The Vanishing Season by Joanna Schaffhausen

The Vanishing Season

Ellery Hathaway knows a thing or two about serial killers, but not through her police training. She's an officer in sleepy Woodbury, MA, where a bicycle theft still makes the newspapers. No one there knows she was once victim number seventeen in the grisly story of serial killer Francis Michael Coben. The only victim who lived. When three people disappear from her town in three years, all around her birthday—the day she was kidnapped so long ag...

Details The Vanishing Season

TitleThe Vanishing Season
Release DateDec 5th, 2017
PublisherMinotaur Books
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller, Psychological Thriller, Adult, Mystery Thriller, Suspense, Contemporary, Crime, Murder Mystery

Reviews The Vanishing Season

  • Kendall
    Let's just pause for a moment to acknowledge that BEAUTIFUL cover. Not to mention how perfect it fits this cozy little mystery! Thank you to St. Martin's Press for granting my wish! What a wish this was :). The Vanishing Season is an addicting and unique thriller that will grab you from the first page. I am pretty impressed that this was a debut novel by Joanna Schaffhausen! Ellery Hathaway is a sole survivor of the famous serial killer Francis M...
  • Kaceey
    3.5*At the age of 14, Ellie was taken by an infamous serial killer. Close to death, she was rescued by FBI agent Reed Markham. Years later, Ellie is now a police officer in the small town of Woodbury, Massachusetts. Once again she turns to Agent Reed for help. People are suddenly vanishing in her small town. Is it even conceivable this could be tied to the monster from her past? Why is this happening again? More importantly how is this happening ...
  • Brenda
    3.5 starsThe Vanishing Season was another Traveling Sisters read that I squeezed in with Kaceey between our Sister reads. The Vanishing Season is a haunting, enjoyable, fast-paced and suspenseful crime mystery thriller with a little creep added to it that had us intrigued but was a bit of a slow start for us. However, once we got to know our main characters Ellery and Agent Reed we loved the dynamics between them and we wanted to know more about ...
  • Carol
    3.5 Stars. Enticing prologue! Entertaining debut! WHO saw it happen 14 years ago and kept it a secret? Ellery Hathaway is a police officer with a scarred past working in the small town of Woodbury, Massachusetts, and she'll do just about anything (and has) to convince Police Chief Sam Parker that their missing person's cases may indeed be connected and the work of a serial killer....but he's not she calls in a trusted FBI agent who k...
  • Carrie
    Years ago Ellery Hathaway became victim number seventeen of serial killer Francis Michael Coben when she was abducted and held captive. Ellery was lucky enough that FBI Agent Reed Markham saw something other investigators hadn't and followed clues to Coben's home where he managed to rescue Ellery and put Coben behind bars making Ellery the one that survived. Now Ellery is in law enforcement herself and finds that she may just have another serial ...
  • Maureen Carden
    Ellery Hathaway is the only survivor of the notorious serial killer, Frances Michael Coben. She was to be victim 17, but FBI agent Reed Markham swept in to rescue her from the fetid, locked closet where she had been kept, the closet where the unlucky 16 who didn’t survive had tried to claw their way out. No wonder she keeps the closets in her house nailed shut. Savor that image for a minute. Fourteen years later and she nails shut her closet do...
  • Holly B
    3.5 StarsI'm not sure I would call this a thriller, but more of a crime, police-procedural mystery. This is a debut author and I did enjoy her writing for the most part. It started off very compelling as a kidnapping occurs, but ultimately does not keep up with the pace of the initial chapters.Abby (the kidnapped and serial killer survivor) becomes a police officer and becomes involved in cases of three people who have disappeared/vanished at or ...
  • Sandy
    For the past 3 years, Ellery Hathaway has received the same card on her birthday. From a relative? Perhaps a friend. Uh, no. The cards may be unsigned but she knows exactly what their arrival means. Ellie is a cop in the rural town of Woodbury. It’s a sleepy place where crimes range from petty to domestic. The cop shop is small & the only outstanding mysteries are 3 missing persons. One each July when Ellie turns another year older. She’s des...
  • Zoe
    Suspenseful police procedural!Full review to follow shortly.
