. I wouldn't classify it as a romance.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 9, 2011

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    Go and Get it!!!

    Hallie Ephron's "Come and Find Me" brings a modern technology twist to the classic mystery that we already love. A recluse coping with the death of her lover, hiding in the world of the internet, forced to venture out into the real world to find her missing sister..the pages turn almost as quickly as the click of a mouse on your computer.
    I definitely recommend reading this book - listen.it's calling.."Come and Find Me"!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 30, 2011

    A Great Read

    Love this second book by Hallie Ephron. The world of virtual reality is the setting for a dynamic story of a woman beset by unusual fears but determined to defend those she loves. She is irascible, creative, and vulnerable--a compelling heroine.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 31, 2011

    Come and Find Me

    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 year.not since her boyfriend died in a terrible mountain climbing accident. She has lived in her sheltered bubble and has conducted all of her life's tasks, including business, in an online virtual world called Other World.

    But all that changes when Diana's younger sister mysteriously disappears while at the same time Diana discovers that someone has hacked into Gamelan to monitor her internet movements and render her company ineffective. Her safe world is no longer safe and even her virtual identity becomes compromised. In order to save her sister, her company, and her good name, Diana is forced to confront her fears, engage in the "real world," and embark upon mission that will both devastate and revitalize her life and future.

    Hallie Ephron promises a "novel of suspense" with Come and Find Me; a promise she successfully fulfills. Come and Find Me is an action packed story taking place in the modern technical world while at the same time taking place in the erratic world of the human mind. It is a story of love and betrayal, fear and courage, and the power of technology. Ephron's protagonist takes you on a journey through virtual reality and human fear in all its facets leaving you to wonder what is real.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 14, 2011

    Couldn't put it down

    Really--I read it in one sitting! Okay, it starts a little slowly, but once it takes off it zooms along and you zoom with it. Ephron has taken on (effortlessly, it would seem) a tragic love story (with a twist), panic disorder and agoraphobia, the wild world of cybersecurity and lowdown hackers, and lots more. And all of it works. She pays you the compliment of assuming you can follow her into a slightly intricate computer world--and you can! Spend some absorbing hours with Diana Highsmith, and you'll be rewarded by an exciting, smashing, roll-it-all-up ending.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2014

    Lish

    You've REALLY got to be into computers, hacking, avatars and other worlds etc etc to 'get' this book. The characters are shadows, the world is hazy and unimportant......the only reality for them is living in a virtual world in a room full of computers and electronic gagets. We all know someone who spends nearly every waking hour glued to a computer or a cell phone. Nuts.

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  • Posted March 19, 2012

    Thrilling and Unpredictable

    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 the customers of her business, fearing the worse she begins to investigate. Priorities soon shift when her sister, Ashley mysteriously disappears. Somehow, Diana must overcome her fears to get to the bottom of these events and save her sister.

    I really and truly enjoyed this read and actually completed the book in one sitting. The premise reminded me of the movie The Net with Sandra Bullock but it is certainly a bit more relevant to these times. Diana's agoraphobia was so crippling I felt that I was feeling the same fears. I was really rooting for her to overcome this huge problem. I thought I had all the answers figured out but I didn't get it exactly right and the parts I didn't guess were the most surprising and intriguing parts. I'm not sure if I ever truly understood the "other world" thing. I have my theories but my confusion didn't distract me from my interest in anything and everything to do with hackers. There is a bit of hacker jargon. I ignored what I didn't understand and was able to easily navigate the story.

    I think this one had a bit of a slow start but I absolutely recommend this to others who expect the unexpected. The premise and twists really kept me excited until the very last page. Since I can't describe how captivated I was by this read, I'll just have to tell you to give it a read.

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  • Posted March 30, 2011

    Great read about Avatars and Hiding Under the Covers

    You'll want to read this thrilling suspense novel all in one gulp. Expertly plotted, the novel skillfully exploits many of the most up-to-date communications and surveillance techniques as well as old-fashioned tricky-tricks to tell this story of despair, trust and greed.

