Book Review – Vanishing Girls

Vanishing GirlsVanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Vanishing Girls is billed as a psychological thriller and it is that, but it isn’t new and fresh, or even that surprising. But that isn’t what pulled me into this story. First and foremost, even before I’d call it a psychological thriller, I’d call it a story about sisters. The relationship and love between Nick and Dara is heart-wrenching. I have a younger sister whom I adore, but whom I’ve also had my jealousies of and with. I could relate to the emotions in this book and there are a lot of them.
It’s a quick read with fairly simple language. The metaphors are sometimes awkward, but given the speed of the story did not irritate me too much. I did have some issues with the mystery of the missing girl, Madeline Snow. I was so connected to the story of the ‘estranged’ sisters after the accident that this other mystery didn’t feel as natural. It did serve to push the story and the reveal forward, but otherwise it seemed slightly awkward.
I will also say that I knew what was coming in the twist about halfway through the book. That said, I did replay and reread certain scenes after I had finished the book to understand the new perspective. To me, that is a sign the twist was actually well done, even if I did see it coming.
Overall, I really enjoyed the book but it was not for the mystery and instead for the characters and the touching relationship between the sisters – the love and hate, the anger, the jealousy, the forgiveness. It’s a quick read and worth the time.

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