#Review: The Vanishing Season by Joanna Schaffhausen @slipperywhisper @TitanBooks #TheVanishingSeason
Release date - 27th February 2018
Book length - 285 pages
Publisher - Titan Books
Book Depository - www.bookdepository.com
Amazon UK - www.amazon.co.uk
Amazon US - www.amazon.com
I want to thank Lydia from titanbooks.com for providing me with a copy of this book for review.
ABOUT THE BOOK
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.
I didn't know what to expect when I started to read THE VANISHING SEASON by Joanna Schaffhausen but nothing could have prepared me for the deeply compelling, enigmatic, and downright masterful narrative that lies between these pages.
Ellery Hathaway desperately wants the people of Woodbury to listen to her and take her seriously before somebody else goes missing but even her fellow cops think that she is seeing a killer where there isn't one. But then they do not know who Ellery really is or her tortured past that will forever haunt her. But when Ellery receives a clear sign that murder is definitely on someone's agenda and that Ellery is at the centre of it all, she will be forced to deal with the past that she has buried so carefully, even seeking help from those who helped her all those years ago. But this time the killer knows exactly what he is dealing with and he is preparing to step out of the shadows and claim his final victim ...
Thrown into this disturbing story, the author creates a stifling atmosphere that oozes with tension and troubling possibilities that settles over the reader from start to finish. Ellery's character is strong and tough yet there is a vulnerability that she is determined to bury down as far as she can. I loved her sense of right and her willingness to make a difference in a world that seems to be drowning in all that is wrong. Reed is a charismatic character that while obviously flawed, develops in many ways from the beginning to the end of the book which makes him all the more likeable. The crime element of this story is gritty and haunting and I could not go to sleep until I discovered who was behind it all (I was wrong by the way!!).
THE VANISHING SEASON by Joanna Schaffhausen is an excellent crime fiction novel that will have you on the edge of your seat, desperate to uncover the truth, and I cannot wait to read more from this talented author.
JOANNA SCHAFFHAUSEN is a scientific editor who spends her days immersed in research on potential new therapies for cancer, addiction, and neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. Previously, she worked as an editorial producer for ABC News, where she advised and wrote for programs such as World News Tonight, Good Morning America and 20/20. She lives in the Boston area with her husband and daughter. The Vanishing Season is her first novel.
For more information:
Website - www.joannaschaffhausen.com
Twitter - twitter.com/slipperywhisper
Facebook - www.facebook.com/JoannaWrites/
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