Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

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Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Contemporary, Thriller
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: March 10th 2015

3 OUT OF 5 STARS

“Sometimes people stop loving you. And that’s the kind of darkness that never gets fixed, no matter how many moons rise again, filling the sky with a weak approximation of light.”

Nick and Dara were in an accident, neither of them quite remember how it happened, but Dara won’t speak to her sister.. On top of this their parents are divorcing. Their father has a pretty new girlfriend and drinks way too much. Their mothers takes pills and becomes completely absorbed in the case of missing nine year old Madeline Snow. Somewhere there’s an answer to all of this, what happened the night of the accident, where is Madeline and why is Dara acting so strange?

There is a lot going on in this book, but that’s not to it’s detriment. It does start a little slow and seems to roll painstakingly along for a bit. The ending is well worth it, it takes a lot for a book to shock me to my core, but Lauren Oliver struck hard. The foreshadowing is so subtle and lovely that you have to flip back after finishing to realize the answer was always there. It’s absolutely brilliant story-wise.

The start was slow though and more than anything I was so tired about hearing about eyes. Vivid, nearly yellow, warm grey-green-blue, it’s so dull. It’s such a cheap way to make a character pretty or handsome and it’s so overused. Especially eyes with in between magical colour shifting powers. The writing WAS compelling as a thriller should be but the descriptions of characters were mediocre at best and the quirks each had seemed A) mostly physical or B) entirely irrelevant and queer. Like a single odd obsession (with an amusement park or a video game) was enough to make a person feel real.

BUY THE BOOK

READ THIS IF YOU’RE A FAN OF: THE LOVELY BONES

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