The Vanishing Season

The Vanishing Season

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Baker & Taylor
An award-winning first novel follows the experiences of a police officer who hides her identity as a serial killer's only surviving victim while overseeing petty crime in a sleepy community where the disappearances of three people on a fateful anniversary compels the officer to reach out to the FBI agent who saved her years earlier.

McMillan Palgrave

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 knows a thing or two about serial killers, but not through her police training. She's an officer in sleepy Woodbury, MA, where a bicycle theft still makes the newspapers. No one there knows she was once victim number seventeen in the grisly story of serial killer Francis Michael Coben. The only one who lived.

When three people disappear from her town in three years—all around her birthday—Ellery fears someone knows her secret. Someone very dangerous. Her superiors dismiss her concerns, but Ellery knows the vanishing season is coming and anyone could be next. She contacts the one man she knows will believe her: the FBI agent who saved her from a killer all those years ago.

Agent Reed Markham made his name and fame on the back of the Coben case, but his fortunes have since turned. His marriage is in shambles, his bosses think he's washed up, and worst of all, he blew a major investigation. When Ellery calls him, he can’t help but wonder: sure, he rescued her, but was she ever truly saved? His greatest triumph is Ellery’s waking nightmare, and now both of them are about to be sucked into the past, back to the case that made them...with a killer who can't let go.

& Taylor

Ellery Hathaway, a police officer who hides her identity as a serial killer's only surviving victim, fears that someone has discovered her secret when three people from her quiet town disappear, and reaches out to the FBI agent who saved her years earlier for help.

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250126047
Branch Call Number: FIC Schaf
Characteristics: viii, 274 pages ; 25 cm


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Jan 15, 2018

I thought this book was vastly overrated.
The pace was slow, the characters' relationships were unbelievable, and the plot has been done to death. Two of the main characters go from just jumping out of bed to hurling hateful barbs at each other in the course of a few pages. It felt like the author just randomly picked someone to be the villain, at the end.
Very disappointing.

Dec 20, 2017

I really enjoyed this book. It sucks you in immediately and the characters are interesting. It's a quick, easy read - highly recommend for travel and vacation reading. I appreciate the unique perspective of the main character. It's nice to have a generally voiceless 'victim' have a voice and drive the action of her own story. I hope we get more stories from the author in this universe.

Nov 21, 2017

A tense atmospheric thriller with a couple of great MC's.

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