Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Release Date: April 28, 2020
Genre: Adult Fiction / Mystery / Suspense
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.
I have read a few of the Bailey Weggins series and have been loving them, so when I saw Kate White was coming out with this standalone, Have You Seen Me?, I knew I had to read it. I’m happy to report that it did not disappoint!
While some people might find the major twist a little out of left field and abrupt, I was definitely surprised by it and it wasn’t at all what I expected to happen which I loved. I really liked the addition of the event from Ally’s childhood and how it ended up fitting together with her current situation. It also added even more layers to an already intriguing plot.
I absolutely loved Ally and her friend Gabby, and the dynamic reminded me a little bit of the Bailey Weggins series. I thought that in general the majority of the characters were likable so if you don’t want a book full of characters you hate, Have You Seen Me? would be a good novel for you.
Have You Seen Me? is completely binge-worthy and I ended up reading it all in one day, in basically one sitting. I was so into it and I just had to know where it was going. And of course, in true Kate White fashion, you don’t get the big reveal until the VERY end. I don’t know how suspenseful I thought it was, I didn’t really have any pulse-pounding moments, but it was definitely addictive and kept a pretty quick pace throughout. Plus there is enough going on that I didn’t feel my attention waver even once.
Random thought that I just have to add, Ally’s therapist Dr. Erling reminded me SO much of Dr. Evelyn Vogel from season 8 of Dexter. Even though the characters aren’t similar in age or looks I couldn’t help but hear and picture Vogel every time Ally had a session with Erling. Anyone else? Just me? Okay.
If you love Kate White’s other books then I would definitely check out Have You Seen Me?
MY RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5
Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an advance review copy of this book, all opinions and thoughts are my own.