Find Me - Romily Bernard image
How can we all just keep swimming along when some of us are drowning?

The main question running through my mind after finishing [b:Find Me|13645069|Find Me|Romily Bernard||19261755] is this: would I have liked it more if I hadn't worked out exactly who the culprit was about 25% into the book? Perhaps I would. Perhaps the exciting tension, some fast-paced action scenes towards the end and the author's sometimes engaging style would have been enough. But, if I'm being honest, I doubt it. I think the book lacks a certain spark to set it apart from the overcrowded mystery/thriller genre - maybe a better protagonist? Maybe an interesting subplot? Maybe less badly-timed romance?

There are individual scenes that standout from the rest of the book, scenes that make me think I might want to check out the author's future work. But such scenes worthy of mention are few and far between, weakened by long spells of dullness and a romance that is thrown in because it's believed to be a necessary component of young adult novels. The entire creation of the love interest character feels like a last minute add-on that doesn't fit neatly with the rest of the plot. Not only is it out of place, but it also offers the same old cliches - he, of course, is your typical male YA love interest characterized by familiar "bad boy" traits. Plus, I found his habit of calling the MC "Wicked" instead of Wicket rather annoying, not cute or sexy which I'm guessing it was supposed to be.

I always like to give credit where it's due and I think Ms Bernard probably writes fantastic short stories. She really knows her way around a tense scene. Spooky noises and shadows creeping along outside your bedroom window... she masters these little details to keep you on the edge of your seat. It was the parts in between these bits that struggled to keep my attention (i.e. at least 80% of the novel). All the main elements of the plot reminded me of other books, most of which I have enjoyed immensely and the author wasn't strong enough to compete with them. The sadistic criminal for a father reminded me of the Jasper Dent books - [b:I Hunt Killers|7766027|I Hunt Killers (Jasper Dent, #1)|Barry Lyga||10644152], [b:Game|15791383|Game (Jasper Dent, #2)|Barry Lyga||21502367] - but without Jasper's interesting struggle with his own demons and, though I've expressed my love in the past for stories where older siblings fight to protect younger ones - [b:The Hunger Games|2767052|The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1)|Suzanne Collins||2792775], [b:Angelfall|11500217|Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1)|Susan Ee||16435765], [b:The 5th Wave|16101128|The 5th Wave (The Fifth Wave, #1)|Rick Yancey||19187812] - I think I'm just about getting tired of them.

Also: I still don't understand why adults weren't consulted when Wicket discovers that someone is after Lily. Or, at the very least, Lily herself. I tried to make excuses in my head for why things happened the way they did but I can't make sense of it. I appreciate that Wicket didn't trust the detective, but it's not as if he's the only police officer in the world. Her actions were so reckless that I just didn't believe it. I can assure you I wouldn't launch my own private investigation before getting professionals involved if it was MY little sister or brother that had been threatened by a child molester.

The ending acts as what could be a prologue to a second book called "Remember Me". Well, I think I'll give that a miss unless a LOT of reviews convince me to do otherwise.