Don’t Look for Me

Now Available in Paperback

The greatest risk isn’t running away.
It’s running out of time.

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?

When a new lead comes in two weeks after the search has ended, Molly’s daughter, Nicole, begins to wonder. In spite of their strained relationship and the tragedy that rocked their world, nothing about her mother’s disappearance makes sense.

Against her father’s wishes, Nicole returns to the small, desolate town where her mother was last seen, determined to find the truth. The locals are sympathetic and eager to help. The innkeeper. The bartender. Even the police. Until secrets begin to reveal themselves. When Nicole learns about another woman who vanished from town, then discovers a small hole cut into a fence guarding a mysterious, secluded property, she comes closer to the truth about that night—and the danger surrounding her.

The night Molly disappeared began with a storm, running out of gas, and a man in a truck offering her a ride to town. With him is a little girl who reminds her of the daughter she lost years ago. It feels like a sign. It feels safe. And Molly is overcome with the desire to be home, with her family—no matter how broken it is. She accepts the ride. But when the doors lock shut, Molly begins to suspect she has made a terrible mistake.


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“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)

“DON’T LOOK FOR ME is one of the most legitimately thrilling and terrifying suspense novels I have ever read. Although this is not the sort of mystery where the conclusion comes totally out of left field, I feel confident in saying that very few readers will guess it.”

“An ominous thriller that’s hard to put down.”
The Columbus Dispatch

“Likely to get us thinking about how in challenging times we might draw more on strengths we instinctively have.”
WSHU Public Radio

“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 Walker’s reigning champ.”
A. J. Finn, New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window

“GRIPPING…WITH UNEXPECTED TWISTS…You’ve got a cracking mystery on your hands.”
—Adrian McKinty, New York Times bestselling author of The Chain

“A NAILBITER . . . 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, National Bestselling author of Miracle Creek

“SHARP, NUANCED, UTTERLY REAL, and ABSOLUTELY TERRIFYING, this beautifully written and emotionally powerful novel is Walker at her best.”
—Karen Dionne, #1 International Bestselling author of The Marsh King’s Daughter

—Samantha Downing, #1 International Bestselling author of My Lovely Wife

—Kathleen Barber, National Bestselling author of Truth Be Told

—Cristina Alger, New York Times Bestselling author of Girls Like Us