In the Vanishing Hour, a review by Shelley

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Sarah Beth Martin

BooksGoSocial | Encircle Publications, LLC
Publishing October 19, 2022
310 pages

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This is a slow burner of a historical mystery with two timelines, one is 1959 and the other fifteen years later in 1974. The two timeline format has always been a favourite of mine and I always seem to like the before chapters best. It gives the reader a feel for what set up the more recent situation and the reason everything happened the way it did. We also get two points of view, another format I enjoy. In this case, we get into the mindset of Frances and Harris.

The earlier timeline is about the suspicious missing person death of Frances’ co-worker, Gwen…whom she actually starts to mimic and look like. And Harris just happens to be around Gwen when she disappears. I loved how hauntingly beautiful the writing was, it was also very descriptive in nature and I could easily visualize the setting, clothing, and buildings in my imagination.

This is a well-written, imaginative story that made me wistful for days gone by and I would definitely read more of this author’s work, even if I did find the pacing a tad on the slower side.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the Advance Readers Copy.

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