Finding Claire Fletcher

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Newly divorced and with his career in jeopardy, Detective Connor Parks takes solace in the arms of a beautiful woman he meets at a bar. The next morning, Claire Fletcher is gone, leaving nothing behind but an address and a decade-old mystery. The address leads to the Fletcher family home where Claire's siblings inform Connor that their fifteen-year-old sister was abducted from a city street ten years ago and is presumed dead.
During those ten years, Claire endured the cruel ...
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Newly divorced and with his career in jeopardy, Detective Connor Parks takes solace in the arms of a beautiful woman he meets at a bar. The next morning, Claire Fletcher is gone, leaving nothing behind but an address and a decade-old mystery. The address leads to the Fletcher family home where Claire's siblings inform Connor that their fifteen-year-old sister was abducted from a city street ten years ago and is presumed dead.
During those ten years, Claire endured the cruel torture and depravity of the man who abducted her. Paralyzed by fear and too ashamed to return to her family, Claire is resigned to her life as Lynn, the identity her abductor forced upon her. Every time she attempts escape or betrays him in the smallest way, someone dies. Even now, her clandestine run-in with Connor Parks may have put his life at risk, as well as the lives of her family.
Connor is convinced that not only is Claire Fletcher alive, but that she is also the woman he met at the bar. Driven to see her again, he begins his own investigation, off the clock and without the police department's consent. He is determined to find her and unravel the mystery of her abduction and odd reemergence. But finding Claire Fletcher proves more dangerous than he anticipates. In fact, it may be deadly.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781938404184
  • Publisher: Sapphire Star Publishing LLC
  • Publication date: 10/28/2012
  • Pages: 430
  • Sales rank: 646,021
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

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.
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  • Posted June 1, 2013

    How Life Imitates Fiction

    Just about the time that the news story about notorious Angel Castro keeping three young women in his Cleveland house for about 10 years, I read this book, which has a similar theme. The villain in Finding Claire Fletcher prefers young girls for his sexual desire, but has kept Claire around for 10 years with the threat to kill her family members. She knows that at least two persons have been killed and buried. A divorced police officer meets her during one of her mini escapes. Read the book to find out what happens next. Someone who reads this book would have to not be repulsed by it. It was the May selection for the Psychological Thrillers group of Goodreads. I might read another Lisa Regan, but doubt that a book group would be attracted to the theme.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2014

    Read the book in a day. My first of Lisa Regan, and will definit

    Read the book in a day. My first of Lisa Regan, and will definitely read more

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2013

    After all the wonderful reviews, I was really looking forward to

    After all the wonderful reviews, I was really looking forward to this book in my favorite genre. I will never read a book by this author again. All of the gratuitous violence was horrendous. I always try to finish every book, so I will finish this one. If you are as turned off by violence and torture in excruciating detail, you should probably skip this. I would have if anyone had written about it.

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  • Posted August 26, 2013

    A very riveting story line and really held my interest. Couldn't

    A very riveting story line and really held my interest. Couldn't wait to get to the end to see how it all finished up. Loved this book. This was edge-of-the-seat great! Couldn't get anything done until I finished it! I can see this as a movie with Ashley Judd starring!

    This was a really well written novel and had all the best action. Lisa Regan writes character-driven novels. I admit I have become captivated by Lisa Regan's writing. I'm a fan. If you read her works, especially Spouse Trap, I think you'll become a fan, too. Wow, I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a good mystery, thriller. A must read!!

