Sunday, 15 March 2015
Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver
Meet Dara and Nicole (Nick), they are just 11 months apart in age and they used to be inseparable, but that was before the terrible accident that left Dara's beautiful face scarred and the two sisters totally estranged. Dara vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just messing around. But another girl, nine-year-old Madeline Snow, has vanished, too, and Nick becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances are linked. She believes that she can alleviate the mountain of guilt she's carrying around if she can piece the puzzle together and get her sister back. Now Nick has to find her sister, before it's too late.
The chapters bounce between time periods and points of view, so I had to read it a bit more slowly/carefully than I would normally read to make sure I didn't miss anything that Oliver meant for the reader to experience. I love the multimedia approach - it's not all just story told by the author, but also includes diary entries, blogs, emails, website posts, and text messages.
This is the first book that I've read by Lauren Oliver and really enjoyed it, the last 150 pages I read at break neck speed, I couldn't wait to get to the end, I was rooting for Nick but was completely floored by the ending. I honestly did not see it coming. An excellent emotional, gripping, edgy thriller full of intrigue, loss, and suspicion as two sisters search to find themselves, and each other.
This is available on Kindle and in all good bookstores.