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Posted October 22, 2012
Chilling and Thrilling!!
The Disappearance of Grace by Vincent Zandri
Published by StoneHouse Ink
Publication Date: September 11, 2012
Review Copy from: Author
My Rating: 5
Now you see her. Now you don’t...
Captain Nick Angel has finally made a separate peace with the war in Afghanistan. Since having been ordered to bomb a Tajik village which resulted in the death of a little boy of no more than two, he’s been suffering from temporary bouts of blindness. Knowing the he needs time to rest and recover from his post traumatic stress, the US Army decides to send him to Venice along with his fiancee, the artist, Grace Blunt. Together they try and recapture their former life together. But when Grace suddenly goes missing, Nick not only finds himself suddenly alone and sightless in the ancient city of water, but also the number one suspect in her disappearance.
A novel that projects Hitchcockian suspense onto a backdrop of love and war, The Disappearance of Grace is a rich, literary thriller of fear, loss, love, and revenge. From the war in the Afghan mountains to the canals of romantic Venice, this is a story that proves 20/20 eyesight might not always be so perfect and seeing is not always believing.
My Thoughts and Opinion:
Caveat: If you visit often, then you know Vincent Zandri has been a favorite author of mine, since I read his first book Moonlight Falls back in May of 2010. Since then I have read most of his books and enjoyed each and every one. One thing I want to stress is, that just because it is a Vincent Zandri novel, I will always write an honest review as to what my thoughts are on any particular book.
This book wasn't just a romance. This book wasn't just a psychological thriller. This book wasn't just a suspenseful mystery. It was all those and more! Riveting!!! As in all of Vincent Zandri's books, he grabs the reader within the first few paragraphs and literally does not let go until the final word. The chapters short with little cliff hangers whereas you HAVE to read a couple more chapters, and then find yourself with half the book read. The suspense mounted and the pages just kept turning.
Because I have read most of his books, other than the Moonlight series, I can see slight differences in his stand alone novels. His writing is just a bit difference, which makes for a new reading experience with every story. For me, that is a talent and gift of master story telling. The difference in this book was the subplot of a romance. I feel I also experienced one other change. Even though I was reading a psychological thriller, I felt that the author was also "playing the reader". I found myself wondering, if the story that I was reading, was at "face value" or something different, which led to reading this book in 2 sittings. Heart pounding!!!
The plot was intense!! Nick and Grace sitting in an outside cafe in Venice, trying to accept Nick's blindness after being affected by PTSD during the war. And the love of your life disappears right in front of you. But you don't see a thing. Neither do those also sitting at the cafe. How does Nick, with his blindness, begin to look for her? The police nor the Embassy seem to believe him. Did she just leave? Or was she kidnapped? A white knuckle read!!
Zandri delivers another knock out novel. And in the first round!!! Thrilling and chilling!!!
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Posted December 14, 2012
The Disappearance of Grace is a gripping psychological thriller
The Disappearance of Grace is a gripping psychological thriller that will keep you riveted on the edge of your seat as you turn the pages. Written in the first person narrative, author Vincent Zandri weaves a fascinating tale of one man's inner struggles of dealing with PTSD and intermittent blindness from his time served in Afghanistan. And if that isn't bad enough, his fiancee disappears from an outdoor cafe in Venice right in front of him and he didn't see it happen because of his blindness. Did Grace really disappear, or did she simply walk away from Nick? How will Nick search for Grace with his intermittent blindness? Did he have something to do with her disappearance? These and many more questions are what you will think about when you read The Disappearance of Grace!
From the very first page this story captivated my attention and I knew I was in for one heck of a roller coaster ride. Author Vincent Zandri has a masterful style of writing that draws the reader into Nick's story and the mystery of Grace's disappearance. Rich in detail and vivid descriptions, the plot grips you with its intense twists and turns, it keeps you in suspense and guessing what will happen next. The chapters are short quick reads with cliffhanger clues that beckon the reader to continue on to the next chapter, it is simply an addicting and suspenseful mystery thriller that will completely engage your imagination and provide you with an adrenaline rush.
I couldn't help but feel for Nick and his continuous ordeal of reliving his horrific time in Afghanistan. His flashbacks provide the reader with insight into his internal struggle and will leave your emotions raw and spent. I loved the balance of mystery and romance that is interwoven in the story, you can feel the love that Nick and Grace feel for each other, while they also struggle to deal with his infirmities, it is simply heart wrenching.
With realistic characters; engaging dialogue and interactions; and a riveting intense storyline that will keep you guessing until the end; The Disappearance of Grace is a compelling story that is a must read! This story is so haunting, it will resonate with you long after the last words have been read.
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Posted December 25, 2013
Almost from the beginning, I was drawn into this book and did no
Almost from the beginning, I was drawn into this book and did not want to put it down. I love a good mystery, and although this is more along the lines of thriller/espionage/spy, it is extremely well-written. This is the way a good mystery book should be written. The reader is kept in the dark with only fuzzy moments of light until we reach the conclusion. And in many ways, there are still ends that need to be tied up, but the conclusion is quite satisfying. There were twists, turns, and so much more. This is not a happy-go-lucky book, but you will certainly find romance if you look for it. The author will keep you off balance until the end, but the bumpy ride is well worth it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
One thing that intrigued me above all else was the fact that PTSD can cause blindness. I had never heard of this, and it prompted me to even look it up. It was also good to see the author be supportive of our U.S. military even in light of an unpopular war. Although the true intent of the book may not have been to build up the military, it still accomplished that purpose. All too often, we Americans take our freedom for granted, and the recurring vision/dream experienced by the main character should certainly prove to make us thankful for the country in which we live.
The negatives are barely worth mentioning, but in keeping with my review philosophy, I need to let my readers new of a couple potential issues. There is some profanity in the book, but I am happy to report that it is not nearly as widespread as most books in this genre. While there are no bedroom scenes, the morals are sometimes a little loose. Again, I was not truly offended. Honestly, there is nothing else negative to report. This is a book that is a quick read for those who love a good mystery!
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, an all opinions are 100 percent mine.