The Vanishing Year

The Vanishing Year

A Novel

Book - 2016
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""The Vanishing Year is a stunner. A perfectly compulsive read that's impossible to put down." -Mary Kubica. "A chilling, powerful tale of nerve-shattering suspense." -Heather Gudenkauf. Zoe Whittaker is living a charmed life. She is the beautiful young wife to handsome, charming Wall Street tycoon Henry Whittaker. She is a member of Manhattan's social elite. She is on the board of one of the city's most prestigious philanthropic organizations. She has a perfect Tribeca penthouse in the city and a gorgeous lake house in the country. The finest wine, the most up-to-date fashion, and the most luxurious vacations are all at her fingertips. What no one knows is that five years ago, Zoe's life was in danger. Back then, Zoe wasn't Zoe at all. Now her secrets are coming back to haunt her. As the past and present collide, Zoe must decide who she can trust before she--whoever she is--vanishes completely. A "dark, twisty, edge-of-your-seat suspense" (Karen Robards), The Vanishing Year combines the classic sophistication of Ruth Rendell and A.S.A. Harrison with the thoroughly modern flair of Jessica Knoll. Told from the point-of-view of a heroine who is as relatable as she is enigmatic, The Vanishing Year is an unforgettable new novel by a rising star of the genre"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Atria Paperback, 2016
Edition: First Atria Paperback edition
ISBN: 9781501118432
Branch Call Number: Fiction Moretti
Characteristics: 296 pages ; 22 cm


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The more perfect someone seems, the more likely they are to have skeletons in their closet.

This book will be discussed at the Sonoran Sleuths Mystery Book Club on October 25, 2017.

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Jul 21, 2019

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Jun 24, 2017

As a writer myself, I tend to see all the stitching behind the seams, and this story definitely has dropped a few. The author didn't bother to check her information (for instance, what a grand jury actually does), and the fairy-tale husband and threat from the low-level criminals just didn't ring true. It came off like a paperback bodice-ripper. That said, I forced myself through to the last third of the book where it really took off. The author keeps up a good pace, and I didn't want to stop reading. I hope she'll tighten up her work in the future, because she has talent.

Dec 17, 2016

What started out as a Cinderella story began turning into a thriller quickly. A young woman flees her past in New York. Leaving drugs, and abuse behind her, she ends up by chance meeting a wealthy stockbroker. Only it’s not by chance she met him. She married a sociopath determined to turn her into his former wife who was killed in a hit and run. Halfway through the book, it becomes impossible to put the book down until the reader can find out if things turn out okay for Zoe.

Dec 04, 2016

For All My Reviews check out Clues and Reviews

Zoe Whittaker has it all. She has a handsome, rich husband, a bustling social schedule and all the world’s finest things at her fingertips. While at a charity benefit, Zoe is stopped by a woman who calls her Hilary. Zoe dismisses this. But what no one knows is that years earlier, Zoe’s life was in danger. Back then she wasn’t Zoe. She was Hillary. And now all her old secrets are coming back to haunt her….

The Vanishing Year, by Kate Moretti, is another one of those books marketed in the psychological/domestic thriller genre and what an awesome addition it was! It is always difficult to review books in this genre, without giving away any spoilers, so I will be brief and vague but the underlying message is that I ended up loving this book.

Initially, I wasn’t really sure how I was feeing about this novel. For the majority of the time that I was reading it, I didn’t really feel like anything was going on or coming together. I was enjoying it but it all felt disjointed and I wasn’t sure how it was all correlated. Once I realized the connections, I was flabbergasted. WHAT. AN. ENDING.

The novel opens in 2014, where we meet Zoe (whom the novel is narrated by) and her husband, Henry. He is a Wall Street tycoon; she is an example of classic “rags to riches” story. We learn immediately that Zoe is hiding a secret past and that no one, not even Henry has been made aware. As bits and pieces of her past come into her present, she becomes fearful of her life and struggles with who to trust and where to go.

As I said previously, this novel required quite a bit of patience from me. It was one of those books that was more of a slow build and extremely disjointed. Between learning about Zoe’s past, her hunt for her birth mother and the inside scoop into her marriage- there was so much going on, I didn’t understand how anything was going to fit. Moretti does a fantastic job at giving the reader scraps and making them beg for more. As confused as I was, and as hesitant as I was to continue, I couldn’t put this one down!

I think that fans of Mary Kubica or of Behind Closed Doors by B.A Paris would enjoy this book. They had a similar vibe.


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