Friday, April 26, 2013

Review of If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

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.


If You Find Me is one of those books that is sure to strike a nerve with anyone who reads it. The characters in this novel were so unflinchingly real and strong. There were many scenes throughout If You Find Me that brought tears to my eyes. The author Emily Murdoch has truly hit her mark with this novel. The relationship between Carey and Jenessa was more like a mother - daughter relationship than a relationship between sisters. This is one of the most heart wrenchingly beautiful, sad, and touching book that I have had the pleasure of reading in a very long time.