Zoe Whittaker never thought that she would be married to a Wall Street tycoon, but here she is. Married to Henry Whittaker, a man that she never thought she would be lucky enough to find. Zoe hasn't had an easy life - she was adopted and when her mother was dying she turned to drugs and a life of crime. When that fell apart Zoe testified against some scary men, changed her name and moved across the country, where she met Henry. Now that she has gotten settled into a life of luxury Zoe wants to find her real mother, but the closer she gets to finding the truth the weirder things get with Henry. He is becoming more and more controlling. Throwing accusations around like confetti and won't let Zoe into locked rooms at their cabin. When their home is broken into, Zoe is convinced that the men she testified against have come to get their revenge or does it have something to do with the secrets that Henry has been keeping.
I almost gave up on The Vanishing Year a couple of times. It wasn't gripping me in the way that I had hoped. I think I am just a bit weary of the controlling, abusive, jerky husband character that has been so popular with this year's crop of books. Henry was a jerk. A big jerk and Zoe let him get away with being a jerk. But at the same time, she would go behind his back to meet up with the handsome reporter who was helping her find her mother. None of that makes for a healthy marriage. Then there is Zoe's past behavior that has her constantly looking over her shoulder. Not exactly the pillar of society that she is projecting. Zoe gets herself into a pretty precarious situation but is saved by the least likely person. CLICK HERE FOR SPOILERS.
Bottom line - I was hoping for a great psychological thriller and I had a hard time connecting with the story, the characters. I have been hearing a lot of good things about this book, so maybe it is just me.