Without Trace (Morgan Vine #1)
Morgan Vine and Danny Kilcannon were close childhood friends. When Danny is accused of murdering his 14-year-old step-daughter, Morgan refuses to believe he’s guilty. She is Danny’s biggest supporter and she even starts a prison book-club in order to keep regular contact with him. Many people think her belief in Danny is misguided, that her judgement of him is clouded by what she knew of him when they were young.
Morgan will soon be making another trip to the prison, to see if Danny’s latest appeal has gone through and if he will be released from prison after four long years. As Morgan waits for the verdict, her anxiety increases. Recently someone has been her anonymous notes. “Don’t Trust Him” and “You’re Next”. She also has a strange feeling she’s being followed.
Back in 1989 Morgan and Danny are in High School. We learn about their childhood and how Danny was there for Morgan during a very chaotic time in her life. His support back then is a huge part of why she is so supportive of him now.
Morgan is thrilled when Danny is released.
Morgan and her daughter have had a difficult relationship since her divorce from Lissa’s father. As a teenager Lissa decided she had enough of Morgan’s rules and went to live with her rich and easy-going father who gave her everything she wanted. Eighteen year old Lissa returns to live with her mother the day Danny is released from prison.
Nine days later, Lissa goes missing….
Is Danny responsible for Lissa’s disappearance? Was he actually responsible for his step-daughters murder? Is someone framing him? While Danny was in prison Morgan’s faith in him had never wavered. However, with Lissa missing, that faith is put to the test.
For the most part the book is easy to follow as it alternates back and forth between the present and past. We are given bits and pieces of Morgan’s childhood. The past I could follow with no problem. However, I had a harder time keeping track with everything happening in the present. The amount of characters occasionally caused a bit of confusion and I had to go back and re-read a few parts.
Overall, I thought this was an interesting novel. There were a few really good twists and turns and I was very surprised at the ending!
All in all this was a good psychological thriller. I would definitely consider reading more from Simon Booker.