Friday, June 9, 2023

#Review - The Vanishing Hour by Seraphina Nova Glass #Thrillers #Psychological

Series: Standalone
Format: Paperback, 304 pages
Release Date: May 30, 2023
Publisher: Graydon House
Source: Publisher
Genre: Thrillers / Psychological

Grace Holloway keeps to herself. Since narrowly escaping death at the hands of the man who kidnapped her, she’s thrown herself into the small inn she runs in Rock Harbor, Maine. It’s quiet, quaint and, in the off-season, completely isolated—the perfect place for Grace to keep her own secrets.

But Grace isn’t the only one with something to hide, and Rock Harbor isn’t just a sleepy vacation town. Someone is taking young women—girls who look an awful lot like Grace did when she was kidnapped so many years ago.

When a surge of disappearances brings the investigation to her door, Grace finds herself unwillingly at the center of it all and doing everything she can to keep her distance. Because Grace knows something…something that could change everything. And when the truth comes to light, getting justice for the vanished might be more than Grace can handle alone…

Seraphina Nova Glass's The Vanishing House is twisty suspenseful novel set at an isolated seaside inn perched high on a cliffside outside a small down in a coastal Maine town or Rock Harbor. The perfect place for people to disappear and strangers to pass through. When a string of missing persons brings two strangers to her door, Grace Holloway has to make a choice; get involved, or keep her mouth shut about what she knows thus preventing a successful investigation into recent disappearances.

The story revolves around 3 key characters: Kira Everett, Grace Holloway, and Aden Coleman. Kira, whose young adult daughter Brooke has disappeared from an area called Hemlock Lane has had no success in getting anyone to talk to her. In fact, she has more questions than the police are willing to offer Aden, whose father Martin disappeared without a trace as well, and he has returned to his hometown to find out what is happening. Aden is also dealing with a daughter who likely hates him for being a bad dad.

Grace is  the reclusive manager of the Windmill Inn where Aden rents a room. She is the only one who has survived and escaped this kidnapper. Grace can't let go of the past which makes her something of a recluse with only the local delivery person able to get close to her. So, when Kira and Aden arrive looking for their respected love ones, Grace knows that she may hold the clue as to who is kidnapping and murdering girls. 

As Kira and Aden start investigating what is happening in Rock Harbor, the questions start with who is snatching young women (that look a lot like Grace did many years ago when she was kidnapped)? And is there commonality, or is it random that others are going missing, too? Will Grace be able to put her past behind her, and could what happened to her have something to do with the people going missing in the present? 

It is fair to say that I normally am not a fan of multiple narratives as it tends to take away from the story itself. However, in this case, each of the 3 main characters are all experiencing the same pain, and the same worries, and that gives the story added depth. I requested this story because I had already read 3 of the authors previous works and wanted to see what she can come up with next. Same applies for the next novel she writes.

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