Review: ‘Without A Trace’, by Carissa Ann Lynch

·        Paperback: 380 pages
·        Publisher: Killer Reads; Digital original edition (13 Jun. 2019)
·        Language: English
·        ISBN-10: 0008324514
·        ISBN-13: 978-0008324513


From the USA Today bestselling author of My Sister Is Missing

Lily’s gone.
Someone took her.
Unless she was she never there…

A little girl has gone missing.

Lily was last seen being tucked into bed by her adoring mother, Nova. But the next morning, the bed is empty except for a creepy toy rabbit.
Has Nova’s abusive ex stolen his “little bunny” back for good?

At first, Officer Ellie James assumes this is a clear custody battle. Until she discovers that there are no pictures of the girl and her drawers are full of unused toys and brand new clothes that have never been worn…
Is Ellie searching for a missing child who doesn’t actually exi

My Review

Thanks to Anne for organising the blog tour and to HQ/Killer Reads for sending me a physical copy of the book. Especially since I have problems with ebooks right now.

Took me a few chapters to get into this book, the changing perspective especially confused me, but once I was into it, I was hooked. The writing is very good and kept me guessing while developing the characters and the settings with a light touch.

The mystery of what happened to Nova and Lily is central to the plot, but it was the background of the characters that fascinated me. How did they get to this point and what was really going on in the Nesbitt household? Why is Clara so desperate to keep the police away from her house? Does Lily really exist? Who is Al? The book answered these questions with flashback chapters that slowly reveal the events but still leave the reader guessing. I really was at almost the last chapters when I realised what had happened. I was gripped by the mystery and really enjoyed the unfolding of the characters and their secrets.

There’s a lovely bit of misdirection and the book touches on the very important subject of domestic violence right from the start. How communities and individuals react to domestic violence is a central theme of this novel, and it plays a major role in the plot, not just for Officer Ellie James who is investigating a confusing crime, but for all of the narrating characters. There are clear insights into the thinking of both victims and perpetrators, as well as communal responses to violence.

Definitely one to add to your TBR list.


Carissa Ann Lynch is the USA Today bestselling author of My Sister is Missing, Flocksdales Files trilogy, Horror High series, Searching for Sullivan, Shades and Shadows, Midnight Moss, This Is Not About Love, 13 anthology, Twisted anthology and Without A Trace.

She resides in Floyds Knobs, Indiana with her family and collection of books. With a background in psychology and corrections, she’s always been a little obsessed with the darker areas of the human mind.
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