Gone Without A Trace by Mary Torjussen
ISBN: 9780399585012 (paperback)
ISBN: 9780399585029 (ebook)
ASIN: B01KGZVR4G (Kindle edition)
Publisher: Berkley Books
Publication Date: April 18, 2017
Hannah Monroe’s boyfriend, Matt, is gone. His belongings have disappeared from their house. Every call she ever made to him, 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 Hannah struggles to get through the next few days, with humiliation and recriminations whirring through her head, she knows that she’ll do whatever it takes to find him again and get answers. But as soon as her search starts, she realizes she is being led into a maze of madness and obsession. Step by suspenseful step, Hannah discovers her only way out is to come face to face with the shocking truth…
Hannah Monroe has everything she ever wanted. She enjoys her work and her career is on the rise. She’s paying down her mortgage on her own home. And she’s in a great relationship with a wonderful man. Hannah’s life is turned upside down when she returns home from a conference to find that the man of her dreams has disappeared. Not only has he left her, but he has removed all trace of himself from her home and their life together. Matt’s disappearance is the beginning of Hannah’s downward spiral into possible madness. She calls Matt’s employer only to find he left months ago. She calls every hotel for miles to find him. She tracks down his coworkers to see if they can reveal any clues to where he is. She even tries to find Matt’s mother, a woman she despises, to get answers only to find she’s disappeared as well. Just when Hannah feels she’s starting to come to grips with Matt’s disappearance, she begins to receive strange text messages and phone calls and it seems as if someone is coming into her home when she’s away. Has Matt returned? If these texts, calls, and visits aren’t from Matt, who are they from and why? Why did Matt leave the way he did? Hannah is desperate to find answers to these questions and more, but will she be willing to accept the truth if she ever finds it?
I found Gone Without A Trace to be a fast-paced and engaging read. Ms. Torjussen has crafted a story with plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing until the bitter end. Initially, I felt sorry for Hannah, but the more I read the more I realized that all is not as it appears (no, I won’t tell you any more…read the book!). Ms. Torjussen introduces us to only a handful of characters and they all come across as deeply flawed in some way. Hannah’s past is slowly revealed as the story develops and the reader gradually comes to understand that her childhood was far from idyllic. Her father was and continues to be abusive and very manipulative, with her mother often being the victim of that abuse. Hannah’s best friend seems to epitomize passive-aggressive behavior and isn’t very likable. I found Gone Without A Trace to be a chilling psychological thriller and suspenseful read. There’s a lot going on in this story and if I revealed it all you wouldn’t need to read it, but here’s a partial list: childhood abuse, spousal abuse, anger management issues, and murder. If you enjoy reading stories with unreliable narrators or a good thrill, then you’ll definitely want to add Gone Without A Trace to your TBR list. I look forward to reading more by Ms. Torjussen in the future.
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