The DeVaughan children grew up in India where their father worked at a clinic saving lives. After an unexpected tragedy the DeVaughan sisters, Quinn and Sarah and their mother pick up and move to Kentucky, leaving their father behind. Quinn, the eldest sister, blames herself for the accident and their mother blames India. Now as adults, Quinn is a neurotic mother of twins who is continuously used as the family doormat, younger sister, Sarah is an adventurous journalist whose assignments takes her to the most dangerous parts of the world and their mother has developed a spending habit that she absolutely cannot afford. Sarah decides to break away from journalism and takes a job at a Bengal Tiger Conservation Organization in India, near their old family home. Sarah becomes notorious internationally for her efforts to save a tiger cub and begins a project with the village women that she needs Quinn's help with. With both sisters in India, Sarah and Quinn dig into their past and the truth behind the tragedy that ripped through their family while trying to protect the future of a young tiger family.
With a powerful opening that gave insight into the entire DeVaughan family dynamic in one sentence, I knew I was going to fall deep into Three Ways to Disappear. Combining literary fiction with family drama and environmental fiction created a dual story of the DeVaughan family and Machli the tiger' family trying to navigate life. From the beginning Sarah's character gives absolutely stunning descriptions of the beauty of the wild's of India and the contrast of the small villages and colorful cities that made everything feel as if I were there. There was also a deep understanding of tigers and their role in nature. Machli, Akbar and their cubs were characters in the story just as much as Sarah and Quinn, with personalities and goals that I cared about. The focus of the story however, is on Sarah and Quinn and how they are still trying to find themselves apart from the tragedy that defined their childhood. Sarah and Quinn take very different routes to find who they really are, although the tigers and the magic of India helps them both in their journey. A highly emotional ending closes out this impactful story that left me thinking about my the effect of my actions on the Earth and those around me.
This book was received for free in return for an honest review.