  • Wendy'sThoughts
    4.5 Winning Debut Stars* * * *1/2 Spoiler FreeThis had all the elements to cause continual reading...I took longer breaks at work... stayed up too late and got up early because I could not read this fast enough. I have a history of being a Mystery reader so my mind was working from the start and had narrowed down what I thought all of the catches were...But then this new author would throw a few things out there to make me doubt myself and instin...
  • Kristy K
    Reminiscent of Mary Higgins Clark, The Vanishing Season is just dark enough and with the right amount of small twists to keep you guessing. A serial killer may be on the lose the small town where Ellery is a cop, but no one else believes her. Worse yet, the crimes may be linked to her past. And the killer is taunting Ellery with that knowledge. She calls in the FBI agent that saved her all those years ago, and together they try to bring a killer ...
  • Nicole (Read Eat Sleep Repeat)
    The Vanishing Season is not only Joanna Schaffhausen’s debut novel, it is also the 2016 winner of the Mystery Writers of America/St. Martin’s Minotaur First Crime Novel Award. And with good reason.From the very short prologue, this novel captured my attention and wouldn’t let me put it down. I had picked this from my list of advance copies to read on my kindle app at the same time as my current paperback. (This allows me to always have a bo...
  • Shari
    This award-winning debut novel is everything I want from a mystery thriller, which is my favorite sort of book. It hooked me from the get-go and kept me nearly running ahead of myself through each page because I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next. The characters, from protagonist cop Ellery Hathaway to the members of her small town, were easy to fix in my head as I read, and right away she is a flesh and blood person who I wanted ...
  • Laura Rash
    Quite the mystery! A few twists that had me questioning whether I actually had it figured out or not. Kind of reminded me of a Lisa Jackson novel. Great characters & plot. Thanks to Minotaur for this early copy for review!
  • Mackenzie
    First line: "It's too dark to go out but too hot to sleep."Let me start off by saying "WOW". This was an incredible read that had me hooked from the first line. I was up late into the night reading, fighting to keep my eyes open after a long day, but wanting to keep on reading nonetheless. The Vanishing Season was a magnificent read - probably one of the best I've read all year. The main character, Ellery, is a strong female coming from a tragic ...
  • Dana Blazsek
    3.5⭐- Thank you to Netgalley and Minotaur Books for an Advanced Copy of The Vanishing Season by Joanna Schaffhauser. Ellery Hathaway is a police officer in a small town. A small town whose crimes are mostly petty theft and domestic violence. But every year, for the last three years, someone has gone missing on or around Ellery’s birthday.•As a former victim and the lone survivor of a serial killer, Ellery believes all of these cases are rel...
  • Anne
    I enjoyed this novel a great deal as it has a lot of suspense. Ellery escaped serial killer Coben years ago when she was rescued by FBI agent Reed Markham, but the emotional scars still weigh heavily on her and now that she is in law enforcement, she is determined to prevent any more deaths--even as three townspeople have gone missing. As her birthday approaches, she becomes rabid with the desire to make sure no one else goes missing--as they hav...
  • Nancy McFarlane
    Police officer Ellery Hathaway is the penultimate damaged character. She was kidnapped at age 14 and severely tortured by a serial killer before being rescued by FBI agent Reed Markham. No one where she lives now knows of her past and she fiercely protects her privacy because she doesn’t want pity or to have to relive the events publicly that she still lives with privately every day. When 3 people disappear the same time every year (on her birt...
  • Cathy Thompson
    The Vanishing Season was an absolutely wonderful , amazing thriller with a great plot and storyline. I just loved how the book started out !! That was it for me. I never put the book down, read through the night. Ellery is a law enforcement officer who has a tragic past that she has kept secret from her coworkers. I loved her watchdog Bump which was a big part of the storyline in my opinion. Great characters that fit perfectly with the plot . Ten...
  • Kyle Robertson
