I've seen this gorgeous book around IG, but somehow, it got lost in my TBR. 😢 However, it popped up during Kate Moretti's week on the Tall Poppy Writers' Bloom page (a super cool FB place where authors connect with readers, and each week, a different author hosts discussions). The timing couldn't have been better, because I was in the mood for a chilling thriller. I read the first few chapters over a couple of days, and then finished the last 70% in one night, staying up waaaaay too late. The sleepy day was totally worth it, so you know I had to paint my nails! Haha!
The back jacket, from Goodreads:
Zoe Whittaker is living a charmed life. She is the beautiful young wife to handsome, charming Wall Street tycoon Henry Whittaker. She is a member of Manhattan’s social elite. She is on the board of one of the city’s most prestigious philanthropic organizations. She has a perfect Tribeca penthouse in the city and a gorgeous lake house in the country. The finest wine, the most up-to-date fashion, and the most luxurious vacations are all at her fingertips.
What no one knows is that five years ago, Zoe’s life was in danger. Back then, Zoe wasn’t Zoe at all. Now her secrets are coming back to haunt her. As the past and present collide, Zoe must decide who she can trust before she—whoever she is—vanishes completely.
The Vanishing Year combines the classic sophistication of Ruth Rendell and A.S.A. Harrison with the thoroughly modern flair of Jessica Knoll. Told from the point-of-view of a heroine who is as relatable as she is enigmatic, The Vanishing Year is an unforgettable new novel by a rising star of the genre.
Right away, THE VANISHING YEAR drew me in with its sense of unease. Zoe's husband seemed sketchy from the get-go and Zoe remained alert at all times, constantly evaluating other characters' behaviour, along with her environment. Happy, content people with nothing to hide don't normally do that, so it was clear that Zoe wasn't the most reliable narrator.
Side Note: WOOOOOT!! UNRELIABLE NARRATORS ARE MY FAVOURITE OF ALL NARRATORS! 😍
My uneasy feelings continued to grow, thanks to the perfectly-placed flashback chapters, and before long, I suspected every single person in Zoe's inner circle. Twists abounded in THE VANISHING YEAR and my point-of-no-return came rather quickly, hence my sleepless night, and then something so insane happened that I had to use every ounce of willpower in my possession to not shake my hubs awake and scream: "I CANNOT BELIEVE WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THIS BOOK."
For reals. I...I don't know what else to say. The twisty plot knocked me on my ass, which is extra impressive because I was already horizontal. And they weren't "I didn't see that coming but now that I look back, it makes sense," kind of twists, either. Nope, Kate Moretti presented some straight-up literary awesome-ness, served with a side of "shut up, oh no she didn't," and it was the greatest thing ever.
So if you love psychological thrillers, add this one to your list and then read it right away. Call in sick to work if you can't function on very little sleep because once you get past the first few chapters of THE VANISHING YEAR, you won't be able to put it down. Prepare your life accordingly. Haha! (But seriously.)
For this mani, I used:
OPI - Give Me Space and Towel Me About It
China Glaze - Too Yacht To Handle and The Outer Edge
Glisten and Glow - HK Girl Topcoat
Black latex paint
Makeup sponge and trimmed striping brush