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When You Find Me

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  1,514 ratings  ·  204 reviews
Her husband is missing.

Visiting her family’s South Carolina estate, socialite Gray Godfrey wakes from a night out to an empty bed. Her husband Paul is gone and a thrashing hangover has wiped her memory clean. At first, she’s relieved for the break from her tumultuous marriage; perhaps Paul just needed some space. But when his car is found abandoned on the highway, Gray mus
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Published October 9th 2018 by Crooked Lane
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Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Gray’s life has been spinning out of control for years. Her drinking is a feeble attempt to mask her pain.
This year, she and her husband Paul have chosen to return to her hometown to celebrate the holidays.
What do they say about never being able to go back? Gray probably should’ve taken this sage advice.

A night of tossing back drinks with friends rapidly degenerates into the beginning of a nightmare that Gray can’t wake from. Paul has vanished! Gray is left with both a massive hangover and so
Susanne  Strong
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, buddy-read
4 Surprising Stars.

Gray Godfrey is a socialite who likes her alcohol. Unfortunately for her, it creates a teensy weensy little problem when she drinks to excess - she can’t remember a thing, which for her, happens more often than not.

Gray’s hometown also happens to make her anxious. So does her husband, Paul. When he goes missing their first night back, she thinks nothing of it, especially since she can’t remember a darn thing. Things only get worse the longer she’s back in town and I’m not eve
A tip of the hat to you P.J. Vernon because you successfully tricked me with this one! Well played, indeed!

Gray Godfrey is about to return to her hometown of Elizabeth, S.C. to spend Christmas with her family at her husband, Paul's, urging. Gray doesn't have fond memories of Elizabeth or her family home, Piper Point.

At the Christmas Eve church service Gray and her sister Charlotte bump into a childhood friend that urges them to go to Ruby's, a local drinking establishment, after the service ha
Jessica Woodbury
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: crime-mystery
In the glut of domestic psychological suspense thrillers these days, it's hard to figure out what makes one work while another doesn't. The twists have to work, of course, if they don't feel satisfying it's all moot. But even if the twists work, you also have to have stakes. And it may feel like having someone missing or dead is stakes, but not necessarily.

In this book a man was missing, maybe dead, but we knew little about him, no one seemed to like him all that much, and whether he was alive o
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
so good. i couldn't put it down.
I read this book to fill the Psych square of my 2019 Halloween Bingo Card.

This summer, I attended a readers & writers conference and enjoyed a panel discussion at which this author was a member. He made sharp, funny comments and I immediately decided that I wanted to read his novel.

Mr. Vernon, you have a dark & twisty mind. I like. This is a domestic noir that gives books like The Girl on the Train a run for its money. Every now and then, I’d think that I had things figured out. How silly of me
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If you stand for nothing, you’ll fall for anything.
The characters, despite being loathsome the majority of the time, also manage to evoke feelings of sympathy despite some pretty sinister thoughts and actions. The lengths people will go to to satisfy a burning need along with betrayal are the key underlying themes in this story. Truly a dysfunctional cast of characters to put it mildly, their manipulations in this book are surprising, served up with a side of secrets and lies, the author wea
Marc Bougharios
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: physical-arcs
4.25 stars

A first by Vernon, but it will not be my last. If all his books are this good, then consider me a fan!

It started off a little bit slow for me, but the pace picked up and almost immediately and I'm so glad it did. This one was full of twists and I'm proud to say that I devoured it in three sittings. Vernon has a certain style of writing where it's hard not to love. Twist after twist, secret after secret, just amazing!

Gray is such an unreliable character which is what makes her great.
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook

This one was a surprise for me, I really liked it! As someone who needs a strong ending this delivered. Great narration as well.
Amy (libraryofamy)
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
A very engaging mystery with a few good twists along the way.
A cast of unlikeable and unreliable characters. Each main character has something to hide and truth is fleeting at best.
The suspense is well paced and keeps the reader turning the pages to get to the conclusion. And boy, what a conclusion it is!
Satisfying ending.
What more can a mystery reader ask?
This is a fun, twisty thriller involving a missing husband, a marriage full of problems, and old family secrets. Gray Godfrey, the protagonist, is a damaged woman with a severe drinking problem, who can't remember what happened the night her husband Paul disappeared. We also get first-person POV from Nina, the detective investigating Paul's disappearance, and Annie, a mysterious woman who is leaving voicemails for Gray that hint that she knows something about what's happened to Paul. I did enjoy ...more
Stacey Kondla
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
If you are looking for a psychological thriller that is an absolute page turner, look no farther. When You Find Me has a vivid southern feel, a dilapidated mansion, a dysfunctional wealthy family with secrets, screwed up priorities, adultery, alcoholism, and murder!
I loved the alternating points of view and each character has a very distinct voice.
Highly recommended!
Roma Sharma
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars
This was a hard to put down kind of a book. The one that you want to read in every free minute possible because it is so interesting and intriguing. It’s clear early on that Gray has an alcohol problem but Paul’s barbs and Gray’s behavior around him makes you suspect something sinister lurking. Maybe that’s just me after reading too many thrillers. Chapters 3 and 4 where we are introduced to Annie and Nina make you sit up and wonder where this book is going to take you. It does slow dow
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Thank you to Crooked Lane Books for gifting me a beautiful hardcover copy of this book to read and review. This book cover is absolutely stunning and I was thrilled when I received a copy of this book in the mail!

