Review: The Disappearances

Title: The Disappearances

Author: Emily Bain Murphy

Date of Publication: July 4th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

“Thick with mystery, buried secrets, and magic, nothing is safe in The Disappearances. Be careful, or you might lose yourself in this strange and wondrous world, where stars go missing, reflections don’t exist, and the question, how much would you sacrifice for love? is given entirely new meaning. I adored this book!” – Stephanie Garber, author of Caraval

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 Review:

I normally don’t read mystery type books, but I was completely intrigued by the cover and the summary of this one. The description doesn’t give away all the secrets as to what is inside, so it is hard to write this review without giving everything away.

This book reminded me a lot of the movie Perfect Sense with some of the things being senses taken away. The Disappearances, however, is pretty original. I even liked the main character Aila except when she complained about her “ugly ear”. The side characters were likable, including Will.

The problem I had with this book was how boring it was. When I thought it would get interesting, it suddenly got super boring again. I found myself constantly struggling to finish it. Some of the stuff didn’t make a lot of sense to me either and was kind of odd versus cool.

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I really wanted to like this one because the story and plot is there, and even the writer writes well, but the slow flow was just too much for me to handle.

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