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.
Wow. Just wow.
From the moment I first read the description for The Disappearances, I was hooked. I just knew, knew that I was going to love this book.
At first, I was a little worried. The story started slow, and while intriguing, I found myself putting it down in favor of other things... Ok Netflix but whatever. But I stuck with it, because I really had a feeling this book was for me.
I'm so glad that I kept reading. The Disappearances is easily one of my favorite books of the year so far. It's an absolutely beautiful story, unique and full of wonder and magic. I love that I didn't see the twist coming. I can easily see myself reading this one again and again just for fun.
One of my favorite aspects of this story was the romance. It was an utter delight to read. No insta-love, no angst. Just what is probably one of the sweetest YA romances I've ever read. It took me back to being sixteen again, to what it felt like to have butterflies in my stomach, to being unsure of how to act but still in love with young love. I could recommend this book based on the romance alone.
But wait, there's more!
I am and will always be biased against first-person narration. Ninety-nine percent of the time it just doesn't work for me. So again, when I started The Disappearance, the fact that it was written in first-person worried me. I shouldn't have been worried at all. Reading this story from Aila's point-of-view was so easy, most of the time I didn't even notice it was in first-person. Murphy did a wonderful job of really putting me in Aila's mind, making her relatable and compelling.
The story itself is beautiful. I don't really know how better to describe it. It was so unique, unlike anything else I've read. Despite a slow beginning, The Disappearances was quite fast-paced. And that ending. THAT ENDING. Absolutely perfect. I have zero complaints there. Very rarely has a book left me with such a complete feeling, let alone a standalone book written by a debut author. That's seriously impressive.
The Disappearances is going to have a nice, cozy spot on my favorites shelf. I can't wait to see what else Murphy has up her sleeve, she is definitely an author to keep an eye on. I gave this book five stars, and it deserved every one of them. I can't recommend it enough.
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