If You Were Here
A Novel of Suspense
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If You Were Here is a thrilling novel of suspense from Alafair Burke, the author Dennis Lehane calls “one of the finest young crime writers working today.”
Manhattan journalist McKenna Jordan is chasing the story of an unidentified woman who heroically pulled a teenaged boy from the subway tracks. When she locates a video that captures part of the incident, she thinks she has an edge on the competition scrambling to identify the mystery heroine, but is shocked to discover that the woman in the video bears a strong resemblance to Susan Hauptmann, a close friend who disappeared without a trace a decade earlier.
What would have been a short-lived metro story sends McKenna on a dangerous search for the missing woman—a search that will force her to unearth long-buried truths much closer to home…
From Publishers Weekly
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If You We're Here
Not my favorite book of Alafair Burke. More like a first novel than one written after ten years of writing. The plot wandered, I could not connect with the main character, seemed she just wanted to make a political statement about the US military. Please, Alafair, stick with Samantha Kincaid and Ellie Hatcher.
Loved it, loved it...
I forced myself to pace. I didn't want to finish the book too quickly - when finished, then what - on to start crappy novel?
No - this is a book to savor. To get caught up in the melancholy of losing a close friend all those years ago. The title alone sets the stage for a real heart breaker.
But then the ending. A twist here, a twist there - frankly, I would have loved it more had there been less twists. It became a little too contrived for me - I kept thinking of those TV infomercials - "But wait - there's more!"
It did not need to be tied up in such a perfect bow.