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Gone Without a Trace

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  4,803 ratings  ·  866 reviews
A jaw-dropping novel of psychological suspense that asks, "If the love of your life disappeared without a trace, how far would you go to find out why? "

Hannah Monroe's boyfriend, Matt, is gone. His belongings have disappeared from their house. Every call she ever made to him, every text she ever sent, every photo of him and any sign of him on social media have vanished. I
Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 18th 2017 by Berkley Books
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I don’t even know where to start with this one . . . it should probably be with a warning to continue reading this review at your own risk. It’s not pretty and things might even get a little spoiler-ish, if you read between the lines.

I’m surprised to see such high praise for this book when I find myself sitting on the opposite side of the table, wishing I would’ve had the strength to set it down, early on, and run the other way. This book barely squeaked by with one measly little star from me.

Jan 01, 2017 rated it really liked it

this book is a whole lot of page-turning fun. the synopsis reminded me of Before We Met, another british psychological/domestic suspense novel in which a woman's husband fails to return from a business trip, and the details of his dark past that she discovers as she desperately tries to track him down.

this one is much more complicated and twisty, and it's ultimately more satisfying for the reader, even though there were some bits i didn't love.

it's about a woman named hannah who
Chelsea Humphrey
The premise of this story is absolutely brilliant. Imagine you are going about life, happily living one day to the next, and all of a sudden your significant other vanishes. He doesn't just disappear, but somehow all trace of his livelihood ceases to exist. I don't know about you, but I would be incredibly hurt and extremely curious as to how someone could erase their footprint on this earth so quickly. Had he been planning his Houdini act for months? Why would he just up and leave? What was my ...more
Wendy Darling
3.5 stars Surprisingly interesting, especially towards the end. An entertaining airport-type read, with an intriguing subplot that doesn't surface until you realize what's going on.

Review to come of the audio edition. I'll have to look up the voice actor's name, but she was terrific! It's hard to do Liverpool accents and a variety of male/female voices convincingly.
Diane S ☔
3.5 Hannah Moore is on top of the world, a manager for a group of accountants, her talk so well received, a promotion to director almost a sure thing. She arrives home to, share the wonderful news with her live in boyfriend of four years, Matt but when she enters her home she finds all his things are no longer there.

So the story begins, there are some other revelations she discovers that ratchet up the suspense. How could this happen? Where could he be? First person narration so we watch as her
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wickedly fun read!

****If you haven't read book this yet and plan to, I highly recommend going in completely blind so as not to spoil any of the twists and turns to this plot.***

Hannah returns home from a highly successful business trip, eagerly looking forward to spending time with her boyfriend Matt. But when she opens the door, she finds that all of Matt's things are gone, down to food in the refrigerator that he ate. Not only have his things vanished, but Hannah's old things have been put ba
Hannah is having a great day! She can't wait to get home and tell her boyfriend Matt about how well she did during her training course. Her excitement is dampened when she walks in through her door and notices that everything is rearranged. It looks exactly like it did before Matt moved in. His belongings are gone and her possessions are back in their original places. His social media accounts are deleted and his phone number is disconnected. All remnants of him are gone, even the photos and tex ...more
Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)
Hannah Moore is having a great day at work after finding out she is being considered for a promotion. She cannot wait to get home and share the news with her live-in boyfriend of four years, Matt. When she arrives home, she finds that Matt, along with all of his possessions is missing.

Matt has left no trace of his whereabouts and has completely erased Hannah from his life. His cell phone has been disconnected and all his social media accounts are gone. Files and photos on her computer have also
Apr 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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2.5 stars. 5 stars for the setup and 0 stars for the denouement. There is so little I can say before getting into the territory of spoilers, but here is an attempt at a few non-spoilery thoughts. First person narrator Hannah comes home from a brilliant day at work to find that her live in partner Matthew of four years has disappeared without a trace. All his things are gone. All photos of him are gone. All phone and email messages from him are gone. Hannah is devastated and becomes obsessed with ...more
Apr 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
Gone Without a Trace by Mary Torjussen is a 2017 Berkley publication.

