Don’t Try to Find Me
by Holly Brown
Read: July 23-July 29, 2014
Challenge: No challenge
Yearly count: 35
Blurb: Though the message on the kitchen whiteboard is in fourteen-year-old Marley’s handwriting, her mother, Rachel, knows there has to be some other explanation. Marley would never run away.
Marley’s quiet. Innocent. Sheltered. Growing up in Northern California with all the privilege Rachel never had, what does Marley know about taking care of herself? About being okay?
Rachel might not know her daughter at all. But she does know that she needs to find Marley before someone else does. Someone dangerous.
The police have limited resources devoted to runaways. If Rachel and her husband, Paul, want their daughter back, they’ll have to find her themselves. Paul turns to Facebook and Twitter and launches FindMarley.com.
But Marley isn’t the only one with something to hide. Paul’s social media campaign generates national attention, and the public scrutiny could expose Rachel’s darkest secrets. When she blows a television interview, the dirty speculation begins.
The blogosphere is convinced Rachel is hiding something. It’s not what they think; Rachel would never hurt Marley. Not intentionally, anyway. But when it’s discovered that Rachel lied to the police, the devoted mother becomes the prime suspect in Marley’s disappearance.
Is Marley out there, somewhere, watching it all happen … or is the truth something far worse?
Review: I received a copy of this book for free via a publicist, all opinions expressed below are my own.
The description of this book immediately intrigued me and I was very glad when I was able to receive a review copy. And I thoroughly enjoyed it!
The whole idea of Marley running away with a boyfriend that she met on the internet brought back some pretty bad memories of my early teenage years. I was about 15 when I decided it would be a great idea to meet a guy I had met online in some chatroom in real life. Luckily I was smart enough to meet at a public place with a friend in tow. However, I watched from the back of the building as he pulled up in his beat-up 20-year-old car and he wasn’t exactly 16 like he had told me. I never approached him, instead I hid behind the building until he finally gave up and left. I later told him that my parents hadn’t let me go out that night and I then never spoke to him again. I learned a very important lesson that night. And I was lucky for that. There are a lot of young girls out there who aren’t that lucky.
And that’s what I think made this book so much more real to me. I think teenagers need to read this book. Anyone can be anyone they want to on the internet and I really liked how this book explored that idea.
All of that aside, I thought this was a very well-written book. I personally thought Ms. Brown portrayed Marley better than she did Rachel. Maybe it was just me not liking how weak Rachel was portrayed. But I feel as if the sections from Marley’s perspective were stronger than those of Rachel’s.
The writing was very well done. The characters were well-developed. The storyline was fresh and relevant. This book reads so fast as well, I would sit down and 50 pages later I would come up for air.
Overall, a great book that I would highly recommend.