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Vanished in the Dunes

3.38  ·  Rating details ·  255 ratings  ·  46 reviews
Amos Posner has a lovely house in the upscale Hamptons beach community of eastern Long Island. But recent events in his life are preventing him from enjoying it. His employer, an international trading firm, fired him after making him the scapegoat for some shady business deals. His wife, a highly successful Manhattan lawyer, has not taken kindly to his job situation, and t ...more
Hardcover, 1st, 240 pages
Published July 3rd 2012 by Oceanview Publishing
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Jul 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Amos Posner, it's seems at the start of this story, needs clarity it's clear he is struggling to see through the foggy window of his life.
He was an international trader for years with a large firm but lost his position two years ago. He is married happily? maybe he's about to find out through dark days that follow his meeting with a woman.

His chance encounter on a bus with a attractive woman in a pink and white catapulted his life into a deadly spiral of seduction, deceit and deception.

There ar
Jul 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Vanished in the Dunes is a terrific summer read – completely engaging and keeps you guessing until the very end. Allan Retzky has crafted a story that is filled with suspense and unexpected twists, even up to the last page.

The story begins when Amos Posner, a New Yorker who has been accused of financial impropriety and forced to leave his lucrative job, heads out to the Hamptons to escape the stresses of the city and a troubled marriage with his wife, Sara. While takin
Jul 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Debut author Allan Retzky does a great job spinning his tale of mystery, mayhem and disaster and he does it with an economy of words. In his thrifty use of dialogue he brings me into the life of his main protagonist Amos Posner who’s semi innocent actions brings about the unraveling of his life, a life that was already in turmoil, then his Detective Peter Wisdom comes on the scene to hopefully solve a strange series of events that eventually lead me to an unsuspecting and powerful ending. He gav ...more
Bonna Hicks
Jul 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
My rating..."Meh".

It was okay...not awful...but not great either.

I had a hard time connecting to any of the characters and whenever I don't like characters I don't tend to care what happens to them.

Some parts of the book seemed super obvious...I didn't feel suspense.
It was a different writing style than I'm used too.

Also there were moments when some of the descriptions of things were just plain silly.

"Chief Ferris manages to get all but the last few words out before a drop of yolk from his frie
Karen Rae
Oct 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
The title of the book Vanished in the Dunes by Allan Retzky called to me. It sounde like an exciting I was delighted when I received the book free through Goodreads First Reads! Allan Retzky drew me in with his likable character Amos Posner, who was in a difficult situation. The company he worked for fired him after making him the scapegoat for some business deals. Posners marriage to Sara, who is a successful lawyer was unraveling. Therefore he retreats to the home he built on L ...more
Jul 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads, 2012, mystery
It’s always a good twist that makes a suspenseful story work. Vanished In the Dunes is exactly that book. Written well, great premise, good character development. Perfect for the summer or the beach. Well done Allan Retzky. I liked this one very much. Thanks Goodreads! *** Please note I received this book for free from Goodreads First-reads.
Mar 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
I've enjoyed quite a few books over the last year that a featured Long Island. Enough that I thought I'd take a chance on an author I hadn't heard of Alan Petzky and his book Vanished in the Dunes. This one was just an average read for me as I somehow never warmed up to the main character Amos Posner.
Amos has lost his job and he's hanging on to his marriage to Sara by a thread. When he goes to their beach house, he meets a woman on the bus and things quickly spiral out of control. He makes some
Kathleen Gray
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
You might want to tell Amos Posner just don't do it when he not only takes Heidi home after meeting her on the Hamptons Jitney but then leaves her alone in his house but then this quick and entertaining beach read (hah!) wouldn't exist. Posner has had a lot go wrong lately, not all of it of his own making but now, well he makes some really stupid decisions. Heidi's love interest Stern and then her sister both show up looking for her and Posner has to stay a step ahead of them as well as the poli ...more
Ellie Oberth
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was very well written. Gripping and suspenseful...I couldn't put it down! ...more
Jul 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
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Feb 20, 2014 rated it did not like it
I don't understand all the positive reviews of this book. It is without doubt one of the worst I've ever read. Nothing that happened in the first 50 pages was remotely believable. The characters are weird. The writing, besides needing a copy editor, was just horrible. For example: "He struggles to regain balance, but at the last instant some of the coffee splashes upwards until gravity draws it down onto his chinos where it produces a very predictable and raucous repetition of "sh*t." Wordy and ...more
Norma Wright
Jun 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
"Vanished in the Dunes" by Allan Retzky was, in my opinion, a good read. I don't normally read thrillers or murder mysteries but this book was so different that I really liked it. The characters were believable andthe narration good. The main character, Amos, was in a pathetic situation: he was under federal investigation (his company set him up as the scapegoat), He and his wife were having marital problems. She was living in the city while Amos was living in the Hamptons. Amos' wife suspects h ...more
Jun 27, 2012 rated it liked it
I loved the premise of this book. Actually this book reminded me of the adages "Don't ask what more can go wrong" and "Sometimes you are your own worst enemy". This easily could have been a 4 star read for me.

