AUDIO BOOK REVIEW: The Vanishing Year by Kate Moretti

Publication Date: September 27, 2016
Format: Audio
Genre:  Mystery/thriller
Narrators: Madeleine Maby

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
9 hours 50 min
Buy: Kindle | Audio


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.


I read this as part of my ABC challenge. 

Zoe left behind a life filled with danger and bad choices.  After her mother died she slowly slipped into addiction and found herself mixed up in selling drugs and knowing people involved in sex trafficking. She testified against them, and escaped a kidnapping now she has changed her name found a wealthy man and is living the high life in New York, except things are starting to go downhill.  She feels like someone is watching her and strange things are happening.  Her husband is less than supportive and seems very focused on what she does with her time and who she spends it with.  

From the first time he was introduced I thought there was something off with her husband he just seemed a little too buttoned up and controlling.  However I did not predict what eventually goes down.  Talk about some shockers! I found this book to be very engaging and really showed how so many women fall prey to powerful men who take over their lives and isolate them. I was not a huge fan of the narrator as I felt her male voices were flat and strained but overall it was a good listen. 

The narrative keeps you engaged in the story giving you pieces of the past that all come together in the present. I believe this is my first Kate Moretti book but it won't be my last. 

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