Holy wow! This book took me by surprise! How in the world is it possible that up until this point I had never read a book by Wendy Walker?! You can be sure that my kindle will be filling up with her other books shortly.
Don’t Look For Me tells the story of Molly Clarke who disappears into thin air after running out of gas on dark and stormy night. The story is told from two perspectives: Molly’s perspective starting with the night she rain out of gas and her daughter Nic’s perspective as she determinedly searchers for her mother. I don’t want to give much else away for fear of ruining the perfect twists and turns found throughout the novel.
There are two types of thrillers, those that focus only on mystery and suspense and those that add in the extra element of character development. I enjoy both types of thrillers, but this one definitely falls into the later category. The struggles each character was experiencing prior to the events of the book pervades all of their decisions. As the reader you get to follow them as they use their current circumstances to understand and grow from past events. In a book that highlights the terrible aspects of human nature, this is the ray of sunshine that come through the dark.
As for the suspense aspect, Walker does this flawlessly. It was almost as though the entire novel was shrouded in a deep gray and sepia fog. The pace of the novel was perfect. I felt on edge the entire time, but never rushed or bored. Like most thrillers, this book contains a few twists and turns. I read a lot of thrillers, so I pride myself of being able to guess any twists before they happen. I thought I had it with this book. I remember thinking smuggly to myself “ha, you didn’t fool me Wendy Walker, I see what’s coming.” Then BOOM, out of nowhere, something that never even crossed my mind. I actually said, out loud, “wait. WHAT?!”
This is hands down one of the best books I have read this year and one of the best thrillers I have read in quite some time. A very easy five out of five stars from me. This book will publish on September 15, 2020 and you will not want to miss it! It will be perfect if you enjoy suspenseful reads during the Halloween season.
Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing me with a copy of this ebook in exchange for my review.
Content Warnings: death of child, child abuse, alcohol, trauma.