Look for Her: A Novel

Look for Her: A Novel

by Emily Winslow


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Everyone loves a beautiful missing girl…

"Look For Her ratchets up the tension while also offering moments of sheer grace."-Riley Sager, bestselling author of Final Girls

"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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062572585
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/13/2018
Series: Keene and Frohmann Series , #4
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 596,281
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

Emily Winslow is an American living in Cambridge, England. She is the author of the novels The Whole World, The Start Of Everything, and The Red House.

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Look for Her: A Novel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
TexasK More than 1 year ago
This story starts with a cold case. Turns into two twisted tales, that eventually creates a murder. In this story you never know if suspects are telling the truth or versions they want to be true. In the end it turns out to be many twisted tales that will keep you involved to the end.
wordsandpeace More than 1 year ago
A promising plot, a bit muddled in convoluted plots and twists. 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.
lauralovesreviewingLT More than 1 year ago
The mystery of what happened to cause the death of a teenage girl cast a shadow over the town of Lilling. New evidence breathes life into the decades old cold case and brings together two detectives who still want to solve her murder. So much time has passed, will they be able to close the case? Or will the murderer continue to roam free? I enjoy cold case plots and with so many character’s muddying the waters and the story being told from multiple perspectives, I wasn’t surprised that I had a hard time keeping track of who was who. All of them had tons of baggage and some had a motive to see the case solved or kept open. And you’re taken back in time to when the crime occurred and forward to the continued investigation and this I found engaging. Maybe it was my mood at the time I was reading this, or it could be I didn’t grasp the relationships of some the characters, but I never fully engaged with them, and I need that to get pulled into a story. I lay the blame for that on my doorstep. The character’s were written in depth. Sure were some damaged psyche’s. I’d especially like to know more about Keene and Frohmann. I was intrigued by the bits of back story the author provided. The writing was strong and I did love the twist the author gave in her ending.
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
For so long now the English village of Lilling has been mesmerized with the disappearance of one of their own; each of them constantly speculating about what happened to the young girl named Annalise Wood. There have been lots of stories through the years, leads that didn't pan out, and lots theories passed down for generations... but still no concrete evidence. A body was discovered years ago, but the person who took her life is still a big mystery, one that may just be coming to light now that new DNA evidence has surfaced. But of course the case isn't that cut and dry, there are two detectives, with lots of history, with two different cases that seem to be connected, and a young woman with a disturbing obsession that finds it's way into the mix too. Buckle up and hold on tight because this one is sure to take you on literary journey you won't forget, it's riddled with twists and turns, you will never see coming! As soon as I cracked the cover on Look For Her I was hooked, it started off with a bang, and just continued to get better with each page that followed, just when I thought I knew where things were headed, I'd get hit with another unexpected surprise. This was a first time read for me, and I have to say I was quite impressed with what I found, the story line was enthralling, slightly twisted, and had just enough intensity to keep me hanging on by a thread! The characters were downright amazing, each one multilayered, crafted with a realistic feel to them, and complemented each other nicely. Highly recommend you get your hands on this one, it will shock you, toy with your thoughts and emotions, and hold you captive from start to finish! I requested an advanced copy of this title from the publisher, and voluntarily read and reviewed.
Honolulubelle More than 1 year ago
Favorite Quotes: I divorced Charlie seventeen years ago. No, wait, eighteen years now. Eighteen years! Our divorce is now old enough to vote, or buy a drink at the pub. How is it that some crimes capture so much public imagination that people – strangers, even – still grieve them decades later? It’s like historic ghost stories. Most deaths, even terrible ones, get let go of, but occasional ones, for being particularly surprising, ironic, iconic, or grisly, get remembered as spooky tales. My Review: The book started with a decades-old cold case murder mystery, which was being pursued again. The case had gripped the area and nation for a brief time in the 70’s after the event and again sixteen years later when a badly decomposed body was found and assumed to be the same missing teenager, although efforts from both previous investigations had been fruitless. There were several overlapping threads in addition to the police case that added to the mystery with intrigue, dead ends, misdirection, secrets, lies; flawed, broken, and vile yet compelling characters; and the ongoing family dramas of the various households of the characters contacted and involved in the case. This was a slowly developing story and I enjoyed Ms. Winslow’s unpredictable and densely packed storylines as much as I did the compellingly crafted and flawed characters. The premise was clever, relevant, and believable while the storylines were complex and multi-leveled, yet well-paced, engaging, and unpredictable. I had devised and cast aside several theories as I read, all incorrect, every single one of them. The multifaceted tale was written from multiple POVs, yet I didn’t have a problem keeping track as each of the multitudes of characters were distinctly drawn and plucked at my curiosity with a desire to know more. I would enjoy going backward and reading the previous books in the series although that wasn’t necessary to follow this story.
Samantha1020 More than 1 year ago
I read the above summary and just knew that I wanted to read this book as soon as possible so I jumped at the chance when I received an email about a blog tour for it. I didn't realize that it was part of a series though and honestly it didn't effect my enjoyment in the slightest. I found myself just so intrigued by this cold case that was being worked again thanks to new evidence. I did find that that I was slightly thrown off at the beginning of this book because each chapter was told by a certain character. It took me a little bit to catch on to the rhythm (and also get to know each character) but by the halfway point I was hooked. I then really appreciated the different viewpoints as I felt that it added to the overall story line. I also felt like the way that this book was set up added to the suspense. The author pulled me in and I didn't want to stop reading after that. I would think that I had an idea of what was going on only to find that I was completely wrong not long after. There were some particularly tense moments featuring the story line told by the psychologist that had me unable to set this book down. I just had to see what was going to happen next! There were all of these threads in this book and I loved that the author was able to tie them together in a way at the end that felt like a satisfying but unexpected conclusion. I am now really excited to go back to the beginning of this series and see how it all started! Overall I am very excited about this series and really enjoyed my time with this book. The way that this book is set up and the fact that it was based around a cold case made it really stand out to me. It's different from what is out there and I really appreciated that fact. I also really enjoyed the main characters and am excited that I have more books with them to look forward to. I wanted to say that this was a quieter mystery but there were just enough of those fast paced moments where that wouldn't be a valid statement. It was a great mystery though and I'm eager to read more by this author. I would recommend this book to fans of both suspense and mysteries alike. It's definitely a four star read for me! Bottom Line: A really great mystery that kept me engrossed throughout! Disclosure: I received a copy of this book thanks to the publisher as part of a PICT Book Tour.