When You Find Me: A Novel

When You Find Me: A Novel

by P. J. Vernon

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For fans of S. J. Watson and Gillian Flynn's Sharp Objects, comes a chilling look at marriage and madness from a talented new voice in psychological suspense.

Her husband is missing.

Visiting her family’s South Carolina estate, socialite Gray Godfrey wakes from a night out to an empty bed. Her husband Paul is gone and a thrashing hangover has wiped her memory clean. At first, she’s relieved for the break from her tumultuous marriage; perhaps Paul just needed some space. But when his car is found abandoned on the highway, Gray must face the truth: Paul is gone. And Gray may not want him found.

Her life is unraveling.

When a stranger named Annie calls claiming to know Paul’s whereabouts, Gray reluctantly accepts her help. But this ally is not what she seems: soon Annie is sending frightening messages and revealing disturbing secrets only Gray could know. As Annie’s threats escalate and Gray’s grip on reality begins to slip, the life she thought she had and the dark truth she’s been living begin to merge, leaving an unsettling question: What does Annie want? And what will she do to get it?

A chilling look at marriage, madness, and the lives we think we lead, When You Find Me is a daring debut from a talented new voice in psychological suspense.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781683317500
Publication date: 10/09/2018
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 322,916
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

P. J. Vernon was born in South Carolina. He holds a PhD in immunology and published science before turning his hand to publishing fiction. P. J. is an insatiable reader of suspense and domestic noir. His writing—and love for all things unsettling—is influenced by the works of Gillian Flynn, S. J. Watson, and the late A.S.A. Harrison. Apart from spinning tales of dark secrets or terror in suburbia, P. J. is an active member of the Imaginative Fiction Writers Association (IFWA) and the Alberta Romance Writers Association (ARWA). He lives in Canada with his partner and two wily dogs.

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When You Find Me: A Novel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
nahyee 3 months ago
Fantastic debut fiction! "When You Find Me” by P.J. Vernon tells the story of Gray Godfrey, a wealthy Southern socialite who lives in DC with her husband Paul who is planning a run for Congress. On a trip home to Elizabeth, SC, for Christmas, Gray wakes up one morning alone in bed with a raging hangover to discover that her husband is missing. She tries to piece together memories of the night before, wondering why her husband has disappeared, and thinking that her drinking has really done a number on her marriage this time. When the car they rented is discovered abandoned on a deserted roadside with no sign of Paul, Gray begins to wonder if her husband has decided he needed some time away from her or if something awful has happened. And when she receives a voicemail from a mysterious woman named Annie, she really begins to unravel. I loved this book! The characters had well-developed back stories with plenty of family conflict, the writing and setting of the stage were superb, and I was constantly second-guessing who did what and how the story was going to end. I thought I had part of it figured out early on, but then I changed my mind, and then I changed it again, and then I just decided to stop trying to figure it out and let the story play out. I was not disappointed. And the last page…let’s just say it reminded me of some books/movies that I would willingly read and watch over and over because they’re just that good. I won’t say which ones because I don’t want to give anything away. This is the debut fiction novel for P.J. Vernon, and I hope that he has more books in him like this one. I would recommend this book to all of my friends and family. Definitely pick this up when it’s available. Thanks to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.
connieb27 More than 1 year ago
I received a netgalley of When You Find Me by P. J. Vernon, in exchange for an honest review. This book is a psychological suspense about marriage and madness in the south. While on a Visit to her her family’s South Carolina estate, socialite Gray Godfrey wakes from a hazy night out to an empty bed. Her husband Paul is gone and she has no memory of what has ensued. The book is full of secrets and twists. A good edge of your seat thriller.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gray Godfrey wakes up in her hometown to an empty bed. Her husband is nowhere to be found and she can’t remember a thing because she was blackout drunk. Her husband Paul is gone and his car has turned up, abandoned by the side of the road. Soon Gray starts receiving phone messages and emails from someone named Annie telling her that she knows what happened to Paul. She also knows intimate information about Gray and Paul’s life. Is Paul dead or did he runoff with a mistress? Is Gray better off without him or will an investigation open old wounds? Well developed story and characters. Great twists and turns. Love the book's cover too. Thanks NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters, despite being loathsome the majority of the time, also manage to evoke feelings of sympathy despite some pretty sinister thoughts and actions. The lengths people will go to to satisfy a burning need along with betrayal are the key underlying themes in this story. Truly a dysfunctional cast of characters to put it mildly, their manipulations in this book are surprising, served up with a side of secrets and lies, the author weaves a veritable tale of intrigue that I as a reader was powerless to do anything about but follow avidly. You can actually feel the intensity building as each secret is revealed. Vernon provides an electrifying narrative that, seen through the main characters separate viewpoints, takes the reader through their many emotions. Mostly, they are repellant feelings with resultant hard consequences. The author demonstrates good characterizations, intriguing story plotting, and realistic dialogue. The writing is solid and captivating, so overall, I am very impressed by this novel by Mr. Vernon. It is a thriller that makes one think. It also has a rich canvas of characters, solid plotting, excellent pacing, surprising turns, and an ambience sustained throughout. I enjoyed the story a lot and feel many others will too. A powerful novel of survival, justification, revenge, greed, power, control and betrayals on all sides. Thank you NetGalley, Crooked Lane Books and P.J. Vernon for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own. #WhenYouFindMe #NetGalley
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gray King Godfrey, age 29, and her husband, Paul, are heading to her Mamma’s house in South Carolina for Christmas. They live in Washington, DC and Paul is considering a run for political office. The family’s home is called Piper Point, home of the King family. Since her father passed away some time ago, the house is starting to show wear, but her mother, Joanna King, is just as haughty as ever. Gray and Paul are greeted by the new housekeeper, Cora. Gray’s sister, Charlotte, has arrived from Raleigh with her 4-year-old two sons. She has divorced her husband. Both sisters have a trust fund left them from their father. Gray has a drinking problem and Paul does not drink. Gray had some wine on the flight from DC and her Mamma can smell it on her. She scolds her for drinking. Gray does not like being home because it brings back bad memories for her. Nina Palmer is caring for her dying aunt, Tilda Palmer, who had worked for the King family for many years. Nina is her only relative and is a Detective for the Elizabeth County Sheriff’s Office. Today, Tilda has received a check for $1,000 from Joanna King marked for “severance.” After Christmas Eve church service, Gray, Paul, and Charlotte join friends at the local bar. Gray is just dying for a drink and manages to get several drinks in her behind Paul’s back. An old boyfriend grabs Gray to dance which angers Paul. When Gray wakes up the next morning with a raging hangover, she learns that Paul did not come home the night before. Next, she learns that the rental car they were using was found abandoned on the highway. Soon, the police are involved in trying to find out what happened. As Paul is such a hot political figure, the media is blasting constant updates on television. Soon, Gray starts getting texts from someone called Annie who says she knows what’s going on and all the secrets. This terrifies Gray. Who is this person and what does she want? This book had me questioning a number of things, but there is an “ah-ha” moment right at the end where it all falls into place. Good story and no peeking at the end first. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.