Published by Berkley Books on April 18th 2017
Genres: Fiction, Mystery, Psychological Thriller, Suspense
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How far would you go to find the one that got away?
From the imprint that published Fiona Barton’s instant New York Times bestseller The Widow and Clare Mackintosh’s global phenomenon I Let You Go, comes Mary Torjussen’s GONE WITHOUT A TRACE—an electric, compulsive thriller about a boyfriend’s unexplained disappearance, and its corrosive effects on the woman he left behind.
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. . .
For anyone who has ever asked “Was it something I did?” GONE WITHOUT A TRACE brings to chilling light the doubt, fear, and obsession that can lie dormant in our most intimate relationships.
This book was a page turner! Hannah returns from a conference with good news, only to discover her boyfriend Matt is gone. And not just moved out, but GONE. As in, no trace of him anywhere – not in the house, in her photos on her phone, on social media – he’s even left his job.
He’s simply GONE – and without a single trace.
As you would, Hannah has questions. HOW can every trace of him disappear? What happened? Had he been planning this? Why? And so of course, as I would, she begins to search for clues, and the deeper she digs, the less sense some things begin to make. You will soon find yourself sucked into the mystery, even as you see her begin to fall apart.
And then the questions really start, because Torjussen has penned a cast of characters so disturbing and untrustworthy that you begin to wonder if there is more going on than you are aware of. (Of course there is.)
In fact, Shari Lapena, New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door, says: “Gone Without a Trace has one of the most interesting narrators I’ve ever come across.”
That is a statement that I will not refute. With Hannah, author Torjussen has crafted a fascinating character, because at first she seems like a woman who has it all together. As her obsession deepens, there were moments where I struggled with her manic and frenetic behavior and her obsession. There was a moment when I had to wonder if Matt had even existed (because that plot twist has come up a few times recently).
And I can’t tell you any more, because that would mean spoilers and I don’t do spoilers. Let’s just say that the description of psychological suspense is quite apt and the book fits the bill nicely, because this has a few knife-edged twists that I did not see coming, and that take the story in a bit of a different direction, and you will either love it or hate it. I found it genius and….nope. No spoilers.
To be honest, this story is more twisted than I expected (and I hate even saying that much). Fans of The Girl on the Train or Gone Girl will LOVE this book.
But I won’t make you take my word for it – because I have a copy of the book to giveaway!! This will be a quick giveaway, so get on it.
About the Author
Mary Torjussen grew up in Stoke-on-Trent. There was no television in her family home so books have always been her escape – she spent hours reading and writing stories as a child. Mary has an MA in Creative Writing from Liverpool John Moores University, and worked as a teacher in Liverpool before becoming a full-time writer. She has two adult children and lives on the Wirral, where her debut novel, GONE WITHOUT A TRACE, is set.
Many thanks to Berkley Publishing for providing me with an advanced reader copy via NetGalley along with a giveaway copy for one of my readers. All thoughts and opinions are my own.