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Don't Try to Find Me

3.40  ·  Rating details ·  5,033 ratings  ·  570 reviews
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
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published July 8th 2014 by William Morrow
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Ali Mark This was really well done. I think if you like other YA books and you're looking for an interesting mystery situation that gets out of hand (if you've…moreThis was really well done. I think if you like other YA books and you're looking for an interesting mystery situation that gets out of hand (if you've ever seen Hard Candy or read books that align well with a missing child, like Abduction!), this is a good read. I give a lot of 4's, but I look at every aspect of the book (writing style, character development/connection/relationship, books' uniqueness, entertainment factor, title relevance, cover art relevance, etc.) and make a decision from there.

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Monica Im 54 and I like the book. Its told from the Mother's perspective as well as the protagonist's. In fact there are 2 protagonists, enjoy.

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Jul 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book, and in fact, I had high hopes. The plot: A young girl (14) runs away from home. Her mother is extremely upset, her father is upset too but is somewhat aloof. Why does the girl run away? And is the mother hiding her own secrets? The book has two perspectives: the mother's, and the daughters. And hands down, the daughter's sections are 100 times more interesting than the mothers. It got to the point where I started to skip the mother's sections. She was boring an ...more
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Aug 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Apr 19, 2014 rated it liked it
"Don't try to find me."

With those words, fourteen year-old Marley sets off every parents' worst nightmare -- your child running away from home, vanishing without a trace. The only clues are how thoroughly Marley went to cover her tracks, including erasing her tablet and clearing out messages from her e-mail in-box, cell phone and her social media accounts.

Marley's parents, Rachel and Paul throw themselves into trying to figure out why their daughter would board a Greyhound bus and attempt to van
Jan 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, e-arc
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Wow. Don't Try to Find Me is going to be a tough one to review! This book had so many different sides and layers; it's almost hard to absorb. It's also REALLY hard to talk about this book without spoilers. Those kind of reviews are always hard to write!

There's one big part of the book that I need to talk about. I wouldn't personally call it a spoiler because it gets revealed before the 50% mark, but it's not mentioned in the synopsis. So I'll put it
Judy Collins
DON'T TRY TO FIND ME by Holly Brown, a story of a fourteen year old freshman girl Marley who has taken off from her home in California, leaving her mom, Rachel and dad Paul with only a note stating not to find her.

Estranged from her old friends from her San Francisco Bay area middle school, and unfortunately not making any real strong connections in the new rural high school, where their family has recently relocated-- Marty takes off on a bus to meet her online boyfriend in Durham, NC.

While th
May 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
When fourteen-year-old Marley Willits disappeared, she left behind a brief and vague message on the whiteboard that stated "don't try to find me."

From the message, the police conclude that there was no way to be sure she had gone voluntarily, so almost immediately, their questions seemed to zoom in on the possibility that someone else made her disappear. Perhaps even someone in the family.

Paul and Rachel look like the perfect parents, but right away, Paul starts to look more perfect than Rachel,
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
At first, I was intrigued by this book and the story it promised.

Then, everything fell apart as the story did just what the 14 year-old runaway hated: the novel became more heavily transfixed with what was happening to the distraught mother, rather than the missing girl who was in obvious danger. While I understand that the mother had many secrets and that police always turn to the parents first as suspects, I thought the whole thing was a bit too much.

P.S. What the hell was up with that random
Zinnia Bayardo
Aug 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As a mother of two little girls this book scared the hell out if me. Talk to your kids, be honest with them, trust them but monitor them and social media is just bad bad bad!!!!!
Jul 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A word of caution: this book will tie you up, crush you into a ball, and hurl you against a brick wall.

In a good way, of course.

The Browns are a somewhat typical upper middle class family living in the San Francisco countryside. They were in the city, but Rachel moved them to a more rural area, ostensibly to help fourteen-year-old Marley escape the rigors and pressures of her high octane high school.

But of course, there are other reasons. Secrets. Things Rachel does not want anyone to know.

The p
Kelsey Hanson
Nov 18, 2014 rated it did not like it
I had a bad feeling after the first chapter that I wasn't going to like this book. It was pretty horrendous for me. Here is the short list (relatively speaking) of issues that drove me crazy.

