A jaw-dropping novel of psychological suspense that asks, If the love of your life disappeared without a trace, how far would you go to find out why?
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...
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Advance Galley Reviews
From the beginning of the book you get the feeling that the road you will be traveling with the main character is one of "issues." You know that there are problems with her, rather than an abduction or something else that would cause her boyfriend to completely disappear from her life. The fist 50 pages could be summed up in two words: He gone! It is a page turner in the sense you want to know what exact breed of "off" the main character is. It isn't exactly compelling, but more, "I've made it this far and I'm curious," kind of a read. Book was good. Nice plot twist at the end. Saying more would ruin it. I'd recommend it and give it 4/5 stars.
I loved this book! The plot was intriguing and kept me guessing throughout. When all was revealed I was shocked (in a good way) because I definitely did not see it coming. It was a page turner that I could not put down until I was done with it. I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for this author in the future.
I loved this book! It begins with sympathy toward the main character (why would her boyfriend leave her like that?) that turns into annoyance toward her (OK, what happened to her is awful, but she needs to move on before her life is ruined). Then suddenly .. plot twist! And you see a whole new side to everything. I couldn't put this book down. Thanks for the great read!
I really wanted to read the book, but for some reason, I was unable to download it.
Here's a book aiming for the fans of "Gone Girl" and "Girl on the Train." Hannah returns from a business trip to find that her live-in boyfriend, Matt, has moved out "without a trace." The following months show how Hannah's live falls apart (personally & professionally) as she searches for Matt and answers for why he left. The "huge" reveal at the end is fairly satisfying and does leave one with a chill/smug nod to the situation.
Thanks to First to Read- Penguin Books USA for the free copy of this book. (Unfortunately my version seemed to missing several lines at the start of each paragraph, but the writing was fairly repetitive so I don't think I missed anything from the plot.)
Not bad. The book gets right to business with its tantalizing premise in the opening chapter, but there is a lot of running in circles with several red herrings and far too much of Hannah's thoughts and feelings instead of forward momentum immediately afterward. During the last 100 pages, however, the plot comes together nicely to an unsettling end, which I appreciated. I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop with regard to the narrative, figuring that I wasn't getting the complete story; Torjussen doles out a fantastic plot twist to serve as an explanation near the end which in hindsight should have been more obvious to me. Far from perfect, but worth checking out for fans of psychological thrillers.
I found the first three quarters of this book really well done. It's all told through the main character's POV which is a great way to lead the reader along without the whole story. Only seeing the events through her eyes kept me really engaged and fully absorbed in trying to figure out what was going on. While the first half of the read was really very suspenseful, I did think it could have been just a tad shorter. My problem started when the story started to unfurl in the last third. The plot twist was a good one (I never saw it coming) but I wasn't so sure about the motive and the cunning of the actual disappearance. I am also just not sure about the reveal of weird happenings with the main character. It's hard to explain without giving too much away. Ultimately I felt like this was an amazingly good suspenseful read that could have been concluded a bit more interestingly. Thanks to the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy for an honest review.
Hannah arrives home one night to discover that her boyfriend of 4 years, Matt, left her that day and took all his possessions with him. He'd never said a thing or shown any sign. What follows is Hannah slowly losing her mind and becoming a mess while obsessively searching for Matt.
I get how big a shock it must have been and that she feels humiliated enough not to tell anyone but her closest friend, but she quickly spirals into fatal-attraction territory with her obsession with finding him and I frankly had trouble feeling anything other than pity and worry for her mental state for the first 2/3 of the book.
Torjussen does a great job of dropping breadcrumbs along the book that add up to one spectacular revelation that made the last part of the story incredible and the parts that I had to force myself to read make perfect sense.
The twist in the end was obvious in hindsight, but came a little bit out of nowhere. It made the last pages of the book something that I couldn't put down until I read the last word.
Overall, it's a bit of a mixed bag of fantastic and depressing that I'm glad I forced myself to get thru, but I still can't get over how much I couldn't get myself to care about Hannah in the beginning.
I have never heard of this author before, but you can bet I will be looking into another book of hers! I can honestly say this is the most fun I have had with a book in a long time. The premise, without spoiling anything is this: Hannah has it all. A good job, a comfortable home and a loving boyfriend. She goes away for a business trip and is thrilled when her boss hints at an upcoming promotion. Riding high, Hannah returns home only to find her boyfriend, Matt, is gone. Not only is he gone, every trace of him is missing. All of his belongings, all the artwork he had brought with him that had hung on the walls, everything. And, not only is it gone, all of Hannah's belongings are back in the places they were in before Matt moved in with her. Hannah is stunned and goes to call him only to find that all of her calls, texts and pictures with Matt are gone from her phone. At first, I thought, he didn't exist in the first place, but Hannah calls her best friend and tells her Matt is gone and from that point on, it is evident that he DID exist and a true mystery ensues. I think I yelled at loud once or twice, "What is going ON here?" It was a lot of fun and I enjoyed it thoroughly. And, let me just say the ending isn't your typical tie it up a bow, all is well scenario. I HIGHLY recommend this book. Thank you to Penguin Read It First program for the advance copy!
You come home to your loved ones every day, but what if one day all trace of them had disappeared? Gone Without a Trace by Mary Torjussen follows Hannah's search to find her boyfriend after he and all of his things have been suddenly removed from her life.
