Find Me by Romily Bernard
A teenage hacker embarks on a perverse game of hide-and-seek in this exhilarating thriller debut from 2012 Golden Heart Award winner Romily Bernard!
Those are the only words written on Tessa Waye’s diary when it arrives at Wick Tate’s door. When Wick gets to school and hears that Tessa’s just been found dead, she knows something bad is going down.
Now Wick’s got a choice to make: Ignore the diary and try to forge on with her sister, Lily, and their latest foster parents? Or use her computer-hacking skills to investigate Tessa’s suicide? When Lily is marked as the next target, Wick knows what she has to do.
Then Griff, trailer-park boy next door and fellow hacker, shows up, intent on helping Wick. Is a happy ending possible with the threat of Wick’s loser dad returning, the detective hunting him sniffing around Wick instead, and a killer taunting her at every step?
Giving up is not an option when the threat hits so close to home.
Find Me is an awesomely suspenseful debut YA thriller, complete with action, hacking intrigue, and a blossoming romance!
Find Me is about a teenage girl, Wick, who has had a pretty crappy life. Her mother committed suicide, her father is an abusive felon, and Wick and her sister have been in and out of several foster homes. Wick is a bit of a negative-Nancy and doesn’t believe she can be a better version of herself. She is her father’s daughter. So, in her spare time, she hacks. She works by word-of-mouth and hacks into men’s lives, as requested by their wives, to uncover the truth about them. But then one day, an unexpected job lands on her doorstep. A diary that belongs to a girl from school who just committed suicide is dropped at Wick’s house with a post-it saying “Find Me.” Turns out, someone wants Wick to use her hacking skills to investigate who it was that raped and abused Tessa.
Wick is an interesting character. I couldn’t help but feel for her, even though she could be rather frustrating at times. She has very low self-esteem and thinks the same thing about herself that other people call her — that she is “trash.” She also has authority issues, which is understandable considering what she has been through, but she feels that adults are useless and she has to do everything on her own. So, that’s why, when Tessa’s diary lands on her doorstep and she learns that it’s even more personal than she initially realized, she takes it into her own hands instead of asking for help from an adult.
The story definitely captured my interest and I wanted to keep reading to find out everything. However, I was able to pick out, pretty early on, who the mystery psychopath was. But, I was captivated by the story and the mystery (because, of course, I didn’t know for sure who it was).
I’m not in the mood for sunny. In fact, I’m not in the mood for any of this. I need space. So I shove my feet into my battered Converse sneakers — the only things left from my wardrobe Bren didn’t pitch in the garbage — and bang through the door.