You Were Here by Gian Sardar

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You Were Here is an enthralling tale that takes place over two generations. The voices of the three major characters—Abby, Eva, and Claire—look into the past and illustrate different lives and how they converge, contributing to a seductive and mesmerizing thriller.
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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.
 

About Gian Sardar

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Gian Sardar is the coauthor of the memoir Psychic Junkie. Her short story The Mere Act of Motion was included in the 40th Anniversary issue of Confrontation and she is at work on the screenplay Recall for Bad Medicine Films. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, son, and insane dog.
Author Residence: Los Angeles, CA
Author Hometown: Boulder, CO and Los Angeles, CA Author Image 1
 
Published May 16, 2017 by G.P. Putnam's Sons. 381 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Literature & Fiction, History, Crime. Fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on Feb 21 2017

Readers who find the journey more important than the destination might get more out of this character-driven story...Nonetheless, this deftly executed study of the dark that lies in the human heart is artfully drawn. An impressive if flawed debut with a touch of the otherworldly.

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NY Journal of Books

Good
Reviewed by Nancy Carty Lepri on May 14 2017

You Were Here is an enthralling tale that takes place over two generations. The voices of the three major characters—Abby, Eva, and Claire—look into the past and illustrate different lives and how they converge, contributing to a seductive and mesmerizing thriller.

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