The Father She Went to Find
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Coming April 2nd
“Fasten your seat belt. This is one wild ride.” ―Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
Penny has never met anyone smarter than her. That’s par for the course when you’re a savant—one of less than one hundred in the world. But despite her photographic memory and super-powered intellect, there’s one mystery Penny’s never been able to solve: why did her father leave when she was in a coma at age seven, and where is he now?
On Penny’s twenty-first birthday, she receives a card in the mail from him, just as she has every year since he left. But this birthday card is different. For the first time ever, there’s a return address. And a goodbye.
Penny doesn’t know the world beyond her mother’s house and the special school she’s attended since her unusual abilities revealed themselves, but the mystery of her father’s disappearance becomes her new obsession. For the first time ever she decides to leave home, to break free of everything that has kept her safe, and use her gifts to answer the questions that have always eluded her. What Penny doesn’t realize is she might not be able to outsmart a world far more complicated and dangerous than she’d ever imagined…
—Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
—David Heska Wanbli Weiden, award-winning author
Buckle up. Watch out. And don’t try to predict anything! The supremely talented Carter Wilson has crafted a uniquely unpredictable and absolutely immersive story…
—Hank Phillippi Ryan, USA Today bestselling author
—Wendy Walker, bestselling author
A road trip story with dizzying twists and turns, featuring a unique protagonist you won’t soon forget, this book will keep you up until you reach the last page!
—Andrew DeYoung, author of The Temps
“Wilson punches up Penny’s anything-can-happen adventures with a deadpan first-person narrative that pares its cast of characters to the absolute minimum and relies on sentences and paragraphs and chapters as short, and about as reassuring, as hiccups.
Fasten your seat belt. This is one wild ride.”
—Kirkus (Starred Review)
“It would be easy to lose heart in this terrifying, violent world, but Penny’s determination, intelligence, and ingenuity help her survive and find
answers—even if they’re not the ones she expected. It’s hard not to root for this unusual heroine in Wilson’s wonderfully original, offbeat story.”
“The Father She Went to Find is a blast! I loved Penny Bly, the genius who can remember every line of every book she’s ever read and the details of each meal she’s ever had. Not to mention, she has an amazing talent for creating portraits that reveal the inner nature of the person being drawn. Her journey across the country to find her missing father kept me reading throughout the night. A thriller with heart, amazing characters, and plot twists I didn’t see coming. A true page-turner, this book is a winner from one of our best crime novelists. I can’t recommend this great book enough!”
—David Heska Wanbli Weiden, award-winning author of Winter Counts
“Penny is a fascinating character who’s full of extremes: off-the-charts intelligent but completely clueless when it comes to the real world; desperate for love but pushing everyone away; longing for safety but causing mayhem with her single-minded pursuit of a plan-less goal. Get ready for a wild ride and a WHOA ending.”
—Henrietta Verma, First Clue
“Buckle up. Watch out. And don’t try to predict anything! The supremely talented Carter Wilson has crafted a uniquely unpredictable and absolutely immersive story starring one of the most fascinating characters you’ll ever meet. A Beautiful Mind takes a life-and-death road trip in this battle of wits, maze of psychological suspense, and heartbreaking family drama. I was riveted to every page.”
—Hank Phillippi Ryan, USA Today bestselling author of One Wrong Word
“In his latest page-turning and deeply psychological novel, Carter Wilson has deftly crafted one of the most compelling and unique characters you’ll read this year. I was glued to every word!”
—Wendy Walker, bestselling author of What Remains
“Carter Wilson has done it again. The Father She Went to Find is off like a shot from page one, and it doesn’t let up. A road trip story with dizzying twists and turns, featuring a unique protagonist you won’t soon forget, this book will keep you up until you reach the last page!”
—Andrew DeYoung, author of The Temps and The Day He Never Came Home