If You Find Me - Emily Murdoch | Book Review

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Pages: 288 Paperback
Publication date: March 26th, 2013
Publisher: St. Martin Griffin
How I got the copy: Bought 
Rating:  3 out of 5
Series: N/A


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.


The beginning was sooo slow! It felt like nothing really happened during the first half of the book, there's so much explaining of how Carey took care of her younger sister Jenessa since she was a baby and how she felt like she's Jenessa's real mother, blah, blah, blah. That's how you feel after reading her explain how she feels like Jenessa's mother instead of their actual mother being Jenessa's mother. It's said so many times, the further it kept going I actually thought the book was going to only cover that and that only. 

FINALLY the book starts to unravel more when you get pasted the first half of the book, we get to see their new family, get to know her father more than what Carey thinks she knows about him from stories told to her by her unstable mother. Jenessa adjusts well to her new family but carey keeps trying to fight being safe and part of a new family. It seemed kind of unreal. Carey longed for a stable family, a warm roof over their head and food to eat whenever they pleased but she didn't want to actually accept that she and her sister were safe now.

The secret of all secrets that stole Ness' words was predicable, two young girls, living in the woods with a meth head mom?? Yeah, I saw it coming and I'm pretty sure I wasn't the only reader who figured out the big secret before it was revealed.

I enjoyed reading the second half of this way more than the first half... It took so long for me to get through the beginning, though and knowing the big secret "twist" didn't redeem anything for this book either.

Another thing that didn't make sense to me is the title, they're literally found at the beginning of the book. I could understand more if it was titled "If you found me"... this wouldn't have happened to me. Do you guys get what I mean?

3/5  stars. I recommend this to probably a younger audience than myself, so young teenagers who enjoy reading contemporary mystery. 


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