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Don't Try to Find Me | [Holly Brown]

Don't Try to Find Me

When a 14-year-old runs away, her parents turn to social media to find her - launching a public campaign that will expose their darkest secrets and change their family forever in this suspenseful and gripping debut for fans of Reconstructing Amelia and Gone Girl. Don't try to find me. Though the message on the kitchen white board is written in Marley’s hand, her mother Rachel knows there has to be some other explanation. Marley would never run away.
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Publisher's Summary

When a 14-year-old runs away, her parents turn to social media to find her - launching a public campaign that will expose their darkest secrets and change their family forever in this suspenseful and gripping debut for fans of Reconstructing Amelia and Gone Girl.

Don’t try to find me. Though the message on the kitchen white board is written in Marley’s hand, her mother Rachel knows there has to be some other explanation. Marley would never run away.

As the days pass and it sinks in that the impossible has occurred, Rachel and her husband Paul are informed that the police have "limited resources." If they want their 14-year-old daughter back, they will have to find her themselves. Desperation becomes determination when Paul turns to Facebook and Twitter, and launches FindMarley.com.

But Marley isn’t the only one with secrets.

With public exposure comes scrutiny, and when Rachel blows a television interview, the dirty speculation begins. Now, the blogosphere is convinced Rachel is hiding something. It's not what they think; Rachel would never hurt Marley. Not intentionally, anyway. But when it’s discovered that she’s lied, even to the police, the devoted mother becomes a suspect in Marley's disappearance.

Is Marley out there somewhere, watching it all happen, or is the truth something far worse?

©2014 Holly Brown (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Kate Saco, ME, United States 08-09-14
    Kate Saco, ME, United States 08-09-14 Member Since 2008

    I love audio and ebooks but only give them a 5 if they hold my attention. An avereage story gets a 3 . Thrillers & Crime are my favorites.

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    "Tedious Melodrama"

    The story is about Marley, a 14 year old girl who runs away from home to join her boyfriend who she met online. That's an interesting plotline and it could have been good except its way too drawn out and focuses more on the mother's thoughts and feelings than on Marley's. That also could have been good if it were not done is such a tedious manner. Every little thought and doubt is expressed repeatedly to the point you just want to gag.

    The book is promoted as revealing all the families deep dark secrets as their ordeal unfolds; however, their secrets are really pretty minor and are typical of most families. Also, Marley's reason for running away is not much of an issue.

    I know many teenagers are gullible, but its really hard to be believe someone is that stupid as her thought process unfolds.

    I barely got through listening to this one.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie West Roxbury, MA, United States 08-06-14
    Leslie West Roxbury, MA, United States 08-06-14 Member Since 2004

    Like mainly mystery and suspense with a bit of chick lit and non-fiction thrown in. Severe addiction going on 10 years to Audiobooks.

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    "Solid listen - Will appeal to fans of Gone Girl"
    Any additional comments?

    It was a good listen. It was a bit predictable at times, but I still wasn't positive on how it was going to end until it ended. I agree with a previous reviewer that at times the mother was a bit annoying, however the story was about her too, not just the daughter. The father didn't develop into a strong character but that may have been intentional and meant to be part of the overall problem. It kept me engaged to and from my long commute.

    It alternated chapters between the mother's view of what was going on and what was happening to the daughter. "B" was appropriately creepy from the start. While not as strong as Flynn's Gone Girl, I think if you liked that book, you would like this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Moriarty 07-22-14
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    "Great listen!"

    I loved this book! I listened to the whole thing in less than a week. This story helped me enjoy my drive to and from work daily. I even listened when I'd go run errands at lunch. The characters were interested and I loved the plot!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tamara 11-09-14
    Tamara 11-09-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Blah!"
    What disappointed you about Don't Try to Find Me?

    It wasn't a mystery story like I thought it would be. It was rather boring.


    Has Don't Try to Find Me turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. I was recommended this book based on my love of Gillian Flynn books. This does not compare at all.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The narrators, I think there was more than one, did a fine job.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    It was boring and I was glad when it was over.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jaime CA, United States 11-05-14
    Jaime CA, United States 11-05-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Meh..."
    Would you try another book from Holly Brown and/or the narrators?

    I'm not sure I'd buy a book from Brown, but I might from the narrators.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The use of technology in the story was good, however everything else was lacking.


    What three words best describe the narrators’s voice?

    Engaging, emotional, entertaining.


    Was Don't Try to Find Me worth the listening time?

