I was excited (and a bit stunned) to have In the Vanishing Hour chosen as a starred review for Independent Book Review, and I was truly moved by reviewer Melissa Suggitt's lovely words about my novel. Thank you for the feature, and for taking the time to read my work.
To read the full review, visit the book page on Independent Book Review.
As publication day approaches, reviews and features are starting to pop up for In the Vanishing Hour, and I couldn't be more excited to receive my first editorial review from Independent Book Review. They will feature the full review on their site in October, but here's what they had to say (minus the plot summary).
Thank you to Independent Book Review for making my day a little bit brighter.
"Sarah Beth Martin has created a unique narrative here. While it’s set decades in the past, it feels like it could be happening today. The story feels incredibly immersive, drawing the reader deeper and deeper into the mystery of what happened to Gwen—and what really happened to Mac Adams all those years ago.
Martin expertly moves between characters and timelines, jumping between 1959 and 1974, blending past and present together, all the while slowly unravelling details that keep the reader guessing and on the edge of their seat, desperate to know more.
The writing is poetic and detailed enough to give us a clear picture of this little town and its characters, both in their prime and in their decline. Martin’s dialogue flows so effortlessly and smoothly that you forget you’re not sitting in the moment with the characters.
It’s also interesting to watch a story unfold where both the characters are grappling with their inner identities. The experience is a universal one for most at some point in their lives, and this particular insight reminds us that we’re not alone.
In the end, the reader is left with a strong message: the truth will always find you, and it will set you free. A lesson many of us could do to learn.
In the Vanishing Hour pairs suspense with drama and a touch of romance, for an effect that is pleasant and cozy while also completely captivating. What a novel for a rainy afternoon. My advice: leave time to finish it in one sitting because it’s hard to put down. Highly recommended for fans of literary suspense."
--Independent Book Review
Here's my first trailer for the novel, which is due out on October 19th.
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