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  • Posted August 16, 2013

    Finding Claire Fletcher by Lisa Regan is a story that would be


    Finding Claire Fletcher by Lisa Regan is a story that would be unbelievable if it were not so true, as we have learned from news stories in the past few years.
    Claire Fletcher is fifteen years old when she is abducted on her way to school, and endures rape and mental and physical torture during the ten years she is held captive. She disappeared without a trace, and the police found only slim clues that led nowhere. Her father and sister believe she is dead, but her mother never gives up hope that her daughter is alive and will be found one day.
    At the same time, police detective Connor Parks meets a young woman in a bar, when he is at a low point in his life both professionally and personally. When she slips out the next morning, she leaves a scrap of paper with her name, Claire Fletcher, and an address. As Connor follows up on the case of a woman missing for ten years, he becomes more determined to find her, even as his own life is increasingly in danger.
    This book delves into the question of how victims of abductions often stay with their captors when they could escape. Claire is allowed to leave the house and even holds a job at a veterinary clinic. But her fear of facing her parents, and the real fear that someone else will die if she leaves, hold her in a "half life" with her captor and another young woman who has come willingly into the life of their captor and tormentor and is insanely jealous of Claire.
    Author Regan keeps the tension alive from the first page. She takes the reader inside the mind of a young woman whose life has been stolen, and has lived a half life under the control of a cruel and dangerous man. Her psychological insight into her characters make the story as intriguing as it is real as today's headlines. This is a well-written and thought-provoking novel that will keep you riveted until the conclusion.
    (As published in Suspense Magazine)

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  • Posted July 30, 2013

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    This was a real psychological suspense. And it really kept you

    This was a real psychological suspense. And it really kept you reading.

    Claire Fletcher has been missing for years, she disappeared one day on the way to school. Connor Parks has had a rough day and has been assigned desk duty pending resolution of a case he was working on. While unwinding at a local bar he meets a woman who the next morning disappears only leaving her name and an address. When he goes to the address he find out she has been missing for over 10 years. This starts a brand new investigation for him, he is determined to find out who was this woman he met and if she was really this missing person.

    The rest of the story is told between Claire's perspective at the hands not only of her kidnapper but what has happened to her in these years she has been missing. The rest is told from Connor's point of view in his search for Claire. This is very well done and you do not get lost even when the chapters switch to from one to the other.

    We find out Claire is a very strong character. She is beaten down but still tries to find ways out. She is a fighter and you know that if she wasnt this story would not be possible. There are rough things that happen to her and I am thankful the author does not go into detail, but does let you know these things do happen in situations like this.

    I dont want to say what happens as it does all tie into the story and could potentially spoil parts, I will just say that it is a satisfying conclusion and even once it reaches a part where you can accept the ending. The author does keep the story going and progressing to give a real conclusion. This was a well written suspense and I am looking forward to more from this author.

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  • Posted July 5, 2013

    Finding Claire Fletcher 15 year old Claire Fletcher is abducted

    Finding Claire Fletcher 15 year old Claire Fletcher is abducted in 1995 by a psycho pedophile. Ten years later, she has survived the most hideous of tortures only to be bound by invisible chains of fear; not for her own safety, but for her family and anyone she tries to contact for help.  The last person she reached out to was a police detective whose obsession with finding Claire Fletcher unearths horrific cold-cases and disappearances of a dozen children over the span of 20 years. 
    This is a must read to understand what children who are abducted in real life go through, and what it is like for those reunited with their families after their rescue. Compared to the Jaycee Lee Dugard case, it is made ever more real. You never know who this may help to accept what was done to them, what was done to their loved one, solve a case, or prevent one from happening.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2013

    Finding Claire Fletcher is a great suspense thriller. I found I

    Finding Claire Fletcher is a great suspense thriller. I found I could not stop reading once I started.
     Claire Fletcher is kidnapped at age fifteen and even through all the pain and abuse she keeps pushing forward never giving up,
     but never going home either. The fear and torture the kidnapper installed in Claire by threatening her family, kept her within his
     grasp and will make your heart ache to reach out to her.
     What I found most interesting about the book was the mother’s resolved that her child was still alive even after ten years missing.
    The story line is strong and keeps the reader entwined with feelings and concerns of what will happen next.
    Even though some of the chapters seemed short and did not add to the story line; the book over all is fantastic.
    I look forward to additional books by Lisa Regan.

