Review of THE VANISHING SEASON by Joanna Schaffhausen

Ellery Hathaway is a deputy in the small town of Woodbury, Massachusetts, but she has a dark secret. As a teen-anger, she was kidnapped and tortured by serial murderer Francis Coben and she survived, She was the only survivor because of FBI agent Reed Markham who doggedly followed the clues and found her before Coben could kill her. Now, each year on her birthday, Ellie is getting a strange birthday card and someone else is missing from her small town. She is convinced that someone like Coben is taking these people, so she contacts Reed and he comes to town to help follow the clues again. Ellie risks her job and her life to save the lives of others, but is she actually the one who is perpetrating these crimes? Reed is on leave from the FBI because of the stress of the job, and this is not a restful vacation for him. The macabre acts of Coben, cutting off the hands of his victims, is being repeated. Why? Coben is still on death row in an Indiana prison so it can’t be him. The twists in this thriller will have you reading late into the night and checking to make sure the doors and windows are locked.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”




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