Without Trace (Morgan Vine #1) by Simon Booker


Published June 16, 2016 by Twenty7


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 judgment of him is clouded by what she knew of him when they were young. 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 from prison after serving four long years. However, she’s also extremely anxious as someone has been leaving her anonymous notes and she has a strange feeling she’s being followed.

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. 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 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 of 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 psychological thriller. There were a few really good twists and turns and I was very surprised at the ending!

I would definitely consider reading more from Simon Booker.

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