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Publisher's Summary

International best-selling author Paullina Simons delivers a riveting novel about a young woman whose search for her missing friend turns into a life-shattering odyssey.

The truth will change her forever.

Living in bustling New York City, Lily Quinn has plenty of distractions and is struggling to finish college as well as pay her rent. But that all pales in comparison when Amy, her best friend and roommate, disappears without a trace.

Spencer O'Malley, a cynical NYPD detective assigned to Amy's case, immediately captures Lily's attention. Though he is wary and wrestling with his own demons, he, too, is irresistibly drawn to Lily.

But fate has more in store for Lily than she ever expected. As she looks deeper into the mystery surrounding Amy's disappearance, Lily finds answers she never imagined she'd find - answers that challenge everything she knows about her own life.

Lily's search puts her on a collision course with tragedy and love and gives her a glimpse into the abyss that swallowed her friend...until she faces a final confrontation with her own life-changing destiny.

©2004 Paullina Simons (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"Part mystery, part romance, part family drama...in other words, the perfect book." ( Daily Mail)

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narrator was annoying, story wasn't good

the narrator got on my last nerve. She got too excited and you could tell it was just off the author has really grown I just read her trilogy about Leningrad. but this book I give three stars.

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A surprisingly long story, but I enjoyed it.

The Girl In Times Square has all sorts of fun things in it: a missing girl, a police investigation, a slow-building friends-to-romance, a super dramatic family, and a grandmother that I just adored. When I started reading/listening, I thought Amy’s disappearance would be the prevalent plot that drove the book. But the more that I read, the more I felt like that wasn’t going to be the case. Certainly the investigation into finding Amy was important, but I was far more interested in what happened with Lily, since her life seemed to be on a bit of a roller coaster after her best friend’s disappearance.

This isn’t a super-tense, super-suspenseful, thriller-y book that raises your heart rate and keeps you turning the pages because you’re terrified for character outcomes. This is actually a finely crafted character-driven story that follows Lily and her relationship with Spencer, who is the lead investigator on Amy’s missing persons case. At first, these two know one another because they are linked by the missing persons case, but then they become friends. The two become closer over a period of months. The story also focuses heavily on Lily and her relationship with her large family.

Lily’s life is a roller coaster of ups and downs, and she is loyal to the people that she loves, even when I didn’t feel like she necessarily had to be. Throughout the story, Lily discovers so much about herself emotionally and physically, and she battles so much on her own that is totally separate from the difficulty of just knowing that her best friend is out there somewhere, missing, waiting to be found.

I was not expecting to become so attached to these characters and the events in their lives – particularly Lily and Spencer. I was rooting for Lily so much. And I loved Spencer from the beginning. Neither are perfect; both have flaws. The characters’ imperfections and flaws and vulnerabilities are one of the best things about this story, I think, and ultimately are why I think that I was able to connect so deeply with Spencer and why I loved both he and Lily so much.

This book is surprisingly long at 19 hours 32 minutes, but I was fully immersed in the plot throughout. The narration here was pretty good. If anything, I noticed the way the narrator seemed to be overpronouncing words, like she sounded a little bit stiff or maybe unrelaxed.

But was this worth a credit? Yes, I think so.

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Slow start but picked up mid way

Book was a little slow for the first half and then the characters developed and got more engaged in the book .. still a good book , but definitely not as great as her others .

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Nope

Loved the entire Alexander and Tatiana series. Hated this. It was difficult to understand and the climax was a complete disappointment and utterly beyond belief

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great book!

Loved this book! a little bit of everything - mystery, romance, intrigue =) Great narrator as We'll! all around 5 stars!

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Overall good.

A little slow sometimes and too full of detail. Some characters are tiresome but overall decent read. It's a love story and mystery all in one and pretty surprising in the end.