Advance Galley Reviews
Well I didn't see that ending coming. But that's what happens when you deal with a narrator as interesting as this one was.
Poor Hannah goes away on a business trip and comes home to stunning news. Her boyfriend has disappeared. Every trace of him is gone, all of his things have been removed from their home, his texts and emails and pictures are wiped from her phone and computer, it's as if he never existed. Unwilling to accept that he's just left her with no goodbye, she goes in search of him. But as soon as that search begins she realizes that she's being led down a maze of obsession and madness.
I went into this story pretty blind and boy was I blindsided, in the best possible way. I wanted to know what happened to Matt too, and was shocked with what I discovered. Definitely not what I was expecting. It was a fabulously unexpected twist.
I recommend one to lovers if psychological suspense who love an unreliable narrator and lots of twisty turns and shocking endings. This was a good one.
Hannah Monroe is a successful accountant who’s just found out she’s on track for a huge promotion at work. She rushes home to share the good news with her boyfriend, Matt, only to find that he’s left her. Not only has he left, he has essentially erased all traces of their life together from her home, her phone, her emails, her social media, etc. What follows is Hannah’s search to find Matt and figure out why he’s left her.
Initially, you really do feel for Hannah. How bad would you have had to hurt or upset someone (or vice versa) for them to take the time and energy to entirely erase themselves from your life? Hannah becomes obsessive in her search for Matt at the cost of her job, friendships, and sanity. As the book goes on, it is easy to see that Hannah is not a reliable narrator and that there is something sinister going on just beneath the surface.
I thought the first 2/3rd’s of the book was pretty repetitive. It was a lot of Hannah drinking, sleeping, failing at work, getting weird messages then crying herself to sleep. Rinse and repeat. There are a lot of characters who could potentially be involved in whatever is going on, but her “best friend” Katie is the worst. With friends like these who needs enemies, but that was probably the point. The story picks up in the last third with a few twists that I didn’t exactly see coming, but if you pay attention, it really won’t surprise you.
All in all, a fast, enjoyable read and aside from the tedious beginning, I liked it, despite not really liking Hannah.
Gone Without a Trace is another addition to the unreliable narrator genre of thrillers. While it was very apparent that something was wrong with the narrator, I did not predict what it was. The characters were all fairly nasty to each other most of the time which always turns me off from a story. I like to be able to relate to at least one person in a book and that just did not happen here. The relationship between the best friends was so bad that I called my own best friend one night to tell her how much I appreciated her and how thankful I was that she was not like the women in this book! (She laughed). Instead of entertaining me, that behavior just stresses me out. The story also jumped around a bit too much for me. I did finish it because I wanted to know what happened. Thanks to First to Read for the chance to read this book.
A gripping suspenseful psychological thriller…
Hannah Monroe thought she knew her life until she returned home from a business trip to find her live-in boyfriend of four years, Matthew Stone, had left her and in a most troubling mysterious fashion. All physical traces of the man have been removed from the home they shared, everything he brought into the relationship is gone. He left no note and there are no photographs remaining with him in them, his contact information was removed from her electronic devices and social networks, their emails and text messages cannot be found, it’s as if he never existed. The man she loves had truly just vanished.
Men leave women all the time, cowards do it without a note but this one even stole the memories. Who does that? That took serious forethought. Many things run through Hannah’s mind. Is he in trouble? In witness protection? Not knowing why he left when she can think of no reason why he would leave has her trying to track him down. Then strange things start happening, someone is entering her home when she’s not there and changing things, there are odd messages from unknown numbers, she thinks it has to be Matt doing this. But why would he if he’s left her?
The pain of not knowing for this woman is worse than the pain of the truth be it good or bad. We see the devolution of a woman’s mind as she falls more and more into obsession over a man she can’t let go of. Her life unravels before our eyes but things are not as they seem, we’ve only seen one side of the story, the other side, the twist that alters your perception, when revealed is so unexpected and surprising, this reader had no clue of what was to come.
This was a gripping suspenseful psychological thriller with many moving parts that elicits your emotions and keeps your attention. You’re made to feel for Hannah, to worry about where she’s headed and then you learn the truth and gasp at the dark implications. This book had many deep things to consider and all in the name of love. This story is set in England so there are British phrasings.
Lots of twists and turns. The type story that keeps you on edge and turning pages, afraid of what comes next, but too involved not to read on.
Hannah and Matt, Katie and James - friends for a long time. But how well did they really know each other? Where does the breakdown occur? Is just one person at fault? Or are there many secrets and multiple devious plans being played out?
