The twists and turns are not gone without a trace in this novel from Mary Torjussen. They are around every corner.
How far would you go to find the one that got away?
In Gone Without a Trace, young professional Hannah returns from work to find her live-in boyfriend, Matt, is gone. His belongings have disappeared from their house. Every call she ever made, every text she ever sent, every photo of him and any sign of him on social media have vanished. It’s as though their last four years together never happened. As she struggles to get through the next few days, with humiliation and recriminations whirring through her head, she knows she’ll do anything to get answers. Where has he gone? Why has he left?
Then the messages start—cryptic and creepy texts and videos—and Hannah realizes that someone is watching her every move. And there are signs that someone has been in her house.
As her search for Matt progresses, Hannah treads further into madness and obsession—and the only way out is to come to terms with the one shocking truth she just can’t accept. . .
While there were times when the details of Hannah’s days felt like they were bogging down the story, it didn’t outweigh my need to know what happened to Matt. I desperately needed to know if he was okay. Torjussen does an excellent job of building suspense and making the reader think the solution could be this. But wait! Was it this? Or this? Or this? The possibilities seemed endless and this reader didn’t come close to figuring out what was happening.
Where was Matt? The solution was a huge surprise as this book took on an everyday occurrence from an angle not often explored. It was a shock to me and something I don’t remember ever reading in a book before. I won’t say anything else for fear that I’ll give too much away. I’ll close with the recommendation that you read this book. It’s one of my favorites in genre so far this year. It was a story that I think will stick with me for quite some time.
Thank you Berkley Publishing/Penguin Random House and NetGalley for the advanced copy of this book.
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Rating: 4 stars
Title: Gone Without a Trace
Author: Mary Torjussen
Release Date: April 18, 2017
Mary Torjussen has an MA in Creative Writing from Liverpool John Moores University. She worked for several years as a teacher and lives outside of Liverpool, where Gone Without a Trace is set.