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If You Were Here : A Novel of Suspense

If You Were Here : A Novel of Suspense

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<p>If You Were Here is a thrilling novel of suspense from Alafair Burke, the author Dennis Lehane calls &quot;one of the finest young crime writers working today.&quot; 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...</p>

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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...

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

McKenna is shocked to discover that the woman in the video bears a strong resemblance to Susan Hauptmann, a close friend - and a classmate of her husband's at West Point - who vanished without a trace ten years earlier. 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 started over again somewhere else.

But McKenna has always believed that the truth went deeper than the police investigation ever reached and sees Susan's resurfacing as a sign that she wants to be found. What might have been a short-lived Metro story sends the former prosecutor turned reporter on a twisting search that leads across New York City - and to dark secrets buried dangerously close to home. . . .

Specifications

Publisher
HarperCollins, Harper
Book Format
Hardcover
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
369
Author
Alafair Burke
ISBN-13
9780062208354
Publication Date
June, 2013
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
9.27 x 6.26 x 1.25 Inches
ISBN-10
0062208357
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Absolutely loved this boo

Absolutely loved this book! This is the first book by Alafair Burke that I have read but I can tell you that it won't be the last. This book had my attention from page 1 and never let it go! This is the story of a journalist who is working on a story about an unidentified woman who rescues a teenager from the subway tracks seconds before he would have been killed. The plot thickens as it becomes apparent to the journalist following this story that the unidentified woman resembles a friend of hers who went missing ten years before. The story unfolds as the journalist works to uncover the truth surrounding the mystery of her missing friend and the secrets and lies that have been kept by those that she thought she could trust. Highly recommended!

The backstory: This time

The backstory: This time last year, I read Alafair Burke's first stand-alone novel, Long Gone (my review.) I spent the rest of last year trying to only read one of her books a month. I failed. I read all eight in only seven months. While I'm still eagerly awaiting more from her two series, featuring attorney Samantha Kincaid and police detective Ellie Hatcher, I eagerly read her second stand-alone mystery, If You Were Here. The basics: New York City is abuzz with the news of a woman heroically rescuing a young man who fell onto the subway tracks and then running away. When prosecutor turned journalist McKenna Jordan researches the story she discovers someone took cell phone video of the woman, and she looks exactly like McKenna's friend Susan Hauptmann, who has been missing for ten years. My thoughts: Having read all of Alafair Burke's novels in seven months last year, I'm able to spot some of her patterns, even as she continues to improve her craft. When I sat down to read If You Were Here, I made sure I had pen and paper with me to create a detailed character map. Burke doesn't waste any details: every tidbit is significant, even if doesn't feel that way as you read. Admittedly, I was pretty proud of myself to spot a few trademark twists and turns, but as I bridged connections, I realized doing so made Burke's story even more impressive. As I beat McKenna to a few crucial plot points (admittedly, I was privy to more character's point-of-view than she is), I was even more gobsmacked by the 'how' and 'why'? In If You Were Here, I questioned everyone at least once. There's something satisfying about knowing who you as a reader can trust, but in this book I cared more about McKenna and her knowing whom she could trust. As a reader, I love encountering characters I can root for, and McKenna is one I'd love to invite to a dinner party and form a lasting friendship with. Favorite passage: "All those facts were true. But memory was malleable. It was selective. Some facts hardened, and others fell away." The verdict: If You Were Here is a smart, spellbinding mystery filled with surprises, but Burke elevates it to a higher level with characters and relationships who are as dynamic and complicated as the plot itself.

It is so nice to read a m

It is so nice to read a mystery/thriller that is not a series. This is more challenging for the author in that the entire persona of the lead character, journalist McKenna Wright, must be developed in the space of one novel. However, it's a treat for me to not have to deal with the character's history having evolved over a series of previous novels. "If You Were Here" is a satisfying, engaging work. The first chapter grabbed my interest with a death-defying rescue performed by a mysterious woman. The plot evolves with many plausible twists and turns, surprising and satisfying the reader. Who wants a mystery to be straight forward and cut and dry? Alafair Burke certainly delivers a plot delightfully laced with the unexpected. In short, Alafair Burke provides it all: effective character development; suspense; thrills; an engaging plot; and skillful writing. "If You Were Here" was a real pleasure to read.

Alafair Burker is the dau

Alafair Burker is the daughter of one of my favourite mystery writers, James Lee Burke. I've been meaning to check out her work for years but until I found this audiobook on my library's electronic media site I had not made good on my resolution. Her writing is not as dark and violent as her dad's but compelling nevertheless. McKenna Jordan is a former Deputy Prosecutor in New York City but is now working as a journalist. She left the prosecutor's office ten years ago under a cloud. Also ten years ago a good friend, Susan Hauptman, disappeared without a trace. Now, as McKenna views an amateur video of a woman saving a young man from the subway rails she is sure it is Susan. This leads her into a week of terror and insecurity as she searches for Susan. She starts to doubt herself and everyone around her, including her husband. I would read more books by Alafair Burke based upon this listen.

Alafair Burke is the auth

Alafair Burke is the author of two wonderful series featuring recurring characters Samantha Kincaid, a lawyer and Detective Ellie Hatcher. In her latest book If You Were Here (a stand alone) she brings us another great protagonist - and another fantastic book for some hot summer reading. McKenna Jordan is a journalist for a NYC magazine. This is a second career for McKenna. She was an Assistant District Attorney for the city, but she resigned in disgrace after badly fumbling her first big case. Looking for her next story for the magazine, McKenna decides to follow up on a report of a woman rescuing a young man from certain death on the subway tracks; then disappearing. Bystander cell phone footage is blurry, but McKenna is sure the woman is her old friend Susan - who disappeared ten years ago. Her husband Patrick went to school with Susan and he's equally sure it can't be her. "She watched the video one more time. There was no way to be certain, but somehow the woman in the video looked more like Susan with every viewing. If Susan was still alive, where had she been all this time? Why did she leave? Why didn't she tell anyone? And why was she back now? Hooked! Oh yes, I do love this kind of book. And Burke takes it to a new level with If You Were Here. I loved the slow peeling back of layers as McKenna revisits the disappearance of Susan, the case that cost her her ADA career - and her relationship with her husband. We're along for the ride with McKenna chasing leads and wondering who is telling the truth. I really enjoyed McKenna as a character - she's dogged and determined, but not perfect. Burke's plotting was complex and intricately carved from seemingly disparate puzzle pieces just waiting to be clicked into place. Read carefully - ostensibly innocuous comments end up being subtly inserted clues to the final answer. And that final answer was nowhere near where I thought the book would go. Burke kept me guessing and kept me engaged from first page to last. This one's on my hot summer reads list. If you haven't read Alafair Burke yet - what are you waiting for?!
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