Find Me by Alafair Burke
I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump recently, no lie. This is the first book that I’ve picked up in four months! I guess I just needed some time off from reading and there’s nothing wrong with that. I thought I would pick up an easy thriller type of a read, something that wouldn’t require much thinking and a gripping book. For me, that genre is always the psychological thriller, or suspenseful reads. I chose Find Me simply because it sounded like it would get me out of my reading slump, also because it came out very recently on January 11th 2022. Thank you to Harper Books for my Advanced Review Copy! Let’s get on with the plot for Find Me.
We follow a young woman named Hope Miller. Hope has no memory of who she is. Fifteen years ago, she was found in a small New Jersey town thrown from an overturned vehicle, with no clues to her identity. Doctors assumed her amnesia was a temporary side effect of her injuries, but she never regained her memory. Eventually, Hope started a new life in this small and welcoming town, but deep inside, she always wondered where she came from, who she left behind and who she may have been running from. After 15 years in this small town, Hope decides to leave it behind and start fresh elsewhere.
Hope’s best friend, Lindsey Kelly, a Manhattan defense lawyer worries about Hope moving to a bigger town in East Hampton because she’ll be far away from anything or anyone familiar. Lindsay’s worst nightmare comes true when she finds out that Hope has disappeared without a trace. The only lead is a drop of blood found where she was last seen. Even more ominously, the blood matches a DNA sample with a connection to a notorious Kansas murderer.
The women search for the truth beneath long buried secrets in the pursuit of answers. when their searches converge, what they find will upend everything they’ve ever known.
It’s been a really really long time since I've read any crime fiction books! I actually forgot about all the detective work and writing style that goes into it!
This book was definitely a slow burner type of read.
It was all about figuring out the clues, and following each character throughout the book to find out the answers to this nagging mystery. It took its sweet time to letting us solve this puzzle. If you’re a fan of detective type, slow burning reads then you’ll enjoy reading this crime story.
Apparently one of the characters in this book is part of a series of books from this author, Ellie Hatcher, who plays a police officer in this book has a series of books called The Hatcher Series, but I don’t think you would need to read them to be able to read this plot line. Just thought that was a cool fact.
There were quite a plethora of characters in this book, which made it a little hard to follow who was who in the beginning. It drove me crazy for a while. But as the story built up, it got a little easier to navigate it all. Of course, our central characters are Hope, who is our amnesia stricken character, and her best friend Lindsey, the Manhattan lawyer. Together, they go on the hunt to try and solve this mystery which eventually comes together towards the end of the book. I actually found their relationship quite sweet. That enduring friendship they had, and there’s also a fun twist at the end with them which I liked a lot.
The book also had these timelines that I paid absolutely no attention to! Ha I guess to mark the date and time that everything was happening. Each new chapter began with one. I personally didn’t feel that it was needed because I honestly kind of bypassed them. I will say that the writing was okay, not the most gripping style of writing, but it was very easy to read and you could tell the writer kind of knew her stuff!
All in all, this was a good book. I wouldn’t say that it had the most interesting reveal at the end, it was a little underwhelming for me.
I wasn’t massively blown away by any means, hence my lower rating. But I did manage to get to the end and figured out this whole mystery behind the character’s amnesia and disappearance. It’s a good book for fans of slow burning crime/police reads. But after reading this, I definitely realized I’m more of a fan of shocking psychological thrillers with crazy plot twists haha. The book was okay, not great and not terrible, sorta just okay.
For this song pick, I kept singing this song in my brain every single time I picked up this book! It always made me laugh when I did it. My song pick is a fantastic song by the one and only Madonna and it’s ‘Who's That Girl’. Haha I mean it’s pretty fitting right?! What a fun music video too, Madonna was a total babe back in the day.
Genre: Crime Fiction | Mystery | LGBTQ+
Pages: 320 Pages
Publication Date: January 11, 2022
Publisher: Harper Books