Life for Riley ends when her young children die in her arms…victims of a global viral outbreak that claims the lives of everyone she’s ever known. Left to fend for herself with only a dog as her companion, she sets out on a journey to find others, leaving notes everywhere she goes…hoping that one day someone will come looking for her. When Riley meets the handsome yet mysterious Connor on the streets of Downtown San Diego, they form a bond unlike either has experienced before. When the things that go bump in the night turn out to be more than nightmares, the trio sets off for the mountains in search of an isolated resort where they can hunker down, away from the ominous shadows of the dead city streets. The peace and tranquility of the woods isn’t enough to keep the darkness away for long though and soon Riley and Connor are forced to accept that the World and the few people left alive in it will never be the same. The shadows of their past may haunt them forever…threatening to destroy what little dreams they have left of a future unless they fight to stay in the light and never lose their hope.
©2012 Trish Marie Dawson (P)2014 Trish Marie Dawson
This novel was always interesting, well written, and amazing storytelling. Moves well, wonderful development in meaningful relationships and conflict.
I have both the kindle book and the audible version, so I read and listened intermittently. That aside, I absolutely loved this book. It had me hooked from the very beginning. Rylie is a strong character, who has held it together and survived the traumatic loss of her entire family. From time to time, her fragility shows through, and you often wonder if she has it in her to go on, living and to a survival center. She leaves a trail of notes, meant for family, but really, for anyone left amongst the living. When she meets Connor (well, when he saves her life), your first thought is, yay another human! But Rylie is still having a hard time dealing with her inner demons, and while desperately lonely, she has a wall up against Connor. Whether it's because she doesn't trust him, or because she's too scared to lose more people she cares for, you'll never know. When her and Connor are all but forced to leave the luxury hotel they been staying in, they set off into the new world and relative unknown.
Upon finding the center, her hopes are deflated when they find one lone survivor.
And end up bringing along some very unwelcome visitors.
This is an incredible book, the characters are well developed and given personalities all their own. I was so sad to have finished this book, but knowing it's a series, with more to come, I look forward to more of Rylie's story.
When I first began listening to I Hope You Find Me and learned that Riley was a mother of two children, the voice I heard gave me a bit of a disconnect. The narrator did not seem to have a voice old enough to have two children, even small children. However, after learning a little more about Riley's personality, the voice became Riley and was appropriate.
Though I can't think of another book that I would compare "I Hope You Find Me" with very closely, I do kind of think of it in the mold of "The Stand" but with the young, energetic full of life characters of more recent novels such as Divergent, The Maze or Hunger Games. Though Riley is probably 10 years older than those protagonists, she displays the same energy and determination.
Favorite scene - simply because it so strongly portrayed the fact that life and love did still exist, even in the world as it was, I loved the scene at the pavilion when Connor approaches Riley privately. I'll say no more.
There are so many, from the scene of Riley comforting her daughter in need, to the passion with Connor, to the pure fury at Matt. Riley is a woman of vast emotion, like most of us are. Trish Dawson is a master at showing us Riley's full array of passion.
I typically read what I call “big books,” those with 800-1000+ pages, and that run anywhere from 40 to 60 hours on Audible. This novel is much shorter at just shy of 10 hours on Audible. As would be expected, the “big books” involve a lot of detail which lends to setting the stage, environment and atmosphere of the story. In “I Hope You Find Me,” Trish Marie Dawson manages to bring the reader into just as an intense immersion of the story with far less text. From moment one of listening to this book, I was connected to the main character and my attention never wavered from that moment. I was only sorry that due to my own schedule I was not able to listen non-stop. “I Hope You Find Me” is set in the aftermath of a world-wide calamity - - one that could conceivably occur, one that, though not the exact scenario, I have often imagined what I might do if found in a situation such as the one Riley has found herself in. I admire the way the author had Riley do some things that would, in normal circumstances, just make no sense at all - - but, of course, there is no such thing as normal circumstances in Riley’s life now. Any prospective readers - - if you enjoy post-catastropic stories of human survival and behavior, including the pain and the joy, you will not be disappointed in this one. I am looking forward to the next!
YES! This story starts out catching your interest and maintains it throughout. There were even times where relating to the characters touched so close to home I had to stop and remind myself that it was just a story.
Conner. He's the kind hearted man that has both a loving side but the strong and protective nature to be a leading man.
