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When a series of suspicious events rocks Zoe's carefully-constructed world, she knows the game is up—after five years, her turbulent past has come calling. Someone is determined to take revenge and they won't stop until she's dead. How can Zoe protect herself without revealing the dark secrets she's never told anyone? If the truth comes out, her glamorous life is over. With a killer tracking her every move, everything Zoe's ever wanted and everyone she's ever loved are in the utmost danger ...
You all know I love me a good psychological thriller. The Vanishing Year by Kate Moretti is a psychological thriller, but is it a good one? Well, it's tense, fast-paced and compelling. A page-turner for sure. The plot's twisty—it's also far-fetched, with some big plot holes. Zoe's not a warm narrator, nor a particularly sympathetic one. It's tough to care much about her. That disconnect made The Vanishing Year less than satisfying. Overall, though, the novel is compelling, just not anything really spectacular.
(Readalikes: Reminded me of Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris; The First Wife by Erica Spindler; and Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson)
If this were a movie, it would be rated:
for strong language, violence, sexual content, depictions of illegal drug use, and disturbing subject matter
To the FTC, with love: I received an e-ARC of The Vanishing Year from the generous folks at Simon & Schuster. Thank you!
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