Posted in Carissa Ann Lynch

Without A Trace by Carissa Ann Lynch


Lily’s gone.

Someone took her.

Unless she was she never there…

A little girl has gone missing.

Lily was last seen being tucked into bed by her adoring mother, Nova. But the next morning, the bed is empty except for a creepy toy rabbit.

Has Nova’s abusive ex stolen his “little bunny” back for good?

At first, Officer Ellie James assumes this is a clear custody battle. Until she discovers that there are no pictures of the girl and her drawers are full of unused toys and brand new clothes that have never been worn…

Is Ellie searching for a missing child who doesn’t actually exist?


Now thiiiiis was what I call a perfect thriller! I finished this book in just two sessions and the only reason I took that break between them was that I needed to catch a few hours of sleep before going to work. I honestly hadn’t have a single clue of what the hell was really going on until the big reveal from the end. Usually, even if you’re maybe mistaken, you at least suspect a character or another of being the bad guy, the one that organized the whole crime or kidnapping. Contrarily to most of the thrillers or detective stories, where almost all the characters might give you at some point the impression that they are guilty, in Without A Trace, nothing seems to link properly in order for you to honestly suspect any of them. All of them seem, if not likeable, at least innocent enough and incapable of doing the amount of harm that seems that was done. Even after I finished the book, I still needed some time to digest what I just read, to absorb how wrong I’ve been while going through the story.

Another thing that surprised me was how little I cared about each character, despite of how captivated I was by the story itself. I did not relate to any of the characters, I didn’t feel that the insight that the author gives is enough to make the reader connect to the characters. Most of them look more like sketches instead of full, complete portraits. Despite this, the whole plot is so twisted and surprising that I haven’t felt the need to know them deeper.

Even the rhythm of the storyline is accentuating the addiction that you grow for this book. It jumps from a few slow paced chapters to old memories that might seem useless at that certain moment, only to fall into a sudden waterfall of events that takes you rolling down without any warnings.

Without saying this in a negative way, I have a feeling that Without A Trace might be that kind of book that you’ll forget pretty soon after you finish it. You know how some stories just don’t last long in your memory, that all the details get blurry and disappear after a very short time? But what does stay in your mind is the awesome feeling that you had while reading it and the excited alarms that start in your brain whenever you’ll see the title or the cover on a library’s shelf. And sometimes, that’s all you need from a book: a few hours of excitement and the deceiving lie that we always use on those late nights when we’re so caught up in a story “I’ll just finish this page and then sleep”. We all know how that works…


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