Mulholland Books, 2014
A friend and I were talking about how much we enjoy fast-paced thrillers now that we are in our seventies. We began exchanging our favorite authors and titles. We had a few authors/titles in common. One of them was Michael Connolly. My friend told me that if I liked Michael Connelly, I should try reading Michael Marshall. She suggested a trilogy that starts with The Straw Men. But, before I could start The Straw Men, the publisher offered me a copy of the author’s latest book, We Are Here. First let me share the summary of the book from the publisher’s description:
It should’ve been the greatest day in David’s life. A trip to New York, wife by his side, to visit his new publisher. Finally it looks as though the gods of fate are going to lift him from schoolteacher to writer. But on his way back to Penn Station, a chance encounter changes all of that. David bumps into a stranger who covertly follows him, and then, just before they board the train home, passes him by close enough to whisper: “Remember me.”
The stranger follows them back to where they live, and it isn’t long before David realizes that this man wants something from him…something very personal, that he may have no choice but to surrender.
This was a very intelligent and smartly written book. Maybe it was too smart. I didn’t get it. I followed as best as I could down one track after another.
As best as I can tell, there is a fringe group of people who are sort of invisible. That’s the link to the title of the book – they want us to know they are here. It was a little too creepy for me as well as confusing. Worst of all, none of the characters felt real.
I always feel bad when I don’t like a book someone has recommended so highly. I am going to try the author’s Straw Men and see if that one works for me. I’m sorry I can’t recommend We Are Here. It just didn’t work for me.
Have you read this book or anything by Michael Marshall? What was your experience?