The Vanishing Year – Kate Moretti

cr_zxnoxeaazojqSent to me by Titan books the presentation was incredible, a single white flower on white tissue paper in a black box. I was intrigued. It was the best presented book I have received from Titan and it had me flying through the pages.

Zoe Whittaker used to be a poor woman. Working as cleaner at a florist’s before working her way up to a designer, she lived with her friend Lydia, another designer at the florist. The life they have made seems to be perfectly imperfect until Henry walks in with his precious gifts and spontaneous getaways leading Zoe quickly into a life of marital bliss. But is it bliss? Zoe is a woman with multiple lives and with it threatening to creep into her present she begins to worry and tries to take measures to ensure her safety. Not only this but, she is also searching for her mother, the woman who gave her up for adoption and has had no contact with her since. All of these individual experiences come together in a shocking conclusion.

Zoe is the stereotypical caged bird wanting to be free of the restraints imposed on her by Henry, the controlling male who has a dark, mysterious side to him. While this sentence may lead to you to believe the book is very cliché it veers from the set “parameters” which it should fall into. Zoe’s friendships have crumbled around her while she wilts away in Henry’s penthouse suite. She is a far cry from the wild card she used to be and is continually reminded of that when she meets up with Lydia. Henry has moulded her into his perfect woman and it is clear to everybody but Zoe what he has done. Zoe tries to reach out to her friend and in doing so starts up the quest to find her mother, something Lydia was helping Zoe with until Henry came along. And then there is Cash. A reporter who covered her charity event and ends up mixed up in Zoe’s life as it begins to spiral out of control. All of these characters lives are connected by Zoe so when she is threatened it is not only her in danger.

I loved it. Moretti is constantly weaving her webs of deceit within this novel leading the reader from guess to guess. I will say that I suspected her end game but I wasn’t sure how it all fit together. The pieces of the puzzle are scattered until the final few chapters and even then Moretti still has a few surprises left up her sleeve.

I won’t go any further into the plot for the risk of spoilers but I will say this. This is one of the best crime books I’ve read. Yeah, the writing gets a little repetitive following Zoe’s life day by day but I assure you, it’s a book you will not be able to put down.

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