If You Find Me: A Novel

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If You Find Me: A Novel

by Emily Murdoch

St. Martin's Press | April 8, 2014 | Trade Paperback

If You Find Me: A Novel is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 2.

Bonus content: Turn to the back for a brand new epilogue, and a sneak peek at the first chapter of Emily''s next novel!

There are some things you can’t leave behind . . . 

In If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch, 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 has disappeared for good, and two strangers arrive. Suddenly, the girls are taken from the woods and thrust into a bright and perplexing new world of high school, clothes and boys.

Now, Carey must face the truth of why her mother abducted her ten years ago, while haunted by a past that won’t let her go . . . a dark past that hides many secrets, 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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 pages, 8.21 × 5.52 × 0.76 in

Published: April 8, 2014

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1250033276

ISBN - 13: 9781250033277

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well Done. I didn't see this book as spectacular. I didn't see the swagger and amazingness at all, am I missing something? Maybe I'm just not fit for these sort of books, it really reminds me of Winter's Bone- especially with the dialogue and plot. Is it just me? x) Carey and her little six year old sister, Jenessa, have been in a forest/national park for ten years with their mom, who is somewhat mentally disabled, until Casey and Jenessa are left alone. They are taken into her father's home and is introduced into a whole new world full of boys, clothes and fun. But there's still the mystery behind why she had to spend all of those ten years in the woods... and much more. I had problems with this book. Why don't we get to them first? It was boring all throughout. I can never say that this was well written, because it wasn't. A well written book is supposed to captivate you, give you the feels, and cause you to want more. During some moments of this book, I couldn't wait for it to be over- *sighs* if that doesn't sound mean or anything. I just didn't feel the magic. Next- Casey gave me some anger at times. We all know that she isn't the most confident and happiest character around; finding out the truth behind her past is crazy and a hassle, but at least she could've been more... I don't know, likeable? She's the type of protagonist who some people have problems with and others don't. So you might see the goodness in her, and maybe you won't. Also, the idea is a little cliché and not really unique, but that didn't really bother me, so I won't make it sound like a big deal. The plot was slow. What can I say? Nothing was happening, and it was predictable. Where was the speciality? Someone please brighten me up because I didn't see this as a fascinating tragic story- not even close, but it wasn't horrible. It was just okay and bearable and wanting to read. Casey was the "spotlight" of this book. Everything revolved around her and she tried to make sure that it'd stay that way. Okay, yes, this was her story and she was here to tell it, but I wish that we could've gotten a two POV perspective thing going on here to brighten things up, but we got none. Nada. The side characters were amazing. I loved Jenessa and Melissa and Delancey, and they really made the book better. What else can I say? Other than the bad things, there were a lot of fun things about this book. When you think about it, there were many genres all mixed together. Romance, mystery, survival, abuse, almost anything. And that's really hard to find in a book. Emily Murdoch definitely made it a better read with that. This was a hard book to read. Casey's abuse and hardships saddens the reader, but it makes them happier to see her fight it and to see something interesting (at least part of it) in a book. It was heartbreaking, but not the best thing I've read lately. But, I'm glad to have seen what the "buzz" is really about.
Date published: 2014-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful!! Story Description: St. Martin’s Press|March 26, 2013|Hardcover|ISBN’s: 10:1250021529 & 13:9781250021526 There are some things you can’t leave behind… 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 two strangers arrive. Suddenly, the girls are taken from the woods and thrust into a bright and perplexing new world of high school, clothes and boys. Now, Carey must face the truth of why her mother abducted her 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. My Review: Fifteen-year-old Carey Blackburn and her younger sister, six-year-old-, Jenessa, live in a run-down, beaten-up old camper in the middle of Obed Wild and Scenic River National Park where their mother took them after abducting them years before. Their mother is mentally ill and often disappears for days or weeks at a time leaving Carey to fend for herself and her little sister. The only food they have to eat is beans or anything that Carey can kill off the land like rabbit or squirrel. Little Jenessa depends on Carey for everything, her very existence and survival depends on her older sister and Carey takes this job very seriously. Her love for Jenessa whom she calls ‘Nessa’ is endearing. Carey displayed patience, understanding, and even disciplined her when it was needed. Carey is a sweet, grown-up, mature girl who looks after Jenessa as if she were her very own child. Then, one day their mother disappears and doesn’t return. Weeks and weeks go by until two strangers turn up and before they know it, they are whisked into a brand new life. Living in a beautiful home, going to school, wearing new clothes and ones that are ‘clean’ and even a dog as a pet which Jenessa falls madly in love with. However, the family’s concern over Jenessa’s silence is worrying and they ask Carey why her sister hasn’t spoken a word in over a year. Carey knows she’s made a vow to herself to always keep the secrets but is it time to tell and unburden herself? If You Find Me was a beautiful story of the immense love and trust between two sisters, survival in horrible conditions, and hope for a future filled with good things that will override the past. This story touched my heart like no other. Carey was an amazing young woman whose care of her little sister was paramount in her survival. I had to keep the Kleenex close at hand during this read. My prediction is that If You Find Me is going to be a big hit and I’ll certainly be recommending it to all my friends and family. I'd like to thank St. Martin's Press and The Reading Room for the Advanced Reader's Copy. I received no remuneration for my review. All opinions expressed here are purely my own.
Date published: 2013-03-24

– More About This Product –

If You Find Me: A Novel

by Emily Murdoch

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 pages, 8.21 × 5.52 × 0.76 in

Published: April 8, 2014

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1250033276

ISBN - 13: 9781250033277

From the Publisher

Bonus content: Turn to the back for a brand new epilogue, and a sneak peek at the first chapter of Emily''s next novel!

There are some things you can’t leave behind . . . 

In If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch, 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 has disappeared for good, and two strangers arrive. Suddenly, the girls are taken from the woods and thrust into a bright and perplexing new world of high school, clothes and boys.

Now, Carey must face the truth of why her mother abducted her ten years ago, while haunted by a past that won’t let her go . . . a dark past that hides many secrets, 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.

About the Author

EMILY MURDOCH lives in the Arizona desert with her husband and adopted dogs, spending her days operating a sanctuary for slaughter-rescued horses and burros. At night, she writes furiously by candlelight, capturing the ideas inspired by the day. If You Find Me is Murdoch''s first published novel.

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