Updated: Sep 15
By Wendy Walker
A chilling but spellbinding story of a mother-daughter relationship
A storm is coming and Molly Clarke is stuck between two places, her tragic past and her future. She has run out of gas in the middle of nowhere and has no where to turn. She is depressed and racked with guilt over the death of Annie, her nine year-old blue-eyed blond hair daughter. Molly contemplates taking this opportunity to walk away from her family and her old life. It would be so easy to do...
Her husband, doesn’t love her anymore, and her other two children, Nicole and Evan despise her. None of them would even miss her. She needs to start over. She even left a note at a nearby hotel telling her family not to look for her.
Did Molly really just walk away? Two weeks after Molly went missing, a witness has reached out to Nicole. The night of the storm the witness says she saw Molly get into a truck with a missing tail light on the road into Hastings, Connecticut. Will Nicole whose last words to her mother were ”I hate you” ignore her mother’s request and look for her?
DON’T LOOK FOR ME is a chilling but spellbinding story. You want to look away, you want to stop reading, but you just can’t. The pages seem to turn themselves as the unsettling story line shifts between Molly and Nicole.
You can’t help but feel the anguish, guilt and suffering of Molly and Nicole for the part each played in the death of Annie. Five years ago, Annie was hit by a car as she ran after an ice cream truck with her money clenched in her tiny fist. Nicole was babysitting Annie at the time, and mom was driving the car that hit her. It’s an emotional difficult read. But what I really love about this book is the perseverance of both mother and daughter when there are faced with a second nightmare
Alice, is a nine year old girl that play an intriguing role in this terrifying story. You want to like her, and you know that Molly wants to like her, but she hauntingly reminds her of Annie. Not only that, there is just something off about her. She is a little creepy, a little coy and rather manipulative. You can’t help but question Alice’s motives and actions She adds a great deal to the intensity to the story
Author Wendy Walker’s writing is both emotive and delightfully descriptive. She has worked as an attorney specializing in family law and lives in Connecticut. She has written six novel of psychological suspense including Emma in the Night (2017), All is Not Forgotten (2016) and The Night Before (2019)
Thanks to Netgalley for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Publisher St. Martin’s Press
Published September 15, 2020