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If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

If You Find Me
by Emily Murdoch

If You Find Me

By: Emily Murdoch

Release Date: March 26, 2013

Rating: 3 stars

Summary: There are some things you can’t leave behind…A broken-down camper hidden deep in a national forest is the only home fifteen-year-old Carey can remember. The trees keep guard over her threadbare existence, with the one bright spot being Carey’s younger sister, Jenessa, who depends on Carey for her very survival. All they have is each other, as their mentally ill mother comes and goes with greater frequency. Until that one fateful day their mother disappears for good, and two strangers arrive. Suddenly, the girls are taken from the woods and thrust into a bright and perplexing new world of high school, clothes and boys.

Now, Carey must face the truth of why her mother abducted her ten years ago, while haunted by a past that won’t let her go… a dark past that hides many a secret, including the reason Jenessa hasn’t spoken a word in over a year. Carey knows she must keep her sister close, and her secrets even closer, or risk watching her new life come crashing down.

First of all:
*jumps up and down excitedly*


“Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known.”

Hmm. Difficult to write a review for this book. Or maybe I got a bit rusty.. Anyways, first of all it wasn’t what I expected. I really was expecting a bit more thriller, suspense and mystery. But that is not really what this book is about.

The book starts right away with the girls being found in their hidden place in the woods after being abandoned by their mom. So the whole point of the book is merely to see how the girls have to adjust theirselves in the modern world. Cause even basic things like toothpaste are unknown for Carey and Nessa.

The story is touchy of course, to see how Carey -being the oldest so she has been through the most- struggles to find her place in her new family with her dad. And with flashbacks the reader gets to know in what miserable conditions the girls really lived for years. Carey playing mother of her little sister, mom often gone, and beans with only thing to eat. But still, although this is all so awful, I didn’t really felt a connection to the girls. I felt bad for them but wasn’t overwhelmed by emotions, if that makes sense.

It’s obvious some really bad stuff happened in the camper, especially with Carey. But I figured out the big secret she is carrying rather quickly (view spoiler). I don’t know if that was the intention of the author, but when the moment arrived that Carey finally tells her dad about it I wasn’t shocked.

Also, we never know what happened to the mom after she wrote a letter that she can’t take care of the girls anymore and where they can be found. After hiding the girls for so many years, why now? That’s a thing that I really want to know. The woman is bipolar and on med, so when she kidnapped Carey it’s obvious she wasn’t sane. Did she had a moment of sanity when she wrote that letter? I wish I got some kind of clue about that in the book.

It’s definitely not a bad read, just not entirely what I expected. And it’s also not that long so perfect to read as a quickie 😉

Go to Lis’ review on Goodreads.

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