Hannah is a hardworking accountant who's been working toward earning a promotion, which will be sure to please her father. Hannah's boyfriend Matt lives with her and after a day in Oxford for work and hearing promising news about her potential upcoming promotion, she can't wait to get home and celebrate with him. But when she gets home, he's not there and neither are any of his belongings. It's as if he'd never been there at all. Frantic, Hannah begins to search for clues as to where Matt has gone and why he would have left her. Sacrificing her job, friendships, and health, Hannah is determined to get answers no matter the cost.
With short chapters, the story moves along at a decent pace, but I found I wasn't compelled to keep reading to find out what would happen next as the suspense wasn't too great as there were ample details to indicate what's happened and who all was involved. It was an interesting change of pace to see a female as the aggressor committing abuse toward her partner, but Hannah wasn't a redeemable or enjoyable character at all - she was entirely irrational, over emotional, and just an all-around mess instead of the psychologically complex and interesting character she could have been.
Overall, I'd give it a 3 out of 5 stars.
*There seems to have been a glitch with the file I received as the first page of every chapter was blank.
Wow! I love this book! I didn't want to stop reading. I kept thinking different story lines throughout this book, but I never imagined what really took place. This book will keep you guessing! I love suspense and this book definitely had more than its share. This book has love, loss, and so much more! The total disappearance of Matt just draws you in and keeps you hooked. It has you trying to figure out for yourself what really happened. I was trying to put together all the clues. Almost every character made me suspicious. The end of this story just completely shocked me to my core. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone and everyone!
This book started out strong with Matt disappearing right away. As the book goes on, it really started to slow down, to a point where I almost didn't finish it. The middle section became the same things over and over again and I got the impression that the author was just trying to get more pages in the book. It could have been cut down significantly by eliminating some of those repetitive chapters. I will admit that it was a breath of fresh air to see a woman as the abuser instead of seeing the man as the abuser, like you did with her father. However, that was not enough to redeem the book. By the end, I was almost going insane myself from Hannah's constant obsession. It angered me when you realize that she spent those years in jail and once she came out, she was back to square one when she started looking for Matt again. I also found that I was left with questions. What happened with Sam was the main question. She kept saying about Sam having a phone hidden in his glove compartment but it was never revealed as to what he was doing with the phone. Sadly, I would not recommend this book to others to read.
Wow! I didn't see that coming. This book was unputdownable & I read in 1 day. 5 stars. Thank you!!
Twists and unexpected turns.
The writer engaged me from the first chapter, then for a brief moment the writing dwindled to a more simple, immature style, and then quickly picked up speed. It was like the author just fell asleep for a quick minute. But, when it picked up the story was a wild ride. There were some characters that sort of filled space, Sam had a part but then went undeveloped. Other details are well developed. Hannah is not a really likeable person and becomes a bit annoying in her obsessions. A missing wine glass adds mystery to the story. The story is pretty amazing and when you think you have it all figured out...you don't. If you love a good psychological thriller, this is for you. Read it in two days because once started, I had to know how this turned out. Sadly, it's a multi generational tale of dysfunction.
I would like to thank First to Read and the publisher for this copy to review.
Hannah's come home from a business trip to learn her boyfriend Matt has left her and is gone without a trace. Her bestfriend Katie and her boyfriend James are all wondering why he would leave abruptly and remove any trace of himself from Hannah's life. Hannah is determined to find out the answer by finding Matt.
I finished this book hours after actually starting it. I wanted to know what was going on as much as the people I read about. I couldn't put my finger on what the twist would be but kept my eyes open. I suspected a few people of being shady but never guessed what would happen. The plot was entertaining and original. One of the best suspense books I've read in 2017.
Loved the start of the book. The concept was great, and to finally have a book show the female as the abuser was definitely a twist that I believe most writers wouldn't do. But I agree with those who have also read this, the middle and end just didn't really do it for me.
The book was promising to start. At the end, it turned out boring and predictable.
This book started out with an interesting mystery, but soon turned into obsession of the worst kind. I got tired of Hannah's desperation after awhile. You wanted her to take a step back and focus on the Here and Now. She had a lot going for her but she lets it all slip away. The betrayals, infidelity, lies and domestic abuse became overwhelming for the reader. While reading you hoped the end was coming, you just didn't know how.
When updating the story to the present day, the obsession is still there. Which is soooo predictable. It was like watching the "Jaws" movie, you couldn't see the shark, but you could hear the music that let you know it was coming.
I could not recommend this book because the angst is overdone and it just does not engage the reader after the first few chapters. You just want resolution.
I was so excited to read this book. I loved the premise that Matt just disappeared, all of his stuff gone and any mention of him anywhere just gone from Hannah's life. This is where everything goes awry. The book gets slow and repetitive, unsympathetic characters and an underwhelming twist. Unfortunately, this is not a book I could recommend.
It started out strong but then after a while, I just got so tired of Hannah. I wanted to yell at her, "Get over it already!" The middle section could have been edited down as it starts to feel like just the same thing over and over again. I did want to keep reading to find out Matt's fate but once we find out, it's a tad underwhelming. The book is full of unsympathetic characters that I had a hard time caring about. Not one that I would go out of my way to recommend.
I was really intrigued in the first few chapters when Matt completely vanishes but as the story went on, I got extremely bored with Hannah and her search for him. After months of her obsession, it was easy to feel for the few friends and coworkers who were trying to help her move on.
Towards the 2/3 mark, there is a pretty good twist but it didn't take long for me to lose interest with her once again. It actually made me like her even less and felt like it made her seem even more pathetic. I have to say, I definitely didn't see the ending coming. Overall, the writing was good but the story just left me feeling a little bored.