If You Were Here by Alafair Burke

if you were here

Alafair Burke’s If You Were Here is a story that keeps twisting and turning till the last page. Each time I thought Alafair Burke was finished with a twist and turn of the book, she proved me wrong- and made the next twist even better. Alafair, with If You Were Here, is like a magician- she keeps the readers eyes right where she wants them focused and she is subtly setting up the next magic trick.

McKenna Jordan is a journalist for a New York magazine after her career as an Assistant District Attorney came to an end. McKenna accused a cop of planting evidence in a shooting that most thought was self-defense- and the boys in blue and her other law associates never really let her forget that mistake.

Years later, though, McKenna’s life is pretty good. Married to a man named Patrick, a man she met at one of her friends, Susan’s party, McKenna is pretty happy. Except for the fact that Susan disappeared- and McKenna wonders what happened to her. During a little news story about a woman rescuing a man from the subway tracks, McKenna gets a glimmer of hope about Susan. While everyone is wondering who the mystery woman is that saved the man from the subway- McKenna is sure that it’s Susan. The question is- if Susan is back in NYC, why has she not told anyone? And where has she been the last 10 years?

These questions set McKenna down a path that she must walk to find the answers- no matter how unpleasant the obstacles in her way. As McKenna’s happy life turns into something else (she’s fired from her job, her marriage hits a rocky patch, and McKenna begins to question everybody and everything she thought she knew)- McKenna can’t shake the thought that Susan’s disappearance is tied to some of the current events.

Why did Susan disappear? Did she reappear? Is McKenna being set up? And was McKenna closer to the truth 10 years ago when she went to the press and became a whistleblower about the cop shooting than she ever knew? If You Were Here answers all these questions and much more.

Traveling With T’s Thoughts:

Twisty and wonderful. Each time I thought Alafair was finished with the twists and turns- she had another one planned. McKenna is an interesting character- bright and smart. Looking for a book filled with suspense, good characters and a believable storyline? You’ve found it with If You Were Here.

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