Ellery “Ellie” Hathaway has a few secrets. Some would destroy her career in the small, low-crime town of Woodbury, Massachusetts where she works as a police officer. Some would destroy the life she has made for herself over the past 14 years. Because 15 years ago she was not Ellery Hathaway, she was Abby Hathaway, who was abducted on her birthday and is the only survivor of serial killer Francis Michael Coben.
Now 28, she believes that the three people who have gone missing close to her birthday over the past three years are the work of someone who knows who she is. Someone who is taunting her, but the Chief of Police and the one detective on the force don’t see any connection – not even the Ellery connection – because they don’t know her secret.
Agent Reed Markham, however, does know her secret. He knows almost everything about it because Reed Markham is the agent who found her alive all those years ago. He is now all but washed-up after his last case; a case that he blew, leaving a little boy dead. But when Ellie calls him for help, he goes to her, but not officially. Ellery doesn’t concern herself with his mistakes. He saved her once. She is willing to put her hope in his hands to save her again before another person is taken during The Vanishing Season.
To be a relatively short novel, Schaffhausen included a good bit of information. The back story of Ellie and the Coben case is skillfully woven in among the details of the current case, giving just enough information to help lead the reader to a few details without giving away too much at one time.
Ellie and Reed are both damaged. Ellie is damaged by the Coben case, obviously, and Reed by all of the cases on which he worked. They not only damaged him but is marriage as well. As he put it “I did not cheat on my wife with any live women…I saved the best parts of myself for the job.” So when I read about both of them I immediately had a strong desire to help them, keep them both safe, and see that they were both better at the end of this case. You’ll have to read the book to see if that happened.
This is a really good book by a new author and I look forward to any future books by her. Have any of you read it? If so, what do you think?
- The Vanishing Season by Joanna Schaffhausen
- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Paperback: Not yet released
- Kindle: 3282 KB
- Audiobook: 8 hours and 57 minutes; Narrated by
- Publisher: Minotaur Books (December 5, 2017)
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