Monday, October 5, 2020

Don't Look for Me by Wendy Walker

Title: Don't Look for Me
Author: Wendy Walker
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: September 15, 2020

One night, Molly Clarke walked away from her life.
She doesn't want to be found.

Or at least, that's the story.

The car abandoned miles from home.

The note found at a nearby hotel.

The shattered family that couldn’t be put back together.

They called it a “walk away.”

It happens all the time.

Women disappear, desperate to leave their lives behind and start over.

But is that what really happened to Molly Clarke?

Well, That Was Fun! It had one hell of a twist!

A page-turner for sure. Beware that if you are like me, once you start this thriller, you won't be able to put it away. So don't start it at night unless you are ok with having many sleepless hours ahead of you.

The beginning was so sad. A mother, Molly Clarke, is immersed in grief after the loss of her child five years earlier. Her daughter was killed by a car. A car Molly was driving. 

How awful it had to be, to be the one who took her life? A life full of promise that will never materialize. Of course, Molly blames herself and she thinks her remaining two children, Nicole and Evan, and her husband, John, blame her too. Her home life imploded after the accident and no amount of counseling was able to help them. Each is suffering and acting out in their own way.

After having a horrible day and driving at night during a storm, Molly stops for gas, and then she disappears. A couple of days after her mysterious disappearance, a letter is found in a hotel room. In it, Molly writes that she doesn't want to be found. To please don't look for her.

Nicole can't believe her mother would walk away from them. She believes foul play may be at hand and when she gets a new lead pointing her to the town of Hastings, she knows she has to find out the truth. As horrible as it may be.

Wendy Walker knows how to write a good story. I empathized with both Molly and Nic's characters. They were both in so much pain. The accident was devastating. No wonder the whole family was so lost.

Don't Look for Me had a very creepy feeling almost to the end. It was perfect for an October read. 

Cliffhanger: No

4/5 Fangs

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