The Vanishing Year: A Novel - Kate Moretti

SYNOPSIS FROM AUTHORS WEBSITE

Zoe Whittaker is living a charmed life. She is the beautiful young wife to handsome, charming Wall Street tycoon Henry Whittaker. She is a member of Manhattan’s social elite. She is on the board of one of the city’s most prestigious philanthropic organizations. She has a perfect Tribeca penthouse in the city and a gorgeous lake house in the country. The finest wine, the most up-to-date fashion, and the most luxurious vacations are all at her fingertips.

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.

A “dark, twisty, edge-of-your-seat suspense” (Karen Robards), The Vanishing Year combines the classic sophistication of Ruth Rendell and A.S.A. Harrison with the thoroughly modern flair of Jessica Knoll. Told from the point-of-view of a heroine who is as relatable as she is enigmatic, The Vanishing Year is an unforgettable new novel by a rising star of the genre. 

 

 

THE KEY POINTS OF THE STORY⇣

 

DOMESTIC THRILLER

A SCATTERED MYSTERY

THAT REALLY DIDN'T WORK FOR ME

ROBOTIC NARRATION

 

STATS⇣

 

AUDIO PERFORMED BY Madeleine Maby

BOOK COVER Meh...

SETTING New York, New York

SOURCE I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review or Libby Audiobook (Library)

AUDIOBOOK LENGTH 9 hours, 50 minutes

 

MY THOUGHTS⇣

 

This could have earned another star from me if the narration wasn't so terrible.  She continuously voiced the characters with this straight-up robotic voice.   It was seriously awful and it was difficult to get past that and give the book a fighting chance.  Oddly, though, I said she was pretty good on my review of Colleen Hoovers; All Your Perfects, so maybe she improved or maybe it was because it was a CoHo book...I'm not sure.

 

For me, this story was all over the place and lacked cohesiveness.  Like everything, just sort of came together at the end; haphazardly.  That, coupled with the crappy narration and I was not feeling this story.

 

 

MY RATING 2 STARS | GRADE D

 

 

BREAKDOWN⇣

Plot 2/5

Characters 2.5/5

The Feels 2/5

Pacing 2.5/5

Addictiveness 3/5 (only because I wanted to finish before the end of the year)

Theme or Tone 2/5

Flow (Writing Style) 1.5/5

Backdrop (World Building) 3/5

Originality 2/5

Ending 2.5/5