The Vanishing Year

vanishing-yearZoe 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.

A “dark, twisty, edge-of-your-seat suspense” (Karen Robards), 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.



The Vanishing Year by Kate Moretti is really good.  It is filled with suspense, unexpected twists and crazy characters!  I felt like I could empathize with Zoe immediately (although at times she did get a little whinny).  The writing is descriptive and detailed with subtle hints that pull the reader deeper and deeper into the story.

Zoe is married to Henry Whittaker, handsome, charming and filthy rich.  They both have secrets from their pasts:  Zoe is not in witness protection but should be.  She changed her name, moved across the country and maintains as much privacy as she can.  Henry lost his wife several years prior to marrying Zoe.  He refuses to talk about that part of his life, insisting that the memories are too difficult for him.

Zoe’s past is creeping back into her life, and her husband is starting to show a side that she has not seen before.  Will he be there to protect and support her when he finds out about her life in California or will her world come falling down?

This book is fast paced and easy to read.  I would recommend this book to those who love psychological thrillers.  The story line is great and will keep you guessing.

4/5 stars


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