Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver ~ ARC Review by Fallon

4 Out of 5 Stars

Author Description:

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.

Fallon's Review:

Thank you HarperCollins for this ARC for review and this in no way effected my opinion or rating of this Novel.

Dara and Nick have always been as close as sister can be. They share a best friend named Parker and the three are never apart. Till hormones and feelings get in the mix. Dara has developed an attraction to Parker and they soon start and off and on again relationship. This soon makes Nick feel less part of a trio and more like a third wheel. 

Nick and Dara have not been the same since the terrible car accident and Nick is desperate to reach through to Dara. Nick can not remember what happened the night of the crash just that things have not been the same. She soon starts a job at a theme park and Parker works there too. They soon start talking and realize they have been missing the friendship they once had, but how can things go back to the way they were.

Madeline Snow has been missing since the night her sister was suppose to be watching her when she went missing. In such a small town secrets can be hard to keep. These two stories soon intertwine. Where is Madeline and who last saw her? Why has no leads turned up on this missing girl?

Vanishing Girls was a tale of two sisters and what it means to have that indescribable bond of sisterhood. Nick comes off so together and strong but under the surface are a lot of cracks that get uncovered as you read. This was an emotional gripping tale that will bring you to tears. This is a must read and everyone should at least read this once in there life. It is not a book I could see reading over and over again though. I did however, pre-ordered my copy before I even finished the book. I am giving this book 4 out of 5 stars.


  1. Please note that Vanishing Girls is a novel originally published by HarperCollins, in 2012, by Katia Lief. Some of my readers have expressed confusion, since it's the same title and the same publisher, and so I am spreading the word.

    "Vanishing Girls is powerful, provocative, and pulsating with verve; it also marks an evolution of character and circumstance that should serve the series well in future installments. Further, Karin Schaeffer is both complex and compelling, and arguably one of the strongest female figures in contemporary crime fiction—and her absolute strength of will is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit."
    —John Valeri, Hartford Books Examiner


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