With a big job promotion practically signed and delivered, Hannah can not wait to get home and share her good news with her boyfriend, Matt. But her bubble is immediately popped when she realizes Matt has cleared out all his belongings, and has simply vanished into thin air without a word. His cell phone, their share text messages, everything- completely wiped out.

Hanna quickly becomes obsessed with finding Matt, which places
This is a very strong contender for the worst book I have ever read. I'm not saying that lightly.

Gone Without a Trace is about Hannah, a thirty-something young woman living the dream - she's got a house, a boyfriend, a steady job, and an imminent promotion. Until she comes home one day and finds that her boyfriend Matt has left her, in the most cold and calculated way possible - he's moved out all of his stuff, erased his number from her phone, deleted the pictures of him off her computer, and d
Louise Wilson
Oct 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hannah Munroe has just returned from a successful training course. It was looking like she was going to get a promotion and she could not wait to get home to tell her boyfriend Matt.

When she gets home the house is in darkness and Matt and all his possessions have gone. The next thing she discovers is all his details have been removed from her phone, e-mail etc. It's like Matt never existed. She also finds out that he has not been at his work for weeks. Hannah begins a frantic search to find Matt
Purple Country Girl (Sandy)
I received an e-ARC of Gone Without a Trace from First to Read.


While attending a training course out of town, Hannah Monroe finds out that she’s in line for an amazing promotion at work. All she wants to do is share the news in person with Matt, her boyfriend of four years. Nothing, not even her 200 mile journey home, can dampen her excitement of getting back to Matt and celebrating her fantastic news with him.

That is, until she gets home and finds a disturbing scene: Matt is nowhere to be
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Hannah returned home to the biggest surprise of her life, her boyfriend Matt had packed up every trace of himself from the home that the shared and is gone from her life without a trace. Checking her cell phone to try to call Matt he'd even gotten a hold of it and wiped all texts and numbers so she would have no way to find him.

Without even a picture to remember Matt, Hannah is more than hurt and only wants answers. Hannah's life in the days and weeks that follow Matt's disappearance become com
Diana | Book of Secrets
Hannah's live-in boyfriend, Matt, has suddenly vanished without a trace. Not just his person, but all physical and digital proof of him and their four-year relationship have disappeared. How is that possible? It's enough to drive anyone mad.

I was so intrigued by the premise of this book. How could someone erase his existence like that? I was hooked right away, and the author did a great job pulling the reader into Hannah's crazy obsession over finding Matt. There came a point, though, that I'd h
Frank Phillips
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow.... let's just say that this book was unexpected. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone, however I will say that the ending was a bit unrealistic. The ending, along with the fact that several times throughout the book I really wanted to smack the main character cross her face for how just plain dumb she was acting, kept this book away from being a five star book. That being said, the character development was very strong, I really felt like I got to know all of the main ch ...more
Crime by the Book
3.5/5 stars for this read!!

I'm VERY torn on how to rate this book. Like really, picking a number out of 5 is SO hard - I'd give different parts of the book totally different ratings if I could.

The last 100 pages were just fantastic - gripping and full of major shocks and twists. But the beginning of the book was very repetitive to me. As the story begins, the reader spends a lot of time with main character Hannah as she tries to track down her boyfriend. At the beginning, this was very immersiv
Jasmine from How Useful It Is
About: Gone Without a Trace is a mystery thriller written by Mary Torjussen. It will be published on 4/18/17 by Berkley Publishing, an imprint of Penguin Random House, 352 pages. The genres are mystery, psychological thriller, suspense, adult fiction, and British literature.

My Experience: I started reading Gone Without a Trace on 3/19/17 and finished it on 3/22/17. This book is full of mystery and suspense! I just couldn’t put it down! In this book, readers will follow the point of view of Hanna
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oy vey - what a collection of unpleasant and downright disturbed (and disturbing) characters! But I guess that's the point; getting into their heads is what makes this a "novel of psychological suspense," as the official description rightly says.

