Gone Without a Trace Book Review *Mary Torjussen*

May 31, 2017 by

Gone Without a Trace Book Review *Mary Torjussen*


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 there is worse still to come.

Because just as you are searching for him
someone is also watching you.


Gone Without a Trace by Mary Torjussen is an intriguing mystery thriller with a narrator who may or may not be reliable ala Gone Girl. You will keep guessing to the very end on whether the missing boyfriend is indeed missing or mentally terrorizing the heroine. Or maybe another sinister person is responsible? Readers will probably enjoy this roller coaster read, but as the heroine deteriorates, your sympathy for her situation may also because of her obsession on finding out why her boyfriend has disappeared.

Hannah is on the road to success. She is close to getting a promotion at her job, and lives with a wonderful man, Matt, who she’s been with for three years. When she returns home from a business trip, Matt isn’t there. Any evidence of his time there is gone, from the furniture to his clothes, including pictures and any emails and texts Hannah has. He hasn’t even left a Dear Jane letter to explain why he left her. Hannah doesn’t understand why Matt would be so cruel and erase himself from her life. Instead of moving on, she plans on finding Matt and why he left her.

As Hannah spends most of her time and energy searching for answers, strange things start happening to her. She’s sent anonymous pictures and letters, including text message from an unknown number. When she returns home, flowers and plants have changed, and things have been rearranged. Her best friend Kate, at first is very supportive, but then distances herself when Hannah continues to obsess over Matt, which causes her to almost lose her job and respects of her co-workers. The big question is, who is trying to drive her crazy, and if it’s Matt, why?

Gone Without a Trace has an, OMG ending I didn’t expect. When things are truly revealed about Hannah and Matt’s relationship, you appreciation the reasoning for everything and the why’s. The way Hannah handled Matt’s disappearance and her investigation into the man she loved keeps your interest, but eventually Hannah’s emotional breakdown, if it can be called that, may turn the reader off. You can understand why Hannah wants to know where Matt is and why he left her. If I were in her shoes, I would want to know also, but the way Hannah handles certain situations are questionable. The reason for this possible disconnect is a big spoiler, which occurs at the end.

Gone Without a Trace reads like a screenplay, and one I could see as a movie. It did hold my interest until the very end, although I wanted to shake Hannah at one point because she couldn’t handle the unanswered questions regarding Matt. But at least the readers learn everything, and you’ll be surprised about Matt and the aftermath of his disappearance and the consequences that have a big ripple effect, especially on Hannah. (Berkley)

Final Grade: C+


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