“You Are Not Alone” begins as a first person present tense narrative by Shay Miller. She is a market analyst in New York City, and diligently records data on everything in her journal. She shares what she does and what she sees, and what she sees is startling and traumatizing, a statistical anomaly that changes her life forever.
The story continues in alternating voices in alternating chapters, conveniently labeled for readers. This is Miller’s journey, but it is guided by those she meets. Miller reaches out to strangers to seek answers and finds a circle of new friends, or perhaps what she finds is a perilous association of dangerous people who scour the internet, looking for her routines, contacts, and background, desperate to find every microscopic detail of the “real” Shay Miller.
The narrative jumps back and forth in time from the present, to a few weeks ago, and even many years in the past. The past reaches out to direct and explain the present, and echoes of past happenings set in motion actions in that continue in the present. These events and have consequences that must be handled. That past also provides answers to complex questions and explains multifaceted relationships.
“You Are Not Alone” is fast paced and gripping; written in short chapters with almost cliff-hanging endings. The characters live in a dark complex world. They are good and evil at the same time and keep readers guessing about where their alliances really lie. I received a review copy of “You Are Not Alone” from Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen, and St. Martin’s Press. It is a complex plot full of surprises on every page. This is a compelling book and perfect book “binge reading.”