What a book! Wow! Gripping, thrilling, suspenseful, edge of your seat thriller! This book was seriously a great thriller from beginning to end. I found myself immersed in this addictive storyline and was unable
Ada Veen
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This new voice in suspense will transport you in a flurry of turning pages. Steeped in southern gothic atmosphere, complete with a crumbling mansion in a small town and a wealthy old family rotting from the inside, When You Find Me delivers twists and turns all with a slick helping of gentility.

Is Gray Godfrey a likeable character? Not at all, but damn is she understandable. We've all got demons and Vernon doesn't shy away from realistic portrayals of bad debt, infidelity, alcoholism, and childh
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Gray Godfrey wakes up to find her husband Paul missing with no trace except for his abandoned car. The plot thickens when a mysterious caller named Annie claims to have had a relationship with Paul and has information about his disappearance. Told from the multiple perspectives of Gray and Nina, the police officer investigating the case, this takes readers on a windy road of deception.

This was a fun, surprising read. I thought I had everything figured out but was completely thrown for a loop by
Ashy Khaira
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book caught me by complete surprise! When You Find Me by PJ Vernon had been sitting in my queue for sometime. Forever reason I overlooked it but decided to pick it up today. And I am so glad! One of the best thrillers I have read in awhile. The pacing of it was perfect. I love how the author set the stage and connected me to the characters. And when the pace picked up.... wow! It did not stop, Sometimes when there are lots of elements in a story it doesn’t work well. But the author did an a ...more
A husband, part of an influential family, goes missing. His alcoholic wife has no idea what happened. This novel takes an intricate look at the workings of wealth and public influence on the characters, and it is seldom good.
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Gray King Godfrey, age 29, and her husband, Paul, are heading to her Mamma’s house in South Carolina for Christmas. They live in Washington, DC and Paul is considering a run for political office. The family’s home is called Piper Point, home of the King family. Since her father passed away some time ago, the house is starting to show wear, but her mother, Joanna King, is just as haughty as ever. Gray and Paul are greeted by the new housekeeper, Cora.

Gray’s sister, Charlotte, has arrived from Ral
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Positives: 1. The plot kept moving at what I thought was the perfect pace. 2. The different POVs were very well-done. Not too many and not too few.
Negatives: 1. The characters weren't very likable. I really wanted to like Nina. But she was a bit enmeshed with the other characters, which challenged her objectivity. She then overlooked key factors in the case. And the other characters were all horrible. 2. The unreliable and alcoholic female main character has really been overdone.
Wow factor: Th
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Great book got me hooked straight away. Usually, I am pretty good at working out how books conclude yet with this one it was so difficult to work it out. So if your looking for a book that will keep you guessing this is the book for you.
I shall certainly read any future work of P.J Vernon in the future.
Thank you to both NetGalley and Cooked Lane Books for the advance copy for my unbiased opinion
Janet Hutchinson
The twist at the end threw me. In a good way ( if by good, I mean “turns the story on its head”). I enjoyed the narrative from three different perspectives and particularly liked Nina, the detective. Not sure the story lends itself to a sequel, but if this is how he writes the detective, I think I’d like one.
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book was fine, enjoyable, until the final twist. Then, I was just mad. Not only cliche, but imo, harmful to add to the stigmatism and stereotypes.

The next thing I plan to do is see when this book is published (hopefully not too recently). Then, I plan to forget it entirely. Disappointed.
Oct 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
I'm always drawn to a good Southern-themed family drama about damaged families and this reminded me a little of Sharp Objuects or The Roanake Girls (not as shocking though). Great dual narration - I love Bahni Turpin's voice.
Amy Bergstrand
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This kept me up late! I couldn’t put it down. It was dark and twisty and kept me guessing until the end. I thought I knew, but Nope! I can’t wait to read more. Thank you Netgalley for access to this book in exchange for an honest review.
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Not my typical genre but better than expected. Breezed through in two days, nothing life changing but definitely entertaining.
Larissa Lopes
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This won’t be a long review because I’m literally still in shock after reading the ending...but I highly, highly, highly recommend this one, really!! I simply couldn’t put it down! 😳
If you’re a fan of psychological trillers, don’t hesitate! I guarantee, this book is gonna blow your mind! 🤯
Emily Ross
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Totally swept up in this deliciously over the top and delightfully dark Southern gothic novel. The characters, especially Gray, took hold of me and wouldn't let go, and the twists kept on coming right up to the very end. I highly recommend it!
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P. J. Vernon was born in South Carolina and has been called “a name to watch in the thriller genre” (Booklist). Library Journal and Book Riot compare his critically-acclaimed Gothic debut When You Find Me to Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects. Vernon’s debut has sold in multiple countries, languages and formats. Vernon is represented by Aevitas Creative Management and United Talent Agency (film). He li ...more

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