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Book Review: Don't Look for Me by Wendy Walker

Happy first day of fall!

It's still hot, smoky, and hazy here in Colorado. Even though I'm still waiting for those glorious fall temperatures, I've been getting into the fall mood by reading horror books and thrillers.

One of my most recent thriller reads was Don't Look for Me by Wendy Walker. Thank you to St. Martin's Press for providing a free ebook copy in exchange for an honest review!

Synopsis from the publisher

From the bestselling author of All Is Not Forgotten comes a compelling and emotionally powerful story of a daughter's desperate search to find her mother before it's too late.

They called it a “walk away.” The car abandoned miles from home. The note found at a nearby hotel. The shattered family. It happens all the time. Women disappear, desperate to start over. But what really happened to Molly Clarke?

The night Molly disappeared began with a storm, running out of gas, and a man offering her a ride to safety. But when the doors lock shut, Molly begins to suspect she has made a terrible mistake.

A new lead brings Molly’s daughter, Nicole, back to the small, desolate town where her mother was last seen to renew the desperate search. The locals are sympathetic and eager to help. The innkeeper. The bartender. Even the police. Until secrets begin to reveal themselves and Nicole comes closer to the truth about that night—and the danger surrounding her.

My thoughts on Don't Look for Me

I had high hopes for this one because I enjoyed Walker's previous book, The Night Before, so much. This one didn't quite live up to my expectations.

What you can expect:

  • twists and turns with a couple of red herrings

  • small-town drama

  • themes of motherhood and family

  • suspicious characters

Don't Look for Me has all of the elements I usually enjoy in thrillers, but there was something about it that fell flat for me. Though there were a lot of twists in the story, I managed to predict all of them ahead of time, which was disappointing.

Plus, the characters were kind of one-dimensional, and as the story went on and more characters were introduced to keep you guessing, I began losing track of who was who. It started off strong and kept me reading, but eventually I just wanted the story to end...and it (predictably) did.

Thanks again to St. Martin's Press for providing a free NetGalley copy in exchange for an honest review.

Don't Look for Me by Wendy Walker is out now, so buy your copy from your local bookstore. Or, support them by buying online from Bookshop!


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