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  • Posted March 21, 2013

    Well Written, But Disturbing

    This is the story of a fifteen-year-old who is kidnapped by a pedophile and held captive for seven years. The sex offender thinks she is younger because of her build and looks, and is disappointed to find out her true age. But there's something about Claire, whom he calls Lynne, that keeps him from killing her even when she becomes an adult.

    And Claire, in true victim fashion, can't bring herself to leave him, even when it becomes physically possible. Her own shame and fear holds her captive.

    The book begins when Claire meets a police detective at a bar, goes home, then disappears in the morning before he wakes up, leaving behind only a note with an address. The detective goes to the house, expecting to find her, only to find her family and learn how she disappeared. He is the third man who has shown up looking for her, and the family is tired of this cruel joke. But he's persistent and hooks up with a private detective the family hired to try to find her.

    This was a competently written book told by alternating the point of view between Claire and the detective. The characters were well-drawn and the story believable. My major problem with this book and the reason I didn't give it four stars is that there were too many chapters describing the abuse Claire suffers. I didn't enjoy reading those. After the mid-point of the book, I would have preferred to focus more on the efforts to find Claire and her captor.

    I would probably read another book by this author, hopefully one with less abuse.

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  • Posted March 12, 2013

    This is the story of a fifteen-year-old who is kidnapped by a pe

    This is the story of a fifteen-year-old who is kidnapped by a pedophile and held captive for seven years. The sex offender thinks she is younger because of her build and looks, and is disappointed to find out her true age. But there's something about Claire, whom he calls Lynne, that keeps him from killing her even when she becomes an adult.

    And Claire, in true victim fashion, can't bring herself to leave him, even when it becomes physically possible. Her own shame and fear holds her captive.

    The book begins when Claire meets a police detective at a bar, goes home, then disappears in the morning before he wakes up, leaving behind only a note with an address. The detective goes to the house, expecting to find her, only to find her family and learn how she disappeared. He is the third man who has shown up looking for her, and the family is tired of this cruel joke. But he's persistent and hooks up with a private detective the family hired to try to find her.

    This was a competently written book told by alternating the point of view between Claire and the detective. The characters were well-drawn and the story believable. My major problem with this book and the reason I didn't give it four stars is that there were too many chapters describing the abuse Claire suffers. I didn't enjoy reading those. After the mid-point of the book, I would have preferred to focus more on the efforts to find Claire and her captor.

    I would probably read another book by this author, hopefully one with less abuse.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2013

    Fantastic!

    Grabs you from the first page. A must read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2012

    First let me say I am not an avid reader, if a book can't get my

    First let me say I am not an avid reader, if a book can't get my attention in the first few pages, it usually gets donated. I wasn't disappointed, in fact i read the book in two days because I couldn't put it down. Lisa Regans attention to detail was perfect and I didn't find myself saying "that could never happen in real life." I immediately found myself loving and supporting the character of Claire Fletcher, and unable to wait to find out how she might handle the challenges she faced and that are almost impossible to conceive of. There were a few unexpected twists and turns that I didn't expect and that made me even more anxious to read to the end. I feel certain I will see this on the big-screen in the future. Loved it, and look forward to reading more of this talented author. Kudos to Lisa Regan!

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  • Posted December 9, 2012

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    This was not your typical crime thriller read, it was far better

    This was not your typical crime thriller read, it was far better done than others I have read, and far more laden with emotional impact that heightens and increases the tension, as it also leads the reader into truly horrific imagery.  A difficult book to read without wholly immersing yourself in the story, and actually having a visceral reaction to the acts recounted, I had to put this book down often to regroup and regain some perspective, yet it kept calling me back to read more and immerse myself in the story until it concluded. 




    While any parent’s nightmare is losing their child to some unknown person, there are thousands of children who go missing yearly, without drawing national attention, and Claire is one of those.   Ten years after having no word and fewer answers, people start appearing at her family’s home, asking about her.   Crafted with twists and turns to show all sides of a kidnapped child's existence, we see all of Claire’s worlds, and begin to understand the mentality of the captive. 




