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Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver Book Review

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.

Lauren Oliver is a very talented author with many bestsellers. For example, her young adult dystopian series, Delirium, which I enjoyed. Since then I've also read a few of her standalone books like Panic, Rooms, and Before I Fall. They were all pretty good too, each with a sort of gritty raw view of the world the characters lived in and the characters themselves. So I was pretty excited for this book, I expected it to be pretty good and I was hoping to enjoy it better than her last release, Rooms, which I hadn't liked quite as much as some of her other books. However while I was rather disappointed with Rooms, Vanishing Girls was a book that I thoroughly enjoyed. 

I loved the writing style, it's addicting. I think I picked this book up only three times and each time I would read longer and longer until I was needed to do something else. And then by the third time I picked it up I just read until I was finished. I honestly got sucked into the story, trying to figure out the mystery. The story is told in a mixture of scenes from before and after an accident Dara and Nick were in and a few things like diary entrees. It's a writing style I don't think I've really seen before (at least that I can remember) and I liked it. The way the story was written made for a good mystery, the way it was told, almost in fragments, but it still flowed easily. I liked it and the characters, they were mysteries in themselves. 

And the plot, like I said the story is told in pieces and it's a really great mystery. I got hints of things that made me question what was going on but still, the ending was surprising. The direction the book was heading sort of turned around two-thirds of the way through. That's were things started to move quicker and get confusing. That's really my only complaint about this book, towards the end it got more confusing and then at the end I was left with some questions still.  Don't get me wrong, it was a great ending and it could be that I missed some things because I was reading too quickly, but there seemed to be just a few things I would have liked to be clarified. What else should I say... that it's something you can't put down because you have to know what's going to happen? That there are great b-characters and the summer job were Nick is working has character and is pretty cool? That it's a kind of creepy book, but you like it and even when things take a turn for a more serious twist it's still amazing? Because it's true. It's a riveting and well written book.

In summary, this book is written very well and addictively.  I read this book in about two days, each time I picked it up I found it hard to put down and often found myself realizing it was thirty minutes or over an hour later and I had things I needed to do. The setting and vibe of the book is realistic and raw and very easily imagined thanks to the way Oliver describes things. The plot was great I thought, I had next to no idea what was happening, I just went with it, enjoying the tale unfolding before me. Then at the ending I looked back and realized there were clues (the main one being that I thought something was up with Parker as he seemed to get the two sisters confused somehow) and I might even reread some parts, to see if things make better sense. I think that's pretty cool, finishing a book and then wanted to go back and reread the beginning to see how what I now know applies to what was happening. So yes, if this sounds in any way interesting to you or if you've enjoyed Lauren Oliver's books then I would definitely recommends Vanishing Girls. I'm giving Vanishing Girls 4 out of 5 flowers.
Sara Bennett, someone more likely to be found in bed, curled up with a good book, than out at a sports game or a gig (although she's pretty addicted to music too). Hoping for a better world, believing in her Savior, daydreaming of One Direction, hanging out with friends, or wherever she may be or might be doing....there's always a little voice inside wondering if it's almost time to return to the books sitting on her shelf. In short, an average young woman with a book in hand and a dream to write one day.


  1. I loved her Delirium series so I definitely need to try this as well. Glad you liked it so much!

  2. I've only read Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. I skipped Panic and Rooms because they had mixed reviews. I bought this last month and I'm really hoping to read it soon. Really loved your review. It made me want to put it at the top of my tbr pile.

    czai @ the Blacksheep Project


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