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Publisher's Summary

Zoe Whittaker is living a charmed life. She is the beautiful young wife of 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.

With "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.

©2016 Kate Moretti (P)2016 Simon & Schuster

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Predictable, boring & a bit blasé

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Probably the entire storyline to be less predictable and more unique. I feel there are so many books out there right now with this same or similar plot and honestly, I'm just a bit bored with it.

Would you recommend The Vanishing Year to your friends? Why or why not?

Unfortunately, I would not. There isn't anything uber special about it, in my opinion.

What aspect of Mandeleine Maby’s performance would you have changed?

She just didn't have the quality that some narrators possess that brings you into the story and never lets you go.

Do you think The Vanishing Year needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Absolutely not. Even if they came out with one, I would not read it.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Worst narrator ever

The story is ok. Who's terrorizing the heroine is immediately obvious, so not much of a mystery. But this narrator must have been told sometime that she should drop her voice and slow her words way down for men's dialogue. The result is that the male characters sound like they're mentally challenged.
Can't recommend this title.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Predictable from the very beginning

I am so mad I just wasted how many hours listening to this. I pretty much guessed the "key" parts to the story fairly quickly. I fell asleep listening and when I woke up had no desire to rewind. I was truly hoping there was a twist coming. I just knew there had to be...because there is no way it could end predictable.

I was wrong.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Unbearable

The male voices the reader tried to use were ridiculous and made me want to turn it off.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • KL100
  • Lakeland, FL United States
  • 10-15-16

Good story; narration not so much

This was an intriguing story with a certain degree of surprise; well written and with good character development. However, the narration leaves much to be desired. The protagonist is okay, but when the reader tries to change up for other characters, especially men, it's bad. Takes away from the story, unfortunately.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Loved absolutely everything about this book (except for male voices)

Such a fantastic story, and the narrator was fantastic with female voices, but her male voices were nails on a chalkboard. The males always spoke at half the speed as the females and almost sounded unintelligent (especially Henry). But other than that, the story was great and surprising!

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A frightening tale

Enjoyed the writing and story, though it's haunting. Well-written and delivered. It sits with you, as a good book should.

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No love

This book reminded me of Gone Girl. All the characters are fake, unlike able! I was disgusted with the lead character bc she allowed herself to be manipulated and changed by her surroundings. She had no backbone! Henry was just an asshole and psychotic! Think I felt that as soon as I read about him. I couldn’t start this book, and now I know why. I didn’t like it but I finished it!

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Narrator

Overall it was a good book but the reading, unfortunately the narrator took away from the story.

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I liked the story. It was suspenseful and hard to put down at times. The negative was the narrator. She spoke extremely slowly for most of the male characters- it was pretty weird.