On a cold, rainy morning, finance journalist Ally Linden arrives early to work in her Manhattan office, only to find that she’s forgotten her keycard and needs to have a colleague she’s never met let her in. When her boss finally arrives, he seems surprised to see her—because she hasn’t worked there in five years.
Ally knows her name, but little else, and it’s only after several hours in an emergency room and multiple interviews with the hospital psychiatrist that she begins to piece together important facts: she lives on the Upper West Side; she’s now a freelance personal finance journalist; she’s married to a lovely man named Hugh. But she still can’t recall what happened to her during the previous two days. When she learns that she’s experienced a dissociative fugue state, Ally tries to think of triggers and remembers that she’d been seeing a therapist about a traumatic event from her childhood, in which she came across evidence for a murder that was never solved.
Desperate to unearth answers, Ally focuses on figuring out where she spent the missing forty-eight hours. As ominous details of the two days pile up, so does the terrifying pressure: she must recover the time she lost before the time she has left runs out.
Have You Seen Me? Spoilers:
Ally dissociated because she saw her therapist kill her lover and it triggered PTSD from finding a dead body as a child. She fought with her husband after finding out he was having an affair, went to the therapist’s on the wrong say, and found the dead body. As she attempted to unravel the events of the time she was missing, she remembered repressed facts about the child’s body she found when she was young. She was able to pin the murder on the child’s mom. She visited her therapist again for an appointment and remembered what happened. The therapist tried to kill her, she improbably escaped, and the police caught the therapist. She separated from her husband and considered reuniting with her ex, Damien.
Side gripe, Ally was a personal finance journalist whose job was teaching people how to be frugal, but she constantly ordered takeout and took taxis everywhere instead of the NYC subway. Not really practicing what she preaches, there.
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