The Vanishing Season by Joanna Schaffhausen

Thank you so much Minotaur for sending me a copy of this book.

My Thoughts: I breezed through this book in just two days. Once I sat down and got into it I was hooked! I pegged the “bad guy” early on but the author did a fantastic job of throwing me off by having so many different characters raise red flags throughout. My heart broke for Ellery – everything she went through and has learned to deal with in her adult life is never an easy thing to read about (I do applaud Schaffhausen for painting a very horrific picture of what went on during her kidnapping without emphasising gory details). I loved her character. I also loved FBI agent Reed. It was interesting to see how him rescuing  Ellery had changed his life over the years and the impact she still had on him. While this story didn’t keep me on the edge of my seat like I originally thought it would, I don’t think it was meant to. I enjoyed the characters and following along to see “whodunnit”. I am very excited to see what book Joanna Schaffhausen comes out with next!

Book Blurb: Ellery Hathaway knows a thing or two about serial killers, but not through her police training. She’s an officer in sleepy Woodbury, MA, where a bicycle theft still makes the newspapers. No one there knows she was once victim number seventeen in the grisly story of serial killer Francis Michael Coben. The only victim who lived. When three people disappear from her town in three years, all around her birthday—the day she was kidnapped so long ago—Ellery fears someone knows her secret. Someone very dangerous. Her superiors dismiss her concerns, but Ellery knows the vanishing season is coming and anyone could be next. She contacts the one man she knows will believe her: the FBI agent who saved her from a killer’s closet all those years ago. Agent Reed Markham made his name and fame on the back of the Coben case, but his fortunes have since turned. His marriage is in shambles, his bosses think he’s washed up, and worst of all, he blew a major investigation. When Ellery calls him, he can’t help but wonder: sure, he rescued her, but was she ever truly saved? His greatest triumph is Ellery’s waking nightmare, and now both of them are about to be sucked into the past, back to the case that made them…with a killer who can’t let go.

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