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THE VANISHING YEAR by Kate Moretti Kirkus Star


by Kate Moretti

Pub Date: Sept. 27th, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-5011-1843-2
Publisher: Atria

A woman tries to hide—and outrun—her past in this fast-paced thriller from Moretti (Binds That Tie, 2014, etc.).

Zoe is living the fabulous life as the wife of the handsome, successful, and rich Henry Whittaker. She can hardly believe her luck—marrying one of New York’s most eligible men, wearing luxurious clothing, and living in a beautiful apartment. But life isn’t quite what it seems for Zoe, because she has a dark past she can’t share with anyone. In fact, she used to have an entirely different name and a dangerous, drug-related lifestyle before she moved to the city and reinvented herself. But now, it seems that someone who knows about her previous identity is looking for her, and whoever it is won’t stop until he or she finds her. Zoe’s knowledge of her own history is tenuous—her adoptive mother is dead, and she doesn’t know anything about her biological relatives. Along with a newfound journalist friend, Zoe searches for the truth about her family in hopes of outrunning whomever’s searching for her. However, the more Zoe finds out about her biological family, the more she—and her family members—seems to be targeted by her mysterious hunter. Soon she isn’t sure whom to trust or whom to turn to for protection. Moretti creates a shocking mystery that will keep readers turning the pages. Parts of the ending may seem a little too coincidental, but the conclusion is explosive and satisfying enough that it doesn’t really matter. Great pacing and true surprises make this an exciting read.

Fans of twisted thrillers featuring complex female characters will devour Moretti’s latest.