When You Find Me took a few chapters to grab my attention, but once it did, I was hooked! I found myself thinking about the characters when I wasn't reading, and the final scene stuck with me days later. A fantastic, thrilling read.
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 weaves a veritable tale of intrigue that I as a reader was powerless to do anything about but follow avidly. You can actually feel the intensity building as each secret is revealed.
Vernon provides an electrifying narrative that, seen through the main characters separate viewpoints, takes the reader through their many emotions. Mostly, they are repellant feelings with resultant hard consequences. The author demonstrates good characterizations, intriguing story plotting, and realistic dialogue.
The writing is solid and captivating, so overall, I am very impressed by this novel by Mr. Vernon. It is a thriller that makes one think. It also has a rich canvas of characters, solid plotting, excellent pacing, surprising turns, and an ambience sustained throughout. I enjoyed the story a lot and feel many others will too. A powerful novel of survival, justification, revenge, greed, power, control and betrayals on all sides.
Thank you NetGalley, Crooked Lane Books and P.J. Vernon for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.
This tale of a missing husband and family secrets is a wild ride down a dark, twisted road with new surprises around every corner, and it doesn't take its foot off the gas until the very end. The characters are all well drawn, with rich back stories and complex motivations. It's one of those books where as soon as you're done, you want to start again from the beginning, knowing what you now know. Looking forward to reading more by this author!