    This is an excellent debut novel from Joanna Schaffhausen. The prologue is haunting, and it will remain with you throughout the book. Fast forward fourteen years later and we find Ellery Hathaway investigating a ghost from her past. There have been three disappearances in the past three years, all right around Ellery's birthday. Her police chief doesn't buy Ellery's theory, and therefore does not support the investigation. He and others write it ...
  • Elaine Tomasso
    I would like to thank Netgalley and Minotaur Books for an advance copy of The Vanishing Season, a stand alone set in Foxbury, Massachusetts.Ellery Hathaway is a police officer in small town Foxbury. Ellie used to be Abigail but she doesn't talk about it and moved to Foxbury to hide because Abigail was the last girl kidnapped by a serial killer and the only one to survive. FBI agent Reed Markham was the man who saved her and promised he would help...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    To be reviewed!
  • Tina Woodbury
    For all of my reviews: www.readingbetweenthepagesblog.wordpr...This is a terrific debut novel by Joanna Schaffhausen. Its suspenseful, creative storyline will keep you on your toes throughout.Ellery Hathaway is a police officer in the small town of Woodbury, Massachusetts. This sleepy little town is extremely quiet and nothing ever happens, that is unless you include the three disappearances in the last three years, all during the first two week...
  • Debbie hosie
    I was so excited about being excepted to receive an advance copy of this book to review, from the description it sounded like my kind of book. If i had seen this in a book shop and read the description i would have defiantly purchased the book on the spot!And i am so pleased to say i was not disappointed in this book in the slightest.The characters are memorable and it takes a different twist from other serial killer books which is always good to...
  • Cassandra
    She changed her name, but she could not change what happened to her in the past. Fourteen years ago, Ellery was saved by FBI agent Markman. She has tried to move on and is now a police officer in a small town. Three residents of this small town gone missing over the three years since she has been a resident. One abduction per year. Always the same time of year, around her birthday. After each abduction Ellery receives a birthday card. Who knows ...
  • Anna
    EXCELLENT thriller. It reminded me a bit of Tana French's works, and that's one of the highest compliments I can give for this genre. It checked almost all the boxes for me: creepy disturbing murders by Coben, jaded yet lovable agent Reed, and strong female protagonist Ellery. I liked seeing all of the interwoven relationships in the small town of Woodbury, and the series of murders around Ellery's birthday kept me on the edge of my seat. I read ...
  • Sue Plant
    Would like to thank net galley and the publishers for allowing me to read and review this amazing bookWhat a ride this book gives you from the abduction of a little girl right to the end and then the story continues at an unbelievable pace... The how and the whys are all covered with a twist i never saw coming and the ending .... Just wowAn amazing story and another author to keep an eye out for
  • Kat
    Thank you to Netgalley and Minotaur for the ARC copy of this novel.The Vanishing Season is a must read. I don't say this too often, but it is gripping from beginning to end. Ellery is a character that you have empathy for and is the main reason you will continue to read this book without putting it down. The mystery/thriller is set in a small town which is a character in itself. I have to say that if you like guessing who did it... then this one ...
  • Milena
    4.5 StarsThe Vanishing Season is an addicting page-turner and a well written mystery about a serial killer operating in a small town in New England. Our main heroine Ellery was a victim and a lone survivor of a notorious serial killer who abducted her when she was only fourteen. She was rescued by an FBI agent Reed Markham. Fourteen years later Ellery is a police officer in Woodbury, MA where people start to disappear every year around the same t...
  • Leith Devine
    The Vanishing Season is an impressive and well-written book that kept me up all night reading! The plot is compelling and the characters are fascinating. This was the first book from Joanna Schaffhausen, and I'll be looking forward to more books from her.Abigail Ellery Hathaway is the only survivor of a serial killer who stole his victims, locked them away in the closet and mutilated them. Her case was all over the media at the time. The FBI agen...