It begins with central character and narrator Hannah Monroe, whose live-in lover, Matt, suddenly goes missing - totally. He's taken away every single item he brought to her house when he moved in plus anything even remotely associated with him. He's even
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

This book and me did not get along. I was so excited to read this novel because the story sounded exactly like the kind of book that I enjoy. I thought it started out okay but then I found myself wanting to put it down. I would set this book aside and read another book and go back to it and quickly find that I was bored again. I actually ended up reading a couple of other books in the middle of this one which is something that I rare
Apr 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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I absolutely love the idea behind this one, can you even imagine coming home to a house and seeing literally no sign that your significant other had ever been there?! That’s exactly what happens to Hannah, almost from the minute she steps foot through her front door she knows something is wrong. All of Matt’s things are gone, and when she starts trying to figure out where he is, it seems like he’s simply vanished into thin air. His social medi
Judy D Collins
US Blog Tour Host April 18

GONE WITHOUT A TRACE by Mary Torjussen is a twisty suspense of domestic suspense. When things are not always as they seem. Dark secrets are revealed, a learned behavior with a role reversal in play.

Hannah, age thirty-two is all about appearances. Material possessions, status, and seeking her dad’s approval. Underneath, she is insecure. She is a grown woman and has managed to gain a position as a senior manager for a large accounting firm. She knows her dad would be
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hannah Monroe,a senior Manager for a large firm of accountants is having a really good day and was actually singing to herself as she walked up the path to her house.She had just returned from a training course,her speech had gone really well and it looked like she was on track for a promotion to director.She couldn't wait to share her wonderful news with Matt her boyfriend of four years but when she enters her home she discovers that Matt and all his belongings are gone.She then discovers that ...more
Cindy Burnett
Mar 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-to-read
2.5 stars

Gone Without a Trace is another addition to the unreliable narrator genre of thrillers. While it was very apparent that something was wrong with the narrator, I did not predict what it was. The characters were all fairly nasty to each other most of the time which always turns me off from a story. I like to be able to relate to at least one person in a book and that just did not happen here. The relationship between the best friends was so bad that I called my own best friend one night t
Jan 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Hannah is bursting with excitement after hearing that she’s headed for a big promotion at her job. She’s worked hard for it and she’s ready to celebrate. But when she comes home from her business trip, she’s astonished to see that her live-in boyfriend Matt has taken each of his possessions and is gone. Not only are his belongings gone but all photos and texts from her phone are missing and he’s disappeared from social media. She’s completely at a loss as things had been going so well for the tw ...more
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: four-star
A hard to put down mystery peppered with thrills - I was really impressed by this relatively new authors work. Told via first person perspective (which I always find pleasing in this genre), Hannah is distraught when she returns home from work one day and her long term boyfriend is gone. All his possessions have been removed and the home returned to the exact standards of before he even moved in. It's as if Matt has never existed.

With no leads, Hannah and her best friend Katie and boyfriend Jam
RoseMary Achey
This psychological thriller lacked the timing and tempo to keep me highly engaged. I found the first portion rather tedious and the last quarter of the book moved at a faster yet not totally believable pace.

Compared to Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train, I Let You Go and The Widow but not as well constructed as these novels.
Wow! I know reviewers say things like "I read it in one sitting!"
But people.... I really did!

I was riveted from the beginning!

Hannah and Matt share a house across the Mersey River from Liverpool. Both are in their early thirties and are successful in their careers. They are in love, and she assumes that one day they will marry.

Ready to celebrate a very successful work conference, Hannah arrives home with a bottle of champagne to share with him. She finds all traces of Matt gone. Really gone. No
♥ Sandi ❣
Lots of twists and turns. The type story that keeps you on edge and turning pages, afraid of what comes next, but too involved not to read on.
Hannah and Matt, Katie and James - friends for a long time. But how well did they really know each other? Where does the breakdown occur? Is just one person at fault? Or are there many secrets and multiple devious plans being played out?
Good psychological read - well written. Suspenseful. Moving plot and electric characters.
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
I am not usually not one to read psychological mind-numbing books but over the last few months I've been able to read many of them. This latest book by the author truly had me wondering what to expect.

Imagine how you would feel if your live-in boyfriend just disappeared one day. All traces removed. Not being able to understand what was going on. Creepy!

Then you add into that weird things start happening at work, weird phone calls and texts. Maybe you really are losing it.

That's exactly the feel
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Mary Torjussen has an MA in Creative Writing from Liverpool John Moores University. She worked for several years as a teacher and lives outside of Liverpool, where Gone Without a Trace is set.

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