The Vanishing Season

The Vanishing Season

A recent abduction becomes an unexpected link to a decades-long spree of unspeakable crimes.Eight-year-old Brooklyn Mercer has gone missing. And as accustomed as FBI agents Eliza Sterling and Brandon Eddison are to such harrowing cases, this one has struck a nerve. It marks the anniversary of the disappearance of Eddison’s own little sister. Disturbing, too, is the girl’s...

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Title:The Vanishing Season
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The Vanishing Season Reviews

  • Fiona

    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.

    There's a line towards the end of this book, that talks about the extraordinary kindness people can surprise you with, and I think that sums up exactly what drove this series so deep into my heart. I really don't get emotional about books any more, but I couldn't maintain dry eyes throughout the last quarter. Something about these agents and the family they've built for themselves just hits such

    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.

    There's a line towards the end of this book, that talks about the extraordinary kindness people can surprise you with, and I think that sums up exactly what drove this series so deep into my heart. I really don't get emotional about books any more, but I couldn't maintain dry eyes throughout the last quarter. Something about these agents and the family they've built for themselves just hits such a true note that it's like having that family as my own.

    We're still only just under a month from publication, so obviously this will be a spoiler-free review. As usual, though you'll miss a lot if you do, this and all the books can be read on their own - but why would you want to not go back? I do, every time a new book comes out. In terms of the other books, this is more similar to #3 - we're back with the CAC team, rather than the survivors of a horror, but in this particular case it's hard not to blur the lines a bit. The characters we've grown to love don't disappoint, and there's a host of new people to extend your heart to.

    I really am very emotional about this series, and Dot Hutchison has pulled off a true miracle in bringing such hope and happiness into what can be such a dark genre. She's an author who believes in kindness and it's extraordinary powers, and I can't wait to see what she does next.

  • ❆Francesca (Mother of Cats) Selina❆

    The perfect conclusion to an amazing series.

    I devoured this book in a day and I cried the whole time; Hutchison’s writing is like a siren song: you can’t resist being lured in....

    Full review to come when the publishing date is nearer.

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    FEBRUARY 2019:

    Another beautiful cover for this fantastic series!

    I’ll be extremely sad when this books comes out because it’s going to be the final book of The Collector series and I’m so not ready to let go....this series is my favorite psychologi

    The perfect conclusion to an amazing series.

    I devoured this book in a day and I cried the whole time; Hutchison’s writing is like a siren song: you can’t resist being lured in....

    Full review to come when the publishing date is nearer.

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    FEBRUARY 2019:

    Another beautiful cover for this fantastic series!

    I’ll be extremely sad when this books comes out because it’s going to be the final book of The Collector series and I’m so not ready to let go....this series is my favorite psychological thriller and each book is so

    !

    Discovering Dot Hutchison’s writing has been life changing, I’ll forever be her fan.

  • BernLuvsBooks (Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas)

    I've come to love the CAC team in this series. With the last two installments we really get to know them and become invested in the family they have formed. In

    8 year old Brooklyn Mercer goes missing on her short walk home from school. The disappearance allows us to dig deeper into Brandon Eddison's past. I have thoroughly enjoyed Bran and his interaction

    I've come to love the CAC team in this series. With the last two installments we really get to know them and become invested in the family they have formed. In

    8 year old Brooklyn Mercer goes missing on her short walk home from school. The disappearance allows us to dig deeper into Brandon Eddison's past. I have thoroughly enjoyed Bran and his interaction with both the members of his team and the girls from the Garden whom he adopted over time. It was fitting to finally get his full backstory.

    I appreciate that Dot Hutchinson gave us this fitting conclusion to the series. The ending was like catching up with old friends and feeling that sense of contentment at finding out what they have been up to.

  • Kylie D

    Another powerful novel in The Collector series, this one focusing on FBI Agent Eliza Sterling searching for a missing eight year old girl. For Eliza's partner Bran the case has a special meaning. His sister, who looked a lot like the missing girl, also went missing twenty five years ago, never to be seen again. As the case open old wounds for the team, they race to save the girl, but new chilling evidence comes to light, that this girl might not be the only one. This madman, whoever he is, has b

    Another powerful novel in The Collector series, this one focusing on FBI Agent Eliza Sterling searching for a missing eight year old girl. For Eliza's partner Bran the case has a special meaning. His sister, who looked a lot like the missing girl, also went missing twenty five years ago, never to be seen again. As the case open old wounds for the team, they race to save the girl, but new chilling evidence comes to light, that this girl might not be the only one. This madman, whoever he is, has been taking girls for decades...

