Book Review- The Disappearances



The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy
Expected publication by HMH Books for Young Readers on July 4 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Magical Realism, Mystery
Pages: 400

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

The Disappearances was an interesting book. I don’t really know how else to put it.
This book takes place in the 1940’s, but honestly there was nothing that really made me think that the events were happening in the past (besides the lack of phones). I actually kept having to remind myself that it was in the past; it just really didn’t feel like a historical book at all.

Besides the weird time thing, the book was pretty entertaining. I had a hard time getting on board with the disappearances and variants (the herbs and various other things that counteracted the disappearances), but I went along with it. There was a mysterious aspect to the story, and Aila spent a lot of time trying to figure out both her mothers life and how she is connected to the disappearances.

The characters were alright, although some of them were a bit one dimensional. Nothing about any of them was really surprising, and I didn’t really care much for anyone. It took more than half of the book for me to really feel anything for the book, and I really only started to enjoy the story during the last quarter.

I don’t know if it was the concept of the disappearances themselves that threw me, or if it was the weird time placement (that is really just bugging me for some reason) that made me not love this book as much as I could have. I do think that some people will fall in love with this book, but it really just wasn’t for me.

I am going to give The Disappearances three out of five hearts.

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*I was given an ARC of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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