- Published: 2016
- Number of pages: 305 pages
- Format: Epub
- File Size: 1.75 MB
- Authors: Kate Moretti
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.
“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
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⭐ At the 70% mark in this book, I was beginning to wonder if ANYTHING was ever going to happen. There is a lot of backstory. Just SO MUCH freaking backstory. Finally, a truth bomb is dropped, and just like that, the whole story unwinds with one sentence.This is such an odd story. You sit there wondering where in the heck it was going, then all the sudden, all the answers fall into your lap with 30% of the book left. It’s a bit disorienting. And the ending, not a surprise at all, was just sort of blah.I can’t say it’s awful, but for a suspense novel, it’s not great.
⭐ Engaging, fast-paced thriller. Disappointed by some gaps in the plot though, details that did not ring true and story points that were sloppily explained. These pulled me out of what would otherwise be a great story. The ending was a bit predictable. I still found it interesting however and enjoyed how the author brought everything to climax. I would recommend this if you enjoy authors like Gillian Flynn, Paula Hawkins, Karen Slaughter. Just do not expect the writing to be on par with their work.
⭐ Excellent book! I have been on the Kindle Unlimited for so long that I had not purchased a book in quite a while. I am SO glad I went ahead and bought this one. I truly found the characters to be complex, the psychological twists intense, and a well developed plot that had me reading through the night. This was my first Kate Moretti book and I can assure you I shall be checking out more. Zoe’s story is truly one of heartbreak and Henry is truly one of the most twisted antagonists I’ve ever seen! If you do enjoy suspense and psychological drama, I suggest you check this one out. I’m not a BIG fan of giving out 4-5 star reviews because I know I’ve read plenty that did NOT live up to the expectations. This one was a solid #4 for me!!
⭐ I became engrossed immediately in this novel. There were MANY after-midnight reluctant closings of my Kindle. I love the writer’s style. I enjoy suspenseful novels and this more than delivered. Anything I could possibly think to write is covered by the numerous Editors Reviews, be sure to read them. As well as the Top Customer Reviews who 5 starred the book. I’m a highlighter, here are some examples of passages that gave me pause:”The one thing about having no one is that no one expects anything from you.””The blonde crosses her arms over her chest and juts her chin out and I’m struck with the thought that you don’t typically get mad at someone you barely know. Anger is an intimate emotion.””It takes a lifetime to grow into the person you’ll become.””Cash has a stillness about him that begets confessions, like the bulk of his body can absorb shocking words, pulling them away from the source the way a tributary shunts water.””My life, unraveling at my feet, and I’m left stumbling and tripping over the threads.””It all seems so serendipitous, except whatever the exact horrible opposite of serendipity is. I actually went so far as to look it up once: zemblanity. That’s the word. Coined by William Boyd, it means “unpleasant unsurprised”, which doesn’t seem quite terrible enough.””Sometimes it’s the people who have the least that give the most.”Highly recommend this read.
⭐ Kate Moretti’s novel THE VANISHING YEAR is a one-night read … a page-turner embodying all of my favorite elements: suspense, deception, intensity, passion, a strong heroine with a murky past, complex relationships, forks in the road with lots of left turns … and ultimately (deep cleansing breath), resolution. Moretti pulls out all the stops with “seeming and being” plot twists, led by the indomitable Zoe Whittaker, whose “perfect life” with her handsome, successful Wall Street hubby Henry, is a high stakes, smoke and mirrors, “read between the lines” relationship. When Zoe’s checkered past comes to haunt her and threatens their charmed lives, Moretti raises the ultimate question: How well do we really know those we love? The author has total control over this gripping novel as she draws you into her complicated characters’ dark inner worlds. She skillfully brings the reader on an edge-of-your-seat roller coaster ride that forces your hands over your eyes, and yet, you cannot help but peek so as not to miss a single word of this unputdownable thriller.
⭐ This book was initially quite captivating; I was enjoying it immensely, trying to understand the mystery up until the last couple of chapters… when I thought, “That is entirely implausible.” It was initially an accessible, believable narrative, but that “No way” feeling it left you with kind of dissolved the book’s ability to leave a lasting impression.
⭐ The Vanishing Year is a taut, well written, vividly imagined psychological thriller that kept me turning the pages to the very end. The main character, a young woman hiding from her frightening past, is trying to maintain her identity as the beautiful wife of a Wall Street tycoon, but she’s skating on increasingly thin ice. I don’t want to say too much, as I don’t want to let any spoilers slip into my review, but this is a riveting read with a twist that took me entirely by surprise. With echoes of Daphne du Maurier’s “Rebecca” (there are even oblique references to Daphne du Maurier’s work if you can catch them) and the novels of Joy Fielding, I found The Vanishing Year to be a thoroughly enjoyable and satisfying read.
⭐ I found this book to be well plotted and well executed. I know some have commented that it took too long to unfold. Perhaps if you like stories that start spilling their guts on the second page (figuratively and literally), then this won’t be your cup of tea. Speaking for myself, I like a book that takes the time to let you get to know the characters. It makes the ‘who’s the bad guy’ guessing so much more fun. And even toward the end of the book when I was certain I knew who that bad guy was, there were so many little twists and turns that I did not see coming that I was very satisfied. Am looking forward to reading Ms. Moretti’s next book.
⭐ For a thriller that actually thrills, I suggest Kate Moretti’s The Vanishing Year. Zoe, the book’s protagonist, is not who we think she is. Heck, she’s not even who SHE thinks she is, and that’s why it’s so fun to tumble through this story with her—everyone is finding out something new all together! With tightly drawn characters and settings, plus all the twists and turns we’ve come to expect from a Moretti tome, it’s prit’ near impossible not to let The Vanishing Year vanish right down your gullet!
⭐ What an amazing twisted read, and I enjoyed every last page. It certainly wasn’t what I thought it was going to be and I was delighted by what it turned into. A great Grip Lit that drew me in from the first page and didn’t let me go until I had figured out the mystery and my heart finally started beating again.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.
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