If You Find Me

-Emily Murdoch-

Carey has lived in a broken-down camper with her mentally-ill mother and her younger sister, Jenessa for as long as she can remember. All the sisters have is each other, as their mother often leaves them alone for many weeks at a time. One day, their mother disappears for good, and two strangers show up to take Carey and Jenessa to a new home in a bright new world of high school, clothes, and boys. There are many secrets from the past that Carey is struggling to hide, and one of them is the reason that Jenessa hasn’t talked for over a year. Also, Carey must face the truth that her mother kidnapped her ten years ago.

I was captivated by this book. It did have a lot of mature content though. I liked the way that as the story progressed you learnt more about the characters’ pasts, so it was almost like reading two stories at once. It was really well written, and once I started it I couldn’t put it down. I hadn’t expected If You Find Me to be quite as deep as it turned out to be, but it was a fascinating book.

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