Friday, July 11, 2014

Don't Try to Find Me
by Holly Brown

Publisher: William Morrow
Pages: 384
Format: ARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  When a 14-year-old runs away, her parents turn to social media to find her-launching a public campaign that will expose their darkest secrets and change their family forever, in this suspenseful and gripping debut for fans of Reconstructing Amelia and Gone Girl

Don't try to find me. Though the message on the kitchen white board is written in Marley's hand, her mother Rachel knows there has to be some other explanation. Marley would never run away.

As the days pass and it sinks in that the impossible has occurred, Rachel and her husband Paul are informed that the police have "limited resources." If they want their 14-year-old daughter back, they will have to find her themselves. Desperation becomes determination when Paul turns to Facebook and Twitter, and launches FindMarley.com.

But Marley isn't the only one with secrets.

With public exposure comes scrutiny, and when Rachel blows a television interview, the dirty speculation begins. Now, the blogosphere is convinced Rachel is hiding something. It's not what they think; Rachel would never hurt Marley. Not intentionally, anyway. But when it's discovered that she's lied, even to the police, the devoted mother becomes a suspect in Marley's disappearance.

Is Marley out there somewhere, watching it all happen, or is the truth something far worse?



Kritters Thoughts:  Told from Day One of Marley's disappearance and each day both mother and daughter are given the opportunity to tell their side of the story - a new inventive way to tell the story of a runaway.  

At the point when the reader thinks they know everything behind Marley's reasons for running and the mother's issues - the author gives just a bit more and the reader really gets the full picture.  I loved not having all the details thrown in all at once and instead getting them just as a real unfolding story would.  The ups and the downs and the twists and turns were perfectly timed in the story and I think the author put the story together very well.

I also enjoyed how this book ended - no spoiler.  But not everything is tied up nice with a bow.  I am glad that the author kept the trueness of the story to the very end and it didn't just all end nicely.

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from TLC Book Tours.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.




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