Welcome to Dark Reads stop on the Random Things Tour for Without A Trace by Carissa Ann Lynch. Many thanks to Anne and Killer Reads for inviting me to take part.
Don’t forget to check out the other bloggers on the tour and my blog partner for the day The Caffeinated Reader!
About The Book
A little girl has gone missing.
Lily was last seen being tucked into bed by her adoring mother, Nova. But the next morning, the bed is empty except for a creepy toy rabbit.
Has Nova’s abusive ex stolen his “little bunny” back for good?
At first, Officer Ellie James assumes this is a clear custody battle. Until she discovers that there are no pictures of the girl and her drawers are full of unused toys and brand new clothes that have never been worn…
Is Ellie searching for a missing child who doesn’t actually exist?
- Paperback: 380 Pages
- Publisher: Killer Reads
- ISBN-10: 0008324514
- ISBN-13: 978-0008324513
Dark Reads Review
This story starts with Nova, who is in hiding from her abusive husband with their daughter Lilly. On the first night in hiding Nova awakes to find Lilly gone, has she been taken by Nova’s ex Martin?
I enjoy a story that is told in the first person, I think it helps build a real insight into the characters. The first note I made when I started reading this was that I really liked the way the story was told in the first person, from three main POV’s; The Mother – Nova, The Neighbor – Clara and The Cop – Ellie. The chapters were short and each was told from one of the three POV’s.
As the story progressed the question is raised, is there actually a child? Nova is clearly distraught and seems emotionally unstable, her ex Martin says she is the abusive one and she is delusional, they don’t have a child together and there is seemingly no evidence of a child….
I think I must have changed my mind on what I thought was going on at least every other chapter of this book. This was defiantly a page turner, I needed to find out what was going on!
My only niggle was around some small parts of the plot. I won’t go into detail as I don’t want to spoil anything, but for me, if I am reading a straight Crime Thriller (meaning no Horror or Supernatural elements) the small details need to be 100% believable, there were certain aspects that I felt weren’t. Having said that, it didn’t spoil the reading experience and I enjoyed the story overall.
This was a fast paced Crime Thriller, that had me wondering who was telling the truth, what was going on and page turning to find out. It kept me guessing right up until the end!
If you like a quick Crime Thriller with lots of mystery you should definitely check Without A Trace out!
Without A Trace will be available from tomorrow. Grab a copy from Amazon.
About The Author
Carissa Ann Lynch is the USA Today bestselling author of My Sister is Missing, Flocksdales Files trilogy, Horror High series, Searching for Sullivan, Shades and Shadows, Midnight Moss, This Is Not About Love, 13 anthology, Twisted anthology and Without A Trace.
She resides in Floyds Knobs, Indiana with her family and collection of books. With a background in psychology and corrections, she’s always been a little obsessed with the darker areas of the human mind.