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Have You Seen This Girl: Flocksdale Files, Book 1 is a mystery/thriller written by Carissa Ann Lynch. When Wendi Wise was about to turn 13 years old, she told her parents that she didn’t want the birthday party they had always thrown for her each year. She was turning into a teenager, after all, and what she really wanted was a night at the movies in the mall with her best friend, Claire, and Claire’s big sister, Samantha. Samantha was only going at Wendi’s mother’s insistence, as an older presence, but Samantha had her own plans for the evening. Samantha would be meeting her boyfriend at the mall. Wendi and Claire would also be meeting up with two boys they had met earlier during the year. Joey and Zeke were not the kind of boys Wendi’s parents would really approve of. They weren’t clean cut and didn’t dress all that well, but Wendi was intrigued by Joey, and Claire liked Zeke. Neither of them expected that their little adventure would end up at the police station later that evening, resulting in Wendi being grounded for a month. But dating is a part of growing up, and when Claire arranges for the four of them to meet at a fictitious birthday party at a skating rink, Wendi dismisses her apprehensions and decides to go along.
Carissa Ann Lynch’s mystery/thriller, Have You Seen This Girl: Flocksdale Files, Book 1, is a suspenseful and entertaining story about a young woman’s attempt to get past the trauma of her abduction by a sex slavery ring when she was a child. Wendi’s story is a tragic one as she cycles in and out of rehab as she’s growing up, but her courage and resilience is ultimately quite inspiring. Lynch’s story reads like a memoir, and I often had to remind myself that Wendi was indeed a fictional character. The mystery surrounding her abduction is a compelling and well-plotted one, and the reader is kept guessing about the resolution till the very end. I enjoyed reading Have You Seen This Girl: Flocksdale Files, Book 1. It’s highly recommended.