Come and Find Me

Come and Find Me

by Hallie Ephron
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Come and Find Me 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Luv2Read27 More than 1 year ago
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.
JR_Reardon More than 1 year ago
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"!
Erin_N More than 1 year ago
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.
LJBinNYC More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldnt put it down! You will enjoy it and i am already looking To see what esle this author has written
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
BookReflections More than 1 year ago
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.
Elizabeth2007 More than 1 year ago
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.
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T_Jo_Kennedy More than 1 year ago
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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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!
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
alistair_bernice More than 1 year ago
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!
mountainbookgirl More than 1 year ago
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!
JaneBiddinger More than 1 year ago
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.