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Don't Look for Me

Don't Look for Me

A Novel

Wendy Walker

St. Martin's Press

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* An Amazon Best Book of the Month (Mystery & Thriller) *
“A twisty, hair-raising tale.”Newsweek
"A fast-paced psychological drama." GMA.com
“Compulsively readable.” PopSugar
"Reinforces Walker’s place at the top of the genre." Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Addictive." A.J. Finn, New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window
"Gripping." – Adrian McGinty, New York Times bestselling author of The Chain

They said she walked away. But what really happened to Molly Clarke?
From the bestselling author of All Is Not Forgotten comes a compelling and emotionally powerful story of a daughter's desperate search to find her mother before it's too late.

They called it a “walk away.” The car abandoned miles from home. The note found at a nearby hotel. The shattered family. It happens all the time. Women disappear, desperate to start over. But what really happened to Molly Clarke?

The night Molly disappeared began with a storm, running out of gas, and a man offering her a ride to safety. But when the doors lock shut, Molly begins to suspect she has made a terrible mistake.

A new lead brings Molly’s daughter, Nicole, back to the small, desolate town where her mother was last seen to renew the desperate search. The locals are sympathetic and eager to help. The innkeeper. The bartender. Even the police. Until secrets begin to reveal themselves and Nicole comes closer to the truth about that night—and the danger surrounding her.

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Day one


The sky grows dark as I drive.

I tell myself to concentrate, to focus on the two narrow lanes of smooth, black asphalt and the double yellow lines that divide them.

The road feels like a tunnel, carved...

Praise for Don't Look for Me

Praise for Don’t Look for Me:

One of “Must-Read Fall Fiction & Non-fiction to Escape the Chaos of 2020”—Newsweek
One of “10 Twisty New Thrillers & Mysteries to Read This September”—PopSugar
One of “15 Mystery & Thriller Audiobooks That’ll Send Chills Down Your Spine”—PopSugar
One of “12 Must-Read Mysteries & Thrillers Coming This Fall”—Amazon Book Review

“[A] twisty, hair-raising tale.”—Newsweek

"[A] fast-paced, twisty psychological drama.” —GMA.com

“Compulsively readable.”PopSugar

“Wendy Walker's specialty is taking ordinary, suburban families and putting them in ‘what-would-you-do’ high-stakes situations, and then ratcheting the suspense up to 11.—Amazon Book Review

"Distinctive, well-developed characters complement the skillfully paced plot. This moving look at the bond between a mother and her children reinforces Walker’s place at the top of the genre." Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Wendy Walker’s novels are addictive. Like, controlled-substance addictive. And Don’t Look for Me, a thriller as intense and relentless as the metallic rain slashing across its jacket, ranks (as of this writing, at least) as Walker’s reigning champ: a book that blood-samples her earlier work — the poignant drama of All Is Not Forgotten, the ambition of Emma in the Night, the narrative daring of The Night Before — and swirls them into a bold new mixture, both potent and complex. "—A.J. Finn, New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window

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Praise for Don’t Look for Me:

One of “Must-Read Fall Fiction & Non-fiction to Escape the Chaos of 2020”—Newsweek
One of “10 Twisty New Thrillers & Mysteries to Read This September”—PopSugar
One of “15 Mystery & Thriller Audiobooks That’ll Send Chills Down Your Spine”—PopSugar
One of “12 Must-Read Mysteries & Thrillers Coming This Fall”—Amazon Book Review

“[A] twisty, hair-raising tale.”—Newsweek

"[A] fast-paced, twisty psychological drama.” —GMA.com

“Compulsively readable.”PopSugar

“Wendy Walker's specialty is taking ordinary, suburban families and putting them in ‘what-would-you-do’ high-stakes situations, and then ratcheting the suspense up to 11.—Amazon Book Review

