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Don't Look for Me

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Troubled mother goes missing. A note is found. 
But her daughter is not satisfied. Because in the depths of her soul she knows the truth about her mother.

This is a very interesting take on guilt, motherhood and bravery. The novel explores these subjects deeply and not from the shallow angles and I was quite captivated by its wisdom. Yes, we are who we are precisely because of what has happened to us on the road to here and now. What we perceive as a wrongdoing we done or experienced might have equipped us exactly for the situations in the future. 

This is also a bona fide mystery, quite cleverly written and with many believable motifs (even if the last chapters are going a bit wild with the relevations, but most of the novel is very, very solid - a rare sight these days). 

The POV is strictly female, which I generally do not like as I find it one-sided, but here it works surprisingly well - maybe because the topics the novel deals with are female-oriented (like mother-daughter bond) and the authoress builds her environment around them knowingly. 

I will follow the authoress from now on.
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Don't Look for Me was such an interesting book. It really was such a different take on the "missing women" type of trope. For a family surviving tragedy and living with the guilt associated with said tragedy, there are tensions, people to blame. So mom considers leaving her family behind - they don't care about her anymore, right? But when she goes missing in the midst of the storm, the big question is - did she get abducted, or did she leave of her own accord? 

I thought I had the story figured out. I really did. And to an extent, I was right. Then I got to a point where I literally said (out loud), "Wait, what?" 

So, while the book was predictable in many ways, I was fully surprised by the ending.
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Mark my words this book is going to be a huge hit for Wendy Walker. This is an exceptional thriller. A true stand out among so many.

I really don't want to discuss the plot because I want everyone to discover this story on their own terms. It's intricate. It's breathtaking. It's heart-pumping. It's shiver inducing. It's everything I could ever ask for in this genre. I started this book yesterday morning and tore through 75% without even realizing it. I was completely riveted to the pages.
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Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to review this book.

This is my second book from this author. This is the second one given an average rating. I found the writing to be mediocre and it just left me cold.
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4.5 stars
Well, this was a page turner for sure! 
Main character, Molly has gone missing. Now, the police and everyone searching has chalked it up to  someone who doesn’t want to be found as a planned disappearance, but her oldest child, Nicole doesn’t believe anything she’s told and continues the search after the case has gone cold. 
I love the writing style with dual POVs. Every other chapter was Molly’s POV or her daughter Nicole’s. iThere are twists and turns I didn’t see coming. This book was hard to put down.  If you are looking for a small town thriller where everyone seems to be connected in some twisted way this is the book for you. Highly recommend!
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OMG i don’t what to say about this book! It was just fantastic and I can’t stop reading it. So happy that it was a weekend and I have time to read. I was surprised all along and was not able to guess all the twists on this book.it was intriguing and riveting! Just loved and now I don’t know what to read.
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Another FANTASTIC Wendy Walker story! I really enjoy her writing style and how addicting her stories are. This was another 5-star read for me!
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Wendy Walker once again proves she a master of suspense/thrillers with this book “Don’t Look for Me.”  Here, we meet Molly Clarke, who is distraught after the accidental death of her daughter.  Five years post-accident, she is a shell of herself, so it’s not a big surprise when she goes missing one night.  Her other daughter, Nicole, doesn’t believe she would just leave the rest of her family behind.  

It’s hard to discuss this book without spoilers, and it’s best to go in with as little information as possible so you are along for the ride.  The story alternates between Molly and Nicole, making it a compulsory read.  You’re going to want to set aside an afternoon to read this, because it will be near impossible to put down. I kept saying “just one more chapter” and after four or five times I just gave in, so wrapped up in the story, so wanting to find out how it would all end; it was near impossible to put down.
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“𝑳𝒐𝒗𝒆 𝒄𝒂𝒏 𝒎𝒂𝒌𝒆 𝒑𝒆𝒐𝒑𝒍𝒆 𝒄𝒓𝒂𝒛𝒚. 𝑰𝒕 𝒄𝒂𝒏 𝒎𝒂𝒌𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒎 𝒅𝒐 𝒄𝒓𝒂𝒛𝒚, 𝒆𝒗𝒊𝒍 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒈𝒔.”

