Don’t Look for Me by Wendy Walker, 4 Stars

What draws us to stories of missing people? Is it the train wreck idea that something has happened, and it’s up to us to solve the mystery? Is it the possibility that everything could still be fixed, because if you are only missing, well, the inevitable has not yet been reached?

Stories of missing people are so horrifying, but we are still able to hang on to the tiniest glimmer of hope that things could go back to the way they were before. But that’s what got me about the premise of Wendy Walker’s newest book.

Of course it didn’t hurt that some amazing authors offer some great blurbs. A.J. Finn called it, “Addictive,” and Angie Kim called it, “A nailbiter…so much more than a twisty thriller.”

And the title, Don’t Look for Me. Who wouldn’t want to be found?

From the Publisher:

One night, Molly Clarke walked away from her life.

She doesn’t want to be found.

Or at least, that’s the story.

The car abandoned miles from home.

The note found at a nearby hotel.

The shattered family that couldn’t be put back together.

They called it a “walk away.”

It happens all the time.

Women disappear, desperate to leave their lives behind and start over.

But is that what really happened to Molly Clarke?

My Review:

Molly Clarke has been through the ringer. She once led an idlylic ordinary life. Math teacher by day, doting mother and wife by night. Her husband was successful, she lived in a big house, drove an Audi. If only money and comfort could buy happiness.

Because ever since a family tragedy years before, Molly has blamed herself along with her entire family. The once loved mother is treated with hatred and contempt by her own children and her husband has a wandering eye. Maybe more wandering than that.

So when Molly disappears one rainy afternoon, it almost seems like she had it coming. Like she deserved it. But sometimes, all it takes is for something to be gone, for everyone to realize just how much they actually missed it. Does she want to be found or was it time to start over?

Don’t Look for Me is a great twisty tale of desperation and finding what was lost. It’s also a tale of redemption and realizing that sometimes it takes going through hell to finally find the light at the end of the tunnel.

Special thanks to St. Martin’s Press and Netgalley for an advanced e-galley in exchange for my honest review. This one is out September 15, get your copy!


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