The Vanishing Year by Kate Moretti



Title: The Vanishing Year
Author: Kate Moretti
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
# of Pages: 304
Publisher: Atria Books
Release Date: September 27th, 2016
Buy: Amazon | Chapters




Summary: (Goodreads)

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.


So I’ve been reading a lot of mystery thrillers lately and I am so thrilled to add this one to the list! The Vanishing Year tells the story of Zoe Whittaker, wife of business tycoon Henry Whittaker. Zoe has been living a life of luxury since she married Henry. She has everything at the tip of her fingers; all she has to do is ask Henry. Zoe never truly feels like she fits into Henry’s world, she is new to the club and is never fully accepted by Henry’s social circle. This causes her to go digging into her past, to find her roots and what she finds is a mysterious tangled web, where everything is a little too connected.

Like all mystery thrillers you find yourself questioning every character. Henry seems like the picture perfect husband, but is there more to the story when it comes to his past? Cash, the reporter, always seems to be around when the most unfortunate events occur. Penny, the house keeper, does she have something against Zoe?  The list continued to grow as the story went on! The characters were so well thought out. Zoe was such a relatable character; you could feel the emotion behind her actions.

Moretti did an amazing job of pacing this one. When I got to the 75% complete mark I was still trying to figure out where she was going with this story! She let the reader have just enough information to keep you interested but not enough that it felt predictable, it’s a difficult thing to balance and I think Moretti nailed it. I finally had a hunch about what could be happening at the 80% point and while I was right, it made for the perfect twisted ending to the mysterious story. This was my first book by Kate Moretti and I can’t wait to read more! Thank you to Atria and Netgalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Rating: 4.5/5

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