    Come and Find Me opens as Diana Highsmith has just taken a few tentative steps to conquer the debilitating anguish that has imprisoned her at home for more than a year following the death of her beloved husband Daniel. Trapped in a wrenching world of grief that has left her unable to even open the door to the UPS delivery man, Diana finds that the virtual world she thinks she can control has turned on her magnifying her fear and paranoia of the outside world. What is real? What is virtual? Where is Diana truly safe?

    An Internet security expert, Diane has survived these past months by three important links to the outside -- her business partner Jake, her sister Ashley - and her avatar Nadia Varata. Diana sends Nadia to virtual meetings and manipulates her avatar through a remotely-based system to grow Gamelin, the business that Diana, Daniel and Jake conceived just before Daniel's tragic death. Although still extremely vulnerable and tentative, Diana is emerging from her desolation when her beloved sister Ashley disappears forcing Diana into the outside world. She finds that facing the real world is frightening, but ultimately safer, than staying willingly-locked in the virtual cocoon she had made for herself.

    Come and Find Me is a fast-paced, compelling narrative utilizing the tricks and devices of the new world of inter-connectedness to move the story forward to a scary and surprising ending. You'll be fascinated and horrified at how unscrupulous manipulators - avatars and real humans as well - can track your every move, even when you're hiding under the blankets in your own room.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2011

    Highly recommended

    This is another wonderful book by Hallie Ephron. The plot is interesting and unusual and deals with a plethora of psychological issues and complexities. Her writing style is crisp and clear and like her many other books , Come and Find Me has a swift plot, delves into fascinating well-rsearched topics and races to a surprise twist at the end. Moutain climbing, cyber worlds, avatars and loss...all written by a master writer. Enjoy!

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  • Posted February 23, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Interesting

    Two years ago altruistic idealistic hacker Daniel Banks died in a mountain climbing accident on Eiger. His widow Diana and their best friend Jake opened up a computer security firm. However, she has not been able to move on as she suffers panic attacks when attempting to navigate the real world. Instead Diana prefers limited contact via Otherworld a virtual website where her avatar is Nadia; her only consistent live in person human contact is her hypochondriac sister Ashley.

    While visiting Diana, Ashley decides to attend an event in which her older sister was invited, but will not go. Ashley vanishes. Diana begins a quest to find her sibling via the virtual world and drugged to the max in the real mean streets as anxiety rips her stomach and panic attacks never cease.

    Mindful of Sigourney Weaver's character Helen Hudson in Copy Cat, Diana is an intriguing lead character as she suffers from agoraphobia but knows she must venture outside if she is to rescue her sister. Although the key element that she concludes is the cause of her condition is that she allowed her self to become Ms. Daniel so when he died her identity died too; however this fails to gel as this feels more like babble rather than a defense mechanism. Still readers will enjoy her tenuous efforts as she begins to believe Daniel was right that the government-industrial-financial complex controls cyberspace where the latest official shutdown is in Madison.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted February 5, 2011

    fun nail biter!

    This a terrific thriller with characters that you really want to spend time with. It doesn't go anywhere you expect it to. I couldn't put it down!

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  • Posted January 26, 2011

    Don't miss this one!

    Hallie Ephron has a real knack for stories of suspense, trust and betrayal. This is one of those books that seems so simple to start with, then sneaks up on you. Love the twists -- you won't see the big one coming. Fun references to local Boston and near-Boston sites. All around, a winner. Loved it!

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  • Posted January 11, 2011

    Suspense. Intrugue. Lost love. This book has it all!

    We've all heard the adage "You can't go home again." In the case of Diana Banks this couldn't be truer. Panic attacks have kept Diana housebound since her husband's accidental death. When her sister Ashley disappears, it's up to Diana to find her. Diana musters the courage to leave the safety and security of her home only to find that going back is not an option. In "Come and Find Me" Hallie Ephron weaves a suspense-filled story of Internet intrigue, lost love, and personal perseverance. The plot twists and turned made it impossible to put down. Thank goodness for a snowy night. A great book club selection.

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