The Vanishing Year by Kate Moretti

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Book Blurb from Goodreads.com:

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.

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.

My Review:

It’s hard to review psychological thrillers without giving away spoilers so this will be a short summary.  

Zoe Whittaker is hiding from her past life in New York City. A past that she has kept a secret by creating a new identity. She has run from a former life of danger that included involvement with questionable people and shady business dealings. Today, she is married to Henry, a Wall Street executive. Henry is a generous husband but controlling and on the possessive side. Zoe is bored but fills her time running a charity. Life seemed to be going smoothly until strange events started to happen to her that made her fear for her safety.  Is her present life cracking and allowing in her past?

This book grabbed me from page one. The book is well paced which made it an addictive read. The author does a nice job of providing flashbacks from Zoe’s former life, giving us an understanding of how she ended up where she is today. The clever twists and turns in the book provided nice surprises to the storyline.

This was my first time reading a book by this author and it will not be my last.

 

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