MYSTERY

Have You Seen Me?

Harper. Apr. 2020. 384p. ISBN 9780062747471. pap. $16.99. SUSPENSE
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This new stand-alone from the talented White (“Bailey Weggins” series) starts snappily enough: Ally Linden heads to work but realizes she doesn’t have her key card. When she does get in, her boss tells her she hasn’t worked there for five years. Then she faints. When she comes to in an ambulance, she’s understandably confused. She begins to remember details of her life, but even after seeing her husband and accounting for the last five years, she still can’t remember where she was or what she was doing for the past two days. The rest of this uneven suspense novel has Ally plumbing her memory and tracking down clues—including bloody tissues in her coat pocket—to find out what happened. Her best friend is out of town and her husband is strangely distant, though concerned. Worried that something terrible occurred while she was “out,” Ally turns to her loving brother and her therapist, even a private investigator, for help. She also has the feeling she’s being watched, but by whom?
VERDICT White spends much time describing fancy apartments and houses, what characters are wearing, what they eat and drink, some of which her readers expect and enjoy, but in this outing it tends to slow down the narrative Still, White’s ability to write realistic characters and twisty plots make this worthwhile. [See Prepub Alert, 9/30/19.]

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