Wendy Walker’s Dont Look For Me has been on my radar for quite a while after seeing it raved about Dennis’ (@scaredstraightreads) page. I picked it up as soon as it was published… and then it sat looking beautiful on my shelf. This summer was the time to open the pages, and I am certainly glad I did.

Walker weaves an intricate story with two timelines and two perspectives: Molly Clarke, who has gone missing, and her daughter, Nicole. Both women are stricken with grief, over the death of Molly’s daughter and Nic’s sister, Annie, in which both blame themselves. This study of grief and how each member of the Clarke family has processed it (with lots of shades of grey) gives this suspense story a gripping edge. Walker’s writing is sharp and nuanced, and her descriptions of the small town, along with the people of Hastings Pass, feel stifiling. You understand Nic’s apprehension for trusting people there and know there are some sinister secrets to be uncovered. The characters are well fleshed out and interesting, and the reveals are well paced. Although one of the reveals was a little disappointing (I wanted it to take a different direction), another one had me gasping with surprise.

Don’t Look For Me is a page-turning mystery about grief, guilt, obsession, and forgiveness. Wendy Walker has created a story that would adapt well for the screen and is perfect for a beach day or late night during a thunderstorm read!
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A very entertaining fast paced thriller. This is the first book I've read by this author and I'm sure to pick up more. The writing was great and really kept you intrigued! The plot twist was amazing.
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While I'm generally a fan for a good psychological thriller, this one just didn't do it for me in the end. I was sucked in during the beginning but near the middle-75% it lost steam for me. One thing I did like a lot was the use of flipping back and forth between the narrators. Thank you for the ARC and the opportunity to review the book!
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For the most part, I found this an engaging thriller. Told from both Molly and her daughter Nicole’s POVs, I thought both characters were interesting perspectives to read from and I really enjoyed reading about their relationship; complicated as it was. I also thought the author did a great job of building tension and setting a very creepy tone that carried throughout the story. 

What let me down a little was how repetitive I found some parts of the book, with the same points being rehashed over and over again which made the story feel like it was dragging at times. 

Where it did make up points however was with the ending; while I didn’t entirely buy it, I did appreciate it for the entertainment factor!
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This was a very suspenseful read that I really enjoyed. Like her other novels, this book was very fast-paced and had a big twist at the end.
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A daughter  is killed, a distraught mother walks away from her life.  Molly is completely crushed when her daughter is dead and despite her husband, children and responsibilities she abandons her life….. or does she?  Nicole her daughter doesn’t believe it.  We follow the story told by both Molly and Nicole to find out just what happened here.  This book is going to leave you in the chair with your mouth wide open saying “WHAT?!?” so many times.  You’ll be up way into the night reading this one because you won’t be able to stop! You’ll need all the answers.  Put this on your TBR today!
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. When tragedy hits a family and it feels like they are falling apart, Molly thinks no one will miss her if she just leaves. Until something actually happens to Molly. What doesn't kill us can make us stronger. I was surprised by this book at least a couple of times and once I actually quit reading for a few minutes because I didn't see it coming. I got through this book within two days. Highly recommend.
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Did not finish and therefore. I will not be reviewing on any platforms due to not finishing this book.

I will rate 1 star for the purpose of this feedback, but will not be rating this book on any social media platforms or our blog. 

This book and the characters didn't grab me at all, and sadly I couldn't finish.

I want to thank you for the opportunity to review.
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Don't Look for Me by Wendy Walker is a quick read that really grabbed my attention. Lots of women disappear for various reasons, but this story is so much more. There's a lot of depth to this book and the characters are well developed. Loved the progression of the plot. Great read and recommend.
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I feel like you can never go wrong with a Wendy Walker book. This was suspenseful and engaging. There is a big reveal at the end I did not expect.
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Wendy Walker is a favorite author of mine.  I have recommended so many of her books to my book club.  This one was no different,
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Wendy Walker consistently writes excellent mysteries with a heaping dose of suspense. Because of the thorough backstory given, I was able to really see and connect with the characters. It was easy to picture them in their lives, even though it was stained in tragedy. Don't Look for Me is a well-written, twisty suspense novel that is perfect for fans looking for a quick, unputdownable mystery.
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