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See What Flowers

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  45 ratings  ·  20 reviews
All that remains is a note: "Gone to get pancakes."

Her 30th birthday party’s over, yet it’s the happiest Emma Watters has ever been. Life couldn’t be more perfect. She’s an emergency room doctor and shares a home in Toronto with the love of her life, Adam Davison. The next morning, Adam is gone.

Emma’s shocked. At first, she decides that Adam’s having an affair and scavenge
Kindle Edition, 313 pages
Published May 19th 2017
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catherine ♡
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
*Thank you to the author for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review.*

Actual Rating: 4

Firstly, I really like this cover - it accurately portrays an atmosphere of nostalgia and loneliness, and I think it fits the story so well. With that said, one thing I loved about this book was was how it approached mental illness: subtly and quietly, as it creeped up on you without warning.

The first page of See What Flower begins after Adam's disappearance. It was one day after Emma's 30th birt
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
See What Flowers is an engaging she said/he said style narrative that examines the breakdown of a happy relationship by giving both lovers' perspectives equal weight. It's also a surprising study of mental illness that creeps up on you as Emma discovers more about Adam and re-evaluates her idea of success and happiness in light of their changing relationship.

I really like the use of place in the book as it makes Toronto the heartbeat of the story as Emma goes around the city to reflect upon wha
Dani St-Onge (Literary Lion)

Emma is the happiest she has ever been living in Toronto with her best friend and boyfriend Adam. She’s thirty, working the career she’s always dreamed of and completely in love. Until Adam goes missing. Was he cheating on her? Was he in a terrible accident? Emma does everything she knows how to get Adam back, but the man he is now might surprise her.

Mullen has a charming style of writing. Some parts are almost written like poetry. The book is fast paced, easy to
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It was definitely hard to put down! See What Flowers is not a predictable romance story. Mental health is one of the main themes of the book, and the author really allows you to get inside of the heads of the two main characters. The book flips back and forth between the male and female partners and as a reader, you can definitely feel a connection with both of them. As a fitness enthusiast and Health Sciences graduate, I loved the parts about running and exercise and feeling like I was inside o ...more
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Alissa H.
Thank you, Shannon Mullen, for providing me with a personalised copy! Review is now up on Diva Reads! ...more
I received an advanced reader's copy of this book through Goodreads first reads program, so I thought I would share my thoughts (which were not required as a condition of receiving the book.) I loved this book and I'm wondering why it took me so long to read it. This book is all about our main character Emma. Things are going great in her life when all of a sudden she wakes up and her husband is missing. Since this is out of character for him she takes matters to the police who just
tell her that
From the cover: All that remains is a note: "Gone to get pancakes." Her 30th birthday party's over, yet it's the happiest Emma Watters has ever been. Life couldn't be more perfect. She's an emergency room doctor and shares a home in Toronto with the love of her life, Adam Davison. The next morning, Adam is gone. Emma's shocked. At first, she decides that Adam's having an affair and scavenges through photos on Facebook, trying to identify "the other woman." But as the days pass, Emma seeks out he ...more
Deb Ristow
May 03, 2018 rated it liked it
I received this Kindle edition as part of the Goodreads Giveaway program. When Emma Watters’ boyfriend Adam Davison disappears the morning after her 39th birthday party with just a note that he is leaving to get pancake mix, she struggles in her effort to find him. When he does finally return, she is left with more questions than answers and is not the same person he was before he left. This is the story of the affects of mental illness and how it affects both the person with mental illness and ...more
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this debut novel by Shannon Mullen. This is a story of a couple dealing with undiagnosed mental illness and is told through the eyes of each of them alternatively. I liked how the book is written and how the author went back and forth in time in order to reveal the plot. I ws engaged with the story and characters throughout the book.

I won a copy of this book from the author as part of the Goodreads Giveaways program. Thank you!
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
I couldn't get into it.
The change in writing style between characters was good, I appreciated that. This gave a good insight into their frame if mind.

However, the characters didn't seem real and I had no connect to their lifestyles. 
Emma, the Dr,  should have had a much better understanding of mental illness - seeing it in ER. Very naive.
Adam, I never related to.
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you for the giveaway copy!

This book is well written, well read, and captivating. From the beautiful cover to the engaging content, it is well worth investing in!

The characters felt real, and I was deeply invested in the narrative.
May 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
It was OK, not really easy to get into and hard to follow at times.

I understand that Adam's parts were intentionally strange and chaotic but I just did not enjoy them at all and the rest was just ok.
Nov 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Goodreads and Shannon Mullen for a free copy of her book.
See What Flowers centres around Emma Watters and what happens after her 30th birthday, the happiest day of her life. Her boyfriend, Adam, leaves her a note saying that he has gone to the grocery store for supplies to make a pancake breakfast but doesn’t return. The story is an interesting one that deals with mental illness in a sensitive manner. While I didn’t personally connect with the characters, I think that the way Mullen us
Kathy Stibal
May 25, 2018 rated it liked it
This book was not what I was expecting after reading the first few pages but it turned into a very interesting book. The ending was totally unexpected.
May 14, 2018 rated it did not like it
This book was not my style. I did not finish. Others seem to like it very much.
Rhonda Barkhouse
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I won this beautifully written novel from Goodreads. I highly recommend this book if you know someone who is struggling with a mental illness.
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I'm a high school teacher & writer living in Toronto, Canada. I love traveling and learning about new places & cultures and have previously worked as a teacher in Colombia, England, Nunavut, British Columbia, and Ontario.

See What Flowers, a novel about love and mental illness, is my debut novel. I blog about my adventures in teaching & travel at


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