Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Disappearances By Emily Bain Murphy|Review

The Disappearances
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on July 4th, 2017
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Pages: 400
Format: eARC

What if the ordinary things in life suddenly…disappeared?

Aila Quinn’s mother, Juliet, has always been a mystery: vibrant yet guarded, she keeps her secrets beyond Aila’s reach. When Juliet dies, Aila and her younger brother Miles are sent to live in Sterling, a rural town far from home--and the place where Juliet grew up.

Sterling is a place with mysteries of its own. A place where the experiences that weave life together--scents of flowers and food, reflections from mirrors and lakes, even the ability to dream--vanish every seven years.

No one knows what caused these “Disappearances,” or what will slip away next. But Sterling always suspected that Juliet Quinn was somehow responsible--and Aila must bear the brunt of their blame while she follows the chain of literary clues her mother left behind.

As the next Disappearance nears, Aila begins to unravel the dual mystery of why the Disappearances happen and who her mother truly was. One thing is clear: Sterling isn’t going to hold on to anyone's secrets for long before it starts giving them up.

My Thoughts

I received an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I’ve been on the hunt for mystery for some time now. I thought for sure my search had finally come to an end when I found this book. Unfortunately, my search still continues.

The Disappearances was not what I was expecting at all. I imagined urgent and fast-paced writing that would draw out the mystery to the very last page. Sadly, shortly after diving in, the story became incredibly slow, the middle especially. I found it hard to want to keep reading. I had no motivation or sympathy for any of the character to care what happened to them in the end. 

I think The Disappearances is an interesting concept but wish it carried throughout the entire book. In the middle, it was almost as if the mystery had been put on hold. It wasn’t until the end when the story finally began to pick up again. But by then, there were only a few pages left.

For the most part, the characters were well developed and had some depth to them. However, there are many similar characters to them outside of this book in other mysteries. They didn’t feel genuine. They were more there to lead the story in the direction the author wanted and not in their own direction.

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