Good psychological read - well written. Suspenseful. Moving plot and electric characters.
Thank you First to Read for allowing me to read and review this novel.
For me this book started off strong. You can really feel Hannah's excitement at the prospect of her promotion and as she goes about her merry plans of celebration you're sucked into her enthusiasm. She's not a perfect person, from the beginning that's clear. But who is perfect, right?
Then she arrives to find her boyfriend, Matt, has gone. And what's worse, all his things are gone and hers put in his place. It's like he was never there. It leaves you in suspense. What happened to him? Where'd he go? Throughout her hunt I had all sorts of guesses and theories in my mind. None of them were right, by the way. But I did start to get bored with her search. She moped. She stopped taking care of herself and spent time at work looking up places he might have gone. Over and over this cycled. There was no big change in her behavior. Mary Torjussen has perfect timing though because each time I was tempted to stop reading and call it a loss she revealed a new bit of information or something creepy would happen to show that Hannah was being watched. Mary Torjussen sucked me right back in.
And then I got to around the last 20 percent and things really started picking up. There was a twist, reveals after reveals. This is what I had wanted the whole time and I wished this had started sooner. I have to point out that this point isn't necessarily the stereotypical 'high-action', there's no car chases. But so many of the questions I had been dying for an answer were finally being answered that I devoured them greedily. And the end...
The book is said to ask the question 'If the love of your life disappeared without a trace, how far would you go to find out why?' but the question it left me with was how unsympathetic I can be. Research shows that people only give others about a year or two to grieve before they start to expect them to move on or get annoyed by it. Hannah only had a few months since Matt disappeared on her and I really felt she should get over it and move on. She was taking it too far. Becoming obsessed. It seemed he didn't want to be with her. She should find someone who did. A lot of the characters tried to tell her the same. Many of us believe love trumps all or that we should put love first, and Hannah did. But being outside of their relationship and seeing her go to those lengths, it's a little surprising (for me at least) to see how crazy it can make you look in the process. The end of the story determines how Hannah's perceived. If Matt had been kidnapped then she would have been a hero for never having given up on him. But if he had left her because he didn't love her anymore, she'd look like a lunatic. So the whole time we're left wondering - hero or nutjob?
Overall, excellent beginning and end with a bit of a slow middle. Definitely a twist ending for me.
Wow, a great read.
Hannah has the rug pulled from underneath her when her boyfriend disappears. She must find out what happened NO MATTER WHAT.
Hannah tells the story, so when weird things start happening, we don't know if it is or is she just going cray cray.
The book keeps you guessing and is an intriguing read.
I normally love thrillers but found this slow until I got to the big twist.
Hannah has the perfect life… until she doesn’t. One day she came home and her boyfriend of four years is gone. Every tiny piece of his taken away- no texts, pictures, personal items. It’s like he never existed at all. Above all, she has to find him. Her work and friendships suffer as she searches for her lover. As she looks for Matt, though, someone is watching her. Odd messages start coming in, little things that let her know someone has been in the house. Matt? Or is she going insane?
First off, Hannah is not a trust worthy narrative- anyone can tell because there is only one side- hers. All these crazy things are happening- someone is sabotaging her at work, and messing with her at home. Who can she trust? And is any of it real??? You know that saying “It’s not paranoia if they really are out to get you”? This is a perfect example. We follow Hannah through her days and her memories as she tries to piece everything together. I didn’t like her as a character… but I was entranced by her, mesmerized by her mania. The more that swirled around her, the more I learned of what truly happened, the more intrigued I was. This book kept me guessing, and I really loved it. Five Stars !
As far as the adult content goes, there is some sexual content, drinking, language and violence. The sexual content is fairly tame, so I would still give this to my niece in exchange for a discussion at the end. There are things I would want to go over with her. I give it a six.
The author does a great job of dropping breadcrumb-like clues regarding the narrator and supporting cast's characters. There's something beneath the surface that is not right at all. And we know since this book supposedly compares with The Girl on the Train, that we're probably dealing with an unreliable and ultimately unsympathetic narrator. The chapters are short, effectively speeding the pace and amplifying the suspense with frequent cliff hangers. I felt that while the subtle dropping of clues needed space in which to build suspense, the plot suffered from repetition: "Matt, Matt, is that you?" Nope. Still not Matt.
This is an extremely suspenseful book, with short chapters that keep the reader turning the pages. We meet Hannah as she heads home from a particularly succcessful day at work only to find that her partner has gone, taking with him not just all his possessions, but also removing every electronic trace of himself from her life.
