Also by this author: Delirium, Pandemonium, Requiem, Panic
Published by Harper Collins on March 10, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Mystery, Young Adult
Narrator: Dan Bittner, Elizabeth Evans, Joel Richards, Justice Bolding, Saskia Maarleveld, Tavia Gilbert
Length: 9 hrs, 40 mins
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New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver delivers a gripping story about two sisters inexorably altered by a terrible accident.
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.
“Funny how things can stay the same forever and then change so quickly.”
I am a big fan of Lauren Oliver, so I couldn’t wait to listen to the audiobook of her latest novel, which promised a compelling mystery of a sister who goes missing. I felt like the synopsis was a little misleading, since Dara doesn’t actually go missing until toward the end of the book. I found the story to be interesting, but it felt disjointed. Maybe that was intentional, but it didn’t feel like the segments smoothly transitioned from the past into the present and between the two sisters. Maybe it translated more smoothly on paper than on audio, but I’ve never had an issue with audiobooks feeling that way before.
I liked the characters, but didn’t particularly feel any connection to them – there just wasn’t enough depth. My favorite parts were the chapters with Nick working at Fan Land, the amusement park that was past its prime. That sounded like such a fun summer job, especially with the complications of having Parker, her former BFF and Dara’s ex-boyfriend, there.
Can we talk about that twist for a minute? No spoilers, I promise. I was really hoping that we were heading for an epic, mind-blowing, I-never-saw-that-coming moment, but it just didn’t happen. I didn’t like the twist, and it kind of ruined the end of the book for me. I probably would’ve liked it more had I not read a book last year with a similar twist. I enjoyed the suspense leading up to it, but again felt like it was disjointed and the tone kept changing.
Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver may not be a contender for my favorite book of the summer, but it was still entertaining. I finished the audiobook quickly because I couldn’t wait to find out what was going to happen. The ending may have let me down, but I am still a fan of her work and can’t wait to read the next one.
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