Don’t Look for Me is a suspenseful thriller that becomes increasingly complex as the story advances. It begins with Molly Clarke driving home after visiting her son’s school to watch him play football. He ignored her presence, another sign of the fracturing of her family. Since her youngest child died and her family have become estranged from each other. When she runs out of gas and the nearest station is closed, she’s tempted to just walk away. A truck pulls over to offer her a lift to a nearby gas station. There’s a little girl with the man, so she thinks it is safe to get in. She was wrong.
The narration shifts to her daughter two weeks later. While Molly was reported missing, a note left at a local motel convinced the police she just walked away. Her daughter, Nicole, is convinced otherwise. Something is wrong. Otherwise, she is the reason her mom walked away.
The story shifts back and forth between Molly and Nicole on different timelines. So we learn what happened before Nicole was drawn back to search again for her mother. As their timelines draw together and converge the story becomes increasingly sinister.
Don’t Look for Me is a fast-paced and suspenseful thriller. Unfortunately, it bumps up against one of my huge dislikes, the demon child. OK, so maybe the child Molly comes to know in her timeline is not a demon, but she is cruel and cunning. She knows more than a child should and none of it is her fault, but nonetheless, she is a demon child. I just don’t like those stories even if they are well-done in terms of pace, character development, sense of place, and the other requisites of good story-telling. It’s not the book, it’s me.
I received an e-galley of Don’t Look for Me from the publisher through NetGalley.