Book Review: The Vanishing Year by Kate Moretti

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The Vanishing Year Book Cover The Vanishing Year
Kate Moretti
psychological thriller
Titan Books
September 27-th, 2016
Kindle Edition
Provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Zoe Whittaker is living a charmed life: wife to a handsome Wall Street trader, with the perfect penthouse and summer home, she is the new member of Manhattan's social elite. 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.

Wow! It literally left me breathless. And speechless. With my jaw dropped. I definitely didn’t expect that kind of outcome. I love this book!

The plot is centred around Zoe Whittaker, a young woman, a wife to a very wealthy man. From outside, her life looks like a fairytale. A modern time Cinderella. A poor girl, a middle-class worker who finds her Prince Charming and leaves her previous life to live with the rich and famous. But when you scratch the surface, you see a different picture. Zoe is not Zoe. Zoe is Hilary, a person who used to use and sell drugs, a victim of kidnapping, a witness in a human trafficking case who is in the witness protection program. A person who was raised by an adoptive mother, Evelyn, who died a couple of years ago because of cancer. With no money to bury her at the time, Zoe is full of regret not being able to do something for the mother she loved. She is also in the search of her biological mother, Carolyn, and all she has is a birth certificate with possible false information. All she has now is her husband Henry who adores her and showers her with gifts but seems a little bit possessive from time to time. But aren’t all the men like that?

Then, one day, a car almost hits her. She nearly dies. Soon after that, the apartment has been robbed. A normal person would never connect those two events. But not Zoe. With all the skeletons in her closet, she has every right to be scared for her life.

Is her past finally after her?
Are the people she testified against out of jail?
Or maybe something more is going on?
The events that follow she couldn’t dream even in her worst nightmare!
The Vanishing Year literally left me speechless! From the very beginning, the story seemed to go in one direction, than to turn over into something very different. I didn’t see that coming! Unpredictable till the last page! I liked the author’s writing style and the way she captivated me into the story. I liked Zoe’s character and the way she handled all the things that happened in her life. What a fighter! I’ll be definitely in the search of the other books from this author. Totally recommended!
My opinion: 5 / 5.

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