Friday, July 5, 2013

Book Review - If You Were Here by Alafair Burke

If You Were Here

If You Were Here by Alafair Burke

"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..."

The book drew me in, as I wondered if the mystery heroine really was McKenna's close friend Susan, or if McKenna was going crazy. And who could McKenna really trust? I liked the story until almost the end, when the truth was revealed... It just seemed anti-climax and I am not sure if it was plausible? 

McKenna was an okay character but not really memorable. It was fun to to read how the different storyline weaved together, especially since I had just finished reading The Marshall Plan for Novel Writing by Evan Marshall and it seemed like this book followed the structure from the Marshall Plan! Now I didn't exactly check if it followed the Marshall Plan exactly, but I recognized the techniques (at least some, if not all) mentioned in the Marshall Plan. 

3.5 Stars


Note - An ARC was given by HarperCollins in exchange for an unbiased review

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  1. I've been hearing a few things about this book lately but haven't felt intrigued enough to read it. It does sound like it has good promise - sorry that it didn't work out too well.

    1. I should read the other reviews and see what they think!