Book Review | Have You Seen Me? by Kate White

Title: Have You Seen Me?

Author: Kate White

Publisher: Avon Books UK

Release Date: 10th September 2020

Source: NetGalley
She’s desperate to find her missing memories – but they could unlock her worst nightmares… 

Ally Linden walks into her office early one morning, only to be told she hasn’t worked there in five years.

Although she pieces together the years she has forgotten, the last two days remain in darkness.

Ally went into a fugue state – but what was so traumatic that it made her disconnect from her whole life?

And why does she feel as if someone is trying to keep her memories buried?

Fast-paced, thrilling and unpredictable – perfect for fans of Clare Mackintosh and Lisa Jewell.

Ally Linden, a successful finance journalist steps out of the rain on a Thursday morning and in to her office, a normal work day in the heaving metropolis of NYC except its not.  Ally hasn’t worked here for five years and to make matters worse she has no recollection of what she is doing there or why she is far from her usual well groomed self.

Intrigued?  Check ups with the experts conclude she went in to a fugue state possible caused by something that traumatised her, she has no visible signs of injury and the last thing she can remember is arguing with her husband Hugh the night before.  It gets worse for her when he collects her from the hospital he reveals that their argument took place on Monday night, so what happened to her on the Tuesday and Wednesday?

Little by little the pieces of Ally’s puzzle are stuck together, however be ready for a lot of red herrings. The secondary characters keep you guessing, her husband seems to have been keeping something from her, her intern seems power hungry, he didn’t do anything suspicious but I felt her brother was up to something plus I’d better not forget  her ex lover who comes back on the scene.  Ally’s childhood also comes back to haunt her, could something that happened all those years ago be responsible for something now?

She enrols the help of a PI to bring the puzzle pieces together and to be quite honest I really didn’t see it coming but when I got to the end I had an “ah!” moment.  It is very cleverly done, like I said above red herrings have you pointing the finger at everyone until the big reveal.

I’ll be honest I didn’t warm to Ally straight away but as the book progressed I did warm to her and her journey to the truth.  An excellent read mystery fans!

Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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20 comments

  1. I don't always warm up to stories about memory loss, but this sounds really good! I'm glad to hear you loved it😁

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  2. It's out tomorrow! Is this still available on Netgalley? I got intrigued. I want to know more why she lost her memories. It's been a while since I read a mystery book. Thanks for sharing your wonderful review. :)

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  3. Thank you for the review of an intriguing story.

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  4. This sounds interesting! I enjoy red herrings, but I also hope there aren't too many of them. That can get frustrating.

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    1. I know what you mean, this had twists but not so many that it got confusing.

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  5. I love the sound of this one, even though it took a bit to warm up to the main character. Will definitely be looking for this one. :)

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  6. This sounds really good and this is an author I've really been wanting to read. I don't mind if I don't love the main character at first if the plot pulls me in but I do like that you warmed to her as the book went on. Adding to my TBR!

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    1. Yep she was a bit flaky to start with but as she unravelled she became likeable. Enjoy!

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  7. Ooh this sounds intriguing. I'm glad you warmed up to the MC as the book went on; it's always nice, though not necessary all the time! I'm very curious how it all comes together.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  8. I usually like memory loss stories and this one sounds like it was well done

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  9. I have pretty much given up on psychological thrillers because so many of them have left me feeling I wasted my time. I did, however, enjoy your review.

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  10. I love mysteries about characters with memory loss (maybe because I work in the field of dementia and psychogeriatrics?) Seriously, this sounds so good and your review is excellent, making me want to read the book. :-)

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