1. This is the biggest for me. The way that this book handles mental disease it pretty terrible. The mother character Rachel is a really bad stereotype for someone dealing with anxiety. Once again we see another character suffering from anxiety who becomes addicted to pills. I have struggled with anxiety for
Sep 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014
I really did not care for this book, and I should have seen the warning signs early on. Don't Try to Find Me centers around the family of 14 year old Marley. The story opens with the disappearance of Marley and her parents' discovery that she has run away. She has left behind a note to them only saying "Don't try to find me". I did like that each day was told from both Marley and her mom's point of view. However, I just felt that Marley made really foolish decisions that didn't even make sense. ...more
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
"Don't try to find me.

I'll be okay. I'll be better.

I love you."

Those were the last words written to the parents of fourteen-year-old Marley Willits before her mother dropped her off at school. Only her mother didn't see them until she got home. Not quite sure what Marley's intentions might be, she had hoped this was merely a note telling her she'd be back later today. But the more Rachel thought about it, the more she began to fear that there was more to this note than the words she read. When
Spoilers ahead!!--!!

I don't even know where to start.
Marley, 14, 8th grader has ran away to be with her boyfriend on the other side of the u.s. ,that she's NEVER met in person. She has only talked to him online and through phone calls. He tells her he loves her. She falls for him. She write a note to her mom, stating to not try to find her. She leaves.

Meanwhile, we get the mom's side of the story. She blames herself. She suspects her husband, she suspects marleys former psychologist. She thinks
Jun 25, 2015 rated it did not like it
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Jun 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
I have had this book on my To Be Read shelf for a while. When the paperback copy came out I was reminded about this book sitting on my shelf. So I picked up my copy to read this book. At first I was intrigued by what was happening in the story. I wanted to know what happened to Marley. Did she run off on her own accord or did something more terrible happen to her?

The way that Marley's mother, Rachel acted I did find odd. At first I found the way she reacted cold and like she was moving in a fog
Aug 16, 2014 rated it did not like it
I really disliked this book. None of the characters were likable or even interesting.
Read, Run, Ramble

My review (as published at Read, Run, Ramble):

Thank you William Morrow via Goodreads for providing me with an ARC of this book.

Unreliable narrators, psychological twists, and family dysfunction, OH MY!

Holly Brown hit a home run with this debut. Right from the start readers are caught up in a tricky story involving the brokenness of family that sometimes is so hidden even those involved don’t see it.

Marley is gone. She didn't come home from school and all initial evidence seems to point to a ru
May 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank William Morrow/Harper Collins publishers for my advance reader's copy of Don't Try To Find Me. This novel was interesting to read and review, in part because it was not what I expected.
Don't Try To Find Me is told in alternating chapters from the perspectives of Marley, a 13-year-old girl who is "missing," and her mother Rachel, who is desperately trying to find out what has happened to her daughter. Given the promotional comparisons to Gone Girl, Don't Try to Find Me was a
Feb 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this book. I had heard it called this year's Gone Girl," and it definitely lives up to the accolades.

While Brown knows how to deliver suspense, this book is so much more than that. She masterfully delves into the complexities of mother-daughter relationships, love, betrayal, and how easy it is to unconsciously take our loved ones for granted. I don't want to give away the plot, but suffice it to say that I did not want to put this book down. I look forward to
Aug 14, 2015 rated it did not like it
This book is about a 14 year old girl from a wealthy family who runs away to live with a man she met online. She travels on a bus cross country while her devastated parents gives many press conferences and puts up a web site trying to find her.

As the story unfolds, the mother becomes a suspect when her secret affair with her daughter's psychiatrist comes out, but she insists there was no sex between them; they just were friends ( without benefits)!

This was such an inconceivable storyline, don'
Spider the Doof Warrior
Jan 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Guh. This book makes me not want to have kids. It stressed me out. You don't have to monitor everything your child does and take their door away but it helps to tell them the red flags of avoiding dangerous people.
Like if a man talks about how every woman he dated screwed him over, sidle away.
If he gets angry at you and calls you names if you don't answer his messages fast enough, avoid him
And if he wants to date you when he is 28 and you're 14 avoid avoid AVOID!!!!
Aug 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
"Don't try to find me.
I'll be okay. I'll be better.
I love you."

