A husband who is caught up in his own world. A wife who needs more from her husband.
A husband with something to prove. A wife with something to hide.
A father who is always working. A mother lost in her problems.
A father who pushes his daughter to excel. A mother who wants to give her daughter space.
A 14-year-old daughter who runs away.
A full-fledged social media campaign to bring that daughter home.
A father consumed with the campaign.
A mother terrified of the campaign.
A daughter who doesn’t want to be found.
When Marley left home, it was of her own free will. But throughout the search, almost no one believes that. When the Find Marley Facebook page goes live, so do the rumor mills, the speculations, and the accusations.
Paul, Marley’s father, is a workaholic who focuses all of his energy and ambition on the social media campaign to find his daughter. He knows he and his wife have nothing to hide, so the campaign will do nothing but bring attention to their missing daughter and bring her home.
Rachel, Marley’s mother, knows she has something to hide. From Paul. From Marley. From the detective. From the world. A few little white lies won’t hurt anything. Or will they? When those lies are exposed, Rachel becomes chief suspect in Marley’s disappearance.
Marley has everything to hide. From her parents. From the world. And now from the one she left home to be with. Nothing is as it really seems for Marley. But she knows she never wants to go home again.
As the media campaign soars, so does the speculation. The story, told through the voices of Rachel and Marley, shows the damage that can be done when secrets and assumptions are made. When families forget to communicate, or maybe just want to believe that everything is fine. Because admitting problems would mean having to work admit those problems and to work to correct them.
Assuming everything is alright is so much easier.
Until it is too late.
This is a must-read book. Along the lines of Gone Girl, but not quite so demented. This is a very good read. This is a really good have-to-find-out-who’s-lying-now page turning book. And I suggest it to you as highly recommended!
In “real life,” Holly Brown works as a marriage and family therapist blogging at PsychCentral.com.
The audiobook version of the Don’t try to find me is a terrific accompaniment to the book. For those of you who have never tried an audiobook, this would be a great place to start. Hillary Huber, Angela Goethals, James Fouhey are the actors who read the story and each does a phenomenal job with the character they portray.
is the narrator for Rachel and in her voice you believe that she is raw and emotional and that there are a few things in her life she has to hide.
Angela Goethals (one of the former Home Alone siblings) does an amazing job as Marley. There is desperation in her voice that is almost tangible.
Last, but certainly not least, James Fouhey lends just enough of an eerie air to round out the audible version of this book.
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