Wednesday, January 9, 2019

The Vanishing Season
by Joanna Shauffhausen

Publisher: Minotaur Books
Pages: 274
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  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.


Kritters Thoughts:  The first in a series that I was excited to start.  Ellery Hathaway has moved to a quiet town to escape her past in Chicago.  She wants to leave it all behind and just do her job as a police officer.  There have been three disappearances and some mystery things happening and she swears it is related to her past but can't get the attention of her co workers until she calls an old friend from the FBI and gets things moving.

This was such a great mystery.  There were definitely some gruesome moments so if you don't love to hear the gruesome details you may want to skip this one.  

What I loved most about this book was the twist on how her past was reappearing.  It was obvious and in your face and instead was subtle and had me guessing until the end.  I know a mystery is good when I want to restart it the minute I finish to see if I can find the clues to the culprit faster the second time!

I am excited to read the second book in the series and review it next week.  


Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

Ebook 2018 Challenge: 94 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Netgalley.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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