PLEASE SEE US | Caitlin Mullen
03.03.2020 | Gallery Books
Rating: 4/5 stars
One fateful summer in Atlantic City has brought together two young women to become unlikely friends in the wake of a series of disappearances dangerously close to home. Summer may have arrived in Atlantic City, but the boardwalk is empty of tourists, the casino lights are dim, and two Jane Does are laid out in the marshland behind the Sunset Motel, just west of town. Only the killer knows they’re there. Clara, a young boardwalk psychic struggling to bring in business, starts to experience real and disturbing visions that she suspects are linked to the missing women. A chance encounter unites Clara and Lily, an ex-Soho art gallery girl working at a desolate casino spa. Clara believes she may be the person to help her understand her visions and ultimately find these women.
PLEASE SEE US is the outstanding debut novel from Caitlin Mullen that you likely saw all over bookstagram last year. I’m late to the party and sincerely kicking myself for waiting so long to pick this one up. From the very first page of PLEASE SEE US I was drawn to the atmospheric and haunting story. Mullen provides narratives that alternate between our main characters, Clara and Lily, as well as sections from a man you come to meet named Luis and the Jane Does. Easily my favorite sections were from the Janes. They were at times incredibly heartbreaking to read, but felt beyond real and immersive.
This isn’t a story for the faint of heart. PLEASE SEE US is dark, but it also touches on many topics that are relevant and happening in our society daily. My only complaint when I finished reading this one was the pacing. I went in expecting a faster paced story, but what I found was more of slow burn. This is certainly not a negative in regards to the story, but more of a personal preference when reading crime fiction.
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