Look for Her
by Emily Winslow
on Tour February 12 – March 16, 2018
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Published by: William Morrow
Publication Date: February 13th 2018
Number of Pages: 304
ISBN: 006257258X (ISBN13: 9780062572585)
Series: Keene and Frohmann #4 | Each is a stand alone novel
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I had never read anything by Emily Winslow, and Look For Her offered a promising plot, so I decided to give it a try. This is the 4th book in a series, but it is supposed to work as a standalone.
The book starts with the transcript of the session of a client at a psychologist’s. Annalise Williams is 24 and she says she was named after a beautiful girl who went missing at 16, many years before. Annalise is trying to be as beautiful as that missing girl and she’s fantasizing her life according to her’s. Strangely enough, another client, Hannah-Claire, also talked about Annalise the missing girl to Dr Laurie.
And new DNA has surfaced with the discovery of a body that could be Annalise’s. After so many years, it’s time to reopen this case. On the team we find Morris Keene and Chloe Frohmann (the two protagonists of this series), trying to figure out what really happened to Annalise when she disappeared on her bike on her way home from school.
I liked very much the beginning of the book. Chapters alternate with different narrators, all in the first person. It turns out that in everyone’s story, there are subtle warnings inviting you to question the sincerity of the narrators. All of them. From young girls to older guys, including the professionals, the psychologist, the cops, and detectives. I thought this was nicely done.
I also liked the setting, Cambridge and the colleges. A nice change from American suburbia!
But then, things start getting quite convoluted. As you can see in the synopsis, which I think says too much actually. The plot was a good departure, maybe the book just needed more editing and focus. There’s way too much going on, at too many levels.
First, yes, the case presented is a standalone, but the pair Keene-Frohmann has been working together for a while (this is the 4th book in the series), and something major happened between them in a previous book that’s hurting their relationship and skills to cooperate. It probably added to the confusion not to have read the previous books.
I’m not going to give details that would reveal the plot, but it really got too complicated to figure out who was who, and what was the real connection between the characters. You really need to take notes to follow what’s going on. Plus of course, you don’t know who’s telling the truth, if any, so that makes it even worse.
As for the characters, I’m not sure there was any I really liked. I don’t do too well with over-jealous and envying protagonists. Even the psychologist is a bit of a nut case, still stuck in her past and talking aloud to her dead husband. The issue of client privacy — what can/should a psychologist tell the police?– however, was a good element in the plot.
And the ending? I saw it coming from afar, and it felt a bit flat after all that investigation.
This is the third book I have recently read for Partners in Crime, and each time, they left me wanting more, so I’m going to take a break from these for a while.
VERDICT: A promising plot, muddled in convoluted plots and twists.
HAVE YOU READ ANY GOOD THRILLER RECENTLY?
Lilling might seem like an idyllic English village, but it’s home to a dark history. In 1976, a teenage girl named Annalise Wood disappeared, and though her body was later discovered, the culprit was never found. Decades later, Annalise maintains a perverse kind of celebrity, and is still the focus of grief, speculation, and for one young woman, a disturbing, escalating jealousy.
When DNA linked to the Annalise murder unexpectedly surfaces, cold case detective Morris Keene and his former partner, Chloe Frohmann, hope to finally bring closure to this traumatized community. But the new evidence instead undoes the case’s only certainty: the buried body that had long ago been confidently identified as Annalise may be someone else entirely, and instead of answers, the investigators face only new puzzles.
Whose body was unearthed all those years ago, and what happened to the real Annalise? Is someone interfering with the investigation? And is there a link to a present-day drowning with eerie connections? With piercing insight and shocking twists, Emily Winslow explores the dark side of sensationalized crime in this haunting psychological thriller.
“An intriguing, suspenseful, and briskly paced story with complex characters, evocative descriptions of England’s Cambridgeshire, plenty of clever misdirection, and a satisfying ending.”
“Using multiple narrators, as she did in The Start of Everything (2013), Winslow spins the plot to a satisfying and humane conclusion, with Keene and Frohmann again proving to be a winning pair.”
“Winslow’s kaleidoscopic narrative technique, employing first-person accounts from multiple characters, makes for engaging reading.”
“Look For Her is a nuanced, thought-provoking portrait of a crime and its aftermath. Beautifully written with an expertly twisty, surprising story, this is a must-read!”
—Chevy Stevens, New York Times bestselling author of Never Let You Go
“Surprising and satisfying, you won’t be able to stop turning the pages of Look For Her.”
—Karen Dionne, author of The Marsh King’s Daughter
Read an excerpt:
Emily Winslow is an American living in Cambridge, England. She trained as an actor at Carnegie Mellon University’s prestigious drama conservatory and earned a master’s degree in museum studies from Seton Hall University. For six years she wrote for Games magazine, creating increasingly elaborate and lavishly illustrated logic puzzles. She lives with her husband and two sons. She is the author of four novels and a memoir.
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