So why isn't it then. The author chose a 3rd person narrative for the book which really threw the storyline off. Unfortunately, because it was written that way, I had multiple times where I would read and I would literally zone out. It took me forever to get this book read as a result of th
PopcornReads - MkNoah
Book Review & Giveaway: When the publisher sent me Vanished in the Dunes: A Hamptons Mystery by Allan Retzky, my first thought was that it might make a good vacation read. I love taking a suspenseful mystery that’s not too long on vacation – and who doesn’t like to read about a place like the Hamptons? What’s even better is that one lucky reader is going to win an advance readers copy (ARC) of this beach whodunit! Read the rest of my review & enter our giveaway at ...more
Rebecca Rodriguez
Jul 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I love a good thriller! Poor Amos. He's lost his job and his marriage is on the rocks. He meets a beautiful stranger, Heidi. When he finds her dead in his beach home, he hides her body instead of going to the police. The police and her boyfriend believe that he is guilty. He boyfriend is a little too stalkerish for me. Makes me suspicious of him. So many twists and turns. I couldn't put it down. Thanks so much Goodreads for choosing me to receive this book. ...more
Gina Musser
Jul 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways-won
This was a Goodread's Giveaway for me. I started reading this during our 21 hour car ride home from vacation. I enjoy a good mystery and the beginning of this story seemed to flow very nicely for me.
Amos Posner finds himself unemployed, facing potential legal issues from his former employment and a marriage that seems to be on shaky ground. Add in a dead woman and you get a pretty good mystery.
Some parts seemed to drag a little.
Barbara Huskey
Jul 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Won a copy from the Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

This book ended up being quite good and enthralling. It took a little bit to get used to the writing style, but then I became totally hooked. It seemed so predictable, but there were still many little surprises along the way that kept me turning the pages until the end.
Jul 05, 2012 rated it liked it
First Reads Winner. This genre is not one of my favorites but was still an enjoyable read. Not overly predictable with a few nice twists. It was at times a little slow and took me a while to get into the style of writing. I never fully related to any of the characters. However, overall I would say it was a good who-dunnit mystery.
Mar 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was a pleasant surprise. I was looking for a change of pace from the kind of book that I would normally read and picked up this murder mystery (or do you turn on a Kindle book!). Enjoyed this fast paced book. Don't want to give away any of the plot but there were plenty of twists and turns, some expected and some not. Recommended. ...more
Susan Mcdonald
Mar 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Pretty good murder/mystery. The story moved along at a good pace and had a good twist at the end that I didn't see coming. I didn't like Amos, the main character, as I found him a pretty weak man. It's really a story about lust, infatuation and jealousy. It was a quick read though and kept my interest all the way to the end. I would definitely recommend. ...more
David Marshall
Jun 10, 2012 rated it liked it
This is a very competent first novel. It's not the most original of plots but it has good pace and builds to a good climax. It's well worth picking up if you like slightly thrillerish mysteries.
Jul 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was fortunate enough to win this book through a Goodreads giveaway. This book is my cup of tea. Fast moving, twists and turns, likable characters and a little surprise at the end. Highly recommend to anyone who likes a good whodunit story.
Jul 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Vanished in the Dunes is a great summer read. It keeps the reader guessing right up to the last page. Being from Long island, I will never look at the Hamptons the same! Won this copy on Goodreads! Thanks Goodreads!

Sep 13, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
I hate to give up on a book-I really do. I started this one 3 times and just could not get into it. I was exhausted long before page 30. Probably more my fault than the author's.

The words looked good and the plot line seemed great.

It just didn't jell for me.
James Goalder
Mar 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Finished quickly, very engrossing and well written. Normally it bothers me when authors drift to different viewpoints of their characters, but I enjoyed that here. Very nice suspense, enjoyable all the way through.
Jules Kearney
Mar 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
Sounded good for a good summer read. Pretty much an unbelievable story. I don't believe the average person would have reacted that way. Totally suspected the person that did it. Overall, terrible story. ...more
May 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
Was ok. Didn't really love any of the characters and the premise was odd. Who leaves someone they just met alone in their house? I did kind of like the ending though. Was not expecting what the author had in mind. ...more
Martin Waight
Sep 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was very pleasant to read. The plot is good and keeps the reader's interest. I would highly recommend the title.

I was provided with a review copy from NetGalley and am grateful to the publisher and NetGalley for the chance to read this book.
Duffy Pearce
Jan 20, 2014 rated it liked it
It was a fairly fast and entertaining read but I'm not sure I would try getting away with burying a body and bleaching the blood stains out of my floor. He had so many anxieties but never one that whoever killed the stranger in his house might come back for him. ...more
Karen Hilyard
Oct 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
This book was ok, I read through it quickly. The characters were not very likable but they were interesting enough to propel me through to the end of the book. There were many twists and turns and until you get to the last page you are not sure how the mystery will be solved.
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