Book Review : Don’t Look for Me by Wendy Walker

As a thriller lover, I am thrilled for this book! 

Bloggers are spreading good reviews about the book and since it has been a long time since I last read a good thriller, I decided to go for it!


Genre : Thriller, Mystery
Page : 342 pages
Published : 15th September 2020


One night, Molly Clarke walked away from her life. The car abandoned miles from home. The note found at a nearby hotel. The shattered family that couldn’t be put back together. It happens all the time. Women disappear, desperate to leave their lives behind and start over. She doesn’t want to be found. Or at least, that’s the story. But is that what really happened to Molly Clarke?

The night Molly disappeared began with a storm, running out of gas, and a man in a truck offering her a ride to town. With him is a little girl who reminds her of the daughter she lost years ago. It feels like a sign. And Molly is overcome with the desire to be home, with her family—no matter how broken it is. She accepts the ride. But when the doors are locked shut, Molly begins to suspect she has made a terrible mistake.

When a new lead comes in after the search has ended, Molly’s daughter, Nicole, begins to wonder. Nothing about her mother’s disappearance makes sense.

Nicole returns to the small, desolate town where her mother was last seen to find the truth. The locals are kind and eager to help. The innkeeper. The bartender. Even the police. Until secrets begin to reveal themselves and she comes closer to the truth about that night—and the danger surrounding her.


“If you can’t be a good second mommy, we will have to get a new one.”

Beginning chapters of the book?

Wow.

I’m ready to read more!


Don’t Look For Me— When Nicole went around the town to find clues about her missing mother.


This book is so much more than just a thriller. I love how this book manage to put in disturbing aspect of life and successfully crafted them into a nice story.

1. Love

This book proves how one could manage to contain such an immense love for others. What one could have done for the sake of others. How love is an important aspect for us all in this life and how love could nurture us as well as ruin us all the same.

2. Guilt

I think dissapointment from within ourselves is the hardest guilt to made peace of. And this book have so much guilt along the story that perfectly developed a good thick plot.


What’s This Book About?

On a stormy night, Molly Clarke is out of gas when she stumble upon a man in a truck, offering her a ride. By his side, is a litle girl around the age of Molly’s youngest daughter whom she lost years ago. Without any suspicious, Molly accept the ride and went ahead with the truck.

Afterwards, there are no news regarding Molly. To the outsiders, Molly seems to gone missing out of her choice. But Nicole, Molly’s eldest daughter, know much better. 

Nicole then begin her own investigation to re-trace her lost mother.


My Thoughts

I love the setting. 

Small town, broken family, mysterious townspeople.

Usually, these type of setting did not quite meet my taste because I demand something complicated and something I’ve never read before. *because there are lots of thriller based on secluded small town* therefore, I want something different.

But fancifully, I enjoy the setting for this book a lot. 

And I was hooked in the moment I read the first few chapters. It was so intense and I am so excited to finished of this book right away to find out how this all turns out because this book is so good at playing with tension. Reading this book, I couldn’t help but to think the worst possible scenario that could happen.

I also love how mysterious this book could be. It’s been a long time since I was left guessing of who might be the culprit. 

However, as exciting and mysterious this book is in the beginning, I feel like everything comes to a slow during the process. Yes, there are new clues being uncovered but I think it rather gone around in circles. Like how desperate Nicole would love to find her mother. Instead of fast pace action and solving clues, I could only remember the book present Nicole frustration over the issues due to how frequent this was sound in the book.

What makes this book exciting is it tells the story from two different perspective. Nicole and Molly. Unsurprisingly, I love Molly’s chapter a lot. It was all screaming tension and again, it’s so intense. 

For the mystery part, I did ended up guessing around in circles but around half the book, I think the book made it slightly obvious for thriller reader. However, I highly praise this book for the twist after twist!

Yes, you read it right.

Twist after twist! It’s so rare to read a book that contain a super big twist and this book is just so good, so shocking, so clever in throwing twist after twist in the end. Even now, I’m still in a daze. I assure you, you could never expected this twist to happen at all.


Overall, I think this book is a good thriller read and I think reader who rarely reads thriller could appreciate this book more than I do. But I am confident to say, that even an avid thriller reader could never have guessed the twist after twist in the end!

“People try to replace the ones they loved with replicas.”

Author: Celine

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