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In this sophisticated, suspenseful debut reminiscent of Laura Lippman and Chloe Benjamin, two young women become unlikely friends during one fateful summer in Atlantic City as mysterious disappearances hit dangerously close to home.
Summer has come to Atlantic City but the boardwalk is empty of tourists, the casino lights have dimmed, and two Jane Does are laid out in the marshland behind the Sunset Motel, just west of town. Only one person even knows they’re there.
Meanwhile, Clara, a young boardwalk psychic, struggles to attract clients for the tarot readings that pay her rent. When she begins to experience very real and disturbing visions, she suspects they could be related to the recent cases of women gone missing in town. When Clara meets Lily, an ex-Soho art gallery girl who is working at a desolate casino spa and reeling from a personal tragedy, she thinks Lily may be able to help her. But Lily has her own demons to face. If they can put the pieces together in time, they may save another lost girl—so long as their efforts don’t attract perilous attention first. Can they break the ill-fated cycle, or will they join the other victims?
Please See Us is an absolute harrowing tale of women in peril. I was spellbound by the way the storyline intertwined the characters. This is an edge of your seat read. I was equal parts devastated and intrigued, always invested in the outcome.
I am certain, I will never step foot in Atlantic City. A tribute to the author’s ability to set the scene of a desolate, decaying area.
These characters, Clara especially, are compelling. Despite their circumstances, I found myself routing for them. Their vulnerabilities fill the pages. I cannot wait for more from Mullen. This debut, while dark, was everything I hoped for and more.
—Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
“This book is a stunner.”
—Paul Harding, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Tinkers
“Mullen builds almost unbearable suspense.”
—Booklist (Starred Review)
Caitlin Mullen earned a BA in English and Creative Writing from Colgate University, an MA in English from NYU, and an MFA in fiction from Stony Brook University. She has been the recipient of fellowships and residencies from the Saltonstall Foundation and the Vermont Studio Center.
She grew up in upstate New York and the Jersey Shore and currently lives in Brooklyn. Please See Us is her debut novel.