    No. I'm really sadden by this story. It was suggested to me because I liked Gone Girl, however this is nothing like it. I found it very hard to connect with the characters, and I have never known a young teenage girl to speak in such a tone as the one in this story.


    Any additional comments?

    Could have been a good story, however it was weighed down by too much psycho babble. Characters are not very likable and very hard to root for.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Miss Kay 09-02-14
    Miss Kay 09-02-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Scary for moms"
    Would you listen to Don't Try to Find Me again? Why?

    Yes. There are a lot of things that kept me interested in this story and I feel like there were a lot of things I may have missed because I wasn't looking for them until it was too late. The narrative was AMAZING.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    I don't know that I have a favorite. I liked how all three were portrayed. I liked and hated Rachel at the same time. I pitied but wanted to hug (then shake) Marley.


    Any additional comments?

    As a mom, this book scares me. It's worth reading if you are a mom though - especially a mother to a daughter - because it shows just how perception is everything and how even the most innocent of things can be taken dramatically by a 14 year old. And of how scary the internet can be because you never know who is on the other end of the monitor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    L. Burnham Alaska 08-03-14
    L. Burnham Alaska 08-03-14 Member Since 2007

    Ruari

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    "Not really a thriller, but a great read."
    If you could sum up Don't Try to Find Me in three words, what would they be?

    Captivating, unexpected, worthy


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Don't Try to Find Me?

    How each parent reacts to their missing daughter and how that changes, but expands their relationship.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I did synced and did both. I prefer the paper version, but the narrators worked well together, which isn't always true with multiple narrators.


    If you could take any character from Don't Try to Find Me out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would like to be a reporter and take Michael out... He did so much damage he did and how selfish he was. A nice expose


    Any additional comments?

    The characters are well developed. I think it was classified as thriller, because you never know what will happen. But what does finally happen isn't sensational, it is human.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Barb 07-31-14
    Barb 07-31-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Disappointing..."
    Would you try another book from Holly Brown and/or the narrators?

    No


    What was most disappointing about Holly Brown’s story?

    I thought this was described as a mystery/thriller type read. It turned out to be just a story of a spoiled brat 15 y/o with a slightly imperfect family trying to make much ado about nothing. The plot of an on-line boyfriend/rendezvous was somewhat believable....but then it was so slow and without interest, I could hardly finish it. You find yourself hoping that something deep and troubling had happened to this family in the past and there would be some secret/mystery revealed....instead you got a distracted father and a suburban mother that likes pills....seriously, this is a mystery? If I did miss something, there is no way I could go back and listen again.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

    The only narrator that I liked was the guy. The mother and the teenager were annoying.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    I have never reviewed anything before and I apologize for being so negative, but before others spend their money on this, they should know that it isn't a mystery/thriller.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C. Oneal California 07-28-14
    C. Oneal California 07-28-14 Member Since 2012

    I'm addicted to Audible. A new grandma I am responsible for my grandsons library, which reignited my interest in books.

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    "Rushed the ending and the girl was unbelievable"

    The story is a good idea and believable. However, the girls vocabulary and understanding of the dynamics of interpersonal relationships and psychology was stretched a bit far. I know they tried to convince us it was only because she'd been in therapy (3 years ago) so she was 11? They should have made her older to fit the vocab, but couldn't to fit the naivety. And I guess it could be considered good writing that the guy was so creepy I felt like a co-conspirator reading it and so it was creepy (not in a good way) to continue. But there were so many unanswered questions I did want to finish it to see how it worked out. This is when I really was upset as the writer jumped, skipped stepped and waved a magic wand for it to all come to an end.

    The story happening is not unbelievable, but the characters are unbelievable only because half the time we are suppose to believe she's wise beyond her years and the other half that she's sheltered and easily swayed. And the guy his character was all over the map and to believe he was as sinister as he was, he never would have done what he did at the end. I am probably adding to the intrigue to reading it, but I am just not trying to be a spoiler. This is not a good read, it makes little sense, and leaves more questions than answers even with its time lapse to the past for explanations, leaving more questions. Don't bother, you won't know much more than you know right now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL, United States 07-22-14
    Teresa ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL, United States 07-22-14 Member Since 2010

    shadow618

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    "Totally Predictable"

    I wanted to like this book. The premise was intriguing and the characters appeared sympathetic. The problem was that I hated this mother. Simply hated her. And most of the book was HER. Way too much mother story, not enough daughter. I could sympthize with the daughter and understand her decisions and motivations - I was a teenager once, but I found NOTHING sympathetic about this mother or bellievable. The only sane character in the whole book was the father, and everybody pretty much ignored him. Overall I would say skip this book. Not worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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