A book review of the thriller Look for Her by Emily Winslow. Years ago a young woman who went missing became a legend, even after her body was found. Now, DNA evidence has turned up in the case, but it complicates everything when it proves the body isn't hers.

Book Review // Look for Her by Emily Winslow

Note – I received a copy of this book from the publisher through TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

About Look for Her

Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (February 13, 2018)

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 Timesbestselling 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.

Search the book’s hashtag: #lookforher.

My Thoughts

This book had a strong beginning and end. I was drawn into what was happening with the very first page and thought it was a very effective way to start the story. I started to lose interest in the middle of the novel; I think it was a mixture of the multiple points of view, the fact that I didn’t have a lot of dedicated time to sit down and read so I’d pick it up here and there, and I had just finished a couple of books that really drew me in. However, at the end I was pulled in again. Look for Her is part of a series, but I thought it did well on its own as a standalone. Even though this wasn’t my favorite recent read, I would definitely look into other books from this series. If you’re into detective thrillers, this series is worth a look!

Purchase Links

HarperCollins | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Photo by Jonathan Player

About Emily Winslow

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.

Find out more about Emily at her website, and connect with her on Facebook.


  1. AlongtheWay

    March 9, 2018 at 9:51 am

    I just bought a Kindle, even though you said it wasn’t your favorite read ever, I might give it a try!


  2. Beth Kondrick

    March 9, 2018 at 9:54 am

    Definitely sounds like an intense read but good. I like a good thriller now and then!

  3. Brittney Kubicki

    March 9, 2018 at 10:09 am

    Now I’m wondering all about the answers! This sounds like a page turner!

  4. Anthea

    March 9, 2018 at 10:31 am

    This sounds like the sort of book you cannot put down. I enjoy good thrillers and this sounds very good!

  5. Heather Gilbert

    March 9, 2018 at 3:49 pm

    Wow sounds like an awesome book!

  6. HeatherTLC

    March 9, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    Thanks for being a part of the tour!

  7. shootingstarsmag

    March 9, 2018 at 7:55 pm

    I do appreciate when some books can be read as standalones. Thanks for sharing. Such an interesting premise.


  8. Paula

    March 10, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    Sounds like a great series. I’m always up for detective thrillers!

  9. Melissa James

    March 10, 2018 at 10:57 pm

    Sounds like a book that will pique your interest…one that you won’t be able to put down!

  10. Charlotte

    March 16, 2018 at 8:19 pm

    Oooh this sounds like something I would enjoy! I’m a sucker for a good mystery, and murder whodunnit stories are my favorites. Thank you for sharing, and hope you are having a great weekend!!


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