And Then She Vanished
“When I wake all that’s left is the truth. She’s gone.”
What stands out most to me about this compelling sci-fi mystery is how much heart and emotion the author was able to convey in his purposeful prose. And Then She Vanished by Nick Jones is so much more than a typical disappearance thriller.
There are a few timelines in this story, but we begin in 1997 when Joseph’s seven-year-old sister, Amy, (who was in his care) seems to vanish into thin air at a carnival. As a young teen he is filled with guilt, and he and his parents suffer throughout their lives.
The pain his parents endure is handled with such honesty and despair. The emotions help to center this story which deals with Joe’s psychometry; the ability to feel objects and see their past owners. It also helps lead Joe into discovering time travel through hypnotherapy.
I know for some this all may seem far-fetched, but in the hands of a skilled writer such as this one it becomes a means of hope to save a lost little girl and her family.
Trust me when I say this book does not go through the usual path of discovery. We struggle with Joe about time traveling rules and how to beat them. We anguish over his mom’s dementia and what role his losing Amy played in it and mostly we are stunned by the conclusion of his search for his sister.
Though a standalone book, And Then She Vanished is the beginning of a series with four books scheduled for release in 2021 and 2022. I am thrilled to continue reading the adventures of The Joseph Bridgeman Series.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own.