Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Book Review: Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver/YA-Psychological Thriller-Mystery/Published in 2015

Hello dear Readers,

Below, my thoughts on Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver.

Title: Vanishing Girls
Genre: YA/Psychological Thriller/Mystery
Author: Lauren Oliver
Publisher: Harper Collins
Language: English
Paperback: 368 pages

Book Description

Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before- before Dara kissed Parker, before Nick lost him as her best friend, before the accident that left Dara's beautiful face scarred. Now the two sisters, who used to be so close, aren't speaking. In an instant, Nick lost everything and is determined to used the summer to get it all back.
But Dara has other plans. When she vanishes on her Birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl has vanished, too- nine-year-old Madeline Snow- and as Nick pursues her sister, she becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances may be linked.
In this edgy and compelling novel, New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver creates a world of intrigue, loss, and suspicion as two sisters search to find themselves, and each other. 

My thoughts
*I gave 5/5 stars on Goodreads

This was my first Lauren Oliver book I read and I really enjoyed it. I think her writing style holds this story together in a great way.  Also, it has all the ingredients you always hope to find in a thriller or in any other book: great characters, great story, a beautiful writing style, full of suspense and a unexpected plot twist that blows away the reader's mind. That was my experience with this book. Again, another story that despite all my assumptions, the plot twist and the ending were nothing like I was expecting them to be. And I loved that.

Vanishing girls is about sisters, family, loss, tragedy, and finding the way to deal with it. It is about how to find peace and move forward after tragedy touches people's lives.

Dara and Nick are sisters that were inseparable. They used to be really close to each other but one day, they have a car accident and everything changes. And also how the disappearance of a little girl, Madeline Snow, is connected to Dara and all that is happening in the book.

Dara and Nick family was already fractured the moment their parents divorced. Dara is the younger sister and the trouble maker one. She likes going to parties, drinking, going out with guys, and being noticed by people. Nick, in the other hand, is the older sister, the good girl of the family and the one that is always covering Dara so their parents don't know about her life style.

Not only because of the accident but before it happens, Dara and Nick's relationship starts changing when Dara and Parker, Nick's best friend, kiss and the dynamics, the relationship the three of them have had since they were little kids changes because of that kiss and also, because of all the feelings and situations they go through everyday. 

Vanishing Girls is told from the POV of both sisters. Chapters with different dates, "before and after" the accident, describing how Dara and Nick's relationship is, not only with each other but with their parents, Parker and all the other characters in the book. 

In general, I love this book and like I mentioned before, that plot twist is very interesting and well done by the Author. 

If you love psychological thriller, mystery, if you are looking for an interesting story, with interesting characters, great writing style, and a really good twist of events, I totally recommend to read this book.

My Favorite Quote

"This is it: somehow, in these pictures, the mystery of the accident is contained, and the explanation for Dara's subsequent behavior, for the silences and disappearances. Don't ask me how I know, I just do. If you don't understand that, I guess, you've never had a sister".


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