Review: Don't Try to Find Me by Holly Brown

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Title: Don't Try to Find Me
Author: Holly Brown
Pages: 384
Genre: fiction
Publisher: William Morrow (Harper Collins)
Pub. Date: July 8, 2014

The reason I decided to read this one was because it was compared to both Reconstructing Amelia and Gone Girl, both of which I loved... it is about a 14-year-old girl, Marley, that runs away. Her parents set up a website to find her as well as a Facebook page and a Twitter account and do a "publicity tour" all in an effort to find her. But then all the social media involvement unleashes some secrets that make the parents start to look suspicious. Did Marley really run away?? Or did her parents have something to do with her disappearance??

In terms of comparison to Reconstructing Amelia: It is extremely similar. The chapters alternate between the mother and a journal written in by Marley. There are a handful of Facebook conversations thrown in with a few "imaginary Facebook" status updates. We simultaneously see some scary stuff that a teenager is dealing with (which is very relevant today!) and how her relationship to her parents contributed to this. It did a very good job of demonstrating how the relationship between them went wrong which makes sense because the author is a marriage and family therapist. It also had the same suspenseful feel in figuring out the "mystery" which made the book difficult to put down. There is an aspect that is related to the show, "Catfish", which added suspense to the story too.

In terms of comparison to Gone Girl: Okay, so I can see where they are trying to go with this one... but it is definitely no Gone Girl. And the aspect in which there is an even slight comparison I thought was anti-climactic. I would have liked the book much better if what could be considered somewhat of a "twist" was more fleshed out and played a larger piece of the story. I didn't see it coming, really, so once I realized it I thought "Ah!!" and then that was it... it went nowhere.

So overall, I thought Don't Try to Find Me was an okay read. It was suspenseful and difficult to put down but, ultimately, the ending didn't satisfy me as I'd hoped.

Personal Rating: 3/5