Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review. This has not changed my opinion in any way.
As much as I love Young Adult books, I’m always trying to broaden my horizon – so they say – and sometimes pick up a book, not in that genre. I love thrillers and mystery books, so when I saw this book on the First to Read website, I decided to request it.
In Gone Without a Trace, we meet Hannah, who comes home one day to find her boyfriend, Matt, has disappeared. All of his belongings, pictures of him and even his phone number (and all messages) have vanished. Hannah is determined to find out what happened, and desperately want to bring Matt home. Maybe a bit too desperately.
I finished this book within a day, that’s how thrilling it was. At least, the beginning was, and the ending as well. Honestly, the middle part of the book fell a bit flat in my opinion, and it felt repetitive and sometimes kind of boring. I didn’t want to know about Hannah’s father’s affair or a possible romance between two of her colleagues. I wanted to know what happened to Matt, where he was and why he had left. That is why the ending was amazing to me, and partly what caused me to give it four stars rather than three.
At first, I was with Hannah, thinking Matt just left her and did a really good job at not wanting to be found. After a while, however, I started to think ‘what if someone killed him and got rid of all evidence’, or ‘what if something supernatural is going on’. I suspected everyone, literally everyone. The fact that someone was stalking Hannah, making her think Matt was still around got me even more on the ‘Matt’s dead and Hannah is next’ team. That’s what I love about these books, you never really know what happened until you get to the ending. And then you’re in for a surprise.
[spoiler]I thought this book did a pretty good job at surprising me. I had not expected at all for Hannah to be the reason Matt left. This is, as far as I remember, the first time I read something where the woman was the abuser rather than the man, and I think that’s very good – it shows that men can be abused too and women can be abusers as much as men can.[/spoiler]
Unfortunately, my main problem with this book was not the ‘boring’ middle part, but the main character. I didn’t like Hannah at all. I thought she was annoying, and while I too would like to know what happened to my boyfriend in her situation, in my opinion, she often took it too far. She was downright obsessed with finding Matt and bringing him home. Up until the point where she nearly lost her job, because she raced home thinking Matt might be there. [spoiler]Honestly this was explained later on in the book, but that only made me hate her more of course.[/spoiler] Out of all ‘main’ characters, I think I liked James – Katie’s boyfriend – the most, but of course, I spent a while suspecting him of things as well.
The writing was great, and I honestly enjoyed the book overall, but I think some parts of the book could have been scrapped, and it would still have been a great and above all thrilling book. I am curious for more of Mary’s work, and I might check out one of her other books soon, but Gone Without a Trace was a good book to start with.
If you’re a fan of Gone Girl or The Girl on the Train, I definitely recommend this book to you!
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