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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Quick Review: If Your Were Here by Alafair Burke

So very behind in -- well everything and since I don't have to post reviews for books that I purchased or were gifted, going to do a quick and dirty (not THAT kinda dirty) review for the next couple of books.

If You Were Here
by Alafair Burke
ISBN: 978-0-06-220835-4
Buy from Indigo

Description: Magazine journalist McKenna Wright is chasing the latest urban folktale-the story of an unidentified woman who heroically pulled a teenaged boy from the subway tracks, seconds before an oncoming train. When McKenna locates a short video snippet that purportedly captures part of the incident, she thinks she has an edge on the competition scrambling to identify the mystery heroine.

She 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. Investigating her disappearance, the NYPD concluded that the nomadic Susan-forced by her father into an early military life, floundering as an adult for a fixed identity-simply left town to start over again somewhere else.

But McKenna has always believed the truth went deeper than the police investigation ever reached, and sees Susan's resurfacing as a sign that she wants to be found. Yet when she shares the image with her husband, Patrick, who was Susan's classmate at West Point, he isn't convinced.

What would have been a short-lived metro story sends McKenna on a dangerous search for the missing woman, a twisting journey through New York City that will force her to unearth long-buried truths much closer to home-to her own husband, who seems to know much more about Susan than McKenna could have ever imagined.

Random Thoughts
  • Interesting premise
  • Fast paced and never boring
  • Didn't feel a real connection to any of the characters, although they were very real and extremely well developed (though was irritated by McKenna due to stupidity at times)
  • Strong female character
  • Well done but not extremely memorable, a good beach read
  • Fabulous descriptions, made me feel like part of the story
  • Liked that one of the characters was named Porter (my maiden name, I know its a geeky thing, but it made me smile when I read his name)
  • Can't count the amount of times I wanted to slap McKenna for being so stupid and self righteous
  • Characters bonded over Buffy the Vampire Slayer - I know such a silly thing but I giggled and loved it

Memorable Quotes

"Maybe the kids hadn't changed after all. Maybe it was the adult who were different."

"McKenna was barely forty  years old, but with a Librarian mother and an English Teacher father, she was one of those rare young people who was more comfortable  with microfiche and dusty  microfiche and dusty notebooks than WAV files and thumb drives."

"But the boy was black, and Scott waas a white cop, and so - that's how this country still see things.  Maybe it will always be that way."

3/5 Dewey's

I picked this up at Book Expo America and am in no way required to say anything good or bad at it and I sure as hell received no money for it - just love to share the book love

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