“Don’t Look For Me” unfolds step by step in two deliberate narratives, starting with Molly Clark’s first person account; she has a husband John, a daughter Nicole, and a son Evan. On “Day One,” Molly agonizes that she is not a good mother, that her husband does not love her anymore. Why? Because of what she did. She drives and drives until on a deserted road in a terrible storm, she runs out of gas. A truck stops; a man and young child offer a ride. They have been waiting for her; they knew she was coming, and they know what she did.
The account shifts to Nicole’s narrative on “Day Thirteen.” It is not easy to disappear, people need money, a place to stay, and food; all of these things can be traced. But disappear Molly did, and she left a note. “Don’t look for me,” it stated. The dual narratives of Molly and Nicole continue, moving back and forth in time until the stories merge. The events are suspenseful and unsettling; the pace is slow and unhurried with deliberate details and events that seem ordinary, but are far from it. Then, things change dramatically and tragically on “Day Eighteen.”
Walker takes readers on an intense and disturbing journey. Clues gradually pile up and point to an ending that seems clear, until it turns into something else, something unexpected. I received a review copy of “Don’t Look For Me” from Wendy Walker and St Martin’s Press. It will keep readers turning page after page.