Mary Torjussen

Mary Torjussen has an MA in Creative Writing from Liverpool John Moores University.

She worked for several years as a teacher and lives outside of Liverpool, where Gone Without a Trace is set.

Mary’s second novel, The Girl I Used To Be, was published in May 2018.

Northbank Talent Management represents book-to-screen rights for Mary Torjussen.


The Girl I Used To Be

Mary Torjussen

The morning after real estate agent Gemma Brogan has dinner with a prospective client, she’s furious at herself for drinking so much. But there will be more to regret than a nasty hangover.

She starts receiving mementos from that night: a photo of a hallway kiss. A video of her complaining about her husband. And worse…much worse. The problem is she doesn’t remember any of it.

As the blackmailing and menace ramp up, Gemma fears for her already shaky marriage. The paranoia, the feeling that her life is spiralling out of control, will take her back to another night – years ago – that changed everything. And Gemma will realize just how far the shadows from her past can reach…

‘Subtle and assured, Torjussen is a writer to watch. She knows how to deliver a teasing, suspenseful, and twisty read!’

— Shari Lapena

‘A gripping psychological thriller.’

— Booklist

‘Paula Hawkins fans will find a lot to like.’

— Publishers Weekly

Gone Without A Trace

Mary Torjussen

No one ever disappears completely…

You leave for work one morning.

Another day in your normal life.

Until you come home to discover that your boyfriend has gone.
His belongings have disappeared.
He hasn’t been at work for weeks.
It’s as if he never existed.

But that’s not possible, is it?

And if he has gone without a trace,
why do you still feel that someone is watching you?

Gone Without A Trace is a chilling, twisty, compulsive thriller which will grip fans of The Girl On The Train and I Let You Go.

‘Gone Without a Trace has one of the most interesting narrators I’ve ever come across. Suspenseful and subtle, this novel plays with all of your expectations. Not to be missed!’

— Shari Lapena, New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door

‘Gone Without a Trace is a gripping mystery with a chilling twist. Mary Torjussen kept me turning the pages to the very last.’

— Meg Gardiner, Edgar Award-winning author of Phantom Instinct

‘Gone Without a Trace grabbed me right away with its mind-blowing and heartbreaking premise, and I couldn’t read fast enough as the book revealed a series of twisting and even shocking surprises. This thriller thrills, but it’s grounded by complicated, complex, and sometimes deeply flawed characters I couldn’t stop thinking about. An absorbing, smashing debut!’

— David Bell, bestselling author of Since She Went Away

‘Mary Torjussen spins a clever, fast-paced tale with a twist so sharp it will give readers whiplash.’

— Tami Hoag, #1 New York Times bestselling author

‘Torjussen’s debut will keep readers on the edges of their seats as they delve into Hannah’s troubled mind, undertaking a painful journey through her past that leads up to a heartbreaking conclusion. Readers will be absorbed in this hard look at human nature and the lengths we will go to protect what we feel is ours.’

— Booklist

‘A jaw-dropping twist that leads to an explosive ending.’

— Romantic Times

‘Torjussen’s debut novel combines tightly wound suspense with an unfolding surprise ending, making for a gripping page-turner from start to finish. Fans of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl and Alafair Burke’s If You Were Here will love this.’

— Library Journal

‘Torjussen draws you into Hannah’s plight until you’re wrapped in it like the coils of an anaconda.’

— Suspense magazine

‘This is a book that people will obsess over, discuss and read, read, read. Oh, and if you’re thinking about ghosting your significant other, you might want to reconsider.’

— Book Reporter