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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

BLOG TOUR & REVIEW: Gone Without A Trace by Mary Tojussen


by Mary Tojussen

Thrilled to be today's blog tour stop for this psychological thriller


GONE WITHOUT A TRACE by Mary Torjussen is a chilling psychological thriller about a woman whose boyfriend has vanished. Fans of I LET YOU GO and THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN will be gripped.

No one ever disappears completely...

You leave for work one morning.

Another day in your normal life.

Until you come home to discover that your boyfriend has gone.
His belongings have disappeared.
He hasn't been at work for weeks.
It's as if he never existed.

But that's not possible, is it?

And if he has gone without a trace why do you still feel that someone is watching you?

How far would you go to find the one that got away?

From the imprint that published Fiona Barton’s instant New York Times bestseller The Widow and Clare Mackintosh’s global phenomenon I Let You Go, comes Mary Torjussen’s GONE WITHOUT A TRACE (Berkley Trade Paperback Original; 978-0-399-58501-2; April 18, 2017; $16.00) — an electric, compulsive thriller about a boyfriend’s unexplained disappearance, and its corrosive effects on the woman he left behind.

In GONE WITHOUT A TRACE, young professional Hannah returns from work to find her live-in boyfriend, Matt, is gone. His belongings have disappeared from their house. Every call she ever made, every text she ever sent, every photo of him and any sign of him on social media have vanished. It’s as though their last four years together never happened. As she struggles to get through the next few days, with humiliation and recriminations whirring through her head, she knows she’ll do anything to get answers. Where has he gone? Why has he left?

Then the messages start—cryptic and creepy texts and videos—and Hannah realizes that someone is watching her every move. And there are signs that someone has been in her house.
As her search for Matt progresses, Hannah treads further into madness and obsession—and the only way out is to come to terms with the one shocking truth she just can’t accept. . .

For anyone who has ever asked “Was it something I did?” GONE WITHOUT A TRACE brings to chilling light the doubt, fear, and obsession that can lie dormant in our most intimate relationships.

Shari LapenaNew York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door, says: “Gone Without a Trace has one of the most interesting narrators I’ve ever come across.”


Mary Torjussen has an MA in Creative Writing from Liverpool John Moores University. She worked for several years as a teacher and lives outside of Liverpool, where Gone Without a Trace is set.


This novel keeps you guessing for the entire first half.  I'm turning pages (or swiping left) as fast as my eyes can read.  Why did Matt leave? Why can't Hannah find him?  How did he manage to erase ALL traces? Is that even possible?  Watching Hannah spiral in her obsession to find him, not knowing if she's completely crazy or if someone really is messing with her really kept my interest.  Then we get some answers and the novel seems to take a wide turn in a different direction.  Still engaging, but certain parts felt repetitive and dragged a bit here and there.  Seeing how everything came together was pretty fascinating and I absolutely love the entire premise and where the author took it.  I just wish it had been a little more seamless - I needed just a tad more integration from the first half to the second.  Certain areas felt a bit abrupt but I do love Mary Torjussen's mind.  And that ending.  Yes, please and thank you. :D 

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