Readers of Kate Atkinson will delight in this suspenseful debut novel about a woman haunted by nightmares and her grandmother's role in a doomed love triangle almost seventy years before.
What if the past is never buried?
Death, accidental and early, has always been Abby Walters's preoccupation. Now thirty-three and eager to settle down with her commitment-shy boyfriend, a recurring dream from her past returns: a paralyzing nightmare of being buried alive, the taste of dirt in her mouth cloying and real. But this time the dream reveals a name from her family's past. Looking for answers, Abby returns home to small-town Minnesota for the first time in fourteen years, where she reconnects with her high school crush, now a police detective on the trail of a violent criminal. When Abby tries on her grandmother's mesmerizing diamond ring, a ring she always dreamed would be hers, she discovers a cryptic note long hidden beneath the box's velvet lining. What secret was her grandmother hiding? And could this be the key to what's haunting Abby? As she begins to uncover the traces of a love triangle gone shockingly wrong nearly seventy years before, we, too, see that the layers of our lives may echo a past we’ve never known. With mesmerizing twists and a long-buried secret that may finally rise to light, You Were Here weaves together two worlds separated by decades, asking if the mistakes made in past lives can ever be corrected in the future, and if some souls are meant to find one another time and time again.
Abby Walters, the heroine of Sardar's intricately plotted first novel, moved from Makade, Minn., to Southern California to escape her past, particularly to get rid of a recurring nightmare in which she's buried alive while repeating a name that means nothing to her: Claire Ballantine. But she can't escape her nightmares. Fourteen years later, after learning from her mother that Claire was a close friend and neighbor of her grandmother, Abby returns to Makade to seek answers that might explain the hold the dream has over her. In going through her grandmother's papers, Abby learns that Claire was involved in a love triangle. At her 15-year high school reunion, Abby reconnects with old crush Aidan Mackenzie, who's now a detective hunting a vicious killer and rapist. Though she's already attracted to another man, Abby flirts with Aidan and soon finds herself in a love triangle of her own. Sardar keeps the tension high to the very end as she teasingly reveals how the dream resonates with events in Abby's life.