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Gone Without a Trace by Mary Torjussen

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Hannah is in her early thirties and works as a senior manager for a firm of accountants.  Attending a training course, she is thrilled when she’s told that she is being considered for promotion to director, and rushes home to tell her partner, Matt, the good news, stopping to buy champagne on the way home.

But when she gets home, Matt isn’t there, and neither are any of his possessions.  Everything he has bought has gone, and the house looks exactly as it did before he moved in.  Even the books she’d moved into the loft to make some room for him are now back on the shelves.  To make matters worse, there are no photos of him left on her phone, his contact details have been deleted, his Facebook account deactivated.  It’s like he never existed.

Determined to find Matt, Hannah begins to investigate his disappearance.  But while she is hunting for Matt, someone is playing games with Hannah – moving things around the house, making silent calls.  Is it Matt tormenting her, or is something more sinister going on?

Gone Without a Trace is one of the novels I picked up at the Headline Blogger Night – I was intrigued by the premise of someone disappearing so completely that you might wonder if they’d ever existed.  I didn’t expect to become so completely enthralled by this novel, however.  I absolutely loved it, and read it over the course of a single day.

Hannah is a fascinating character, and you feel a great deal of sympathy for her plight, coming to hate Matt in the process.  There are often signs that a relationship is coming to an end, and yet Hannah can’t think of anything that she should have picked up to as a warning sign.  They hadn’t been arguing more than usual, they were both happy in their work and lives, and there weren’t any signs that he was having an affair.  As far as Hannah is concerned, he’s abandoned her completely, and she, understandably, wants to know why.

As you might expect, Hannah’s predicament soon begins to affect her in other ways, and she begins to struggle at work – missing important deadlines and not checking work correctly – and stops seeing friends, with the exception of her closest friend Katie, as she puts everything into finding Matt.  There are times when you want to tell her to just let it go, such is the impact on her life, although I was so drawn in to the scenario that I REALLY wanted to know why he’d left in such a way.

Gone Without a Trace that starts relatively slowly, but the pace soon quickens as Hannah’s search becomes increasingly desperate and frantic, and as a reader I found that I was completely hooked, and I think that fans of psychological thrillers will absolutely love it.  I didn’t expect the final outcome at all, and I absolutely loved the ending.  There are many books that are published with the bold claim to be the next The Girl on the Train et cetera, but this is one of the few that deserves that accolade.

Gone Without a Trace is available to purchase as an eBook (currently at the bargain price of £1.99 on Amazon) and will be published in paperback on 23 March.  Many thanks (once again!) to the team at Headline for the opportunity to read and review this novel.

Rating: ★★★★★

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Headline Blogger Night 2017

On Thursday, I was lucky enough to attend a blogger night hosted by Headline at Carmelite House on Victoria Embankment in London.  This was my second visit to the wonderful sixth floor of Carmelite House with it’s famous (amongst the blogging world at least) rooftop terrace, although the doors to the terrace were kept firmly shut due to the miserable weather.

I’m always quite nervous about attending these kinds of events – I often find it difficult to initiate a conversation with people I don’t know, and I don’t like inviting myself into a group, which is often the best way to start talking to people.

I needn’t have worried, however – the Headline team were extremely welcoming, and ushered people around to make sure that everyone had the opportunity to meet the authors in attendance.  Additionally, book bloggers are a lovely bunch of people, and I don’t think that anyone was left standing on their own for very long 🙂

I was absolutely delighted to meet Felicia Yap, who’s novel Yesterday will be published in August.  I picked up a sampler for this novel, and I can’t even tell you how excited I am.  I’m more than willing to beg for a proof of this when they become available!  And isn’t this cover glorious!?

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I also enjoyed meeting Gemma Todd, whose novel Defender I’m extremely excited about – it sounds very much like my kind of thing – as well as Colette McBeth, Nikola Scott, Mary Torjussen and Julia Crouch.

As well as the wonderful company, wine and nibbles, there were plenty of books available.  I felt that I showed considerable restraint in only picking up four titles (plus the one in the goodie bag!) – I was tempted to take more, but was conscious of the fact that I’d have to carry them back to the train.  Note to self – take a backpack next time.  Tote bags are great, but loading up on weighty tomes just gives you a bad shoulder, particularly when you have to run for your train!


These are the books that I picked up:

Defender by G. X. Todd

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In a world where long drinks are in short supply, a stranger listens to the voice in his head telling him to buy a lemonade from the girl sitting on a dusty road.

The moment locks them together.

Here and now it’s dangerous to listen to your inner voice. Those who do, keep it quiet.

These voices have purpose.

And when Pilgrim meets Lacey, there is a reason. He just doesn’t know it yet.

Defender pulls you on a wild ride to a place where the voices in your head will save or slaughter you.


The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams

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The great city of Ebora once glittered with gold.  Now its streets are stalked by wolves.  Tormalin the Oathless has no taste for sitting around waiting to die while the realm of his storied ancestors falls to pieces – talk about a guilt trip.  Better to be amongst the living, where there are taverns full of women and wine.

When eccentric explorer, Lady Vincenza ‘Vintage’ de Grazon, offers him employment, he sees an easy way out.  Even when they are joined by a fugitive witch with a tendency to set things on fire, the prospect of facing down monsters and retrieving ancient artefacts is preferable to the abomination he left behind.

But not everyone is willing to let the Eboran empire collapse, and the adventurers are quickly drawn into a tangled conspiracy of magic and war.  For the Jure’lia are coming, and the Ninth Rain must fall…


An Act of Silence by Colette McBeth

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These are the facts I collect.

My son Gabriel met a woman called Mariela in a bar.  She went home with him where they had sex.  They next morning she was found in an allotment.

Mariela is dead.

Gabriel has been asked to report to Camden Police station in six hours for questioning

Linda Moscow: loving mother to Gabriel.  Linda promised herself years ago that she would never let her son down again.  Even if it means going against everything she believes in – she will do anything to protect him.  She owes him that much.

Gabriel Miller: the prodigal son.  He only ever wanted his mother’s love, but growing up he always seemed to do the wrong thing.  If his mother could only see the bad in him – how could he possibly be good?

How far will a mother go to save her son?  Linda’s decision might save Gabriel, but it will have a catastrophic impact on the lives of others.  What would you do if faced with the same impossible choice?


Gone Without a Trace by Mary Torjussen

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You leave for work one morning.  Another day in your normal life.

Until you come home to discover that your boyfriend has gone.  His belongings have disappeared.  He hasn’t been at work for weeks.  It’s as if he never existed.

But that’s not possible, is it?

And there is worse still to come.  Because just as you are searching for him, someone is also watching you.


As well as providing a selection of books for bloggers (and authors!) to help themselves to, goodie bags were also available containing some wonderful little treats, as well as another book!

Keep Me Safe by Daniela Sacerdoti

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When Anna’s partner walks away from their relationship, she is shattered.  But it is her little girl Ava who takes it hardest of all.  The six-year-old falls silent for three days.  When she does speak, her words are troubling.  Ava wants to go home.  To a place called Seal.  To her other mother.

Anna knows to unravel the mystery she must find Seal and take Ava there.  She hopes this tiny island will unlock her daughter’s memories.  But could it also offer a new life… and unexpected love… for Anna too?


Many thanks to Georgina Moore, Millie Seaward and the rest of the Headline crew for hosting such a lovely event.