THE VANISHING YEAR by Kate Moretti
Atria Paperback | ISBN: 9781501118432 | On sale: September 27, 2016 | 304 pages | $16.00
eBook: Atria | ISBN: 9781501118449 | On sale: September 27, 2016 | 304 pages | $11.99
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What it’s about:
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.
Psychological thriller, The Vanishing Year by Kate Moretti is a delicious tale. Ms. Moretti slowly peels away the many layers of main characters until all is revealed in the end.
Zoe Whittaker is a raw character living in cultured and refined circles. Her incredible back story along with the title of the book had me wildly guessing as to what she might get involved in during the story. While nothing that I imagined came to fruition, Zoe’s tale of her past along with the growing tension and foreboding kept me engrossed. Zoe is haunted by past indiscretions that led her down some very dark paths, and her worst fears seem to be materializing.
Financial tycoon, Henry Whittaker is a study in opposites; he is a Jekyll and Hyde of sorts. Henry and Zoe’s whirlwind romance left them with little time to get to know one another or share their pasts. Sometimes he is charming and endearing, and at other times he is controlling and angry. The volatility of his mood swings and suspicious behavior increases as the story progresses, however, Zoe is always looking for the best in her spouse; she rationalizes his behavior and ignores his subtle manipulations. Henry’s behavior left me in fear; his behavior seemed to be as unpredictable as that of a shark.
Cash Murray, the society reporter for the Post, happens into Zoe’s life about the same time as the action picks up, and he always seems to be around when something nefarious occurs. Is Cash a straightforward, good guy who just enjoys Zoe’s company, or is related to something from Zoe’s past that she has worked hard to bury? I questioned every move Cash made.
While I was riveted to The Vanishing Year, I wouldn’t say that the plot is fast paced. I find psychological thrillers need a little time to set the stage, and give you ample bait to question the sanity or intentions of the main characters. The careful set up of The Vanishing Year reeled me into the story. I enjoyed Zoe as the narrator. I was not always certain that she was a reliable narrator, and sometimes I did question her sanity. In addition to the interesting characters and story line, the twists and turns that Ms. Moretti has built into the culmination of the story are quite entertaining. The Vanishing Year is a chillingly enjoyable tale.
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 katemoretti.com, or follow her on Twitter (@KateMoretti1) or Facebook (KateMorettiWriter).