Thank you so much to Black Crow Press and the publisher Vesuvian Books for my copy of Have You Seen Me? by Alexandrea Weis in place of a review. This in no way affects my opinion.
Title: Have You Seen Me?
Author: Alexandrea Weis
Publisher: Vesuvian Books
Audience: Young Adult
Lindsey Gillett is missing.
And she’s not the first girl at Waverly High to vanish without a trace.
To help cope with the tragedy, new history teacher Aubrey LaRoux organizes a student investigation team. But when the project’s key members start turning up dead across campus, Aubrey suspects there’s more going on than anyone is willing to admit.
The murdered students all had something in common with Lindsey. They shared a secret. And what they uncovered could threaten the future of the historic school.
At Waverly High, someone wants to keep the past buried—and you don’t want to get in their way.
I hadn’t heard much about Have You Seen Me before I picked it up, and while I enjoyed it, I just wanted a lot more from it. It has ended up as a solid three star which is no bad reflection on the book, but I just felt as if it needed something different for my rating to be that little bit higher.
Central to any thriller is the characters, as you have to believe in them to believe in the story. While I liked all of the characters within Have You Seen Me, I had to question some of their decisions, as they always seemed to go for the extreme option. There never seemed to be a minute where they just took a break and decided altogether what they were going to do. I also am not too sure about the romantic direction that the book told, as I am not sure that it was necessary, considering the circumstances.
As important as the characters is the atmosphere, this was what really let Have You Seen Me down. I didn’t feel as if Alexandrea Weis created enough of an atmosphere as the story seemed to follow a very repetitive cycle, so I knew what was going to happen before it did. Unfortunately, this meant that there wasn’t any tension created, which is what I really like from my thrillers.
One thing that I did love was the setting and, to a larger extent, the world building. Alexandrea Weis did a really good job at conveying the setting, so you could imagine exactly what she had intended. This really helped the story to take place in my mind, and imagine just where the characters were in relation to each other. However, the thing that I think would have really helped this even further would have been some form of a map.
Overall, Have You Seen Me was a solid thriller that could have benefited from having a little bit of variation in the way that things were revealed. If you are just starting out reading thrillers, I would definitely give Have You Seen Me a go. But, if thrillers are something you regularly read, you may guess this one a little bit too easy.