Woman who seems to have everything+Secret past. Well, The Vanishing Year sounds like Luckiest Girl Alive, I thought. I was wrong.
Once I started reading, I realized that the book is reminiscent of a present day Rebecca. To someone looking from afar, Zoe Whittaker has everything a woman could want. Her rich, powerful husband, who is head over heels in love with her would lay the world at her feet. What no one knows is that she also has a secret past–one she doesn’t even trust her husband with. When her secrets start to catch up with her, Zoe is thrown into a life or death game, even as she tries to find out more about herself.
To a reader capable of picking up on clues, The Vanishing Year offers no surprises. The book went exactly where I thought I would go. That wasn’t a disappointment however. The book is perfectly paced and difficult to put down. Zoe is a very likeable character and I cared enough about her to keep reading, even though things unraveled as I suspected.
The real plus of the book is the atmosphere it creates by indulging the reader’s fantasies. Who wouldn’t like a lavish, opulent lifestyle with just a hint of secrecy and danger? It’s the perfect book to lose oneself in for a few hours.
The Vanishing Year, published by Atria Books, is forthcoming on September 27th 2016.
FTC disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for this honest review.