Without a Trace

by Lesley Pearse

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LoveReading View on Without a Trace

An enjoyable, comforting read, even with murder, intrigue and abuse, sneaking and scheming their way through the pages. Set after the Second World War in 1953, the author deftly takes you back to a time when rationing and making do was still a part of every day lives. The engaging cast of characters, from isolated countryside villages to the blitzed East End, are vividly portrayed. While Molly starts to really live and experience life, the background detail brings a vibrancy to the story, in particular the war torn and deprived streets of London. This is pure escapism, allowing you to float away to another time, to experience hopes and dreams along side one woman’s determination to discover exactly what has happened to her murdered friend’s missing daughter. ~ Liz Robinson

Liz Robinson

Without a Trace Synopsis

International number one bestselling author Lesley Pearse brings a compelling story of courage, friendship and love in her brand new novel Without a Trace. Coronation Day, 1953. In the Somerset village of Sawbridge, young shopkeeper Molly Heywood slips away from the celebrations to her friend's cottage and makes a shocking discovery: Cassie is dead and her six-year-old daughter Petal has vanished without a trace. In her grief, Molly seeks help from her childhood friend George, now the village policeman, but no one can find Petal. The only clue is a letter from London, where Cassie once lived. Despite George's reluctance and her growing feelings for him, Molly resolves to go to London in the hope of discovering the missing child. Arriving in the big city, Molly quickly learns it's a dangerous place for a country girl on her own But there's hope too - in the Blitz-ruined East End, she unexpectedly finds friendship with strangers from Cassie's past and, with handsome, mysterious workman Charley, the possibility of something more. However, the closer Molly gets to the truth, the more perilous her journey becomes. She has given up everything - her home, happiness and a chance at love - all to find Petal. But is she also risking her life? From the number one UK bestselling author Lesley Pearse comes Without a Trace, a gripping story of bravery, secrets and love. Praise for Without a Trace: Epic romantic drama set in post-war London. (Heat Magazine). A heart-warming and evocative tale that is a real delight to read. (Sun). A narrative that gallops along, this is quintessential Pearse that will delight her army of readers. (Daily Mail). Must have. (Sunday Express). Praise for Lesley Pearse: Evocative, compelling, told from the heart. (Sunday Express). Utterly riveting, brilliant. (Closer). Full of love, passion and heartbreak. (Best). Glorious, heartwarming. (Woman & Home). Lesley Pearse's novels have sold over ten million copies worldwide. Her seventeen most recent books, including Forgive Me, The Promise and Belle have all been huge bestsellers. Lesley lives in Devon and has three daughters and three grandchildren.

Without a Trace Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

  • Elisabeth Thomas - '‘Without a Trace’ is a compelling and heart-warming story from one of the best story tellers around.'
  • Sue Mooney - 'A fabulous read, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this latest offering from one of my favourite authors, Lesley Pearse.'
  • Sallyann Spittle - 'This book is such a pleasure to read, it is over only too quickly.  Lesley Pearse is a true storyteller and this is her at her very, very best.'
  • Lesley Mumbray-Williams - 'you will find yourself immersed in a compelling story with excellent writing and an attention to period detail which Lesley Pearse uses deftly and accurately.'
  • Edel Waugh - 'was well told and held more than a few surprises near the end that I did not see coming...'
  • Linda Hill - 'A roller coaster ride of murder, love and intrigue...Lesley Pearse at her best.'
  • Sarah Smith - 'A great book by Lesley Pearce, and has a few unexpected twists to keep you on your toes.'
  • Sandra Robinson - 'A story of love, heartache, courage and friendship.'
  • Linda Rollins - 'A few tragedies and some wonderfully surprising events make this a good story, if a little slow and a bit too detailed in places.'
  • Angie Rhodes - '1953 and the Coronation party is in full swing and Cassie hasn’t arrived. Molly goes to her cottage and what she finds is not a happy scene, Cassie is lying dead on the cottage floor and Petal is missing…'
  • Doreen McKeown - 'although it did make for an easy read, which is not necessarily a bad thing.'
  • Tracey Copeland - 'even though it was enjoyable it didn't grip me, and I wasn't in a rush to get to the end.'
  • Lucy Hall - 'Storytelling at its best, a gripping book which has you hooked from the first chapter & throughout!'
  • Candy Hart - 'I have always been such a huge fan of Lesley Pearse and this book is no exception. Wonderful characters and wonderful descriptions 10/10 for this fab story.'

Without a Trace Press Reviews

'Epic romantic drama set in post-war London' Heat Magazine

'A heart-warming and evocative tale that is a real delight to read' Sun

'A narrative that gallops along, this is quintessential Pearse that will delight her army of readers' Daily Mail

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ISBN: 9780241961537
Publication date: 13/08/2015
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780718159078
Publication date: 07/05/2015
Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780241961537
Publication date: 13th August 2015
Author: Lesley Pearse
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 432 pages
Genres: Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction, Sagas and Romance,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Lesley Pearse

Lesley Pearse's novels have sold over ten million copies worldwide and include most recently Dead to Me, Without a Trace, Survivor, Forgive Me and The Promise. Her new novel The Woman in the Wood  is a powerful, passionate and sinister tale of a young woman's courage, friendship and determination. Author Photo © Charlotte Murphy

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