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Publisher's Summary

A deeply compelling mix of high school drama and page-turning mystery that asks profound questions about family, truth, and love
Fourteen-year-old Carey and six-year-old Jenessa have been living in the woods with their mother for as long as they can remember; the sheltering trees and a broken-down camper are all they know. But what they’ve never been told is that Carey vanished from the real world ten years ago, when their mother took her, causing an uproar in the media - and in her father’s life.
Now, abandoned by the mother they trusted, they’re often left alone for long periods of time to fend for themselves - but, in one moment, everything changes. They’re found by Carey’s father and thrust into a bright and perplexing new world, one of shopping malls, shiny appliances, new clothes, and mouth-watering food. Carey desperately wants to believe in this new reality but is held back by a deep and painful loyalty to her mentally ill mother, who gave Carey her violin and taught her how to play the soaring music that helps her survive.
And then there’s the other piece of Carey’s past that haunts her, the story of what happened to her and Jenessa on that dark night in the woods - the reason Jenessa hasn’t spoken a word in over a year. Will Carey ever be able to trust her father and his family enough to fit into this new life? Will Jenessa finally break her silence and ruin the cocoon of safety that Carey’s built so carefully around them? And what will happen if the secret comes out?
©2013 Emily Murdoch (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc
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Critic Reviews

“Grabbed me by the heart on page one and didn’t let go till the very last word. Murdoch’s language is lovely, her storytelling gripping.” (Carol Lynch Williams, PEN Award-winning author of The Chosen One)
“Within two pages, I was so hopelessly hooked, I felt like the story had attached itself to me…Original and suspenseful, but most of all, it was Carey’s voice that had me flipping the pages…One of those books you devour.” (Jennifer Brown, author of Hate List)
“Searing…Hurt my heart and will probably haunt my dreams—a beautiful book about survival, identity, family, love, and so much more.” (Jenny Downham, author of Before I Die)
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By Diane on 05-11-13

One of the best books I have ever listened to!

Would you consider the audio edition of If You Find Me to be better than the print version?

Yes, this was read by Tai Sammons and much feeling came forth.

What did you like best about this story?

When Carey found out the truth about what happened to her.

Which character – as performed by Tai Sammons – was your favorite?

Carey for sure. Nessia was great too.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

If you find me.

Any additional comments?

I originally got this as a library book. Then because I loved it so much I bought both the audio and the kindle version of it. Thank You very much!

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35 of 35 people found this review helpful


By Kathy on 11-20-16

Great Story With Very Impressive Narration

It was promoted by Audible, but I didn't like the cover which put me off for some odd reason. Yet, when it came on sale, I decided to give it a try. Lucky for me because I absolutely loved this book.

The protagonist, Carey, is a 14 year-old girl, so if you are one of those folks that can only read books about same-age adults as you, and you feel insulted if you get even a whiff of YA literature, then this book is not for you. On the other hand, if you are open to reading about teens or even love YA-type books, this book IS for you. After all, most of us were teenagers at one time or another, right? Yes, the story is about a teen but I would find it suitable only for older, more mature teens plus adults, of course.

The narrator, Tai Simmons, has seemingly "channeled" the main character's psyche and does an amazing job of capturing Carey and her experience. For me, the narration was pure perfection, there couldn't be a better match.

I was immersed in this book for three days and found it believable and absorbing. It was very moving and at times, heartwarming. I felt the author handled the disturbing material very carefully and compassionately. This is one of those books that lingers after it is done, one where I miss the characters and don't want to say goodby.

Read the publisher's summary to get an idea of what the story is about. Then dive in. Don't put it off like I did!

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15 of 15 people found this review helpful

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