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  • If You Were Here: A Novel of Suspense

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Alafair Burke
    • Narrated By Roxanne Hernandez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (62)
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    (62)

    Magazine journalist McKenna Jordan is chasing the story of an unidentified woman who heroically pulled a teenage boy from the subway tracks. When McKenna locates a video snippet that purportedly captures the incident, McKenna is shocked to discover that the woman in the video bears a strong resemblance to Susan Hauptmann, a close friend who vanished without a trace 10 years earlier. What might have been a short-lived Metro story sends the former-prosecutor-turned-reporter on a twisting search to dark secrets buried dangerously close to home....

    Jean says: "Twisty plot--great story"
    "So disappointed.."
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    I've loved Alafair Burke's previous books -- really loved them, in fact, I said things like, 'She's much better than her father ever was' -- which is saying something.

    But this one? I couldn't get into it. I listened to the first 3.5 hours, realized my mind had never really keyed in, but -- only because it was Alafair Burke! -- I decided it must be my fault, this was a book I was obviously going to love! So I went back and started again.

    It didn't help. It wasn't me. There's something unfocused about this story -- a lot of sound and fury, signifying not much of anything at all. Lots going on, but the plates just spin and spin. Where was the editor??? So much repetition -- I normally don't mind the 'three-quarters of the book review of facts', but in this book, she kept doing it over and over and over, all through the book. Maybe her mind was wondering, too.

    Part of it was the narrator. When she was just straight reading the text, she was fine -- no complaints. But when she was interpreting several of the characters, she insisted on giving them voices that might more properly have come out of zombies. Not just raspy, but really obnoxiously grating. I might not have felt so disinclined to trash those characters had they had themselves a better voice.

    I'm disappointed, but this was another stand-alone book. Maybe Miz Burke will get her groove back in one of the series books again. I'll give her another try, just because she's Alafair Burke.

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