The Vanishing Hour, a review by Sherry

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The Vanishing Hour
Seraphina Nova Glass

285 pages
Graydon House
published May 30, 2023

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Before I mention the book, how about that cover?  It grabbed my attention and screamed R E A D M E!!!  Am I right? I could not say no.

This was a rollercoaster of a ride.  A mother searching for her missing daughter.  A son searching for his missing father.  A previously abducted survivor trying to keep under the radar.  Could they all be related?  Of course they could be when you are reading a thriller.  But are they in this thriller?  There is no shortage of suspects in this one.  It is a very slow burn that is quite dark and disturbing.  I’d say it was both a little predictable but had a few twists I did not see coming.

It is expertly plotted and well written, keeping all the plotlines in check and not leaving any of them dangling.  While I did pick up on what was going on, there was enough doubt to make me continue to second guess my thoughts.  As much as I am not a fan of a really slow burn, this one was a five star read for me through most of the book, but the end was a little flat.  I won’t go into any detail on this, but I had a moment of huh.  But even with that, I enjoyed the read and it did not change my overall thoughts.

I liked the POV characters.  I accepted the slow pace because I was invested in the characters and the story.  It is a little heavier than your typical beach read, but worth your time if you love slow burn suspense.

About the book

Grace Holloway keeps to herself. Since narrowly escaping death at the hands of the man who kidnapped her, she’s thrown herself into the small inn she runs in Rock Harbor, Maine. It’s quiet, quaint and, in the off-season, completely isolated—the perfect place for Grace to keep her own secrets.

But Grace isn’t the only one with something to hide, and Rock Harbor isn’t just a sleepy vacation town. Someone is taking young women—girls who look an awful lot like Grace did when she was kidnapped so many years ago.

When a surge of disappearances brings the investigation to her door, Grace finds herself unwillingly at the center of it all and doing everything she can to keep her distance. Because Grace knows something…something that could change everything. And when the truth comes to light, getting justice for the vanished might be more than Grace can handle alone…


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