Gone Without A Trace ARC Review

31624992Author: Mary Torjussen
Series: Standalone
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
Published: April 18, 2017
Retail Price: $12.35
Rating: 4/5 stars


“A jaw-dropping novel of psychological suspense that asks, “If the love of your life disappeared without a trace, how far would you go to find out why? “

Hannah Monroe’s boyfriend, Matt, is gone. His belongings have disappeared from their house. Every call she ever made to him, every text she ever sent, every photo of him and any sign of him on social media have vanished. It’s as though their last four years together never happened.

As Hannah struggles to get through the next few days, with humiliation and recriminations whirring through her head, she knows that she’ll do whatever it takes to find him again and get answers. But as soon as her search starts, she realizes she is being led into a maze of madness and obsession. Step by suspenseful step, Hannah discovers her only way out is to come face to face with the shocking truth…” – Goodreads



This book was a whirlwind of a mystery. Again, I am fairly new to the mystery/thriller/suspense genre, but this book just added to my new-found love for it. For a quick synopsis, Hannah Monroe’s boyfriend is gone. When she comes back from a successful conference, everything about Matt is gone: his belongings, his number, texts, and emails from her phone, every photo of him, everything.

I know this is a good mystery for me because I wasn’t able to guess anything that was coming up. Mary Torjussen was great at not being predictable with this book. That made the clues and progress given that much more exhilarating because it was exciting to find something new.

I will be honest, this book after a while did become a bit repetitive. Hannah’s longing for her boyfriend gets a bit annoying even if you get that she’s grieving for something she loves gone. She keeps going back to this same place and just when you think she’s developing as a character, she goes right back. So as for character development, there isn’t much.

We are introduced to quite a few characters and being that this is a mystery thriller, you never know who you should pay attention to and who plays an important role. This lead to easy liking, disliking, or annoyance with them. I definitely know who I hated from this book and who I wish got just a bit more love.

Overall, I would say that I loved this book and the ending leads to an even bigger plot twist. This book is good for mystery thriller lovers with patience. If you want anything similar to The Girl On The Train or Gone Girl, this is the book for you.

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Favorite Quotes

“lips that were so luscious even I would want to kiss them” (172).

“how it was that two women could be such good friends but absolutely hate each other at the same time” (239).

“I love the anticipation of Christmas…. but everything looks so dark and dingy afterward…” (266).




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