Thursday, April 26, 2018

Look for Her by Emily Winslow

In 1976, Annalise Wood disappeared from her small hometown near Cambridge in England. Later, a body was found and determined to be hers. Now, a psychologist has had two visits from people obsessed with Annalise in a single week. Is it just a coincidence? Or is there reason to believe the police came to the conclusion that the body was hers too quickly?

New DNA evidence has turned up in the Annalise Wood case. Morris Keene and his former partner, Chloe Frohmann hope this evidence will help them finally close the case, but instead it unravels what little the police thought they knew. What happened to Annalise? What are the real connections between the two women who are obsessed with her? Or, is there any connection at all?

Look for Her is the 4th book in a series and I haven't read the first 3 books, but I thought the author did a pretty terrific job of filling the reader in on what happened in the previous book without giving anything away (the reasons the detectives are no longer partners and Morris has been left with a permanent disability), so I had no real problem with that. And, I thought the book was pretty well done, although I confess I guessed what happened to Annalise early on and I was right without knowing the exact details.

Recommended - Alternating between several viewpoints (the psychologist, Chloe, and Morris), the author does an excellent job of weaving a complex mystery and then tying all the strands together. I found Look for Her both compelling and satisfying. And, I really enjoyed the location -- occasionally, I found myself looking up particular landmarks, which I always enjoy. My only complaint about the book is minor and, you could say, pretty much irrelevant: I didn't think the characters sounded particularly English (so I wasn't surprised when I found out the author is an American married to a Brit, although she lives in England). I didn't feel any urge to go out and look for the earlier books to fill in the gaps, but I would definitely read any future releases by Emily Winslow.

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  1. That’s no fun that you guessed what happened right away. That’s always a disappointment and near deal breaker for me.

    1. It actually wasn't a problem at all. I guessed it but I didn't guess how it happened to be the case or why and there really were no hints that it would turn out that way. More of a lucky guess, I'd say. It's a really satisfying read. I liked the way it turned out and the pages pretty much flew. So, it was a solid read.


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