Welcome to my blog tour stop for Gone Without a Trace!
Hannah arrives home after a business trip to find her life in upheaval. Her boyfriend, Matt, is gone. At first, Hannah is shocked, but as the shock turns to anger and she begins searching she realizes that it is not just his belongings that have gone, but every trace of him. All the photos, e-mails, even the call log in her phone have been erased and it is like Matt has vanished. Did he actually leave her or something much bigger at play? Hannah will stop at nothing to find out. As Hannah searches, she finds herself wrapped up in something else. Someone is looking for her, as well…and it is looks like they will also stop at nothing.
Gone Without A Trace by Mary Torjussen was one of my most highly anticipated reads of this year. A novel that compares itself to the “Girl” novels always has me intrigued. However, this one gave me mixed feelings.
I actually loved the first portion of the novel; when we are first introduced to Hannah as she is humming up her steps to her front porch, all I felt was dread. I knew things were about to take a turn and as soon as she discovered Matt was missing, I felt awful for her. Torjusseen does a good job at making her relatable. Without giving away any spoilers, as her character developed, I applauded. I love when I can read a story and constantly be guessing if my narrator is reliable.
However, as the book progressed and I reached the ending I felt like I had picked up a completely different book. It felt completely disconnected from the rest of the story and was such a shift in gears. Toujussen partially redeemed the end with the final lines of the narrative, those did make me smile and felt more genuine to the rest of the plot, but overall, I was left completely dissatisfied.
Overall, although I enjoyed the majority of the novel for the entertainment value, I struggled so much with the ending it lowered my overall rating to a 3.5/5.