Or has he?
As Hannah spirals out of control in her desperate search for Matt, strange things begin to happen: anonymous texts, notes, gifts. Hannah's tension is increased even more as her aberrant behavior angers her abusive and controlling father.
The book is well written, with very developed characters, great dialogue, vividly-imagined settings and details. I'm going to admit to being a bit let-down with the ending, but I certainly can't say that I saw it coming!
I really loved the premise of this book.. You come home to find your boyfriend has disappeared. He's taken all of his stuff and even his phone number, messages, and social media accounts are gone. What happened, where is he, why did he leave?
To be honest, this book was not as exciting as I had hoped, I mean sure the whole book I was wondering why Matt left, and why he left like this but other than that it didn't feel as thrilling as I think the author had wanted it to be. After a while I just got annoyed by Hannah's determination to find out what happened, and her attitude of 'if I find him he'll definitely come back to me'.
As the book got towards the ending, it started to get more exciting though, and I have to say I really enjoyed the last couple of chapters. I had not expected the plot twist but I thought it was a great one. I'm wondering what's going to happen next though, because in my opinion it kind of ended with a cliffhanger (though I guess most thriller/mystery books have the tendency to end like that).
The writing was very enjoyable, and I did read through this book very quickly because of that. For me, this book is well worth four stars, and I will certainly recommend it to fans of thrillers!
This is defubately the book for people that like thrillers/suspense caused from a relationship. Hannah's decent into obsession is hard to read, but I definitely wanted to know how. I had guessed part of the twist, but not all of it. This is definitely for the people that like gone girl and it's many literary children.
This was a book filled with twists and turns! I felt so bad for Hannah when she came home from a long day at work to find her boyfriend completely gone. It got a little boring for me after her initial finding of his disappearance. She spent too much time moping. If I were in her shoes I would have been the same way, but it doesn’t make for interesting reading. I started to get annoyed with her. And then all the crazy started! Things got really interesting once she stopped moping and started looking. Once we got past the moping I really enjoyed this book!
If you liked "Gone Girl", then this one is definitely for you.
I wasn't a fan of "Gone Girl", and felt pretty much the same about this one. Too many pages of Hannah's obsession and supposed descent into madness, til u get to the actual suspense/twist. But, it was a good twist.
This book is good. It held my attention, but I also saw the plot twist coming a mile away. There were also several instances where I just wanted to shake Hannah. It is hard to root for the main character when they are their own worst enemy. When the BFF Katie is essentially a stalker and Hannah doesn't see it even after all these years, you know something it up with Hannah too. That said, it is still a worthwhile read.
I received this copy through the First to read program in exchange for an honest review.
Ever wonder if you are going crazy because you swear you put something back in the cabinet but now it is out on the counter? This book will take you through the most extreme instances of those questionable memories with strong complex characters and a plot that will make you think twice about perspective. The ending to this story hits you over the head with a surprise! I loved this book and am looking forward to other books by this author.
Can you imagine coming home from work one day to find the person you've loved and lived with for the past four years gone? And not only that, but he's erased every sign that he existed in your life. It's this premise that had me so excited to read this book. I spent the first part dying to know why Matt would do this. Was it willingly, or was he forced into it? And my heart ached for Hannah who was left devastated but determined to find out what happened. The story is told in her first person POV which makes it that more personal. But then I started running into a few roadblocks. First, Hannah frantically running around on her own went on much too long. Making things worse, the more I read, the more I started to dislike her. I understand the effect of the trauma and emotional toll something like this can have on a person, but Hannah had no thoughts, concern, or empathy for anyone else in her life. Not that any of the other characters were particularly likable either. The only one I felt a modicum of sympathy for at the end was Hannah's mother. There was a huge twist in the latter half of the book that turned everything upside down, but I had already started to suspect where this story was heading, so it wasn't a huge surprise. I was only going to give this 3 stars, but the author brings up an important social issue that is seldom talked about, so I'm giving it an extra 1/2 point. Gone Without A Trace isn't a bad story. It's just one that I personally was hoping more from.
This was a crazy unexpected but very satisfying read. The setup was perfect, but the twist was great. I was glad the author went in that direction. I however didn't like the aftermath. I felt it was a bit of a letdown. The very last paragraph intriguing. I was up, down and thrown around. I would definitely have to read this again.
Unfortuntely, my advance copy was missing pages, and it just detracted from the overall read. After 60 pages, I feel like this is a book I would have enjoyed, but with pages missing, I just needed to let it go for now. I'm hoping to catch it again in a full copy.
