Please See Us

Please See Us

Book - 2020 | First Gallery Books hardcover edition
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Summer has come to Atlantic City but the boardwalk is empty of tourists, the casino lights have dimmed, and two Jane Does are laid out in the marshland behind the Sunset Motel, just west of town. Only one person even knows they're there. Meanwhile, Clara, a young boardwalk psychic, struggles to attract clients for the tarot readings that pay her rent. When she begins to experience very real and disturbing visions, she suspects they could be related to the recent cases of women gone missing in town. When Clara meets Lily, an ex-Soho art gallery girl who is working at a desolate casino spa and reeling from a personal tragedy, she thinks Lily may be able to help her. But Lily has her own demons to face. If they can put the pieces together in time, they may save another lost girl--so long as their efforts don't attract perilous attention first. Can they break the ill-fated cycle, or will they join the other victims?
Publisher: New York : Gallery Books, 2020
Edition: First Gallery Books hardcover edition
Branch Call Number: FICTION MUL
Characteristics: viii, 341 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9781982127480
1982127481
9781982127497
198212749X

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Katie_Dublin
May 26, 2020

Good characters, interesting story.

multcolib_karene Apr 12, 2020

During this strange pandemic time, I’m judging books on whether they can hold my interest enough to actually finish them and this one definitely sucked me in. I like that the story is narrated by several of the characters so you can really get inside their heads.

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brangwinn
Mar 08, 2020

Two interesting women in Atlantic City become friends and work together to solve the mystery of two women found behind a motel. One is a receptionist at a casino spa and the other tells fortunes. She really does have the gift though and visions which seem to be connected to the case fill her thoughts. I like the transition from first to second to third person in the writing. Not all novels do this successfully.

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aliciamarie
Feb 25, 2020

Wow, oh wow! This is one hell of a debut novel! I was immediately drawn into the story. The characters are well thought out and developed. Every single character has a flaw, which makes them and the lives they live even more realistic and gritty.

This book does have it's dark and disturbing instances like drug addition and sexual abuse. Combine that with the backdrop of a once glorious but now crumbling city and it turns into a page-turning mystery that you can't put down.

This novel alternates between characters as we get glimpses into the lives of the Jane Does, as well as other main characters. They tell their stories and describe how they came to be dead women in the marsh. It was fun to see how all the characters connect.

I hate to give too much away but the ending was satisfying in a weird way. The resolution isn't complete, but it is the perfect ending and I like how there were questions left unanswered.

Thanks to Netgalley and Gallery Pocket Books for allowing me the eARC to read and share my honest review.

This was a 5 star read for me, and to be honest I am ready to read it again because it was that good! I can;t wait to read more from author Caitlin Mullen! Please See Us is available March 3, 2020 here in the U.S. so preorder now! You do not want to miss this!

Happy Reading!

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darladoodles
Feb 20, 2020

A young woman returns to Atlantic City for a reset after a disastrous art gallery incident in NYC. She finds herself drawn to the teenage girl who does tarot card readings on the boardwalk. When they both realize girls are disappearing, they become an unlikely duo -- united against an unknown serial killer. Meanwhile the "Janes" are lying sided by side in the salt marsh behind a seedy motel. How many more will disappear? Will the girls we get to know escape? This debut mystery is told from multiple POVs and in addition to missing girls there are gallery-worthy portraits found amongst the treasures of a deceased senior citizen. Who painted them? Can they help breathe life back into the AC population? At times gritty and heartbreaking, there is still hope in the end. Had a bit of a "The Lovely Bones" vibe. Perfect for fans of Lisa Jewell.

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PineSisken02
May 17, 2020

“ I think, as a woman, I have to anticipate the one thousand ways people will find to dismiss me and how I can make up for it, or prove them wrong, before I can let myself think about what kind of credit they’ll give me for anything I’ve done. As I get older, I keep waiting to step into a world that’s different, where I don’t have to think like that, and you know what? I’m still f—-ing waiting.”

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PineSisken02
May 17, 2020

“ I remembered what it was like, to be thirteen, fourteen, and noticed that men started looking at me in a new way. Like they understood something about me that I didn’t know yet.”

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