What I’m Reading: The Night They Vanished

I haven’t been in a reading mood lately…or should I say audiobook mood lately but I had a book become available from my waitlist and decided I better just listen to it. I’ll admit, I didn’t start the book wholeheartedly into it. I was just killing time.

The book is The Night They Vanished by Vanessa Savage. This is the first book by this author. When writing this review I checked it out and she has two other books.

I was a little surprised…I actually started getting into the book and really wanted to be listening. Remember, I started a little reluctantly.

I started this on a Saturday and ended up finishing it on a Sunday. It had me wanting to know more.

One of my favorite things about the book is that I felt it was more believable than many whodunits. Something happens in the past that makes a teenage daughter run away. Despite her trying, 15 years later the younger sister gets entangled with questionable people which makes the past come directly into the future. The book could have likely been told at a faster pace but I was sewing and didn’t mind at all.

I guessed early on who the “bad guy” was but there was still enough mystery that it just might be someone else that I kept reading. Then once I knew for sure, I was a bit attached to the sisters and wanted to see when they would realize who the true bad guy was. It kept me wanting more…and the ending…it wrapped up the book. That’s always an added bonus.

Here is what Amazon has to say:
Hanna has barely spoken to her family since the tragedy that rocked their lives 14 years ago. The tragedy for which they held Hanna responsible.

Then she sees her family home listed as the scene of a horrific crime. Number of victims: three. Date of crime: today. Frantic, Hanna tries to contact her family, only to find they have disappeared.

To find them, Hanna will have to confront what happened all those years ago.

And the person determined to make her pay for it….”

Surprisingly, Amazon readers only gave the book 4.0 stars. That really surprised me. I think I would give it 4.4. I ended up reading some of the comments and one reader said there were too many “bad men” in the book. True there were several but I think that helped keep the reader guessing as to who the criminal might be. One review said the book should have been sped up a bit. I can see that but it wasn’t bad.

You can find the book HERE if you are interested.

I’m curious. Have any of you read it? What did you think?

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