The Vanishing Year

We know all too well that time flies whether you are having fun or not. Kate Moretti, the prolific author of “The Vanishing Year” manifests this concept masterfully in her thrilling, engaging novel. I found myself so caught up in the plot that time truly got away from me as I gripped the edges of this engrossing read. In my honest opinion, Ms. Moretti's story line will keep you on the edge of your easy chair with gasping breath.

The characters are well defined, realistic and clear. Readers get crisp picturesque views for the settings and the plot and resolution are noteworthy. They should receive an applause.

Ms. Moretti developed her main character, Zoe Whittaker, as a woman with a checked past but one which escapes her perhaps on purpose or maybe not. Having a difficult childhood has left unresolved issues and scars on her soul, mind, and spirit. These are key elements of her persona. Can she overcome her past? Can marrying money and living the charmed life be the key to a better outlook on life and all it has to offer? Is it just an illusion?

Zoe is beautiful, intelligent but a bit introverted. She may have found her prince charming in a mature gentleman of Wall Street named Henry Whittaker, dream or nightmare revisited.

Being the spouse of a Wall Street tycoon makes her a socialite and all the responsibilities that are attached to the glamorous life. Should she trust Henry Whittaker or the rumors?

As the narrative rolls along the narrow, twisted, bumpy roads nightmares, pleasant dreams and fantasies create a spine-tingling, heart racing read as you anxiously anticipate the next move of the secondary characters. Will Henry shake up the secret world that Zoe resides in?

Some days Zoe is comfortable as a beloved cat and other times the ferocious tiger swats at her chin. Both Zoe and Henry have dangers rattling in the back room closet that can unearth the monsters of darkness no one expects.

Cash, Lydia, Evelyn, and Mick are all pieces of the masterpiece puzzle of “The Vanishing Year” nightmare or dream.

One of the classic lines that I treasure: "Don't be afraid of sex. Be afraid of love, but not sex. Love can swallow you whole, consume you, change you, but sex? Sex is just for a single night". This is a quote that will stay with me for a lifetime as many memories from this delightful read.

If you delight in dark tales where the past and present may bump into each other on a damp night, under a dimly moonlit night then “The Vanishing Year” will please every taste bud for love, titillation, and mystery along with terrifying confrontations. This book will have you gripped by the collar to unlock the secrets hidden between the few hundred pages.

“The Vanishing Year” builds on high expectations and you will not regret the vanishing hours that slipped by you. I give it 4.5 stars gladly.


Book Blurb for The Vanishing Year

Zoe Whittaker is living a charmed life. She is the beautiful young wife to 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.

A “dark, twisty, edge-of-your-seat suspense” (Karen Robards), The Vanishing Year combines the classic sophistication of Ruth Rendell and A.S.A. Harrison with the thoroughly modern flair of Jessica Knoll. Told from the point-of-view of a heroine who is as relatable as she is enigmatic, The Vanishing Year is an unforgettable new novel by a rising star of the genre.


Night Owl Reviews Sep, 2016 4.50