Book Review: If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Based on the description, cover, and title, I expected a suspenseful novel. It wasn’t. After the first couple of pages, I realized that I was reading a story of abuse and neglect. The abuse is described in detail, so although this is a book written for teenagers, I wouldn’t recommend it for young teens. The storyline was somewhat interesting, particularly the parts detailing Carey and Nessa’s adjustment to a new life. But the writing wasn’t great. There were a lot of cliché’s and way too much use by the main character of the word “reckon.” I realize that the author was trying to communicate Carey’s unsophisticated upbringing, but having the character say “reckon” over and over again was jarring. Ultimately, the book was just ok. I could take it or leave it.

In accordance with FTC guidelines, please note that I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: What Happened to My Sister by Elizabeth Flock

What Happened to My Sister: A NovelWhat Happened to My Sister: A Novel by Elizabeth Flock
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It is difficult to read a story about child abuse and neglect, but the author does an amazing job of capturing the innocent voice of the main character, young Caroline. Two families suffer almost unbearable loss and grief and there is much tragedy and pain. However, there is also hope and healing and justice in the end. What Happened to My Sister is engrossing and well-written. I fell in love with little Caroline just as the Fords did. Her brave struggle to survive and her optimism in the face of despair and horrific circumstances was a beautiful thing beautifully told.

In accordance with FTC guidelines, please note that I received a free review copy through LibraryThing Early Reviewers.

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