Review: The Night She Vanished

Posted 2nd June 2023 by Emma in Reviews / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: The Night She VanishedThe Night She Vanished by Wendy Dranfield
Also by this author: Shadow Falls, Cry for Help, Little Girl Taken, The Birthday Party
Published by Bookouture on 14th March 2023
Genres: Psychological, Suspense, Thriller
Pages: 389
Format: eARC
Source: from Netgalley
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My parents seem to be the perfect couple. But no one knows what I know…
Everyone in the small Midwestern town of Henderson looks up to my perfect parents. With dependable jobs as a midwife and the town sheriff, they help this close-knit community feel safe. But the locals didn’t grow up in my parents’ house. They don’t know what I know. And they wouldn’t believe me if I told them…
After my best friend vanished when we were just fifteen, I left town and never looked back. I couldn’t prove it, but I think my parents killed her.
Now, years later, my little sister has vanished. I have no choice but to go home and play happy families again. Because I have to find out what my parents have done to her. I have to try to save her.
But when bones are discovered on a local farm, and all the evidence leads back to our front door, I realize I was wrong about absolutely everything. And that coming back was the deadliest thing I could do…

One StarOne Star

Sadly this book was not for me. I’m a huge fan of Wendy’s Detective Maddison Harper series so I was excited to read this one. Unfortunately it just didn’t work for me.

I couldn’t work out why Nicole was adamant her parents killed her friend. Why did she think her parents have something to do with her little sister being missing. It just didn’t make sense for me. I also couldn’t work out why she thinks her dad had impregnated her sister either. Nicole didn’t seem to use any common sense she just jumped to assumptions with no proof and not logic.

I pushed through most of this book but I did DNF.

About Wendy Dranfield

Wendy is a former coroner’s assistant turned crime writer who lives in the UK with her husband and 3 cats.

As well as her two crime series and the YA crime novel – The Girl Who Died – Wendy has several short stories published in UK and US anthologies. She has also been shortlisted and longlisted for various competitions, including the Mslexia Novel Competition


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