The Vanishing Season by Joanna Schaffhausen

Genre: Thriller/Mystery/Suspense/Crime.

Published On: 5th December, 2017.

Print Length: 288 Pages.

Rating: 4.3/5.

About The Author: Joanna Schaffhausen is a scientific editor who spends her days immersed in research on potential new therapies for cancer, addiction, and neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. Previously, she worked as an editorial producer for ABC News, where she advised and wrote for programs such as World News Tonight, Good Morning America, and 20/20. She lives in the Boston area with her husband and daughter. The Vanishing Season is her first novel.

About The Book: Winner of the Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competition, Joanna Schaffhausen’s accomplished debut “The Vanishing Season” will grip readers from the opening page to the stunning conclusion.

Ellery Hathaway is a police officer in a sleepy town of Woodbury is the only surviving victim of a serial kidnapper. Agent Reed Markham is a washed-up FBI agent who rose to fame by rescuing Ellery 14 years ago. Now the history is repeating itself in the quiet town and sucks in both the key players of the famous Coben case.

Review: Reading this book, it is hard to believe that this is the author’s first novel. The way the characters are developed with their realistic flaws is what makes the novel look like the work of an experienced professional. I finished this novel in less than 24 hours, that’s how hooked I was. Each chapter ends at a cliffhanger that just makes you want to keep going. The story gripped me right from the excellently written prologue and even though I figured out who the killer was when I was three-fourths of the way through, it was not off-putting one bit. There was humor in all the right places and the book was anything but dry. Personally having grown up reading Enid Blyton’s “Secret Seven” and “Famous Five” and then Frank W. Dixon’s “Hardy Boys”, I found this book a little nostalgic and it was a pleasant trip down memory lane. If she writes another book, I’ll definitely be one of the first ones to read it. If you are looking to read some crime/thriller, you should definitely give The Vanishing Season a chance. You won’t be disappointed.

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