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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

#ATBR2020 Review: Don't Look For Me by Wendy Walker

Don't Look For Me
by Wendy Walker

Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for this amazing read!

Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publish Date: September 15, 2020
Kindle Edition
352 Pages
Genres: Psychological Thriller, Suspense

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:

WHAT IN THE HOLY HELL DID I JUST READ?!  My third Walker and by far my favorite.  I literally still have goosebumps all over my body from that last line and I can't even tell you how many times my mouth fell open while reading this book.  Hold on, I need just a moment to collect my thoughts......

Ok, WTF?!?!
Ok, I'm still not composed but whatever - let's TALK ABOUT THIS BOOK.  From start to finish, I carefully read each and every word.  I sometimes reread certain parts because I was trying so hard to figure out who was what and where and this and that and ... oh boy, I'm losing it again.  
I am thoroughly impressed with how this was all put together.  Every single nuance and red herring.  Geebus - I almost feel manipulated!  All of these characters are just WOW - some are so eerily chilling that I don't know if I ever want to be around someone with that name ever again.  EVER. AGAIN.  
Words... I don't have them.  All I can say is that you absolutely need to read this.  Like now.  Stop whatever you're doing and READ THIS BOOK IMMEDIATELY.  I'm in a full on book hangover right now and don't know what to do with myself.  Where's Nic? I need to go get a drink with her.  She can have the vodka and I'll take the bourbon.  Please and thank you.  Kurt, pour me a double!


Jessica's Review:

Ok, so I'm still trying to gather my thoughts on this one. Not only did this book start out with a bang and suck me instantly, but that ending! Holy crap. I was so wrong because of all the strategically placed red herrings that the author gave the readers. That last chapter? Still thinking about it. DON'T LOOK FOR ME is definitely in my top books for 2020 without a doubt.

Molly Clarke is a woman plagued with guilt over a horrific accident that happened years before. An accident that forever changed the dynamic between her and her family. Convinced that her children and husband hate her, maybe they would be better off is she wasn't around. Returning home from her son's football game, Molly drives straight into a huge storm. The next day, her empty car is found without gas and her phone inside. So begins the search for Molly.

Nicole (Nic) and her father begin searching in the area where Molly's car was found abandoned. A couple days after the storm a credit card charge was made at a nearby casino and a note was found - telling them that she was leaving and didn't want to be found. Writing it off as a "walk-away" the police end their search. Nic knows something is up and she and her brother are sure that she wouldn't just abandon them.

We get Molly and Nic's POVs in alternating chapters. We see what Molly is experiencing and then Nic trying to unravel where her mother could possibly be. Let me tell you, some of these characters we meet along the way would send a chill down your spine, and you never really knew who Nic could trust as she tried to make sense of the web of lies.

Bottom line, you need to get this on your TBR. Wendy Walker wowed me with THE NIGHT BEFORE but this one was even better. She has become an auto-buy author for me and now I need to go back and get her other books. If you want a twisty psychological thriller, look no further!

5 stars

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