Review: The Vanishing Hour by Seraphina Nova Glass


Print Length: 285 pages
Publisher: Harlequin Trade Publishing (May 30, 2023)

From Grace Holloway keeps to herself. Since narrowly escaping death at the hands of the man who kidnapped her, she’s thrown herself into the small inn she runs in Rock Harbor, Maine. It’s quiet, quaint and, in the off-season, completely isolated—the perfect place for Grace to keep her own secrets.

But Grace isn’t the only one with something to hide, and Rock Harbor isn’t just a sleepy vacation town. Someone is taking young women—girls who look an awful lot like Grace did when she was kidnapped so many years ago.

When a surge of disappearances brings the investigation to her door, Grace finds herself unwillingly at the center of it all and doing everything she can to keep her distance. Because Grace knows something…something that could change everything. And when the truth comes to light, getting justice for the vanished might be more than Grace can handle alone…


My Rating: 1 star out of 5

After numerous times of having to pick this one up, only to walk away in favor of something else,  did I realize it just was not for me. 

To begin with, the synopsis is misleading. This story is not about Grace and her secrets alone. No, this story involves Grace, as well as two others, all of whom have something to say, or at least that seems that way as they all do get a say in the narration. And while multiple points of view usually a problem for me, this one just came across as choppy and too over the top to be believable. It got to the point that I began skipping ahead, waiting for the story to either grab my attention or come back down to reality (I mean, all of these disappearances going on, and there is barely any mention of the police? Instead, it comes down to random people solving the mystery). 

Judging by the high number of positive reviews that I have seen for this book, it is clear that I am in the majority with my thoughts on this one, so if the synopsis appeals to you, I would recommend giving it a shot. You might enjoy it more than I did. 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the publisher. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.

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