"Distinctive, well-developed characters complement the skillfully paced plot. This moving look at the bond between a mother and her children reinforces Walker’s place at the top of the genre." Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Wendy Walker’s novels are addictive. Like, controlled-substance addictive. And Don’t Look for Me, a thriller as intense and relentless as the metallic rain slashing across its jacket, ranks (as of this writing, at least) as Walker’s reigning champ: a book that blood-samples her earlier work — the poignant drama of All Is Not Forgotten, the ambition of Emma in the Night, the narrative daring of The Night Before — and swirls them into a bold new mixture, both potent and complex. "—A.J. Finn, New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window

"Don't Look for Me is a gripping psychological thriller from Wendy Walker with unexpected twists and an enjoyable momentum. Throw in the fact that it's set in that strange country around Route 7 in far western Massachusetts and you've got a cracking mystery on your hands." – Adrian McGinty, New York Times bestselling author of The Chain

"Wendy Walker has done it again, created a nail-biter that’ll keep you up all night. But Don’t Look for Me is so much more than a twisty thriller. It’s a heartbreaking portrait of a family coping with grief and an insightful study of guilt and blame, gaslighting and agency. If you love fast-paced page-turners with relatable, flawed characters, look no further!" – Angie Kim, bestselling author of Miracle Creek

“Wendy Walker hits it out of the park once again in her newest psychological suspense Don’t Look for Me, a riveting and intimate story of unimaginable loss which raises the question: When you’ve already done the unthinkable, can there be any chance of redemption? Sharp, nuanced, utterly real and absolutely terrifying, this beautifully written and emotionally powerful novel is Walker at her best. I didn’t simply read this book—I devoured it!” – Karen Dionne, author of the #1 international bestseller The Marsh King’s Daughter

“Wow! I hate to be repetitive but…WOW! Wendy Walker always writes amazing books but Don’t Look for Me may be her finest novel yet. It’s unsettling in the very best way and truly riveting.” – Samantha Downing, author of the #1 International Bestseller, My Lovely Wife

"Wendy Walker’s Don’t Look for Me is a pulse-pounding, thrill ride of a novel with heart. Centered around a family that has already endured unspeakable tragedy, the story explores the strength of familial bonds and our capacity for forgiveness—all while keeping the reader on the edge of her seat, quickly turning pages until the exciting conclusion. I couldn’t put it down!" — Kathleen Barber

"Don’t Look for Me is a master class in psychological suspense. Deftly written, perfectly plotted and peopled with nuanced, complex characters, this superb thriller is Walker's best to date. I'll be thinking about this book - with its head-spinning twists and perfect denouement - for months to come." — Cristina Alger Wang

Praise for Wendy Walker:

"Walker excels at exploiting multiple timelines and ample misdirection to maximize the suspense of her twist-filled tale." Publisher's Weekly

"Walker's clever misdirection paves the way to a truly chilling finale, and she has plenty of insightful things to say about the blame placed on women by society and themselves for the idiotic, careless, and sometimes downright evil things men do. Twisty and propulsive." Kirkus

"Skillfully manipulating tension and using breathless pacing, Walker keeps that question in the air until the final twist unmasks secrets about Laura's disappearance and the murder in her past." Booklist

"Secrets, lies, and time jumps will keep readers on their toes." Library Journal

"I raced through The Night Before, another page-turning cracker from Wendy Walker. You're in for a treat!." —B.A. Paris, New York Times bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors

"A dazzling hall-of-mirrors thriller: ferociously smart, furiously paced, and — best of all — honest-to-goodness surprising. All hail Wendy Walker." —AJ Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window

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Wendy Walker

WENDY WALKER is the author of the psychological suspense novels All is Not Forgotten, Emma In The Night, The Night Before, and Don't Look For Me. Her novels have been translated into 23 foreign languages and have topped bestseller lists both nationally and abroad. They have been featured on The Today Show, The Reese Witherspoon Book Club, and The Book of the Month Club and have been optioned for television and film. Prior to her writing career, Wendy practiced both corporate and family law, having earned her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and her undergraduate degree from Brown University. Wendy also worked as a financial analyst at Goldman, Sachs & Co. Wendy is currently finishing her next thriller and managing a busy household in Connecticut.

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