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Where Have You Been?

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Susan and Ed Middleton are perfectly content with their lives. Two kids, two cars, a solid brick bungalow in a respectable Northern beaches suburb.

But when Susan's older sister, who vanished as a teenager, reappears to claim an inheritance, everything is set to change.
Paperback, 252 pages
Published February 2010 by UWA Press
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Nomes
3.5 stars

Where Have You Been is a Australian psychological thriller.

Susan's older sister was last seen on the night of her high school formal and her disappearance sparked investigations (which led nowhere) and left her family shattered: eventually her parents divorced, her mother descended into obsession and a mild madness.

Twenty years later, Susan is the picture of domestic bliss: happily married to her college sweetheart, two children & financially well-off. Until her mum dies and leaves
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Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
Mar 25, 2012 Shelleyrae at Book'd Out rated it really liked it
Shelves: aussie-author

Earlier this year I read The Mistake by Wendy James and promptly added her backlist to my wishlist. Where have You Been? was long listed for the Ned Kelly Award in 2010, and is a gripping psychological thriller.

When Susan was just eight her adored teenage half sister, Karen, disappeared on her way to her school formal, and was never found. More than twenty years later Susan is shocked to discover her mother's will divides her sizable estate between Susan and her missing sister. Though legally r
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Helen McKenna
Having recently read Wendy's most recent novel The Mistake, I couldn't wait to read another one of her books and Where Have You Been was also a gripping read.

Susan Middleton is living a comfortable suburban life in Sydney. Married to the unexciting but stable Ed and with two young children, she has managed to overcome the trauma of seeing her older sister disappear more than twenty years before and watching her mother suffer mental illness until her recent death. Her mother's will, however, has
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Brenda
May 02, 2012 Brenda rated it really liked it
As a young girl, Susan loved and adored her big sister Karen. So on the night of Karen’s school formal, Susan sat and watched her getting ready, with her beautiful dress, gorgeous hair and make-up making Susan very happy. But that was probably the last time she was happy, as Karen didn’t return from the formal, and upon investigation, it seemed she didn’t even arrive. She disappeared between home and her girlfriend’s house and no trace of her was ever found.

Susan’s family life shattered, her Mu
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Karen
What would you do if your teenage sister just simply disappeared when you were a little girl. And then reappeared at about the same time as your mother's estate was to be distributed?

WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN? by Wendy James explores what Susan and Ed Middleton do when Susan's long-lost sister Karen - now known as Carly - reappears in response to a lawyer's advertisement. Susan isn't sure she'll be able to identify her sister, and Carly is definitely not the same sort of woman as Susan - but there do
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Jenn McLeod
May 03, 2016 Jenn McLeod rated it really liked it
The restraint shown by the author in the telling of this story is terrific. I am so used to psychological thrillers being edge of your seat reads (they kind of miss the psychological bit!!!) But the characters in this story truly did play with my head. It took a while to see where the story was going, but once I got an inkling, I could not put the book down. The writing is not overdone, as is the case with some thrillers. Incredible characterisation. This would make a great movie. Suburban noir ...more
Barbara Dawson
Apr 10, 2014 Barbara Dawson rated it liked it
Hmmm. Quite a different plot structure. The ending..... ??? It could go either way. Would a happy ever after ending be more satisfying than one that is not? Do we favour novels that reflect our life or do we enjoy ones that don't ? I have to admit I read the ending before I finished but it really did not enlighten me all that much, though my suspicions were confirmed. But there is a sting in the tale. Or is there?? An ebook from ACT Library.
Maryan Heffernan
May 30, 2010 Maryan Heffernan rated it really liked it

Wendy James has written an engrossing mystery with Where Have You Been? which plunges the reader straight into the characters and their growth right from the prologue.
Karen is seventeen when she floats off to her high school formal looking like Cinderella, according to her baby sister Susan, and is never seen again. Twenty years later when Susan's mother dies and leaves her estate divided equally to both girls. What to do when Karen is presumed dead?
Susan, husband Ed and their two children's rat
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Carolyn Mck
Jan 08, 2016 Carolyn Mck rated it liked it
Karen Brown reappears after being missing for twenty years. Is she really Susan’s lost sister or is she an imposter? The novel is written from three points of view: Susan, her ‘everyman’ husband Ed and occasionally from Karen’s (or Carly as she now calls herself). The novel is well written, tense, at times humorous and touching but in the end has too many incidents and characters’ actions that lack credibility.
Maria Stringer
Mar 06, 2014 Maria Stringer rated it liked it
I found this book to be quite frustrating to read! The general plot was good but I felt the characters were hard to believe. The ending paragraph left me with questions.... I really don't like books that leave things "up in the air". I would like to know if anyone else thought the ending strange, especially the reflection of Susan and the mirror.
Dee
Apr 11, 2014 Dee rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
This is my 2nd Wendy James and I'm liking her tone and creation of voice. There are some recognisable characterisations, all familiar all adding to the ordinariness of suburban life making the plot all the more frightening. Wheel done and a lovely clever twist at the end.
Allison Farr
Jan 26, 2013 Allison Farr rated it really liked it
Keeps you guessing til the end.
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Wendy James is the author of seven books, including The Mistake (2012) and Out of the Silence, which won the 2006 Ned Kelly Award for Best First Crime fiction and was shortlisted for the Nita May Dobbie Award for women’s writing. Her latest novel is The Golden Child (2017). She currently lives in Newcastle, New South Wales with her husband and two of their four children.
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