Review: Don’t Try to Find Me

August 29, 2014 book review, family, Run Away, Social Media, William Morrow 4

Don't Try to Find Me

  • Written By:  Holly Brown
  • Published By:  William Morrow an Imprint of Harper Collins July 8, 2014
  • Length:  368 Pages
  • Source:  Publisher

When Rachel comes home from work, she reads the cryptic note on the refrigerator white board-

Don’t try to find me.

I’ll be okay. I’ll be better.

I love you.

It’s her daughter Marley’s handwriting, but what does it mean?  Marley is only 14, would she really run away?  Then Rachel see’s Marley’s iPhone on top of the fridge, yep the iPhone she’s never without.  When she calls her husband Paul he says she’s probably just angry and will be home later.  When hours turn to days Paul’s opinion changes rapidly and we see he and Rachel desperately reaching out to fine Marely.

Paul does what he does best, he uses social media and TV to plea for the safe return of his daughter.  He reaches out to the local police and begs their help.  Rachel appears to be holding something back, and the media backlash suspects she may have done something to Marley, but that’s not her secret at all.

Told from both Marley and her mom Rachel’s voices the story has many twists and turns.  We learn Marley is not as secure and stable as she would have others thing.  The new town and school have not been easy for her, and just why was Rachel so eager to leave their former life?

As a mom of teens I read this book with eager eyes, I questioned many times what would I have done, would I follow Paul’s lead and could I expose all of our life to the scrutiny of the media?  Social media can be both helpful and hurtful, as this family learned.  Reading of Marley’s journey and her final destination pulled at my heart, so young and naive and so hungry for love teen girls are naive and foolish.  Meeting someone online can be filled with dangers and lies…..would she be safe?  When she begins to question her choices can she get out?

I really enjoyed this book, I warn you it’s a tough one if you have teens  at home, but absolutely riveting and worth the read. Don’t Try to Find Me forces it’s readers to question if parents know what their children are doing online? Is social media safe for teens?  I look forward to more from Holly Brown.


4 Responses to “Review: Don’t Try to Find Me”

  1. My Home of Books (@duffygal777)

    Sounds like a winner to me! My kids are young adults now, but I was nervous about their constant exposure on social media starting when they were young teens. I tried to keep a good eye on them, and luckily we got through the teenaged years intact.
    Thanks for a good review and hope you are feeling better soon.

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