I wavered between a 3.5 and a 4 for "The Other Lady Vanished" and in the end I bumped it up to 4 because I really do appreciate Adelaide and how resourceful she is and how she really is the leading lady of the show. Jake is cool and all, and I love how he's able to both be there for Adelaide and still allow her to do her thing.
I found "The Other Lady Vanished" to be a bit darker. I'm not sure if it's because of the suspense over whether Adelaide was going to be able to remain free, the backdrop of the mystery and the attendant murders, or the ever present spectre of sexual assault, or if it's really just that the author did a spectacular job at creating the atmosphere, but I don't think this will be going on my re-read pile.
That said, there are many wonderful moments in the book. I liked Jake and Adelaide together and the ending was pretty much almost as much as I could have hoped for.
The New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Knew Too Much sweeps readers back to 1930s California--where the most dazzling of illusions can't hide the darkest secrets...
After escaping from a private sanitarium, Adelaide Blake arrives in Burning Cove, California, desperate to start over.
Working at an herbal tea shop puts her on the radar of those who frequent the seaside resort town: Hollywood movers and shakers always in need of hangover cures and tonics. One such customer is Jake Truett, a recently widowed businessman in town for a therapeutic rest. But unbeknownst to Adelaide, his exhaustion is just a cover.
In Burning Cove, no one is who they seem. Behind facades of glamour and power hide drug dealers, gangsters, and grifters. Into this make-believe world comes psychic to the stars Madame Zolanda. Adelaide and Jake know better than to fall for her kind of con. But when the medium becomes a victim of her own dire prediction and is killed, they'll be drawn into a murky world of duplicity and misdirection.
Neither Adelaide or Jake can predict that in the shadowy underground they'll find connections to the woman Adelaide used to be--and uncover the specter of a killer who's been real all along...