GONE WITHOUT A TRACE by Mary Torjussen


Publisher: Berkley Books
Release Date: April 18, 2017
Source: Review copy from the publisher
Rating: ★★★


A jaw-dropping novel of psychological suspense that asks, If the love of your life disappeared without a trace, how far would you go to find out why?

Hannah Monroe’s boyfriend, Matt, is gone. His belongings have disappeared from their house. Every call she ever made to him, every text she ever sent, every photo of him and any sign of him on social media have vanished. It’s as though their last four years together never happened.

As Hannah struggles to get through the next few days, with humiliation and recriminations whirring through her head, she knows that she’ll do whatever it takes to find him again and get answers. But as soon as her search starts, she realizes she is being led into a maze of madness and obsession. Step by suspenseful step, Hannah discovers her only way out is to come face to face with the shocking truth…


Hannah’s live-in boyfriend, Matt, has suddenly vanished without a trace. Not just his person, but all physical and digital proof of him and their four-year relationship have disappeared. How is that possible? It’s enough to drive anyone mad.

I was so intrigued by the premise of this book. How could someone erase his existence like that? I was hooked right away, and the author did a great job pulling the reader into Hannah’s crazy obsession over finding Matt. There came a point, though, that I’d had enough with the minute details of her search and wanted something big to happen.

At about the three-quarters mark, things get pretty exciting and plot twists are revealed. One I expected, but the others were surprising, including something that’s not addressed very often. I guess I’m left with mixed feelings about the outcome. It’s hard to talk about without revealing spoilers, so I’ll just say that I was all around frustrated with Hannah. I enjoyed the big twists, though the last quarter of the book felt a bit disjointed from the rest. OMG, the last sentence! I guess there’s a lesson there.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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