New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver delivers a gripping story about two sisters inexorably altered by a terrible accident.
Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before the accident that left Dara’s beautiful face scarred and the two sisters totally estranged. When Dara vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl, nine-year-old Madeline Snow, has vanished, too, and Nick becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances are linked. Now Nick has to find her sister, before it’s too late.
In this edgy and compelling novel, Lauren Oliver creates a world of intrigue, loss, and suspicion as two sisters search to find themselves, and each other.
“Alarming and uplifting, a rare psychological thriller that has a kind heart at its center. Read it with all the lights on.” — E. Lockhart, author of We Were Liars.– Goodreads
Lauren Oliver writes unrealistic, real stories. She writes stories you can feel and make you feel like you’re their. She writes stories about love, friendship, sisters. This is the story of Nick and Dara, two sisters who tell you their story from two different timelines: before and after. While this story has a lot going on: it works. Oliver always makes it work.
Nick and Dara have one of the realist portrayal of sibling relationships that I’ve read. The love, the jealously, the hate. It’s all on the pages of Vanishing Girls. Sibling relationships are rarely picture perfect and Oliver shows you can love and adore someone, but also be extremely jealous of someone at the same time. While the two sisters love each other, they’re almost too close and too different all at the same time and go from being BFFs to two that don’t know each other anymore.
While I enjoyed Vanishing Girls and wanted to finish the book, besides Oliver’s prose there wasn’t much keeping me reading the story. The actual storyline didn’t hold my interest in ways I hoped it would. There was nothing in particular wrong with the story, and I would happily recommend it. I just…wanted more from it. Vanishing Girls is also a stellar audiobook with six narrators. While that sounds like a ridiculous number, there are really just two with the other four being highlight voices.