on May 8th 2018
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The New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Knew Too Much sweeps readers back to 1930s California where even the brightest razzle dazzle can’t always hide the darkest secrets…
New York Times bestselling author Amanda Quick returns to the exclusive seaside community of Burning Cove, where more than one person with a dark past has gone to reinvent themselves. But some secrets are just too deadly to stay hidden, and some pasts can never stay buried.
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
The Other Lady Vanishes is the second book in the Burning Cove series by Amanda Quick. Although it’s part of a series it can easily be read as a standalone book.
Adelaide Blake, an heiress, has been admitted to an insane asylum supposedly because she had a nervous breakdown. She didn’t have one, she was put in there by people who wanted to experiment on her with a new drug that her parents developed. She knew that if she didn’t escape the asylum she would end up dead. So the story begins with Adelaide’s escape and follows up showing her settling into a new life in safety in a lovely place called Burning Cove.
Jake Truett is a widowed businessman, spending time in Burning Cove to recharge his batteries. Or so he says. In truth, he is trying to get back a diary of his late wife’s that has some very dangerous information in it. The person that has the diary is a very popular, yet fake, psychic who visits the tea shop where Adelaide works. It is there that he meets Adelaide and where circumstances occur which have him accompanying her to see one of the psychic’s performances.
From there the story really takes off with a prominent character ending up dead, murdered, murdered with the same drug that was being used on Adelaide when she was in the asylum. All of a sudden Adelaide realises she is in danger, and as her problems seem linked to Jake’s he promises to keep her safe. They vow to solve the mystery of the murder and find out how the psychic could possibly be linked to the people behind Adelaide being institutionalised. Dangerous people that have to be stopped before they get their hands on Adelaide again.
Wow, this story was amazing. There is more than one murder, many twists and turns involving who is helping who to do what and for what reason, and there is an absolutely massive twist at the end that I did not see coming! It was real edge of your seat stuff that I couldn’t read fast enough to find out how it would end. Add to that the blossoming romance between Adelaide and Jake, which takes a back seat to the mystery, but which is still slowly percolating like a good coffee in the background, and you have a perfect book. I loved every minute of it and recommend it highly.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers’ copy of this book.