Book Review: The Vanishing Year by Kate Moretti


Genre: Thriller

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

After reading a ton of positive online reviews for The Vanishing Year, I knew I had to check it out.

The plot follows a woman, Zoe, who takes on a new identity after testifying against a group of dangerous criminals.  In her new life, she is married to a successful businessman who lavishes her with gifts and frequently sweeps her off on extravagant trips.  Although she seems to have everything she could ever want, she can’t help but reflect on her past and have questions for the birth mother who gave her up for adoption.  As Zoe uncovers information about where she came from, she realizes her two lives are not as separate from one another as she once believed.

The author constructed a well written story that gradually revealed clues about Zoe’s past as the book progressed.  I was surprised by a couple of the plot twists and liked the way the story was wrapped up in the conclusion.  The only reason I would give this book a 4 instead of 5 stars is because I felt like the beginning of the book was a little slow.  It wasn’t until about halfway through that I felt the suspense kick up a notch.  Overall, it was a great read and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a slow building thriller!


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