Hannah arrives home after a long day of work to discover her live-in boyfriend of 4 years missing. While she was away, he meticulously removed every bit of himself from their home, her phone, social media. He changed phone numbers, employers. Even his mum moved away. He has vanished.
Hannah is obviously shocked and finds herself in a tailspin, obsessing over tracking him down. Then things get weirder. The flowers have been changed in her house, there's a mystery disc playing when she starts up her car, it has her name on it in unfamiliar handwriting. She received unknown number texts and videos that are creepy. She starts tracking where she's looked, losing focus on her work and health, determined to get to the bottom of this.
When the pieces start to fall into place, its astounding. I read many thrillers. I'm skilled at predicting twists, but this blindsided me. I had no idea how this would unfold. It was awesome!
Ok so for me this ending was quite bizarre and twisted! I completely found myself blindsided by the plot twist! Hannah is our main character. Hannah comes home from a work thing. When she walks inside her home that she shares with her boyfriend, any sign that he ever lived there is GONE. Like everything. Pictures, food, dishes, clothes even his emails and texts they shared have been deleted. It's like he never existed. It was maddening watching the plot unfold, flap by flap! I gave it 3 stars out of 5. And shared with my IG followers. Can't wait to read more by said author.
OMG. I devoured this book in 2 days! It was SO good! I don't want to spoil it, but it has you trying to guess who's doing what throughout the book, and I had so many theories, but in the end, I was totally shocked and taken by surprise! What a great book! I read this as an ARC through Penguin First Readers program. Book comes out on April 18th, 2017.
While attending a training course out of town, Hannah Monroe finds out that she’s in line for an amazing promotion at work. All she wants to do is share the news in person with Matt, her boyfriend of four years. Nothing, not even her 200 mile journey home, can dampen her excitement of getting back to Matt and celebrating her fantastic news with him.
That is, until she gets home and finds a disturbing scene: Matt is nowhere to be found and it’s not just Matt that’s missing - it’s everything he owns. All of his belongings have been removed. Not only that but all of the things Hannah had before Matt moved in have all been returned to their original spots. When she tries to call him, she finds he is no longer listed in her contacts and all her texts to and from him are missing - as well as every picture she had of him. All his accounts on social media are gone. His phone number is disconnected. It’s like he never existed.
Understandably upset and humiliated, Hannah decides to track Matt down for an explanation. What starts out as a mission to confront Matt, quickly becomes an all-consuming obsession that affects her work and her health - as well as her relationships with her few friends. The book is told in first person, using Hannah’s P.O.V., and it’s very effective in showing her descent from a strong, capable woman into an obsessed shell of her former self. You can’t help but wonder about her reliability as a narrator as she begins down her self-destructive path.
It does not help that some very odd things start to happen. Hannah finds signs that someone has been in her house and that someone is following her - she’s believes it’s Matt. Someone also keeps sending her strange texts. Again, she believes it’s Matt. She is still convinced he’s coming back to her. Her friends tell her to move on, that he left for a reason and he is not coming back. Good advice but she just can’t let him go.
At first you root for Hannah because she is so shocked and devastated by Matt’s sudden and bizarre departure from her life. Then, as her growing obsession with finding him hits critical levels, you get fed up with her as she lets this man who walked out on her get her so worked up that she’s destroying her life.
From the way Matt has erased himself from Hannah’s life, you know something major has caused him to flee but when the reason is revealed, it is certainly a twist I did not see coming. It makes you rethink everything you read up to that point. I still don’t know how I feel about it but it’s definitely clever and unique.
Gone Without a Trace is not what I expected and I did like it but I feel more explanation was needed at what was kind of an abrupt reveal. After that point there is a lot of telling not showing that strips the remaining suspense from the book which is a shame because the rest of the book was rife with tension. I did not always love what I was reading but most of it was all well-written and well-plotted. If you like psychological suspense with a twist and sketchy narrators and you don’t mind unlikeable characters, you should give this one a try.
This book was difficult to get through at times. I had zero patience with the main character, Hannah, thought she should get over her obviously no good boy friend and get her act together. She appeared to be just weak and annoying. I'm glad I stuck with it. The reasons behind the whole thing were unexpected. I still had no sympathy for Hannah, even less in fact, I had to revise my opinion of Matt, her boyfriend. An interesting twist on domestic violence. Well worth the read
What a ride. Honestly I didn't like the main character and for the most part I thought of putting the book down but I had to know why he did what he did. When the truth came out, I understood. I thought the author did an amazing job in portraying how someone with mental health issues can twist their actions to suit the situation. I'm kind of glad it ended the way it did yet I'm not at the same time since I prefer happy endings and this wasn't one. I'm not sure that I would recommend this book though just because it dealt with tough subject matter and was tough to be invested in the story enough to care.
