Don't Look For Me
by Wendy Walker

Book: Don’t Look For Me by Wendy Walker
Published: September 15, 2020
Rating: 3.75-4 stars (4 stars on Goodreads)

Told through the alternating points of view of a mother and daughter, Don’t Look For Me follows a daughter, Nic, in the search of her mother, Molly, who has been missing for two weeks.  Before her disappearance, Molly was going through the motions and taking life one day at a time.  Five years ago, Molly accidentally ran over her nine-year-old daughter in the driveway when she was coming home from work.  Since that fatal day, life hasn’t been the same; the rest of her family now resents her and does whatever they can to avoid her.  This is her mundane life, until one day when she runs out of gas while driving home in a terrible storm and completely disappears.  Did Molly just walk out of her car hoping to leave her life behind her, or does something more sinister happen?

Overall, I enjoyed this one!  I was hooked from the first page—it was a quick and engaging read, and I found myself constantly wanting to know what was going to happen and how it would end.  I wasn’t very fond of any of the characters, but I’d have to say that I liked Molly the most—she is absolutely resilient and quick to think on her feet.  I also found that the final twist really came out of nowhere and, as such, the ending was disappointing and felt very rushed to me.

I would definitely recommend this, though, if you’re looking for a quick, thrilling page turner!

Please avoid reading any further if you want to avoid spoilers

The reason I’m not giving it a higher rating is not only because of the ending, but also because I’ve recently read another book that is extremely similar (if you’re curious about which one you can reach out to me and I’ll tell you!), and which I ultimately liked more.  The other book was still so fresh in my mind, so it was really easy to compare the two.  Both books follow the same kind of story for pretty much 250 pages—a woman is kidnapped and forced to become a replacement mommy to a girl who has only ever lived in a secluded shack/cabin in the woods.  Don’t Look For Me did not really delve into the psychological effects of what being held captive can do to both an adult and a child, whereas the other one did.  The other book also had more layered elements to it, which I really appreciated!

If you don’t read these two books back-to-back like I did, then you’ll probably enjoy this one more than I did, especially since there have been so many other raving five-star reviews for it on Goodreads!


ABOUT DON’T LOOK FOR ME:

One night, Molly Clarke walked away from her life. The car abandoned miles from home. The note found at a nearby hotel. The shattered family that couldn’t be put back together. It happens all the time. Women disappear, desperate to leave their lives behind and start over. She doesn’t want to be found. Or at least, that’s the story. But is that what really happened to Molly Clarke?

The night Molly disappeared began with a storm, running out of gas, and a man in a truck offering her a ride to town. With him is a little girl who reminds her of the daughter she lost years ago. It feels like a sign. And Molly is overcome with the desire to be home, with her family—no matter how broken it is. She accepts the ride. But when the doors are locked shut, Molly begins to suspect she has made a terrible mistake.

When a new lead comes in after the search has ended, Molly’s daughter, Nicole, begins to wonder. Nothing about her mother’s disappearance makes sense.

Nicole returns to the small, desolate town where her mother was last seen to find the truth. The locals are kind and eager to help. The innkeeper. The bartender. Even the police. Until secrets begin to reveal themselves and she comes closer to the truth about that night—and the danger surrounding her.

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