15 December 2012

If You Find Me; Emily Murdoch

If You Find MeIf You Find Me by Emily Murdoch
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Two sisters, raised (if that's the right term) in the woods, away from society, suddenly find themselves in a "regular" house, with a father, step-mother and step-sister. Can't be easy, right? Add to that selective mutism, a dark secret and a sense of being abandoned by their meth-addicted mother and you've got an interesting book.

The sense of dislocation that Carey feels, her bewilderment at the changes and whether she even deserves this sudden good luck were all very realistically written. Because we're only getting her story, it's less clear how the others are coping; Nessa's opening up to Melissa makes sense because when you're young, desperate for affection, you can more easily become comfortable with people who are warm and welcoming. The other children (Delly, Pixie, Ryan, etc.) also feel real. Less so are the adults.

Perhaps because this was an e-ARC, the flashbacks to life with Mama were sometimes confusing - if the finished book has typography or something that sets those off, it will be helpful to readers. I did like that this ends on a somewhat ambiguous note: what will happen now that the Big Secret is out? what did happen to Mama? Not every book needs to answer every question.

ARC provided by publisher.

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