Friday, December 8, 2023

The Vanishing Hour by Seraphina Nova Glass


Title: The Vanishing Hour
Author: Seraphina Nova Glass
Publisher: Graydon House
Release Date: May 30, 2023

"Glass weaves a taut web of suspicion, murder and revenge in this chilling tale."—Liv Constantine, internationally bestselling author of The Last Mrs. Parrish, on Someone's Listening

From the Edgar Award–nominated author of On a Quiet Street comes a shocking thriller about secrets…and the lengths some people will go to keep them.

Grace Holloway keeps to herself. Since narrowly escaping death at the hands of the man who kidnapped her, she’s thrown herself into the small inn she runs in Rock Harbor, Maine. It’s quiet, quaint and, in the off-season, completely isolated—the perfect place for Grace to keep her own secrets.

But Grace isn’t the only one with something to hide, and Rock Harbor isn’t just a sleepy vacation town. Someone is taking young women—girls who look an awful lot like Grace did when she was kidnapped so many years ago.

When a surge of disappearances brings the investigation to her door, Grace finds herself unwillingly at the center of it all and doing everything she can to keep her distance. Because Grace knows something…something that could change everything. And when the truth comes to light, getting justice for the vanished might be more than Grace can handle alone…

The Vanishing Hour was interesting but the ending was too out there for me!

At night, women go missing from "the Strip" on Hemlock Lane. Over the years, drug addicts and prostitutes have disappeared from this sketchy area of town in Rock Harbor, Maine.

The latest young woman who was taken is Brooke Everett. Her mother Kira Everett will do anything to find her daughter. She follows all the clues she can get her hands on. She knows the police might not be enough.

Besides Brooke, Aden Coleman's father has also disappeared. At first, Aden thinks that he might have gone fishing and will be back soon but after talking to the police, he is not sure about this anymore. He decides to stay in an inn until his father is found.

Grace Holloway works for the local Inn. Usually, during summer it's busy but during winter, she has the place to herself. You see eight years ago, Grace was abducted and kept for a month until she was able to escape. Since then, she has kept to herself and doesn't watch TV or have a social media presence. However, she can't continue to stay in her cocoon when she discovers women who look like her are the ones being taken.

The Vanishing Hour started strong but the last third was chaos. Some parts were not realistic and unlikely to happen in real life.

Cliffhanger: No

3.5/5 Fangs

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