The Disappearance of Grace Blog Tour
by Vincent Zandri
Sponsored by Partners in Crime Tours
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: When I first started reading this, I thought that the title referred to the actually physical disappearance of someone, but it was much more than that. Nick, because of his PTSD blindness, suffers the disappearance of Grace, his fiancee, every time the blindness hits him. I also thought that he was feeling her disappear a little whenever he thought about her infidelity or her frustration with him being temporarily blind.
As he is struggling with his actions in Afghanistan and trying to come to grips psychologically with why he is suffering blindness, Grace begins to notice the same bearded, black-eyed man who seems to be stalking them. Combined with some weird phone calls, her anxiety level is also increased - until she seemingly disappears one day while they are out to lunch. Nick is in one of his blind spells, so doesn't realize at first that she is gone. After involving the police, they seem to think she might have just walked away from him, not been abducted. The longer she is gone, the more frustrated Nick becomes, both with his blindness and the apparent lack of police involvement.
This book definitely kept me on the edge of my seat. From Nick's descriptions of what happened in Afghanistan to trying to piece together the clues to Grace's disappearance, I couldn't finish the book fast enough. It was quick paced, as even during Nick's blind times when he needs to sleep, he has very active dreams that are shared with the readers. These dreams are usually vivid recollections of the airstrike he ordered, but they also become interspersed with dreams of Grace and what might have happened to her.
I would recommend this to anyone who would like a relatively quick read that enjoys psychological thrillers.
~I received a complimentary copy of this ebook from Partners in Crime Tours in exchange for my unbiased review.~
About the author: Vincent Zandri is the No. 1 International Bestselling Amazon author of THE INNOCENT, GODCHILD, THE REMAINS, MOONLIGHT FALLS, CONCRETE PEARL, MOONLIGHT RISES, SCREAM CATCHER, BLUE MOONLIGHT and MURDER BY MOONLIGHT. He is also the author of the Amazon bestselling digital shorts, PATHOLOGICAL, TRUE STORIES and MOONLIGHT MAFIA. Harlan Coben has described THE INNOCENT (formerly As Catch Can) as "...gritty, fast-paced, lyrical and haunting," while the New York Post called it "Sensational...Masterful...Brilliant!" Zandri's list of publishers include Delacorte, Dell, StoneHouse Ink, StoneGate Ink and Thomas & Mercer. An MFA in Writing graduate of Vermont College, Zandri's work is translated into many languages including the Dutch, Russian, and Japanese. An adventurer, foreign correspondent, and freelance photo-journalist for RT, Globalspec, IBTimes and more, he lives in Albany, New York. For more go to WWW.VINCENTZANDRI.COM
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