"On a cold, rainy morning, finance journalist Ally Linden arrives early to work in her Manhattan office, only to find that she’s forgotten her keycard and needs to have a colleague she’s never met let her in. When her boss finally arrives, he seems surprised to see her—because she hasn’t worked there in five years.
Ally knows her name, but little else, and it’s only after several hours in an emergency room and multiple interviews with the hospital psychiatrist that she begins to piece together important facts: she lives on the Upper West Side; she’s now a freelance personal finance journalist; she’s married to a lovely man named Hugh. But she still can’t recall what happened to her during the previous two days. When she learns that she’s experienced a dissociative fugue state, Ally tries to think of triggers and remembers that she’d been seeing a therapist about a traumatic event from her childhood, in which she came across evidence for a murder that was never solved.
Desperate to unearth answers, Ally focuses on figuring out where she spent the missing forty-eight hours. As ominous details of the two days pile up, so does the terrifying pressure: she must recover the time she lost before the time she has left runs out."
This book has cemented my love of Kate White's books - she has become yet another author where I plan to read everything and anything that she has written. There is just something about her books that I cannot help but enjoy! Have You Seen Me? has such an intriguing premise that I couldn't help but want to read it as soon as I had read the above summary. Unreliable narrators are a popular choice in thrillers but the idea of showing up to work only to find that you don't work there (and haven't for some time) is horrifying to contemplate. I cannot even imagine! I loved that the author then took us one this suspenseful journey where Ally is trying to find her missing memories. I spent my entire time reading this book trying to figure out what was going on and what had caused Ally to disassociate from her life. The short chapters helped to make this book one very tense and fast paced read! My one and only complaint with this book was that I didn't love the ending. I can't really say why without sharing spoilers but I will say that I was a bit unsatisfied with the ending. It wasn't horrible or anything - just a bit unsatisfying (and really it's a me thing more than the book itself honestly). That being said - the fact that I enjoyed this book so much up until that ending still made this book a really enjoyable read for me! I think that this is my 4th book by White and they have all been at least four star reads. I WILL be reading more by White and soon.
Overall, I enjoyed this book immensely and can easily recommend it! It was a page turner that kept me reading late into the night. This book is labeled as a novel of suspense which I would definitely agree with as it was a very suspenseful read! There was just a description on bookstagram the other day on the difference between mysteries, thrillers and suspense which has really stuck with me. I think that it's important to try and share what kind of book it is so that people go in with the right expectations (if that's something they worry about I suppose). Anyways, I can easily recommend this one to fans of suspense, those readers who enjoy unreliable narrators (not necessarily the case here but similar feel since Ally is missing memories), and those readers who love a good mystery.
Bottom Line: A page turning and suspenseful read that I couldn't stop reading!
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book thanks to the publisher. Honest thoughts are my own.
Sounds exciting, thanks for sharing your thoughtsReplyDelete
Shelleyrae - It was really exciting! I definitely would recommend!Delete
Glad to hear you liked this one, Sam. I've got it on my Kindle to read 'at some point'. Ha! I have read a couple of other books by the author - standalones - she also writes a series that I have not read. Hope you guys are doing well.ReplyDelete
Kay, I think I've read one book in the series she has going but the other two books that I've read by her were also standalones. This one may be my favorite by her so far (it's kinda hard to tell since it has been so long since I read the others LOL).Delete
I just saw my library has this on their audio website and it's now at the top of my list. It sounds great!ReplyDelete
Katherine - Awesome! I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did!!!Delete
I recently read a book with a character that also lost her memory. That one wasn't as great as I hoped but I do think it's a great premise so I would love tor read this one. Glad to hear you enjoyed it!ReplyDelete
Iliana - I was just so intrigued by the premise of her showing up to work and not remembering that she no longer worked there or really any of her memories before that day. It was frightening to think about!Delete