I can't quite make up my mind about this book. Hannah's boyfriend Matt has caught her by surprise by moving out with no warning and taking everything he owned: pictures, books, tv, photos, etc., and he has deleted all her pictures, texts etc of or from him. He has erased every sign that he ever existed in her life. Hannah goes into a tailspin after that which is probably normal except I think we get a little too much repetitive detail about this. Eventually Hannah tracks Matt down and part of what she finds is fairly predictable, but the reason he left is the twist in the story. It was an interesting twist but I think it could have been explored more than it was. I would have liked to have less of Hannah's breakdown and a little more development in the twist story line.
This book started out okay, but seemed to drag on in the middle. I felt it was a lot of repetition and began to get bored. Just as I was about to give up, it started to get interesting again. The end has an interesting twist! While I felt the story wrapped up nicely, it did leave a little something for readers to think and ponder after the book was finished.
I am going to change my rating from 3 to 4 stars after thinking on this book for a few days. My reasoning behind this is I was off-put by the woman in distress, I can't handle life on my own storyline that ran through the beginning and through a good portion of this story. Just when I thought I couldn't take another second of the protagonist's whining and losing her *&^% at work due to be dumped, the story started to take on another shape altogether. Something dark, yes, but something current and relevant which is all the more scary. Twisted ending which is always a plus in my mind left me wondering about the book a few days after finishing. If a book stays with me, it has to have a greater rating than 3 stars, thus the increase to 4 stars.
Hannah Moore’s boyfriend has left her. He not only left but left without leaving a trace that he was ever in her life. The first three-fourths of this book I spent wondering why Hannah was wasting time hunting for Matt. He left her, clearly, he was not interested in her. But Hannah just knew if she could find him that he would return to her. Over time she increases the amount of time she spends thinking about him and searching for him. She even loses her job because she can not let it go that he has left her.
The last quarter of the book reveals information about Hannah that the reader was not privy to in earlier parts of the book. I kept reading because I wanted to find out why Matt left her but thought the reveal was delayed a bit too long.
Thank you to Penguin Publishing for allowing me to read an ARC through the Penguin First Reads Program.
Unable to download, very disappointed as I was anxious to read this.
Hannah’s boyfriend Matt has disappeared. She arrived home late one evening after a conference and every trace of him had been removed from her house. All the electronics were wiped clean of pictures, texts, phone calls and emails. She discovered that he had left his job a week ago and his mother had moved months ago. Did he ever really exist?
Now bizarre things are beginning to happen. A text from an unknown number “I’m home”, a cd in her car playing a coveted song and tulips on her kitchen table. She know’s it Matt, but why doesn’t he just talk to her? Why the avoidance?
Hannah can’t sleep or work. Her whole life has become a quest to find Matt and she is loosing control.
I LOVED this book. I couldn’t put it down until I had finished and found out the conclusion. There are so many twist and turns. One minute I would think I knew what was happening and the next I didn’t. I never did guess the end. A sign of a great book!
I liked all the characters except Hannah’s best friend Katie. She was harsh, selfish and unsympathetic. However, when I finished the book I had other thoughts. There were many characters I did not feel the same toward at the end. You must read this book.
Thank you for the opportunity to read Gone Without a Trace.
Hmm, where to start. I have mixed feelings on this one. This book has a very "Girl on the Train"-esque unreliable narrator, who I found entirely frustrating for ever-changing reasons throughout the book. Regardless, I kept reading because I had to figure out why her boyfriend left her.While I saw part of the big reveal coming early on in the book, I was definitely surprised by the rest of it. I'm curious to read more of Torjussen's work. Thanks to FTR for the opportunity to read this! :)
I was immediately drawn into the book, however felt that it dragged on until she finally found Matt. I definitely felt that something was off, but the tables really turned when Hannah was no longer the victim, but the aggressor. There was a backstory and relationships that made no sense until the smoke cleared. Great book!
This is the slowest mystery I have ever read. It was very hard to finish reading. I usually love British authors as I have lived in England, but I won't be reading any more novels by this one. There was very little left to the imagination. She explained the situation with entirely too many words. The plot was not interesting at all.
Loved it! I couldn't put it down! I read this book in one day. It's full of twists and turns and you never know what to expect. This is a book that will keep you guessing til the very end.
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.