Book Review ~ Without A Trace by Carissa Ann Lynch

Book: Without A Trace

Author: Carissa Ann Lynch

Genre: Thriller

Published: Killer Reads | April 5, 2019

Lily’s gone.
Someone took her.
Unless she was she never there…

A little girl has gone missing.

Lily was last seen being tucked into bed by her adoring mother, Nova. But the next morning, the bed is empty except for a creepy toy rabbit.

Has Nova’s abusive ex stolen his “little bunny” back for good?

At first, Officer Ellie James assumes this is a clear custody battle. Until she discovers that there are no pictures of the girl and her drawers are full of unused toys and brand new clothes that have never been worn…

Is Ellie searching for a missing child who doesn’t actually exist?


This book had one of the most intriguing plot lines I’ve ever encountered in thrillers, at least from what I could tell in the synopsis. It is about a mother who reports her daughter missing, and when the cop that’s one of the main characters gets there, she sees no trace of a child ever having lived there. Is the mother lying, or is there more to this story? What a plot.

While I wasn’t disappointed-in fact, I was quite on board to know what was going on- I couldn’t help but feel a disconnect in the way the characters were portrayed and some of the things they did, and the superficial way the story was handled. It was a strong plot, a really good one, but I found the execution a bit lacking. I thought there were some holes left in the story, and some things were swept under the rug, but still, this didn’t take away from my enjoyment and excitement much. One little matter that could be the exception to this would be the use of triple dot at the end of sentences. There were too many, it felt like the sentences never truly ended, or the characters were always unsure of what they were saying. I just hope this was fixed during publication.

Apart from all this, I liked that the story was told in multiple viewpoints. This enabled me to see the whole picture from many different angles, which is something I always enjoy in my reads. But the most important thing to mention is the real life-and very serious- issues the plot handled. I was glad to see that there were messages to receive from this story, and the author wasn’t even subtle about them. It’s always nice to read a book that puts social issues at its core and doesn’t shy away from criticism.

I’m adding three spoonfuls of this story into my hodgepodge.


More titles from Carissa Ann Lynch:

  • My Sister Is Missing
  • Have You Seen This Girl? (Flocksdale Files #1)

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