Book Title: The Vanishing Year
Author: Kate Moretti
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Psychological Thriller
Date Read: 09/17/16
Pub Date: 09/27/16
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.
Can I just say how thrilled I am to be kicking off the blog tour for Kate? I love finding a book/author combo that I feel comfortable backing even before I’ve read the book! I had been eyeing The Vanishing Year for months before finally snagging an e-galley from Atria, and am so glad they asked me to be a part of the tour as the book was phenomenal! Domestic suspense has been a top selling genre in 2016 and it’s easy to see why; the plots are typically relatable while allowing us a “degree of separation” from the truly worst case scenario plot points. There have been several fantastic books published this year, and for many years prior following the Gone Girl frenzy, but few have held a candle against or been able to stand on their own. In my humble opinion, this is one that can hold it’s own and contend for a chance in the spotlight based on it’s own merits.
I’m new to author Kate Moretti’s work, but this was a fantastic one to kick off with. The Vanishing Year was a tense and edgy read; my suspicion of everyone and everything was on high alert from start to finish. We all have read that book where woman falls in love with man and has the dream life, but a deep, dark secret creeps into the forefront, threatening to destroy happy life as she knows it. So what makes this different from all the rest? To be honest, it’s the little details that made this book stand out. The characters were fleshed out and had attainable attributes; they were a bit more realistic and relatable than most others in the genre. The pacing was lightening quick and tension was high from beginning to end. The cover drew my eye initially with it’s breathtaking design; I love how the letters appear to be “vanishing”. There are so many topics included to enhance this read- romance, money, secrets. While I wouldn’t say this is women’s fiction, there were details and nuances that I really appreciated as a female and would be interested to hear from others if they felt the same.
Whether or not you figure out the secret and mystery before intended, this is a read worthy of your time and money. I found myself thoroughly engrossed in the story, and in fact stayed up and read most of it in one sitting during the wee hours of the night. This book had moments that reminded me of One Step Too Far by Tina Seskis, not in plot but in the fact of this being a story revolving around a woman with a mysterious past and a rather large secret. I hope you decide to add this to your TBR list if you haven’t already, but if you are holding off on purchasing books for awhile, there is a Rafflecoptor giveaway for 3 copies of The Vanishing Year HERE! Many thanks again to Atria Books, Kate Moretti, and NetGalley for my copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Kate Moretti is the New York Times bestselling author of Thought I Knew You,
Binds That Tie, and While You Were Gone. She lives in eastern Pennsylvania with
her husband and two kids. Find out more at www.katemoretti.com.