She did a good job, but sounded a bit green in the beginning. By half way into the story she seemed to really come into her own with the reading and brought out the story that much more.
As a parent, when Riley explained how she was holding on to her little ones as they died, that weighed a bit too hard on the heart. It only goes to show how descriptive she can be.
This story is definitely worth the listen.
Retired evidently sounds better than disabled.. It's a knee thing. Bone on bone, baby. Not a good candidate for surgery (health issues)..
Not a fair question, as most of the books I find are great books. I tend to return the bowzers (not up to my par) books. I will return for a re-listen again.
I was happy when she and the dog were gotten out of the water.
She did well on the voices, which makes it more interesting than someone who just reads the book. Voice changes make the book come alive.
I didn't laugh or cry, although there were great highs and lows in the book. The opening was when you realize she has just had the children and paramour bodies burned, then to find her mother dead as well.
I would recommend this book for more mature readers/listeners due to the deaths and the virus that has taken out most of the world population. Not a good read for younger readers.
Absolutely!! Loved listening to this book, I had read it but listening added so much , it reminded me even more why I enjoyed this book!'
I loved Riley! She has to overcome so much heart break and tragedy. She's a strong heroine but also sensitive and resilient!
Erin helped me put more of a personality and face to the character , she added a whole new view to the main character.
Surving the apocalypse and finding love
Trish Dawson did such an amazing job with this series!! The world building and character development was so spot on, she brings her characters emotions and the journey they endure to the forefront with exemplary writing and story telling. It was a believable story of love and survival. I loved listening to their story and the things they had to face, how they made it through them and the development of Riley and Connor's love story. Can't wait to listen to book 2!
Yes. It was a great book and I love the characters. It took me a little while to get into it, but it was more because it was my first audiobook and I was easily distracted. So I found myself having to rewind a lot at the beginning.
It isn't my normal type of book that I read so I don't really have anything to compare it to. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE stepping out of my comfort zone and reading new types of books and this was a GREAT one to do it with!
I didn't really know what to expect since this was my first audiobook and I had a hard time just listening to it let alone different characters. It took me most of the book to really accept her so I don't really have a favorite, I would of been fine with her just reading the book without the voices.
Angry, sad, happy. All sorts of reactions. Was an emotional rollercoaster for me because I get really attached to characters in books I read.
I thought it was an excellent book and highly recommend it! I did find it harder to find time to listen to a book rather than reading it. Has nothing to do with the book at all, I can just tune things out a lot better if I have the book in front of me reading. Listening to it, I was able to do other things, therefore making it harder to concentrate and focus on just the book.
Absolutely! Hearing the heartbreak in Rileys voice is just agonizing. Then hearing the rest of the cast come to life. Hearing the sturggles played out. Amazing
Hope is never lost. Its an amazing tale of Love and Hope
I cant pick just one. I can tell you when Riley leaves her house for the last time. Was the worst.
Balled like a baby!
I highly recommend anything and everything written by Trish Marie Dawson
I had previously read the print version and loved that. My experience with audiobooks has been poor so I wasn't holding out high hopes for this one. It took a bit to adjust to, my inner voice sounded a bit different than the narrator did, but after a couple of chapters, I was pulled into the audio version 100%. I really enjoyed it and might even give audiobooks in general another try.
I have not heard her before but I very much enjoyed this performance. Other narrators that I have heard in the past tend to drone on with little to no emotion in the reading, leaving me bored and disconnected. I did not have that experience here with Erin Spencer. I felt drawn into the story and really felt it was her story to tell. Well done.
There were scenes in this book that broke my heart. Being a mother I can not imagine what it would have been like for the main character to have to live through what she has. Every scene is well written. The reader feels every emotion that the characters feel. It was wonderful.
From page 1 I loved this book. Riley is a strong character that you can't help but like and relate to. I actually felt horrible for her. Even as she lay in bed ready to give up, I really couldn't blame her. Most people probably would have done the same. It's really only her sense of duty to her mother that pulls her up and gets her moving. She makes some choices that aren't perfect, but hey, she's despondent and in shock, few of us would be thinking any clearer. As Riley travels, she meets several other characters. Some of them are friendly, some have more sinister intentions. But they are all interesting and have purpose. Even the dog. The dog is very important, as they usually are. :-)This is the first book in a series but it stands alone well. There are some loose ends but those will just drag you back for Book #2 which I promise, is also a great read! I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys post-catastrophe stories or stories of strong women with a heart.
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