Sunday, July 25, 2021

The Night She Disappeared by Kevin O'Brien

Some nightmares you can’t forget
From the depths of sleep, Seattle TV reporter Anna Malone awakens to her phone ringing. She rarely drinks, and this hangover is brutal. Why can’t she shake the feeling that something terrible happened last night? And why can’t she recall any of it?

But even worse
What Anna does remember: an awkward restaurant meal with her married lover, Russ Knoll, and his unsuspecting wife, Courtney. Russ’s phone call reveals that Courtney is missing, and as days go by with no trace, he comes under police scrutiny. Anna’s in the spotlight too, thanks to a TV rival with a grudge. Anna’s not proud of her affair, but she and Russ aren’t bad people. They’re certainly not the killing kind.

Is the one you can’t remember . . .

Anna already suspected that Courtney—a successful, charming author—might have a darker side. Is she truly missing? Perhaps the sudden disturbances in Anna’s life aren’t accidental after all. But no scenario that Anna imagines can compare to the twisted game unfolding around her, one chilling piece at a time . . . 

Kindle Edition, 395 pages
Expected publication: July 27th 2021
by Kensington Books
3.5/5 stars

This is a book where the cover grabbed me first, it's also the 2nd of three books that I've read with the same title this year.

The Night She Disappeared is somewhat of a fast paced novel.  The action starts right away when Anna wakes up not remembering what happened the previous night, even on a good day that's scary enough but when the person she was with disappears just adds that just adds an extra creepy factor.

The story alternates between different POVs and reflections of the past.  Yea a lot is going on but it works.  The red herrings kept me on my toes, the unveiling of secrets added to the mystery along with some unreliable characters. I can honestly say that there weren't too many characters here that I even liked but it was the story with it's many layers that kept me reading. 

Although it might have been a tad too long but I still recommend, The Night She Disappeared to those that love a mystery to get lost in.

My thanks to Kensington Books for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.  You can find this book on bookshelves in the next few days.

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