The Disappearances

The Disappearances

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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, 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.
Publisher: Boston ; New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017
ISBN: 9780544879362
0544879368
Characteristics: 388 p. ; 22 cm

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MelifluousView Aug 03, 2018

It's hard to describe this book: Mysterious, but not too creepy. Realistic with a dash of the supernatural. Intriguing and wonderful and a little romantic. Watching Aila deal with her mother's death as she has to move to the small town where her mom grew up brought up all kinds of challenges. Will she figure out if her mother is linked to the Disappearances? First it was scent that disappeared and later seeing your own reflection...why do these things happen? I loved this book!

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StratusFlyer
Jul 21, 2018

I read this book as an ARC. Here is part of my review:

"I liked how it took a while for the romance to build up. It made their relationship so much more believable!

The only thing I did not like is that so much of the plot was packed in just a few chapters of the book."

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Maharahal
Jun 19, 2018

This book was SO good! Definitely a good read. It's about 400 pages, so if you like to read, totally check this out!!

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Ricegirl1959
Dec 11, 2017

I found Emily Bain Murphy's "The Disappearances" to be a fascinating read. Just as I thought I was able to figure it out, another clue would pop up, destroying my theory. Then, as I was approaching the end of the book, I found myself at a familiar crossroads: has my time been wasted reading this book? Will the author throw the ending away? Will I hate the way the author chooses to finish the story?

All three questions, the answer was an affirmative NO! Murphy's skill, talent, and most of all imagination were the perfect storm in book format. I hope to see more by this author. None of the overused dragons, vampires, or cliché for her. Just good story, lots of excitement, and good writing. Cheers to her and the way she weaves a story, capturing the audience.

Well done, Emily Bain Murphy! Well done!

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JazzieD5
Aug 30, 2017

I was shocked by this book. Its amazing. Such mystery within it but some romance. But it mainly focused on the mystery. I recommend everybody to read this book.

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StratusFlyer
Jul 21, 2018

StratusFlyer thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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Maharahal
Jun 19, 2018

Maharahal thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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