    All of the characters are so well developed and defined that they fairly leap from the page.  Told in two points of view, Claire’s voice is surprisingly sharp and strong, despite her situation.  Connor’s voice is full of procedural logic, yet drafted with the completeness that makes him a good detective and a good man.  Seeing such different character voices as the narration of the story could be confusing and difficult to follow, the author has skilfully adapted voice, meter and personality to clearly lead the reader where she wants them to go.  My one reservation to recommending this novel to everyone without reservation is the torturous punishments meted out to Claire by her captor: paedophilia at is most bare sense, those moments were difficult to read and exceedingly graphic in emotional impact.   That they are so real will be a difficult sticking point for some. 




    As a first novel, this author has created a beautifully crafted and highly engaging story, skilfully leading the reader into directions only she has forseen:  all good things.  Most certainly a book and an author to put on your follow lists, I look forward from more from her. 




    I received an eBook copy from the author for purpose of honest review for the Innovative Online Book tour. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility. 

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  • Posted November 29, 2012

    Finding Claire Fletcher is truly a story of our times, and magni

    Finding Claire Fletcher is truly a story of our times, and magnificently told, even in its brutality. It follows ten years in the life of a girl kidnapped off the streets on her way to school at the age of fifteen. We’ve all seen or read those news stories of kids who vanish without a trace. We wonder what happened to them, if they still live, and if so, how? We know the type of monsters who prey on these children, and we can only imagine what they do once they’ve captured their victims. This is that story. It isn’t pretty, and it makes no excuses for that.

    Claire Fletcher, though young and naive, fights against her captor, trying her best to outrun the villain who subjects her to daily atrocities. He uses her fear against her to keep Claire hostage as he chips away at the girl she used to be, slowly and effectively destroying any hope of reuniting with her family and a mother who never gives up hope that Claire is still alive.

    Even as she ages and becomes physically stronger, Claire cannot escape the torture and degradation. Her captor holds Claire in an emotional cage every bit as much as a physical one. To control her, he not only uses the threat of violence against those she loves most, he uses violence itself, hurting Claire’s family or killing those she asks for help. Knowing she cannot expose her loved ones or even strangers to the kind of cruel fate her kidnapper threatens, she resignedly settles into life as Lynn, the name her captor has given her.

    Still a hostage, but allowed to leave her captor’s compound, Claire meets Police Detective Connor Parks at a bar. When she disappears following a chaste night together, leaving behind only an old family address, Connor discovers the beautiful woman he’s come to know as Claire Fletcher has been missing for ten years and is presumed dead. But he knows she’s not, and he’s determined to find her, even as his commander orders him off the case and Claire’s captor targets Connor as punishment for defying him.

    We see the story emerge from both Claire’s perspective, as well as Connor’s. Author Lisa Regan delves into the mind of a sexual deviant, exposing and exploring what drives a man to such desperate acts. But while she alludes to the horrific misery Claire’s captor subjects her to, Regan never stoops to showing the acts themselves, only examining the effect such debased treatment has on his victim.

    Though it is superbly written and moves with intense, page-turning speed, Finding Claire Fletcher is not always an easy read in that it probes into the most corrupt behavior imaginable. It’s difficult to feel what the young Claire experiences as she is made to suffer at the hands of a pedophile. But as tough as those parts are to read, the story is balanced by the hope and memories Claire holds as a way of surviving her ordeal. And as much as it is Claire’s story, it is also Detective Park’s story, as well, analyzing the failure of his marriage and his precarious position within the police department following a questionable shooting and his involvement with Claire’s seemingly unsolvable cold case.

    But in the end, Finding Claire Fletcher is a love story about a child and her mother, and the man, Connor Parks, who cannot forget or abandon her, and risks not only his career, but his own life to save Claire. This story will frighten you, make you angry, cry, and cringe, but it will also energize your faith in the human spirit and its ability to heal and move forward.

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