Title: Without a Trace
Author: Carissa Ann Lynch
Published on: 5th April 2019
Genre: Mystery and Thriller
There are some books that point out the struggles that people go through – be it abuse, injustice or trauma.
Without a Trace is the story of Nova Nesbitt. Being brought up by a single parent toll on her mental health. (Alcoholic father). When she met Martin, she knew that her bad days are over and she will live happily ever after with him.
Little did she know that the goody Martin that she knew before the wedding was just an act. After the vows, when the duo climbed into the limo, Martin was a changed man. Soon, he started to hurt Nova.
This isn’t how the story starts though. Nova Nesbitt has moved to a small town in Virginia. She’s rented a cabin in the middle of nowhere and is looking forward to starting her new life with her four-year-old daughter, Lily. But when she wakes up the next morning, Lily is missing. Did Martin follow them and took Lily away? Nova calls the cops, starting a chase of a lifetime.
There are three main characters in the story – three women, three different stories. There’s Nova, Clara and Ellie. The story alternates between each of their thoughts and doings. Clara is Nova’s landlord and she has a dark secret of her own. Also, Clara was abused by her husband.
Ellie is a cop. Her mum isn’t proud that the daughter is a cop. To add to this, Ellie killed a fellow cop – he was an abuser and as Ellie was called to stop the domestic violence, he tried to attack her and Ellie had no other choice but to use her gun.
The suspense is mind-blowing! I was hooked on to the story until the end. As Ellie sets on a wild goose chase, she uncovers a closet full of skeletons. Clara is worried that her secret would be out soon. And Nova… well, she’s another story altogether!
The author is a master storyteller. Having a background in psychology might have helped in setting the tone right, but hats off to her for all the research that she’s done in writing this story. I really love stories that send a strong message to the public. These women might have nothing in common, yet they stick together and find justice.
I highly recommend this book. The red herrings, unexpected twists, societal problems and much more, this is one of the best books that I read this year.
I received an ARC of the book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased opinion