Vanish Without Trace by Bill Kitson

Vanish Without Trace by Bill Kitson

20th June 2021.

This is one of the best crime novels I’ve read for some time and definitely my top read of 2021 so far.

A teenage girl doesn’t return home in the sleepy rural retreat of Helmdale in Yorkshire. Little does DI Mike Nash realise his investigation will put him on the trail of a serial killer who leaves no trace. There are no bodies and no evidence of abduction – simply women still listed as missing.

The similarity in their appearance is the only common link.

Mike, still plagued by bad dreams and nightmares, knows there must be another link that will help him identify the killer. But while Mike and his team struggle to find this link, the killer’s lining up his next victims.

The skill of the serial killer in remaining anonymous for so long makes this investigation about as difficult as you can get. The tension never lets up as Mike sacrifices his health and well-being to identify and track down the killer.

The scale of the story is epic. The personal cost to both the families of the women killed and the investigators is graphically demonstrated. You can feel the emotion as an exhausted team struggle with the magnitude of the investigation.

And after the dramatic climax, the relief and joy of capturing the killer is tempered by the realisation of the devastation he caused, revealing both the emotional high and lows of a criminal investigation.

I felt drained after finishing the moving final chapter. My emotions were shredded, but in a good way. This story will live long in the memory – a sign of quality writing and storytelling.

Simply brilliant.

Description

HOW DO YOU SOLVE A CRIME WHEN THERE’S NO EVIDENCE ONE HAS BEEN COMMITTED?

Sarah Kelly goes for a night out at a club. She leaves around 2 a.m. No one sees her again.

Detective Mike Nash has nothing to go on, until a chance remark causes him to look deeper into other cases. Young women who have vanished without trace.

Nash spots chilling similarities: NO BODIES, NO WITNESSES, ALL DISAPPEARANCES EXPLAINED AWAY.

He needs to find a solution and fast as two more women vanish, making it personal and potentially fatal. Both for Nash and for the women who have disappeared.

CAN NASH STOP A VERY PECULIAR SERIAL KILLER? DISCOVER A FRANTIC, BREATHTAKING PAGE-TURNER OF A MYSTERY.

Vanish Without Trace by Bill Kitson

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