on April 18th, 2017
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
No one ever disappears completely...You leave for work one morning. Another day in your normal life. Until you come home to discover that your boyfriend has gone.
His belongings have disappeared. He hasn't been at work for weeks. It's as if he never existed. But that's not possible, is it? And there is worse still to come. Because just as you are searching for him someone is also watching you.
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.
I was itching for a good old fashioned mystery and this fit the bill in more ways then one. The reader is pulled in right away as the story launches into our main character, Hannah, discovering that her boyfriend of a few years has up and removed himself from her life. Poof – he’s simply removed himself and all of their history seems like maybe it wasn’t ever real. Matt, the missing boyfriend is the first great mystery – is he real? Then there the mystery of Hannah. Just who is she, can we trust we we know?
The fact is, we don’t know much about her. And throughout the entire read there was just something “off” about Hannah. She’s obsessive and all too trusting. Certainly trying to find that your boyfriend has up and erased you from his life would be maddening. So it makes sense that she lets the rest of her life slide by while she tries uncover what’s happened with him. That is what really made it a page turner. I found myself questioning what she’s going to do with Matt if she finds him. I wondered if Hannah was disconnected from reality, and maybe the whole thing was a dream. And there is her relationship with Kate. That’s another riddle. You’ll wonder what motivates her as she pushes Hannah to forget about Matt.
Torjussen does a great job stretching out the story and slowly exposing the truth. In the end, there were a few side stories/plot devices that just didn’t lead anywhere for me. I suppose they are red herrings but I like to see these resolved. But I was kept interested and raced to get to the big reveal. My recommendation in mystery suspense genre.
~Review by Cyndi
Mary Torjussen has an MA in Creative Writing from Liverpool John Moores University. She worked for several years as a teacher and lives outside of Liverpool, where Gone Without a Trace is set.