Abrupt Absconsion

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You come home to your loved ones every day, but what if one day all trace of them had disappeared? Gone Without a Trace by Mary Torjussen follows Hannah’s search to find her boyfriend after he and all of his things have been suddenly removed from her life.

Hannah is a hardworking accountant who’s been working toward earning a promotion, which will be sure to please her father. Hannah’s boyfriend Matt lives with her and after a day in Oxford for work and hearing promising news about her potential upcoming promotion, she can’t wait to get home and celebrate with him. But when she gets home, he’s not there and neither are any of his belongings. It’s as if he’d never been there at all. Frantic, Hannah begins to search for clues as to where Matt has gone and why he would have left her. Sacrificing her job, friendships, and health, Hannah is determined to get answers no matter the cost.

With short chapters, the story moves along at a decent pace, but I found I wasn’t compelled to keep reading to find out what would happen next as the suspense wasn’t too great as there were ample details to indicate what’s happened and who all was involved. It was an interesting change of pace to see a female as the aggressor committing abuse toward her partner, but Hannah wasn’t a redeemable or enjoyable character at all – she was entirely irrational, over emotional, and just an all-around mess instead of the psychologically complex and interesting character she could have been.

Overall, I’d give it a 3 out of 5 stars.

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