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Without a Trace

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  2,091 ratings  ·  177 reviews
The compelling new novel from the international number 1 bestselling author.

Coronation Day, 1953.

Molly Heywood has always been a pillar of strength for her local community, so when her friend Cassie fails to attend the Coronation Day party in the village, it is Molly who heads out in the rain to look for her.

But nothing can prepare Molly for what she is going to discover.

Hardcover, 416 pages
Published May 7th 2015 by Penguin Books
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Miriam Smith
Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I instantly fall in love with a Lesley Pearce book as soon as I read the very first page. I have read most of her powerful, poignant and emotional dramas and find them a delight to read. As always the author covers every emotion possible in her professionally written novels. "Without a Trace" pulled me in instantly and made it impossible to put down.
Lesley always has parts in her books that have your heart fluttering with joy or your breath gasping in trepidation and this one was no exception.
Emma Crowley
Apr 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Hands down Lesley Pearse is my favourite author ever. I own everything she has written and as soon as I finish her latest release I am left bereft wondering how on earth can I wait a year for my next fix? Lesley is an author you can trust to take you away from the stresses and strains of everyday life and provide you with a spellbinding tale that leaves you captivated for several hours. Without a Trace is amazingly Lesley's 23rd novel which is testament to what a spectacular author she is and th ...more
Mar 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Set in the 1950s and beginning on Coronation Day in 1953, Without A Trace is a story populated by colourful characters who the reader will really care about.

Molly Heywood lives in a small Somerset village. Molly is a kind, warm and loving girl despite living with her brutish, violent and critical father and her timid, nervous mother. Molly's sister Emily fled the family home as soon as she turned sixteen, and Molly longs to escape too, but would never leave her mother alone with that awful man.

Nov 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars.

This was my first book by this author, and I don't think that I will bother reading any more. It was just ok. I liked the idea of the story - a young woman kept under the thumb by an abusive father, discovers the body of her friend - but - stranger, and her friend's daughter missing. It could have been a stunning tale of suspense. Instead it seemed a series of events only sort of linked together, a lot of conveniently timed things (deus ex machina really), and that style of writing whi
May 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio
Enjoyable and light-hearted (serious issues dealt with in a kindly manner!). A bit of family drama and a bit of mystery. This is a good story but nothing spectacular.
Nov 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: friend-book
I like Lesley Pearce books but found this one slow,molly is a good character but it was okay story for me.
May 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing

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Without a Trace is Lesley Pearse’s 23rd novel, which is a fantastic achievement. Without a Trace is also the first book of Lesley’s I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading and if her other books are anywhere near as strong as this one, which I’m pretty convinced they are, I’m in for such a treat when I go back and read them. Without a Trace was an incredibly captivating read and I mean it when I say I don’t think another book has gripped me t
Sep 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Wow, I really expected this book to be a very slow moving and a simple tale of love but I was very pleasantly surprised at the depth of the story. It did have some obvious goodies and baddies but had some unexpected twists and turns to keep you guessing and so I found that I had to keep going and even started reading for longer each day because I needed to know just how it all ended. I did get confused at one point on page 102 because it stated that Molly had been given a map by George to help h ...more
Jean Overbeck
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
Am I the only person who hated this book? It is a ridiculous, unbelievable story full of one-dimensional characters. We are reminded constantly that the heroine, Molly, is loved by everyone, is kind, generous and can do no wrong. When she is fired from her job it is because her supervisor is jealous that she is loved by everyone!! It seems unlikely that someone who grew up with a violent father and timid mother would have turned out so well. All the other characters in the book are either good o ...more
Apr 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
A fan of Lesley's books, she is now an automatic buy for me. I didn't find this as compelling as her older books but after a slow start, the book did grab me thankfully. If you are after a good, easy read you will enjoy. Probably a three and a half for me but will round it up to 4!!
Mar 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another great read from Lesley Pearse. Review to follow.
3/5 Stars

Another enjoyable read from Lesley Pearse. Kept me guessing who did it and it certainly wasn't one without it's fair share of drama's.
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
She sure knows how to keep you page turning. Such a heart warming story woven with sadness and intrigue. A young girl with an abusive father and a loving but weak mother goes against all odds to solve a mystery and find love.
Jul 30, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having being introduced to Lesley Pearse by my Gran, I've been a fan of her work for many years but it's been some time since I've read one of her novels. So having an email wondering if I would like to review Without A Trace, I certainly wasn't going to let it slip!