This is the note fourteen-year-old Marley left on the whiteboard affixed to the fridge to her parents before she run away from home one day.

Needless to say, Rachel is devastated. She is sure Marley is playing a joke on them; after all she couldn't think of any good reasons Marley would run away from home. There's no sign of any distress in Marley either - she's doing fine in school; and she's never been bullied. Well Marley used to
Grace S.
Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: clubbin-with-mom
It's been a while, but here's what I remember.

Any comparison to Gone Girl is a marketing play. Besides "protagonist mysteriously disappears", "revolving narrators", and "unreliable narrators", there's nothing there to compare to. I spent a few seconds utterly baffled about why I kept reading comparisons to Gone Girl and then I realized that all sorts of lesser books are going to evoke that title to make themselves sound cooler. If you're considering Don't Try to Find Me solely because you liked
Jun 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-read
Rachel comes home from work to find a note in her kitchen from 14 year-old daughter Marley: don't try to find me. Rachel dropped Marley off at school in the morning but no one has seen her since. She calls her husband, Paul, and the two start making calls including the police. With a history of high anxiety, Rachel doesn't handle this too well and the cops suspect she may have something to do with Marley missing. Paul decides to go to social media and start a massive online campaign to find Marl ...more
Beth Cutwright
Jul 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Don't Try to Find Me was definitely a psychological journey of a broken family into nightmare territory. The story is told from the point of view of mother/daughter alternately. Paul and Rachel had grown apart over the years, but they thought they were providing their daughter, Marley, with all the advantages she could ever want or need. They even provided her with a therapist when she needed clarity and mental health care. The parents were split on that issue. Paul saw no point to a therapist a ...more
Grace Sylvester
Apr 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
How would you feel if your kid ran away and specifically told you to not even bother looking for them? Don’t try to find me written by Holly Brown is a fictional book about a teeneger, Marley, who decides to run away from home and leaves a brief and vague message on a whiteboard telling her parents to not try to find her. As a teeneger in today’s society there is pressure all the time and there are social norms on who you should be. Also there is a constant feeling of not feeling valuable enough ...more
Paula  Phillips
Aug 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
For as long as I can remember I have always loved my Mysteries and Crime stories but for me to enjoy them, they have to be intriguing and fast-paced and hold my interest right the way through otherwise they can become quite boring and start to blend in with all the others I have read. This book I had been looking forward to reading as it sounded like something up my alley and it was a really good read and if you love mystery novels then you will enjoy this too. It reminded me a cross between Je ...more
This book moves incredibly slow! The premise of the book is that Paul and Rachel's daughter, Marley, has run away leaving a note saying " I'm fine. Everything will be better. Don't try to find me." Of course the parents do try to find her, in fact Paul launches a huge media campaign to find her. The reader knows that Marley has run away to be with a much older "boyfriend" who she refers to as only B. At first she is excited but soon realizes the danger of her situation.

The basic theme of the bo
Jul 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars really, but I'm feeling generous. This is the story of Rachel and Paul, whose daughter, Marley runs away, and the steps they take to try to find her. In parallel it is also Marley's story, told in the form of her journal, so we know from the beginning that she has indeed run away and gradually we learn more about why and what happens to her. Without giving too much away, Marley's story seems believable and the narrator manages to convey certain distressing events without too much upset ...more
May 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I received a free, pre-release copy of this book as part of the GoodReads First Reads program.

I'm not completely sure about the rating for this book. It was highly emotional, of course, since it deals with a troubled family and a missing child. So much so that there were points where I almost couldn't read it (I have trouble with the endangered child plotline).

In addition to the emotional roller coaster (yes, I did cry at points, thank your for asking) there were some very nice motifs between ho
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Holly Brown lives with her husband and daughter in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she's a practicing marriage and family therapist. She is the author of the novels DON'T TRY TO FIND ME, A NECESSARY END, and THIS IS NOT OVER. Her latest is HOW FAR SHE'S COME, a workplace thriller that's both timely and page-turning. She's also teamed up with three internationally bestselling thriller writers (So ...more
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