- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Atria Books (Sept. 27 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1501118439
- ISBN-13: 978-1501118432
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.8 x 21 cm
- Shipping Weight: 159 g
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #125,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Vanishing Year: A Novel Paperback – Sep 27 2016
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“A woman’s perilous past and her affluent present converge in Kate Moretti’s latest jaw-dropping thriller. Replete with unsavory characters, buried secrets, and a bounty of unexpected twists and turns, The Vanishing Year is a stunner. A perfectly compulsive read that's impossible to put down.” (Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of Don't You Cry)
“The Vanishing Year is a chilling, powerful tale of nerve-shattering suspense. Kate Moretti pieces together a stunning, up-all-night thriller with a throat-gripping twist that will leave the reader reeling.” (Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author of Missing Pieces)
"Great pacing and true surprises make this an exciting read. Fans of twisted thrillers featuring complex female characters will devour Moretti's latest." (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
“The Vanishing Year is intimate, conversational company, and its plot is strong, its closing twists superb." (New York Times Book Review)
"Moretti maintains a fast pace...chillingly satisfying." (Publishers Weekly)
"Fans of S. J. Watson, Lisa Unger, and Sophie Hannah will enjoy this fast-paced psychological suspense novel." (Booklist)
“This psychological thriller evolves into sheer terror…the outcome will amaze readers.” (RT Magazine)
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“Readers will wonder who is good, evil, or simply the victim of misguided thinking as they devour bestselling author Kate Moretti’s latest book, full of expertly placed screens and revelations.” (BookPage)
“Some of the most suspenseful writing in the genre…adroitly written.” (Crime Time Magazine)
About the Author
Kate Moretti is the New York Times bestselling author of Thought I Knew You, Binds That Tie, and While You Were Gone. She lives in eastern Pennsylvania with her husband and two kids. Find out more at KateMoretti.com or follow her on Twitter: @KateMoretti1 or Facebook: /KateMorettiWriter.See all Product description
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THE VANISHING YEAR tells the story of Zoe Whittaker. At first glance, she has it all. She is happily married to Henry, who is handsome and rich and wants to make sure that Zoe never wants for anything.
This is a far cry from the life that Zoe used to lead. She grew up with no father, and barely any money. When she made a decision that endangered her life, she ran away to New York and managed to somehow land on her feet. The formerly independent Zoe finds herself suffocated at times by Henry's desire to make all of her decisions for her, but it seems a small price to pay for all that he provides to her.
When Zoe's past catches up to her and threatens everything that she now holds dear, Zoe must decide who exactly she can trust before her whole life crashes down around her.
Although I can admit that I am relatively new to reading the suspense genre, I thought that this entire book was well written. I liked the character of Zoe and I felt sympathetic towards her and what she had been through in the past. I appreciated how the story slowly unfolded and revealed more and more about Zoe and her past and about Henry's suffocating ways and I especially appreciated the conclusion. It kept me at the edge of my seat and I couldn't wait to find out what would happen! THE VANISHING YEAR genuinely kept me guessing and I was both surprised and pleased by how things turned out.
Kate Moretti has made a fan out of me. Her writing was compelling, the plot intriguing, and the conclusion satisfying. I definitely recommend THE VANISHING YEAR to anyone looking for an edge-of-your seat, un-put-downable read!
At first we meet Zoe Whittaker, a beautiful Manhattan socialite married to millionaire businessman Henry Whittaker. She appears to have it all. A very handsome, rich, caring husband, a luxurious penthouse apartment, a house in the country. To tell you the truth, I was unimpressed by the first chapter of the book. It was just all too perfect and I felt that perhaps I had picked up a Harlequin romance by mistake...
Then... we begin to learn about her former life. She WAS Hilary Lawlor. A college student who lived with her adoptive mother in California. They were always just scraping by financially, but they were very close. When Hilary's adoptive mother died from cancer, Hilary became untethered and riddled with guilt at not being able to provide her a decent burial. Because she was filled with self-loathing, she got involved with some unsavory people and began to take drugs, even selling them, until she was abducted and tortured - which was her own personal 'low'. After testifying against her abductors, she flees California and reinvents herself as Zoe.
She finds work at a florist. It is through her work that she meets Henry, who provides her with everything a girl could desire. Through Henry, she transforms from a sort of punk girl with fishnet stocking and multiple piercings to an elegant and sophisticated woman wearing haute couture.
From a reader's point of view, Henry is more than a bit creepy.
Yes he's rich, and handsome, BUT... he has terrific mood swings, he is controlling, he wants to know what Zoe does every minute of the day, he buys her clothes, shoes and jewelry that is to his taste, but perhaps not hers, but they DO suit her and fit her perfectly...
Zoe feels increasingly useless.
Zoe's days are long and lonely. Henry hires help to clean and cook, so she has little to fill her days. She becomes interested in C.A.R.E., a charitable organization that seeks to support adopted and orphaned children. It is a cause that is dear to her heart, as she has always been curious about her birth-parents. A journalist that covers a society fundraiser for C.A.R.E. befriends her and together they seek out her birth-mother. Henry is highly suspicious of her 'friendship' with the reporter and exhibits some less than healthy reactions to her new friend. Also, he disapproves of her searching for her birth-mother, stating that her life with him should be 'enough'.
Then, strange things begin to happen... She is almost killed by a careening car at a busy Manhattan intersection, her apartment is broken into.... She wonders if her past life as 'Hilary' is catching up to her. Have the men she testified against in California been released from prison? Should she tell Henry about her past life, her past name, her sordid past? And what of HIS past. His life before her is a mystery that he does not talk about.
Zoe Griffin -- Hilary Lawlor -- Zoe Whittaker
Thanks in part to her journalist friend, Cash, Zoe locates her birth-mother who agrees to see her. What she tells Zoe on that visit rocks Zoe's world to it's foundations.
"It takes a lifetime to grow into the person you'll become."
"The vanishing year" is a well-paced domestic thriller. With overtones of subtle menace, the reader wonders who are the good-guys and who are the bad-guys. The suspense increases steadily until the pages fairly turn themselves. The ending chapters contain a plot twist that will make your blood run cold.
I will definitely read more by this author, and recommend her novels to anyone who enjoys psychological/domestic thrillers.
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This one had all of my favorite things: a heroine searching for answers about her life and who gets into a bit of danger in the search, a scary bad guy and maybe a little romance in the mix too. All this and so well written, as well. Highly recommended.