    Gee, I really enjoy this series, and I'm glad Dot Hutchison extended it past the initial trilogy. With convincing writing, along with a cast of memorable characters, these book will keep you up long into the night. I recommend these books to all lovers of crime and mystery novels.

    My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  • Karima chermiti

    #1 :

    : 3 Stars

    #2 :

    : 4 Stars

    #3 :

    : 5 Stars

    is the conclusion to

    by

    and it’s a very satisfying end to on my favorite mystery thriller series. I like how we came full circle with this book and how the questions that have been haunting me through the series are now answered in the best way possible.

    The whole series follows a team

    #1 :

    : 3 Stars

    #2 :

    : 4 Stars

    #3 :

    : 5 Stars

    is the conclusion to

    by

    and it’s a very satisfying end to on my favorite mystery thriller series. I like how we came full circle with this book and how the questions that have been haunting me through the series are now answered in the best way possible.

    The whole series follows a team of FBI agents and each book is told from the perspective of one of the agents.

    focuses on Agent Eliza Sterling as she searches along with her team for an eight year old girl who’s gone missing when coming back from school but the similarities between her disappearance and the disappearance of Bran’s sister faith decades ago makes the case a very emotional one for the whole team.

    As the investigations progresses it becomes very clear that the girl may be one of many and the culprit they’re looking for may have been taking young girls for years and years.

    As conclusions go, this one is really good. It ties all the loose ends; it respects the characters arcs and their individual journey and answers all the questions that’s been there along the way while giving us a very deep picture of who the characters are and how far they have come.

    I loved everything about it from the mystery and how it was handled, to all the revelations that touched our heroes one way or another to the fact that they are finally at peace with everything they went through coming out stronger after every struggle. I really love how even though the mysteries are well done n every single book, they are written with a compassion and emotions, they’re not glorified or exaggerated for shock value. I mean the series is one of the most sensitive series I’ve read in a very long way. The author shows respect through her brilliant writing to the pain the characters endure and to the tragedies that happen in the whole series.

    The characters has always been written in a way that makes you root for them to make it through, to move on from the hurt of the past and embrace the beauty of possibilities and that’s what happened in this finale. I can’t be happier with the outcome of this book. even though, it’s was really sad, painful to read and sometimes hard to get through, at the end, I’m happy that I gave this series a chance and that I grow to know the characters more and more with every book and see them grow and change and become happier leaving the pain behind without forgetting the struggles that made them who they are.

    Touching, Hopeful and deeply moving,

    is a must read for fans of the thriller/mystery genre and even if you're not a fan I think you'll become one after reading this series. Please, give it a chance, you won’t regret.

  • Mackey

    We were first introduced to this series with The Butterfly Garden, a book that horrified and traumatized many readers several years ago. It continued with The Roses of May and last years bestseller, The Summer Children. (You can read my review of that book HERE) Each book has built on the development of the team members who originally found girls in the Butterfly Garden and their work within a special unit of the FBI. Now a child has been abducted, their specialty, but the case is eerily similar

    We were first introduced to this series with The Butterfly Garden, a book that horrified and traumatized many readers several years ago. It continued with The Roses of May and last years bestseller, The Summer Children. (You can read my review of that book HERE) Each book has built on the development of the team members who originally found girls in the Butterfly Garden and their work within a special unit of the FBI. Now a child has been abducted, their specialty, but the case is eerily similar to kidnapping of Eddison’s sister years earlier. As the team members deal with their own haunting demons from past cases, they also must search through clues to see how and why this case may be linked to the cold cases from old before it is too late to save the missing child.

    Let me state up front that absolutely is not a “stand alone” book. I read The Summer Children last year and only slightly fell through the cracks a few times. After that, I promptly went back and read the first two books in the series. All of these books are top notch, horrifyingly marvelous thrillers. This one, however, is the end of the story. For those of us invested in these characters it is a book that ties up all of the loose ends, answers questions from the past and allows us and the author to move on to new topics. It is a must -read for followers of Hutchison’s work, but I don’t recommend starting here. I do, however, recommend reading every single one of the books in the series. They are absolutely fantastic! Hutchison is a masterful storyteller whose tales you will not want to miss.

  • Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm, Myrtle Beach

    I love this series. I devoured the first 3 books, but The Vanishing Season left a lot to be desired.

    While I love the entire FBI team, the magnitude of the inane banter and chit chat was annoying. There was just so much. That's not what I'm here for. I want more of the mystery/crime. I feel like this installment was missing the magic, the on the edge of my seat suspense that the other 3 books had. And all of a sudden, all the evidence was just there and it was solved... is it really that easy? Ma

    I love this series. I devoured the first 3 books, but The Vanishing Season left a lot to be desired.

    While I love the entire FBI team, the magnitude of the inane banter and chit chat was annoying. There was just so much. That's not what I'm here for. I want more of the mystery/crime. I feel like this installment was missing the magic, the on the edge of my seat suspense that the other 3 books had. And all of a sudden, all the evidence was just there and it was solved... is it really that easy? Maybe stop with the unnecessary repetition of how they're all "family" and actually delve a little more into the missing girls. And the fact that everyone made SUCH A BIG DEAL that Eliza has blonde hair and blue eyes like the missing girls was eye-roll worthy. Who cares? A ton of women are blonde with blue eyes.

    Still a decent book... I'm sad that it's the last one though. Not a great note to end on.

  • MissBecka

    The atmosphere on this one was far more sappy & sad than the previous three.

    The POV is from Agent Sterling's perspective.

    Sterling is my least favourite character and better suited as a side dish rather than the MC in my opinion.

    I think that may be why I enjoyed this less than the other books.

    Or maybe I am just depressed that the series is over and I have to say goodbye to all my new friends.

    Who knows for sure?

    "You look too sweet to be so evil."

    Thanks to NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for

    The atmosphere on this one was far more sappy & sad than the previous three.

    The POV is from Agent Sterling's perspective.

    Sterling is my least favourite character and better suited as a side dish rather than the MC in my opinion.

    I think that may be why I enjoyed this less than the other books.

    Or maybe I am just depressed that the series is over and I have to say goodbye to all my new friends.

    Who knows for sure?

    "You look too sweet to be so evil."

    Thanks to NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for this ARC.

  • Nilufer Ozmekik

    3 little sad of ending of the series that I adored but also dissatisfied because of slow burned development and frustrated by the way of storytelling stars!

    Okay, Butterfly Garden is one of my best, creepiest, most blood freezing, nail biting, mind bending, nightmarish book and I enjoyed it too much. So when the new books of the series published, naturally I wanted to read more !

    Other two books of the series are not bad but not masterpieces, they were regular thriller books! They’re okay-ish!

    Bu

    3 little sad of ending of the series that I adored but also dissatisfied because of slow burned development and frustrated by the way of storytelling stars!

    Okay, Butterfly Garden is one of my best, creepiest, most blood freezing, nail biting, mind bending, nightmarish book and I enjoyed it too much. So when the new books of the series published, naturally I wanted to read more !

    Other two books of the series are not bad but not masterpieces, they were regular thriller books! They’re okay-ish!

    But this one isn’t okay for me!

    And I have problems with this book BECAUSE:

    - 8 years old Brooklyn’s kidnapping is completely overshadowed by Agent Eddison’s resuming traumatic issues about her sister’s disappearance and over dramatic connection and relationship problems between him and Sterling . ( The House, the Wedding Dress mentioned more than crimes)

    - Too many characters, too many personal details and daily issues! The women agents were acting like high school girls made me question the genre ! I thought that was not a YA thriller and too many Spanish ( I hate to read a book with a dictionary)

    - Burning the wedding dress part made me think maybe I’m not reading thriller, I’m reading a chic lit but I didn’t find out before I read the half of it!

    - After they found the killer, the writer wanted to give the characters make their peace with the past but those dramatic parts and finding the corpses of the lost girls are slow, dull , long and not as emotional as I expected!

    - The killer part was surprising but his story was too sad and traumatic made you think you have to pity on him because of his lost and his psychological problems!

    This series made a great start and luckily and finally most of the characters have their HEAs. But I was expecting a page turner, riveting, gripping thriller! Instead of that I got overdramatic slow burn psychological fiction! Damn it !

  • destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]

    Sadly, this has been really... odd and not up to par for the series, if that makes sense? I'm

    but I do plan on picking it back up later to see if it gets better.

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