If You Were Here

If You Were Here : A Novel of Suspense

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If You Were Here is a thrilling novel of suspense from Alafair Burke, the author Dennis Lehane calls "one of the finest young crime writers working today."

Manhattan journalist McKenna Jordan is chasing the story of an unidentified woman who heroically pulled a teenaged boy from the subway tracks. When she locates a video that captures part of the incident, she thinks she has an edge on the competition scrambling to identify the mystery heroine, but 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.

What would have been a short-lived metro story sends McKenna on a dangerous search for the missing woman--a search that will force her to unearth long-buried truths much closer to home...
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Product details

  • Paperback | 546 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 33.02mm | 589.67g
  • United States
  • English
  • Large type / large print
  • Large type / large print edition
  • 0062278606
  • 9780062278609

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Journalist McKenna Jordan is chasing the latest urban folktale--the story of an unidentified woman who heroically pulled a teenage boy from the subway tracks seconds before the arrival of an oncoming train. When McKenna locates a video snippet that purportedly captures the incident, she thinks she has an edge on the competition scrambling to identify the mystery heroine.

McKenna is shocked to discover that the woman in the video bears a strong resemblance to Susan Hauptmann, a close friend--and a classmate of her husband's at West Point--who vanished without a trace ten years earlier. The NYPD concluded that the nomadic Susan--forced by her father into an early military life, floundering as an adult for a fixed identity--simply started over again somewhere else.

But McKenna has always believed the truth went deeper than the police investigation ever reached. What might have been a short-lived Metro story sends her on a twisting search that leads across New York City--and to dark secrets buried dangerously close to home. . . .
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Review quote

You know you are in good hands with her, and can relax without wondering if things are going to fall apart midway through. ...Burke s female characters are always very involving, with big, strong voices. --Gillian Flynn, author of "Gone Girl," in "O, the Oprah Magazine""
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2 9% (437)
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