With her previous two thrillers Vanessa Savage has established a reputation for creating superbly creepy novels with distinctly Gothic overtones and characters you never want to part company with. Hanna and Sasha, the protagonists of her third thriller, The Night They Vanished, are perhaps my favourite of any of her inventions so far.
Hanna and Sasha are sisters, but after a terrible incident ruptured their family fourteen years ago, they’ve barely been in contact. The novel is told in alternating perspectives. Hanna narrates the events as she sees her family home listed on a website about real murder sites and consequently discovers her entire family (including Sasha) has disappeared. Meanwhile, Sasha confesses to us the events that have led up the family’s disappearance. We soon learn that everything is connected. Everything goes back to that terrible incident fourteen years ago.
What is so special about Vanessa’s writing is that she combines her heart-in-mouth, twisty plots with so much warmth and humour. You will root for Hanna and Sasha with every fibre of your being and you won’t be able to do anything else till you’ve discovered exactly what happened on the night they vanished.
'A dark and pacy page-turner' ANDREA MARA, bestselling author of ALL HER FAULT
'Vanessa Savage hooks her readers and keeps them dangling till the very last page' DAILY MAIL
'Taut, tense and brilliantly gripping' SIMON LELIC, author of THE HOUSE
'This is a thriller that treats you like a smart reader' Reader Review, 5 stars
'Intense, fast-paced and unpredictable, I couldn't put it down' Reader Review, 5 stars
A family with a secret.
A past about to catch up with them.
At thirty, Hanna has finally decided she's better off without her family. They hold her responsible for the incident that ruined their lives fourteen years ago and they've barely spoken since.
But then, whilst browsing a true crime website, she sees her family home listed as the site of a brutal murder. Number of victims: three. Date of crime: today. When the police investigate, they find no bodies, but the house is abandoned. Hanna's family have disappeared.
To find them, Hanna will have to confront what happened all those years ago.
And the person determined to make her pay for it . . .
PRAISE FOR VANESSA SAVAGE
'Highly recommended' Nuala Ellwood
'Tense and creepy . . . brilliant' Harriet Tyce
'Hooks readers in and keeps them dangling will the very last page'Daily Mail
'Without a doubt the best book I've read this year' Reader Review *****
'Spine-chilling in its intensity, addictive and twisty, this was quite simply an AMAZING read' Reader Review *****
'Utterly addictive and impossible to second guess' Claire Douglas
'Dark and thoroughly compulsive, a definite up-all-nighter' Kate Hamer
'Extremely sinister . . . had me frantically turning the pages' Reader Review *****
'I literally could not put it down' Reader Review *****
'Immersive and eerie'Heat