Please See Us by Caitlin Mullen. (2020).
**3.5 out of 5 stars**
It is summer in Atlantic City but the boardwalk is empty of tourists, casino lights are dimmed and two Jane Does are laid out in the marshland behind a motel. Meanwhile, young psychic Clara is struggling for clients and begins to experience real and disturbing visions she suspects are connected to missing women. After Clara meets Lily, who has just started working at a casino spa and is struggling after a personal tragedy, she thinks Lily can help her. But Lily has her own demons to face. If the two can put the pieces together in time, they may save another lost girl…
This one is a dark thriller that focuses on a teenage girl, Clara, and a young woman, Lily, who are living in Atlantic City where women are going missing. Interestingly, some small chapters are narrated by the dead bodies of the missing women which is not a technique I’ve seen often. While the majority of the novel is from Clara and Lily’s perspectives, there are multiple other point-of-views included which at times felt a bit much. I get why it was done but yeah. I was quite drawn into the storyline but felt disappointed by the end when a big question is not answered (some readers love that kind of thing but I’m not one of them haha). Quite a lot of the male side characters had very misogynistic attitudes towards the females and were clearly focused on demonstrating their perceived power on the females; this can be confronting to read at times.
I think this is quite a solid debut for the author that many thriller fans will like, I’m certainly interested to see what comes next from this author.