Monday, June 12, 2017

DNF Review: You Were Here

You Were Here
by Gian Sander

Why did you choose this book? The synopsis was interesting
When did you read this book? May 2017
Who should read this book? Readers of suspense and mystery who have the patience for a slow start
Source: Penguin First To Read
Here is a synopsis of You Were Here from Penguin First To Read
My Rating:  DNF

Readers of Kate Atkinson will delight in this suspenseful debut novel about a woman haunted by nightmares and her grandmother's role in a doomed love triangle almost seventy years before.

What if the past is never buried?

Death, accidental and early, has always been Abby Walters's preoccupation. Now thirty-three and eager to settle down with her commitment-shy boyfriend, a recurring dream from her past
returns: a paralyzing nightmare of being buried alive, the taste of dirt in her mouth cloying and real. But this time the dream reveals a name from her family's past. Looking for answers, Abby returns home to small-town Minnesota for the first time in fourteen years, where she reconnects with her high school crush, now a police detective on the trail of a violent criminal. When Abby tries on her grandmother's mesmerizing diamond ring, a ring she always dreamed would be hers, she discovers a cryptic note long hidden beneath the box's velvet lining. What secret was her grandmother hiding? And could this be the key to what's haunting Abby? As she begins to uncover the traces of a love triangle gone shockingly wrong nearly seventy years before, we, too, see that the layers of our lives may echo a past we’ve never known. With mesmerizing twists and a long-buried secret that may finally rise to light, You Were Here weaves together two worlds separated by decades, asking if the mistakes made in past lives can ever be corrected in the future, and if some souls are meant to find one another time and time again.

My Review

I really tried....twice....but I just could not get into this book. It got off to a really slow start, and I was not able to make it past the first 100 pages either time. That's too bad, because the synopsis is pretty interesting. Sadly, I had to DNF it!

If you read through some of the reviews at other sites, you will find my experience was not unique, and that many complained about the slow start to the book. And like me me, many of those readers DNF’d the book. But you will also see that those that pushed through were glad they did, and say that at about the midway point the book transformed from a chore to struggle through to a book they could not put down!

My recommendation: if the synopsis sounds interesting and you have patience, give this one a try. I may just pick this one up again sometime and test that advice!

I received an advanced review copy of this book through the Penguin First To Read program.

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