We meet Molly Heywood a girl in her early twenties tied to working in her unbearable wife beating father's shop, without the company of her mother Molly would've left years ago. Having discovered her friend Cassie on Coronation Day
K.M. Lowe
Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Lesley Pearse... Well, well, well... I'm not going to explain the story, because it will give it sway for anyone that hasn't read it yet. Crime, murder, abduction, poverty and yet Molly still manages to get a happy ending. I never in a month of Sunday's expected any of the outcomes in this book. I really loved the Belle trilogy by Lesley, but this to me was the best I've read by her. I can't wait to figure out what books I'm still to read by her, because they're all fab reads. My bookshelf is fu ...more
Heather Manerakis
Oct 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Pretty amateur in its style. At some points it was just boring and other times I was really into it. Still, the random dropping of characters without decent explanation really irritated me and the mystery was juvenile and predictable. Don't think I'll pick up another one of this authors books but can't say I didn't like this one either. Decent beach read
Mar 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
After 22 amazing books, once again my favourite author Lesley Pearse does not disappoint with her latest book Without a Trace, superb writing I loved it!
Liz Balaam
Jul 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Unfortunately not my favourite by Lesley Pearse. I also found a number of editing issues and the heroine was a bit of a drip.
Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
Another excellent read from one of my favourite authors.
May 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
A slow start with this book but I soon got drawn into the story of Molly - the murder of Cassie and Petal disappearance - with a tanled love story along the way. A classic saga.
Deborah O'Regan
Aug 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great book by a great author Lesley Pearse never fails to deliver...
Ruby Boyer
Oct 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I love lesley pearse!
Valerie Campbell Ackroyd
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a fun read. I liked the setting, 1950s Somerset, and the heroine, Molly, was very endearing and engaging. The story has plenty of twists and turns, beginning in a small village in rural England (Somerset, a county I know well), middling in London and the East End (shades of Call the Midwife there) and ending in Rye, a town near Hastings.

The storyline features Molly's increasing independence from her abusive father, her search for answers to why her friend Cassie was murdered and what h
Elizabeth Ducie
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Molly breaks away from home and her cruel father to investigate the murder of her friend and to trace the little girl who has disappeared without trace. The setting, in 1950s Britain is beautifully portrayed. This is a heartwarming story with lots of twists and turns. Some parts of the story were obvious and inevitable, but welcome nonetheless. Other parts took me completely by surprise. An easy read, but a satisfying one.
Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this. Set just after the war with interesting characters and a very good story line to keep me reading. Really cute as it’s written in the language of the time it’s set in. Lovely ending.
Aug 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Without a Trace by Lesley Pearse was a highly evocative novel, draped in mystery and positively brimming with fierce desperation, powerful love and utter triumph. This is the first novel by this author that I have had the pleasure of reading and I'm thrilled to announce that it certainly won't be the last. I was taken on such a twisting, turning journey throughout my reading of Without a Trace, wrung completely of emotion and breath, so mu
Kathryn Parry
Apr 22, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Such a boring story. The murder is more of a back story rather than the main focus and tea is the centre of every drama.
Suze Lavender
May 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Molly Heywood is the sweetest girl in Sawbridge. Unfortunately she doesn't come from a happy home. Her father is an aggressive man and he's bullying Molly and her mother. Molly runs his shop for him and he doesn't pay her for her work. It's Coronation Day 1953 and Molly is helping with the festivities in the village. Her friend Cassie and her six-year-old daughter Petal don't show up, so Molly leaves the party to look for them. When she arrives at their home she finds Cassie dead on the floor an ...more
May 24, 2015 rated it liked it
It is Coronation day 1953 and in the Somerset village of Sawbridge, grocer’s daughter Molly Heywood notices that her friend’s daughter, Petal, is not at the children’s party that she has organised. Molly slips out and cycles up into the wood where Cassie and 6 year old Petal live.
What greets Molly is shocking – her friend is lying dead on the hearth whilst Petal is missing. Disappointed in the police investigation in her friend’s death and the search for missing Petal, Molly decides to take mat
Angie Rhodes
Apr 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
I was lucky enough to get to read and review this before it's due date.
Molly is a sweet young woman , who lives in the village of Sawbridge in Somerset, with her bully of a father and downtrodden mum, working long hours in the family grocery shop.
Molly has become good friends with Cassie and her pretty little daughter Petal. who are both shunned by some of the villagers because Petal is half cast and Cassie unmarried,
It;s the day of the Coronation. 1953 and Cassie hasn;t arrived to join in t
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Lesley Pearse is one of the UK's best-loved novelists with fans across the globe and sales of over 2 million copies of her books to date. A true storyteller and a master of gripping storylines that keep the reader hooked from beginning to end, Pearse introduces you to characters that it is impossible not to care about or forget. There is no formula to her books or easily defined genre. Whether cri ...more
“Brenda had been the landlady of the Pied Horse for twenty years and, as Jack, the village grocer, came in every single day, she knew just how cantankerous, stubborn and mean-spirited he could be. It was a common knowledge that his older daughter, Emily, had left home after a beating and had never been home since. His wife, Mary, was a sweet-natured woman who was well liked by everyone, but she was a bag of nerves and too weak to stand up to such a bully.” 0 likes
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