What Doesn't Kill Her: A Novel

What Doesn't Kill Her: A Novel

by Carla Norton


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Reeve LeClaire is a college student, dammit, not Daryl Wayne Flint's victim. Not anymore-not when Reeve is finally recovering a life of her own after four years of captivity.

Flint is safely locked up in Olshaker Psychiatric Hospital, where he belongs. He is walking the grounds of the forensic unit, performing his strange but apparently harmless rituals. It seems that he is still suffering the effects of the head injury he suffered in the car crash that freed Reeve seven years ago. Post-concussive syndrome, they call it.

For all that Flint seems like a model patient, he has long been planning his next move. When the moment arrives, he gets clean away from the hospital before the alarm even sounds. And Reeve is shocked out of her new life by her worst nightmare: Her kidnapper has escaped. Less than 24 hours later, Flint kills someone from his past—and Reeve's blocked memories jolt back into consciousness. As much as she would like to forget him, she knows this criminal better than anyone else. When Flint evades capture, baffling authorities and leaving a bloody trail from the psychiatric lock-up to the forests of Washington state, Reeve suddenly realizes that she is the only one who can stop him.

Reeve is an irresistibly brave and believable heroine in Carla Norton's heart-stopping new thriller, What Doesn't Kill Her, about a young woman who learns to fight back.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250032805
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 06/30/2015
Series: Reeve LeClaire Series , #2
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

CARLA NORTON is the author of The Edge of Normal, a finalist for an ITW Thriller Award for Best First Novel, coauthor of the #1 New York Times bestseller Perfect Victim, which the FBI put on its Behavioral Sciences Unit reading list, and author of What Doesn't Kill Her, which was the winner of the 2016 Nancy Pearl Award and the President's Book Award Gold Medal. She has twice served as a judge for the Edgar Awards. She lives in California and Florida.

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What Doesn't Kill Her 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So glad I found this author
Anonymous 11 months ago
Awesome book! Could not put itdown.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Meaty characters,strong plot. Can't wait for next in the series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept me running back to read, Ending could have been better.DMP
Andrew_of_Dunedin More than 1 year ago
Reeve LeClaire is a student at U.C. Berkeley. Reeve wasn’t always called “Reeve”; she’d changed her name to avoid attention after having been kidnapped and held captive by a predator for the majority of her teenage years. It’s worked so far; that is, it’s worked until her captor, Daryl Wayne Flint, killed a worker at Washington State’s Olshaker Psychiatric Hospital and escaped. After a fellow student identifies her to the news media, and a domineering FBI agent attempts to question her using strong-arm tactics, Reeve decides to join in the hunt for Flint. Flint, having seen his favorite captive on television news feeds, also decides to hunt for Reeve. I found it difficult to get into this book at the beginning. As it progressed, I began to enjoy it more. After wondering why, I realized it was because I didn’t like or have a personal connection with any of the characters. A good portion of the beginning deals with introducing Flint, his mother, and his psychiatrist – NONE of which were ever intended to provide a warm feeling in the readers’ hearts. Our initial brief glances at Reeve did not provide enough depth to build a connection with the readers, either – at least not this particular reader. As the protagonist was developed, and sympathetic supporting characters were introduced, it became easier to sink into the text. Then, as author Norton increased the tension with having the two main characters effectively hunting each other, the novel really kicked into high gear. It turns out that this is the second book in this series; I never realized that while reading the book. This certainly means that it is not necessary to have read the first book before reading the second; however, I have to wonder if I would have enjoyed the beginning more had I had the advantage of knowing Reeve LeClaire from that first book. RATING: 4 stars. DISCLOSURE: I was awarded a free copy of this book in a random draw. No requirement of a review was made, let alone any conditions on the tone / content of a review, however, it was suggested that “an honest review would be appropriate” upon winning (and given that the book was released almost 2 years ago, perhaps they should have added “prompt”).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent follow up. Kept me on the edge of my seat!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Story line was great. You don't need to read the first one to enjoy this one. I hope she carries it thru and lets Reeve get into investigating for the FBI. I recommend this and the first book.
BrandieC More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars What Doesn't Kill Her is the second book in Carla Norton's Reeve LeClaire series. Although it can stand alone, I am one of those obsessive-compulsive readers who just has to read a series in order, so I picked up Edge of Normal first. My decision to do so both helped and harmed my opinion of What Doesn't Kill Her. On the positive side, Norton's writing has become more polished, making this one of the rare series in which the second book is stronger than the first. On the negative side, What Doesn't Kill Her exacerbated the major flaw with Edge of Normal: protagonist Reeve LeClaire is a two-dimensional character whose only interesting feature is that she survived four years of captivity at the hands of a sexual sadist. This experience defines her, which may well be an accurate portrayal of the real victims of such abuse; however, a fictional character needs more to retain my interest, particularly across multiple books. As Dr. Ezra Lerner, Reeve's psychiatrist, observes at the end of Edge of Normal, Reeve's experience makes her uniquely well-suited to help other survivors, but What Doesn't Kill Her simply dumps her back into her own trauma. My sense is that Norton has created, and is using, the Reeve LeClaire series as a sort of public service announcement directed at readers who may themselves be the victims of sexual violence, a sense heightened by Norton's decision to close each book with an express exhortation that, "[i]f you or someone you know needs help, please act as quickly as possible" by calling 911 or one of the other organizations she helpfully lists. I would never tell a real victim to "move on," but if this series wants to survive, that's what Reeve needs to do. I received a free copy of What Doesn't Kill Her through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
I just love a well written mystery that keeps me guessing. This book grabbed my attention from the very first page and I found myself reading "just one more chapter" until I had had finished the book. I didn't even realize that this was the second book in the series until I was almost done with the book. To be honest, I don't think that I would have ever known if it wasn't on Goodreads because there was never a moment in the book where I felt like I was missing something. This isn't one of those mysteries where the reader wonders who committed the crime. The criminal is apparent from the very beginning of the book. The question is how are they going to catch him and just how many crimes has he committed. The story is told from several points of view but the largest portion of the book is told from Reeve's point of view. Reeve was kidnapped as a preteen and spend four years of her life in captivity. She is moving on with her live until she learns that man who put her through hell has just escaped from his psychiatric unit where he was a prisoner. Reeve knows this criminal probably better than anyone so she decides to do what she can to help capture him. The character in this book were varied. The parts of the story that were told from Flint's point of view were rather disturbing. Flint wasn't the only unpleasant character in this story. His mother was equally horrible. I even disliked Agent Blakenship for most of the story. While I wouldn't want to make friends with these individuals, their characters really added a lot to the story and gave me someone to root against. There were some very likeable characters in this book as well. Reeve is a survivor who doesn't give up easily. Milo Bender is probably my favorite character in the book because he is truly a nice guy and a great Agent. The pacing of the story was very well done. There were enough surprises that I felt compelled to see what would happen next. While I would hope that some of things that happen in this book wouldn't happen in reality, the plot always felt very realistic. You wouldn't want it to happen but it isn't outside the realm of possibilities. I liked the way that the point of view changed in this story. Each point of very was very clear and had its own distinct voice. Each point of view brought an extra layer to the story being told and really had a impact on the overall flow of the book. I would highly recommend this book to mystery fans. This is the first book by Carla Norton that I have had a chance to read but I will definitely being more in the future. I am really curious about the first book in this series and hope to start on that one very soon. I received an advance reader edition of this book from St. Martin's Press - Minotaur via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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