Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Vanishing Year by Kate Moretti

Title: The Vanishing Year
AuthorKate Moretti
Publisher: Atria
Release DateSeptember 27, 2016
Atria Paperback: ISBN: 9781501118432 
eBook: ISBN: 9781501118449 

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. 

"Sociopaths are coldly, almost blindly, logical."

From the first chapter, I knew this book was going to be good! 

The Vanishing Year had the perfect combination of suspense, drama, and psychological madness, all wrapped in one tight bundle. 

When the novel begins, Zoe Whitaker is happily married. She's getting ready to attend a society charity event. She volunteers for CARE, Children's Association for Relief and Education, and tonight's event is the culmination of her hard work with the foundation.

Zoe loves her life. She loves that she has a caring and supportive husband. She's even thankful of his constant supervision. However, Zoe is hiding her past from him. Five years ago, Zoe didn't exist. Her name was Hilary and she was a lost soul. She escaped to New York from California. Adopting a new life was her only way to survive. But, not everyone has forgotten her. Someone has recognized her and is following her. Either they are trying to scare her or worse ....kill her. 

The novel is narrated from Zoe's POV. We get flashbacks from her past life and the reasons for leaving it behind. Her life has not been easy and just when she thought she had it all, everything starts crumbling apart. She learns the hard way you can't trust everyone. 

If I can say anything about Zoe is that she was persistent. When an idea entered her mind, she wouldn't let it go. She was strong and she was ready to fight back. Of course, she couldn't do it alone. Here is where Cash enters. Cash is a reporter for the Post. He was doing a piece on the charity event when Zoe's life started unraveling. I love Cash. I fell guilty about liking him when Zoe clearly adored Henry. 

Even though I guessed the twist at the end, It didn't affect the pleasure of reading this novel. The writing was addictive, fast-paced and nerve wrecking! It had me dying to jump to the end to see how the story was going to play out. 

Kan Moretti has been added to my thriller writers addiction.

4.5/5 Fangs

A complimentary copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


"Moretti creates a shocking mystery that will keep readers turning the pages... Great pacing and true surprises make this an exciting read. Fans of twisted thrillers featuring complex female characters will devour Moretti's latest."
Kirkus Reviews

"Fans of S. J. Watson, Lisa Unger, and Sophie Hannah will enjoy this fast-paced psychological suspense novel."

“THE VANISHING YEAR is a stunner. A perfectly compulsive read that's impossible to put down.”
—Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of Don’t You Cry

“A chilling, powerful tale of nerve-shattering suspense.”
—Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author of Missing Pieces

“The tantalizing plot twists layered atop the juxtaposition of the protagonist's troubled past and the opulence of her current life are not only intriguing, they'll keep you reading THE VANISHING YEAR far into the night.”
—Lesley Kagen, New York Times bestselling author of Whistling in the Dark and The Resurrection of Tess Blessing

“Expertly told with secrets, twists and whip-smart prose, Kate Moretti shows in her third book that she deserves her New York Times best seller status. THE VANISHING YEAR will live in your mind long after you put the book down.”
—Ann Garvin, author of The Dog Year

“In this gut-grabbing novel Moretti creates a glittery world of dreams and nightmares. Moves and counter-moves. Clear your schedule and brew a pot of coffee. You're going to be up all night with this one.”
—T.E. Woods, author of The Justice Series

“Kate Moretti's THE VANISHING YEAR is a Rebecca for the modern age—a novel filled with doubts and deception, secrets and history. Society wife Zoe Whitaker must confront the age-old question of whether forgetting our past dooms us to endless repetitionand more heartache and danger than one woman can bear.”
—Jenny Milchman, author of As Night Falls

"Engaging, intriguing, heart-pounding… the twists had me gasping, the details had me transfixed. I cared about Zoe right away, which along with everything else, made it impossible for me to stop reading this book."
—Amy Sue Nathan, author of The Glass Wives

THE VANISHING YEAR is the perfect mix of pulse-pounding action and exquisite prose. The complex, unpredictable plot and Kate's layered, multidimensional characters kept me hooked until the very last satisfying page. This book is sure to be one of this year's most talked about thrillers!”
—Nicole Baart, author of The Beautiful Daughters

Foto by Pooja Dhar at PR Photography

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, or follow her on Twitter (@KateMoretti1) or Facebook (KateMorettiWriter).


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