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November 10, 2023

Search History by Amy Taylor ~ a Review

by MK French

Ana flees to Melbourne after a breakup and eventually meets Evan, who is charming and responsible, everything her prior relationships weren't. Ana can’t help but find Evan online, and sees that his previous girlfriend Emily died less than a year ago. Ana begins to compare herself to Emily, trawling through her dormant social media accounts in the hope of understanding her better. Evan and Emily’s life together looked perfect online, but why won’t he talk about it?

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book cover of women's fiction novel Search History by Amy Taylor
November 2023; The Dial Press; 978-0593595572
audio, ebook, print (288 pages); women's fiction

If anyone has struggled with the meaning of text messages or what social media posts are like, this book is for you. Ana had a messy breakup and moved to a brand new city. Her first attempt at a sexual relationship is horrifying and possibly triggering for readers because she isn't having fun and doesn't feel able to say so. Then comes Evan, charming and distant at any mention of his ex. She plays the guessing game as to what texts mean, what silence means, and what she should say to be liked and receive the best response. 

Ana is unfortunately used to the silent treatment from past boyfriends and even her parents, and as an only child has few people whom she would have emotionally relied on. She builds Emily up in her mind as someone perfect, especially after reading memorial posts online and stalking her Instagram. Ana felt like she was an afterthought for most people in her life, it was such a sad thing to see. When she did put herself out there more, when she risked being vulnerable with others, there was a distinct benefit. I was glad to see her take those steps to do what was best for her and to put herself first. I have great hopes for her future by the close of the novel.

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Born and raised in New York City, M.K. French started writing stories when very young, dreaming of different worlds and places to visit. She always had an interest in folklore, fairy tales, and the macabre, which has definitely influenced her work. She currently lives in the Midwest with her husband, three young children, and a golden retriever.

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