Books from the Backlog #321

Posted June 20, 2024 by Carole in Books from the Backlog / 5 Comments

Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread.  If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks.

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This week’s neglected book

Books from the Backlog #321The Vanishing Season by Joanna Schaffhausen
Series: Ellery Hathaway #1
Published by Minotaur Books on December 5, 2017
Genres: Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural
Pages: 288
Source: Purchased
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"A gripping and powerful read. It is what we call edge-of-your-seat, rollercoaster of a thriller. You will not be able to put it down before you finish it."—The Washington Book Review

Winner of the Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competition, Joanna Schaffhausen’s accomplished debut, The Vanishing Season, will grip readers from the opening page to the stunning conclusion.

Ellery Hathaway knows about serial killers, but not through her police training. She's an officer in sleepy Woodbury, MA, where a bicycle theft still makes the newspapers. No one there knows she was once victim number seventeen in the grisly story of serial killer Francis Michael Coben. The only one who lived.

When three people disappear from her town in three years, all around her birthday—the day she was kidnapped so long ago—Ellery fears someone knows her secret. Someone very dangerous. Her superiors dismiss her concerns, but Ellery knows the vanishing season is coming and anyone could be next. She contacts the one man she knows will believe her: the FBI agent who saved her from a killer’s closet all those years ago.

Why did I add The Vanishing Season to my bookshelf?

I am not sure how many years I have had this book on my shelf but it has been sitting there for a while now. It sounds exactly like the kind of book that I tend to enjoy and it looks like all of my Goodreads friends that have read the book liked it quite a bit. I have the first couple of books in this series ready to go so I just need to find the time to work it into my reading schedule.

What are your thoughts? Have you read this book?  Would you recommend it?

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5 responses to “Books from the Backlog #321

  1. Oh my, I have so many that have been languishing for years and I really do still want to read them so they stay on the shelf.