Fascinating descent into obsession

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Gone Without a Trace by Mary Torjussen

Book Review:  4 out of 5 star rating

Hannah is bursting with excitement after hearing that she’s headed for a big promotion at her job. She’s worked hard for it and she’s ready to celebrate.  But when she comes home from her business trip, she’s astonished to see that her live-in boyfriend Matt has taken each of his possessions and is gone.  Not only are his belongings gone but all photos and texts from her phone are missing and he’s disappeared from social media.  She’s completely at a loss as things had been going so well for the two of them.  She just can’t understand why he would leave and knows she has to get to the bottom of what’s happened.

Thus starts Hannah’s descent into obsession. She starts getting strange texts and phone calls and sees signs that someone has been in the house when she’s not there.  She’s sure that Matt’s trying to contact her.  Is she mad or is there someone watching her?

It was quite sad to watch Hannah’s deterioration as she struggles to come to terms with Matt’s apparent abandonment of her. I could definitely empathize with her as she went over and over in her mind everything that Matt said and did in the days and weeks before his disappearance, trying to work it all out.  She longs for closure but can’t stop thinking about Matt.  She has a friend, Katie, but their relationship has always been a competitive one and Katie isn’t always as supportive as Hannah needs.

I didn’t see the plot twist coming though in looking back, I realize there were clues so others may guess. The twist touches on something that not many authors write about.  All in all, this is a rip-the-pages-turning-them-so-fast book that is recommended.

This book was given to me by the publisher in return for an honest review.

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