Kate Moretti’s The Vanishing Year meets Kimberly Belle’s The Marriage Lie in this twisty domestic suspense about a teenaged girl who disappears and is thought drowned–and the dark secrets she leaves behind.
Leah, a popular sixteen year old, is uncharacteristically apprehensive the night before her new school year begins. She decides to take a moonlight paddle at her divorced parents’ Florida beachside inn to take the edge off her anxiety. Moments later she vanishes in the water without a trace. The police assume death by drowning since sharks had been sighted nearby earlier in the day. They do a cursory investigation and that’s it. The community comes out to give support, but days later her mother Emily is still wondering what happened to her beautiful daughter. And why is there no body?
In the days that follow, Emily accidentally discovers pornographic images of her daughter on her laptop. Some appear to be selfies taken for someone else’s pleasure. Others are clearly taken by a voyeur and sent to Leah. Shockingly, they reveal darkly tantalizing clues to an older man’s involvement. Emily’s heartbreak turns to deep rage as she sets out to unmask who this monster is who has stolen her daughter’s innocence–and perhaps more. As her suspicion falls on various locals who, as unlikely as they may seem, may have lured Leah into risky, even deadly, behavior–the youth pastor, the long time resident in bungalow 3, his son who visits from New York–she trusts no one. Suddenly her once close knit community, itself its own paradise, has been invaded by evil, an evil that is still lurking in the shadows–one that she is determined to expose.
I’ll be Watching You by Courtney Evan Tate is a life-changing read. Suspenseful and mysterious, Courtney Evan Tate hooked me. The tale quickly escalated into a dangerous situation. One woman used a man and burned his soul. He became so angry that he got his revenge. She died. He killed her and he’s going to kill again. It’s only a matter of time.
Now, enters the present. As a father, his daughter’s best friend reminded him of the one woman who made him what he is. The teenage girl is the spitting beauty of her grandma. That alone made her a target of a sociopath.
This tale showed how easy it for people to be fooled by those they know and should trust. An older man shouldn’t hit on young girls. Yet he did. His daughter soon discovers his dark secrets. He took her to her friend and it is there readers, will see how deadly the situation becomes. One girl disappears never to be found. Now, another one and the police are digging. It was only a race against time and clues left over that the evidence finally appeared. Everyone knew. If only the girls could survive…