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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

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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Wow.....JUST WOW!!!

This Book IS AMAZING!! It has become 1 of my TOP 5 in my Favorite list!! Tai Sammons REALLY BROUGHT THIS BOOK TO LIFE! EMILY MURDOCH YOU ARE TRULY AN AMAZING AUTHOR!! THIS SUBJECT IS HARD TO TALK ABOUT BUT YOU DID IT IN AN AMAZING WAY!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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I LOVED THIS BOOK!

I loved this book it was a great story I just couldn't stop listening ! I will remember this book forever it is going to go on my wall of fame. The struggle some people have to go thru in there life is so real and this author just captured it like it was a picture.

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Actually a really good book...

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Five minutes in, listening to the narrator's cornpone accent, I was kicking myself for buying this one. Then it just snuck up on me, bit by bit, until I was hooked.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The main character, even though she was supposedly so drop-dead gorgeous that all anyone could do around her was stare. She still seemed human, still seemed sympathetic. I wish authors didn't feel compelled to make their heroines supermodel material, but this fact didn't detract too much from the book.

Have you listened to any of Tai Sammons’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I listened over a period of a few days. I am like a dog with a bone when I have a good audiobook going...I drop it for stretches during the day, but I pick it right up again at the first opportunity. This one definitely fit into that category.

Any additional comments?

If you can will yourself past the initial "ick" at the country-isms and corny accent, you'll have a good listen on your hands. The narrator actually nails this one...you just need to let her grow on you a bit.

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  • bebe
  • South Carolina
  • 09-05-16

Wow - This is a good book

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I hope this author will write more books. She is an excellent writer with an excellent use of words and a gift for making you care about the characters. I was entranced from the first few words and did not stop listening until the end. Just could not stop!!
The reader is excellent too. Listening to this book was a wonderful experience and I am so glad I chose it.

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  • Mark
  • Waltham, MA, United States
  • 11-17-15

engaging coming-of-age story

This story of two sisters adapting to the modern world after a childhood of isolation and abuse in the woods is compelling. It is told by Carey, the older sister (age 15). Carey must come to grips with her past life with an abusive mother, and hew new life with her father, step-mother, and step-sister. Very little happens in the present for the first half of the novel, but the narrator's voice was compelling enough to keep my interest. She reminded me in some ways of Scout, in To Kill a Mockingbird. A lot more happens in the second half. The rivalry with Carey's bratty and resentful half-sister feels too familiar, but had good moments, too. The writing is very good. Only after I finished this did I go back and see that it is marketed as a young adult novel. I think it is as appropriate for an adult as a teen, and much better than most YA novels. The narrator was outstanding, too.

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  • Kandie
  • Huntginton Beach, CA, United States
  • 11-03-15

Written for older teens, not adults.

With the exception of a description concerning rape, this is not a book for adults. I purchased this selection on a deal, seriously not worth my time.

9 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • KM
  • STRONGSVILLE, OH, United States
  • 10-21-15

No way is this a book for youth!!!!

All i can say is I am glad I listened. I take all reviews with a grain of salt....some will just be negative just for the heck of it. Yes it was shorter than I prefer.....but it was beautifully written. Regarding the narration? Tai Sammons read it exactly like it should of been.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Good writing

This is not an action packed drama with a lot of mystery, but it is a really good story. The narrator was perfect to portray the main character. It was interesting right from the start and kept my interest through the whole book. I hope this author comes out with more books.

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  • Nicole
  • PROVO, UT, United States
  • 12-29-13

LOVED THIS BOOK

Where does If You Find Me rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of my favorite books so far, the narrator did amazing with the voices and the book itself was great!! I would recommend this book, and I would listen to it again!

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Well-written characters, good story!

Tai Sammons really brings this book to life. I truly enjoyed this book! The author does a beautiful job with the characters and storylines.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful