The Night She Disappeared – Kevin O’Brien

Anna Malone, Seattle TV news reporter, is abruptly pulled from a deep sleep by a ringing phone. Groggy, presumably from too many drinks at dinner last night, she fuzzily tries to piece together the evening, uncomfortable as it was, as she shakes off sleep.  Several minutes later, the phone rings again.  When Anna answers, it’s her married lover, Dr. Russ Knoll on the phone. He’s asking if Anna has heard from Courtney – she appears to be missing…

Courtney is Russ’s wife, and the three had been out to dinner last evening to celebrate the completion of a feature story that Anna had filmed on Courtney, a deaf author, hoping to break into the big time with a new fiction series. Throughout their covert relationship, Russ has assured Anna that his marriage is over, and that he and Courtney were planning to split amicably in the near future. Now, she has seemingly disappeared, and Anna can’t remember much of anything from last night’s dinner – and knows the investigation is just beginning…

As the days pass, news of Anna’s & Russ’s affair comes to light, and both are quickly vilified by the press. Talk Show Host Sally Justice is particularly virulent in her defamation of Anna’s character as she takes to the airwaves each night in an effort to sway public opinion.  Desperate to remember the events of that fateful evening, Anna turns to a renowned hypnotist in hopes of regaining her memory…and then things really go sideways…

This is vintage Kevin O’Brien! The ending took me completely by surprise and was not what I was expecting at all! Make sure you’ve got time set aside to read when you pick this one up – it’s a wild ride – and will keep you frantically turning pages until the last is turned! 

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