Thursday 16 May 2013

Book Review: If You Find Me By Emily Murdoch

Name: If You Find Me
Author: Emily Murdoch
Publisher: Indigo
Release date: OUT NOW
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 the girls are found by their father, a stranger, and taken to re-enter the "normal" life of school, clothes and boys.

Now, Carey must come to terms with the truth of why their mother spirited them away 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.

Review: My god! What an emotional ride. This book is one of the best contemporary thrillers I have ever read.

If you know me I'm not really into thrillers at all. I am all about romance novels etc but this book has defiantly made me second guess the genre in a good way. I absolutely can't express to you how amazing this novel is. The plot is SOOO original! Like I have never ever come across something like this. The shocking moments, the cries, the screams, the anger and the joy I felt through this is unimaginable.

Carey and her sister Nessa have had some horrific things happen to them and through Emily Murdoch's writing I could feel everything the girls were feeling. Emily's word images were so vivid. It must of been hard to write certain scenes and I feel like she handled it perfectly.  I loved that it was in first person I think for this kind of story it was very important. What's amazing about Emily's writing is if she wants you scared she will make you SCARED. If she wants you heartbroken prepared to be, her writing is so clever and gritty it was epic.

Emily didn't hold back in her writing. It felt true and legit. It hit you where it was supposed to and then left you to pick up the pieces. Each page, each paragraph and each sentence had me on the edge, not on the edge of my seat no... On the edge of everything, my emotions and my sanity. I loved the characters they had such an essence. Each one of them! They all made an impact in my reading and my heart. I love Nessa... She is such a sweetheart and it made me want a little sister so bad. Her and Carey's relationship felt so true... You could see the unconditional and loyalty love between them and Emily did an amazing job.

I feel like I want to say much more but honestly? I just want you guys to read this incredible book. If you want a beautiful book about survival, bravery, loyalty and identity then go and buy it now. You won't regret it.


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Cait said...

I've seen so many good things about this book, like you it's not really my thing but I think I may have to read it now! Great review, you really got me interested in this book

Cait x

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It's a powerful experience watching this fiercely independent woman-child protect and raise her little sister, survive in the forest and navigate the intimidating civilized life. I highly recommend If You Find Me because the author has written a passionate story with memorable characters the reader will absolutely love. And I also highly recommend you bring your tissues because you will need them.

Penelope Sanchez said...

This was an incredible book. It was full of soul and anguish. I would absolutely recommend this novel. Emily Murdoch is an excellent writer. She pulls you into the characters' lives and you just don't want to leave them. You can't believe what they've gone through yet a positive message of strength leaves you feeling inspired and wanting to read more books like this one which is what I'm going to do now!

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