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2023 Book Review: Have You Seen Her

by Catherine McKenzie

A Mystery/Thriller,  2023 by Atria Books, 336 Pages 

What I Didn’t Like:

  • Slow start. This book is a mystery/thriller and it does pick up speed, but the beginning “before” chapters are dry and slow. 
  • I didn’t have anyone to root for. I didn’t particularly like or trust any of the characters. 
  • The ending felt a little too quick for the story we had been telling. The plot does a sort of slow build up to big reveals and then just pulls the rug out for the ending. I would’ve liked to see the writer take a little more time with the resolution. 

What I Did Like:

  • Unreliable narrator fans might appreciate the secrets that build, making you wonder if you can even trust this main character.
  • The story does pick up speed and leans into the mystery/thriller aspects as it progresses. You learn more and more about the character and the situation she’s in, which helps to add to the intrigue. 
  • The mystery itself is unpredictable, which is good. You don’t see it all coming or have it all figured out. 

Who Should Read This One:

  • Fans of unreliable narrator stories where you spend the book digging for answers. 

My Rating: 3 Stars

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