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If You Find Me

Written by Emily Murdoch

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Shortlisted for the Waterstone's Children's Prize 2014 Fiction for teens category - May 2013 Debut of the Month Debut author Emily Murdoch tells a deeply moving spell binding story of a young girl’s courage and survival in a darkly observed contemporary America. Carey’s childhood is hard; she lives in the woods with her mother and her younger sister. There’s little comfort and not much to eat. Often her mother disappears for several days on end; when that happens, Carey has been told to be sure to keep herself and her younger sister hidden. But then strangers do come by. Carey’s life is about to change forever. She doesn’t seem to have any choice and she doesn’t know what choice to make.

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If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

A gripping and mesmerising thriller, beautifully told in Carey's voice. She and her little sister must leave their home in the woods for the wider world, but will they ever be free from the terrible secret they've been keeping?

What happens in the woods, stays in the woods...For almost as long as she can remember, Carey has lived in a camper van in the heart of the forest with her mother and little sister, Jenessa. When her mother disappears, Carey's father arrives and everything changes. Suddenly Carey and Jenessa must adapt to the wider world of family, school and boys. But Carey feels trapped by a terrible secret.

If she tells, it could destroy her future. If she doesn't, will she ever be free?


Lucy Smith Murdoch combines poetry with metaphors I could only dream of conjuring up, and chooses words that escort the reader into the lives of the characters with ease. A brilliant book I feel privileged to have read. Click here to read the full review

Raimy Greenland I rarely rate books as five stars but in all seriousness, this book is a five. The story, the setting, the characters and the pace were just incredible. Click here to read the full review...

Darcy Elliman, age 15 Beautifully written and gripping Click here to read the full review...

Abbie Convery. Age 14 This is a real teenage winner which both boys and girls will thoroughly enjoy. I would definitely recommend this book to all teenagers out there!!! Click here to read the full review...

Freya Macdonald, 16 Dark yet beautiful. "If You Find Me" gave me chills from the very first page. Click here to read the full review...

Safiyah Afghan If You Find Me is a riveting, thought-provoking, beautifully written book Click here to read the full review...

Daisy Pennock, age 13 I really like this book, it was compelling and addicting, I just wanted to find out more! Click here to read the full review...

Gemma Bees once you get into it, you're hooked. Click here to read the full review...

About the Author

Emily Murdoch

Emily Murdoch is a writer and poet. She is passionate about animal welfare and offers sanctuary to abused and abandoned horses on her family ranch in rural Arizona. If You Find Me is her first novel.

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304 pages


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Indigo (an Imprint of Orion Children's) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Publication date

2nd May 2013




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