Please See Us
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 ...more
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Friends, I have been so skeptical, and possibly jaded, toward psychological suspense in the year of our Lord 2019, but my ...more
I can hear Drifters song playing in my head: Under the Boardwalk down by the sea, sea breeze on your face, sea gulls take their random tours on the air, people passing around, walking aimless, some of them dealing with their own daily troubles and cannot even see whats happening in front of their eyes. But now those boardwalks are empty! There is something eerie, terrifying about this abandoned, empty please. You want to ...more
Im stunned that this is a debut novel! In the mass of mediocre and just plain bad mystery/thrillers that I have read this year this book stands out like a light of hope for this genre. This author gets everything right, the atmosphere of crumbling Atlantic City, the great character development and the voices of those that are no longer alive.
I knew little about Atlantic City except that its hey day was in the late 1940s and 1950s. I knew about the diving girls who, along with ...more
Clara a young psychic is struggling to attract clients so she can pay the rent. She begins having images. Images of violence against women. Lily is an ex-Soho art gallery girl who has returned to her hometown of Atlantic City after a humiliating and painful breakup. She now works in a spa in a desolate Casino. Both women have their own issues and demons but find common ground ...more
Missing posters are hung around Atlantic city for a missing girl. Clara, a psychic, sees the missing girls face and feels as if she can help find her. Clara meets Lily while she working and begs her to help. But Lily has her own dark past. Will they find the missing girl or become victims themselves?
Chapters alternate between two main characters, Clara and Lily. Occasionally, a chapter will be from one of the bodies of the murdered victims (Jane Doe's).
The writing style is opulent and ...more
PLEASE SEE US by CAITLIN MULLEN is a raw, edgy, dark, eerie, distressing, and compelling psychological thriller that absolutely enthralled me. I was immediately taken and entranced with how mesmerizingly poetic the enigmatic narrative was that I couldnt put this book down.
Its a storyline that appears to be something that we have all read before but let me tell you this is nothing but as there is something a little different here that makes this quite the ...more
Among the living is Clara, a sixteen year old psychic, abandoned by her mom, left to live with her prostitute, drug ...more
It took me until the end before I could fully appreciate what the author did here. It was a bit of an uneven reading experience and at times I was frustrated at with the transitions between characters, particularly the Jane Does. However, now having some time to sit and back and think, I believe the writing style actually enhanced the story even if it took me awhile to realize it.
Atlantic City just isn't what it used to be as the dwindling number of tourists have forced many of the ...more
This debut novel is set in seedy Atlantic City and author Caitlin Mullen paints the picture well of the once prosperous city that has been hit hard by the recession, hurricanes, abandoned casinos, and crime. This is a place not kind to women and this book may be tough for some people to read.
Its summer and two unlikely women have started a friendship. Clara, a young psychic on the boardwalk, is having disturbing visions of women and violence. Lily has retreated from New ...more
In its heyday, Atlantic City was a popular destination for holiday makers and beach lovers, and - when casinos were legalized - also attracted visitors who liked a game of chance. In its golden days, the Atlantic City boardwalk was lively, restaurants were full, shops were bustling, and jobs were abundant.
Atlantic City in its heyday
With the rising popularity of other vacation sites, Atlantic City lost its cachet - and the once rocking boardwalk is now almost empty, half the casinos are closed, ...more
Clara is a teenage girl whos getting by as someone who does have visions but is more con artist/thief than psychic. Lila is a woman whos gone back to her hometown of Atlantic City to lick her wounds after her man wronged her, and what he did didnt just impact ...more
This is not an easy read due to all the dark and disturbing ...more
Lily moves back to a dying Atlantic City after a mortifying art show opening where she learned that her boyfriend and potential client were having an affair. Down on her luck and desperate for a fresh start, Lily begins working in an upscale Spa in one of the casinos.
Atlantic City is a place with many lost souls ...more
Caitlin Mullen's debut novel, Please See Us is a great suspense novel that shows the decline of Atlantic City and the destruction and crime that now taken over the once popular tourist location. While the book is a marvel of a storyline, it is also very slow-pacing. If you are looking for a book to sit and relax with, Please See Us is definitely a great contender. I got lost in Clara and Lily's world of struggle; their lives were not only intriguing, but also eye-opening. While the ...more
Oh gosh, this book was too DEPRESSING for me. All the women seem to be doom and gloom in Atlantic City. Nowhere to run or survive. All women had to become some type of prostitute to make a living. Very sad characters indeed.
Please See Us narrates the story of a serial killer who is disposing of the bodies of his victims in the marshland behind the Sunset Motel during a summer in Atlantic City.
The "Janes" want to be found. They are all together, all alone without a voice and no one is trying ...more
There is something bad in the air and in the water now, something rotten and wrong. A moral disease.
While Please See Us gives its readers a slightly more innovative "missing women" type-of-story. Providing us with a panoramic of Atlantic City Caitlin Mullen's novel follows Clara, a young psychic, and Lily who has only recently returned to the city. Between their first-person chapters we have those of Luis, a mute and deaf janitor who works at the same spa as Lily, and those of 'the ...more
This book is so different from the scores of other murder mystery and murder crime thrillers that are out there right now.
Rich in vivid detail, Mullen showcases her amazing storytelling ability as she intricately weaves a story that is heartbreaking yet so very addicting.
We see much of the story through the eyes of a teenage seer. We meet some of the victims and understand their lives and their desperation, sadness, and despair.
Strong Debut Novel, 4.5 stars
Clara Voyant is a skinny high-school dropout who reads tarot for a living and isn't above snatching the occasional trinket, thanks to her aunt Des's instruction in shoplifting. She longs to leave Atlantic City and set out for California, where she hopes she can reunite with the mother who abandoned her as a child. Lily Louten isn't any more enamored with the city than Clara but she has no plans to leave the ...more
I cannot wait to see what else Caitlin Mullen writes. Pick up this book, you won't regret it!
Although it took me a little while to sort out characters, this slow-burner pulled me in. Mullens approach to exposing the vulnerabilities of her characters is well done. I especially loved the voices of Lily and Clara, sympathizing with these bright yet unlucky victims of circumstance. This is one of those books that I have continued to think about ...more
The other main POV is that of Lily Louten. Lily left Jersey behind for the art world and dreamed of holding shows and managing up-and-coming ...more
Summer has come and gone. The tourists are barely seen. The boardwalks are nearly empty in Atlantic City. Yet one thing is active the crime rate and murder.
Two women have just been found in the marshland behind the Sunset Motel and only one person knows they're there.
A young woman trying to make ends meet as a Tarot Card Psychic is our main character and is lively and vibrant. In fact she gets ...more
With characters that felt two-dimensional and quite lacking personalities, Please See Us follows two main ...more