Author: Lauren Oliver
Series: Stand-alone Novel
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication Date: 3/10/2015
Source: Borrowed from library
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Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before – before Dara kissed Parker, before Nick lost him as her best friend, before the accident that left Dara’s beautiful face scarred.
Now the two sisters, who used to be so close, aren’t speaking. In an instant, Nick lost everything and is determined to use the summer to get it all back.
But Dara has other plans. When she vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl has vanished, too—nine-year-old Elizabeth Snow—and as Nick pursues her sister, she becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances may be linked.
A lot of times I’ll pick up a mystery/thriller book and get sucked in until about halfway through when I realize how the rest of the book will play out. This was not the case with Vanishing Girls! It was a bit slow at first, but once I got caught up in the action, I could not put it down.
The plot is mainly character driven as Nick races to remember what happened to Dara and discover if Dara’s disappearance is related that of a local missing girl. We see elements of sisterhood and familial love covered by tensions. The characters and their relationships are written so well that the much talked about ending comes as a big surprise.
Speaking of which – THAT ENDING! By the time I finished the book, I found myself flipping back to different parts in order to piece the time lines together and see any clues I had missed. The plot and characters were excellently woven together, while not making me feel upset I had been tricked all along. Fans of Ellen Hopkins’s Identical would eat this book up.
The descriptions Lauren Oliver writes also really help make the book stand out to me. I feel like scent is often forgotten when describing the scenery or is hard to imagine, yet there are times in Vanishing Girls I can easily call to mind that exact scent. Such as when Nick is working at the amusement park and describes the bathroom saying, “I towel off with the scratchy brown paper towel unique to public restrooms, the kind that smells like wet earth.” Phrases like this one are just part of the reason I love Oliver’s writing and look forward to reading her other books!