[ARC BOOK REVIEW] Gone Without A Trace by Mary Torjussen

Gone Without a Trace

Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Adult

Series: None

Rating: 3 STARS

Release Date: April 18, 2017


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…

My Thoughts:

This was quite the interesting psychological thriller. I went into this one really excited because the premise sounded awesome: a woman comes home to find her boyfriend missing? What? Unfortunately, though the pacing for this one was really well done, and this book kept me reading until the very last pages, the ending definitely fell flat on its face for me.

As I said before, the pacing was definitely well done. As soon as I started this book, I was hooked, and it really kept my interest. I feel like I’ve been doing absolutely terrible at reading this past year, so it was really nice to have an addicting read to keep up with. The mystery definitely keeps you going, especially with such an interesting premise at the basis of the novel.

I thought the characters for this one were also quite interesting. We have Hannah, our main character, and Katie, her best friend, that really drive this novel with their toxic friendship. I’m always a fan of that trope in thrillers, and this was no exception. This one proved to be a bit more subtle than as an outright thriller surrounding toxic friendships, but I still really enjoyed it. We also have James, Hannah’s husband, that was a previous boyfriend of hers when the two of them were growing up, and he played an interesting part in the book as well.

What I really thought set this thriller apart than many of the other ones coming before and after it is the fact that this one had a focus on family and its influence, much like The Roanoke Girls, except way less creepier. We get a peek into Hannah’s home life growing up and how that it’s shaped a huge part of her character, which is expanded upon as the book develops. I thought it was a really nice touch to see how her mom and her dad influenced her and played a part in what happens in the overall bigger picture of the book.

Now, the ending was what got stars docked off for me. Near the end, we get what I’d consider an interesting part, because something happens that I didn’t really expect to happen. I was really excited because I wanted to know where the book would propel from there on out. But after that point, the book got so…busy. Things were revealed, we got a flashback, even MORE things were revealed, a big thing happens, more things are revealed, more stuff happens, and then the epilogue. And it was just all too much. I wouldn’t have minded if everything were interspersed near the falling resolution, but it just happened all at once, and that’s what really bothered me the most. 

Overall, an okay psychological thriller that could’ve done with a better ending.


A huge thanks to Berkley Publishing for the free e-ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review!

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6 thoughts on “[ARC BOOK REVIEW] Gone Without A Trace by Mary Torjussen

  1. This sounds like a really interesting book. The idea of a woman coming home to find her boyfriend missing, no trace of him ever having existed even, is really intriguing and it’s great this book hooked you from the first age Mikaela. Pacing I think is always important with psychological thrillers like these, it’s just a shame the ending wasn’t as good. I guess in a way would it have been better if some of the reveals happened a little earlier so they were spaced out more? I’ve read books where the ending felt too rushed and that’s always knocked off a few stars for me as well.
    Still great review for this one Mikaela! 🙂

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    • Yes, I know, right! I knew I just had to request it as soon as I saw it on Netgalley! 😂 Yeah, I definitely would’ve liked more space between all the reveals because so many things happened way too close to each other; I was getting whiplash. 😂 Yeah, rushed endings for me are always ones that disappoint me. 😬 And thank you so much! ❤

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      • I love books like that, that just grab you from the beginning so you have to request them.
        Well it sounds like a lot happened at the end so I’m not surprised you felt that way. Rushed endings can sometimes ruin a book can’t they? I’ve had that happen with a few of my favourite series when the last book has been too rushed. 🙂
        That’s all right! ❤

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  2. Awesome review! Psychological thrillers are one of my favorite genres and this concept sounds so interesting. I feel like a lot of books make the mistake of filling the last few pages with every little detail that was questioned. Although it’s frustrating, a novel that leaves you guessing and pondering certain details can be the best.

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    • Yes, I feel the same! I absolutely love thrillers! ❤ Yeah, same; I feel like thrillers suffer through this so much, and not only that, but having these crazy endings that just don’t make sense. 😬 And, yes, I’m a huge fan of open endings, and I know most people hate them, but I love guessing and theorizing! 😄

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