The Father She Went to Find

A Novel

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Pub Date 02 Apr 2024 | Archive Date Not set

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“A Beautiful Mind takes a life-and-death road trip in this battle of wits, maze of psychological suspense, and heartbreaking family drama. I was riveted to every page.” 
—Hank Phillippi Ryan, USA Today bestselling author of One Wrong Word 

"Carter Wilson has deftly crafted one of the most compelling and unique characters you’ll read this year. I was glued to every word!”
—Wendy Walker, bestselling author of What Remains

A road trip to find closure… or a reckless chase that could turn deadly? 

Penny has never met anyone smarter than her. That's par for the course when you're a savant--one of less than one hundred in the world. But despite her photographic memory and super-powered intellect, there's one mystery Penny's never been able to solve: why did her father leave when she was in a coma at age seven, and where is he now?

On Penny's twenty-first birthday, she receives a card in the mail from him, just as she has every year since he left. But this birthday card is different. For the first time ever, there's a return address. And a goodbye.

Penny doesn't know the world beyond her mother's house and the special school she's attended since her unusual abilities revealed themselves, but the mystery of her father's disappearance becomes her new obsession. For the first time ever she decides to leave home, to break free of everything that has kept her safe, and use her gifts to answer the questions that have always eluded her. What Penny doesn't realize is she might not be able to outsmart a world far more complicated and dangerous than she'd ever imagined...

“A Beautiful Mind takes a life-and-death road trip in this battle of wits, maze of psychological suspense, and heartbreaking family drama. I was riveted to every page.” 
—Hank Phillippi Ryan, USA...


Advance Praise

"Wilson punches up Penny’s anything-can-happen adventures with a deadpan first-person narrative that pares its cast of characters to the absolute minimum and relies on sentences and paragraphs and chapters as short, and about as reassuring, as hiccups.
Fasten your seat belt. This is one wild ride."
Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

“Penny is a fascinating character who’s full of extremes: off-the-charts intelligent but completely clueless when it comes to the real world; desperate for love but pushing everyone away; longing for safety but causing mayhem with her single-minded pursuit of a plan-less goal. Get ready for a wild ride and a WHOA ending.”
—First Clue


"Wilson punches up Penny’s anything-can-happen adventures with a deadpan first-person narrative that pares its cast of characters to the absolute minimum and relies on sentences and paragraphs and...


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ISBN 9781728293479
PRICE $16.99 (USD)
PAGES 448

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Oh my! This book is a whirlwind of eccentric and wonderful plot lines and characters! It centers around Penny as she awakens from a coma after a fall down the basement stairs when she was seven. Now she has an eidetic memory and an incredible memory for faces; she sees colors for numbers and can recall pages of written material easily. She conjures her father in her head and has "conversations" with him, especially remembering a road trip where he left messages for her in hidden coke bottles. Newly awakened she has a "treasure map" and is determined to retrace those steps and find him. And of course there are great characters--mostly misfits, loan sharks, shootings, a crooked cop, and so many odd and wonderful happenings! Like all of Wilson's books, this one keeps you on the edge of your seat and never lets you go! Gritty and fabulous!
Thanks to NetGalley for this ARC!

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Wow, this book was incredible! Penny is such a fantastic character. At seven years old, she fell down the stairs and ended up in a coma. When she awoke, she discovered that her father left while she was in the coma and also that she now has acquired savant syndrome. She sees numbers as colors, has an eidetic memory and can draw photorealistic drawings in minutes. After that she lives a sheltered life mostly at an institute for the brain. Fourteen years later, on her twenty first birthday, she leaves to try and track down her father. Her first journey into the world certainly takes an unexpected path! She meets some interesting characters and gets into quite a bit of danger along the way. There's some nice twists and turns and a shocking, emotional ending that is utterly unpredictable. I think The Father She Went To Find is going to be a big hit. It's definitely my favorite Carter Wilson novel so far. You won't want to miss this one when it comes out on April 2, 2024!

Also, I love that it took place during the 80s! Things were so much different before cell phones and the internet so it added an extra level of difficulty to her journey.

Thank you NetGalley and Poisoned Pen Press for the ARC!

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WOW

I truly just didn't expect this. I am blown away with how Wilson tied this story together. I Love Penny and Travis. Then the duo became a Trio and it took you through the dedication etween people who just met. You must find trust in someone. She is on a mission to find her dad who left when she was 7. And on her cross country journey Penny finds her self in some really crazy situations!
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Would absolitely recommend!
*please note there are triggers that should be considered when reading*

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My goodness did I like this book! I thought it was a rollercoaster of a ride to read. I felt like I was on the ride with the characters. The mix of adventures that happen were good ones to get lost in when I couldn't sleep at night. I look forward to more from this author. Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC. Five stars.

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