Review: Vanishing Girls
Released by Hodder & Stoughton on 10 March 2015
"Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before the accident that left Dara's beautiful face scarred and the two sisters totally estranged. When Dara vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl, nine-year-old Madeline Snow, has vanished, too, and Nick becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances are linked. Now Nick has to find her sister, before it's too late. In this edgy and compelling novel, Lauren Oliver creates a world of intrigue, loss, and suspicion as two sisters search to find themselves, and each other."
A couple of years ago, I read the Delirium trilogy, a series that I enjoyed very much. After this series, Lauren Oliver released a couple of other books, including Vanishing Girls a book that I hadn’t heard much about, to be honest. When Black Friday came along this year, some Dutch web shops had discounts going on, and I decided to check out one of the websites. It had this book with 20% discount, and no shipping, so I decided to order it.
I thought the summary of this book sounded really interesting, especially when I read a quote that said this book was ‘Creepier and sweeter than Gone Girl’. But I have to admit, it did not deliver.
The story didn’t start picking up until I was two-thirds into the book, at around 200 pages give or take. Before that, it was still a nice read, but I just didn’t think it was as thrilling as the last part of the book. View Spoiler »Especially because Dara didn’t disappear until that moment. I thought it would happen way sooner in the book, but alas. « Hide Spoiler Lauren’s writing was still as nice as I remembered from Delirium, but I just didn’t think this story was as amazing.
Characterwise, I thought the book was good. Nick and Dara were two sides of the same coin, and I enjoyed reading from both their perspectives. Parker was a nice character as well, and I loved the whole Fanland crew too.
The book was also filled with news articles, diary entries from Dara and a couple of pictures, and I enjoyed that very much. I always love it when books do things like these because that will make the reading experience even cooler!
Vanishing Girls was, according to the back, full of plot-twists, but I only thought that the last reveal was worthy the title of ‘plot-twist’. I had not seen that coming, and I am honestly thinking of actually rereading the book to see if I can find signs. View Spoiler »Ok maybe fifty pages before the reveal, I started thinking ‘what if Dara had actually died in the accident, and everything was all just Nick’s imagination, so yeah still not really a big ‘oh my god’ reveal. « Hide Spoiler
So, while story-wise Vanishing Girls wasn’t the most amazing thriller/mystery book, the characters and the last hundred-or-so pages made up for it. I enjoyed this book very much and I was up way past my bedtime trying to finish it.
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