“This is it: somehow, in these pictures, the mystery of the accident is contained, and the explanation for Dara’s subsequent behavior, for the silences and disappearances. Don’t ask me how. I just do. If you don’t understand that, I guess you’ve never had a sister”
Fantastically complex, Lauren Oliver’s Vanishing Girls is a psychological thriller that brings new meaning to idea of suspense. The minute I finished it, I wanted to start-over, back at the beginning.
Sisters, Nick and Dara, used to be inseparable best friends until the accident. Both left broken in their own ways, they must cope with the aftermath of what happened that night. Throughout the summer, while grappling with their own mysteries, the girls find themselves caught up in the disappearance of a nine-year-old girl from their hometown.
Told in a jumping timeline with alternating points-of-view, Vanishing Girls has a can’t-quit-won’t-quit plot that thickens with every page turn. Oliver’s masterful storytelling leaks off on the pages and into the soul. The book itself is a work of art, revealing its own clues along the way.
Surprising, terrifying, and darkly gratifying, the story is one to leave readers guessing, while simultaneously breaking hearts. This one will please young adult, psychological thriller, and mystery fans both old and new.