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review 2017-07-21 03:08
Watch Me Disappear: A Novel - Janelle Brown

I thought that this was a pretty good premise for this book. However, I did tire of the father rather soon into my reading. I just did not connect with him at all. That being said, I'm not sure how I would act if my wife was missing for over a year and finding out all kinds of things about her that he did not know. Things in her past that were not even close to being revealed or told truthfully during their marriage that had been long enough to produce a teenage daughter.

Besides the missing mother and wife, there are other things going on in the book. Most of them having to do with the teenage daughter who is seeing visions and thinks her mother is still alive. These visions, after a while, lead the father and daughter to a mystery that was a shock to them both.

A decent read that includes some suspense that is, if you can get over some of the actions taken by the father.

Thanks to Random House and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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review 2017-07-07 13:52
Watch Me Disappear
Watch Me Disappear: A Novel - Janelle Brown

 

Publisher: Spiegel & Grau

 

Publication Date:  July 11th 2017

 

Format: Hardcover

 

Pages : 368 pages

 

 


 

It’s been a year since Billie Flanagan—a beautiful, charismatic Berkeley mom with an enviable life—went on a solo hike in Desolation Wilderness and vanished from the trail.

 

No body—only a hiking boot—has ever been found. Billie’s husband and teenage daughter cope with her death the best they can: Jonathan drinks, Olive grows remote.

 

But then Olive starts having waking dreams—or are they hallucinations?—that her mother is still alive. Jonathan worries about Olive’s emotional stability, until he starts unearthing secrets from Billie’s past that bring into question everything he thought he knew about his wife. Together, Olive and Jonathan embark on a quest for the truth—about Billie, their family, and the stories we tell ourselves about the people we love.

 

The story is about a family dealing with the disappearance of the mother ” Billie”, she had a wild eventful past and everyone loves her and worships her, but one day she goes hiking and never comes back, which leaves her husband and daughter trying to make peace with what happened, did she die and they have to move on? or, did she disappear and they need to find her?

 


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My Review : 

 

 

The story is about a family dealing with the disappearance of the mother ” Billie”, she had a wild eventful past and everyone loves her and worships her, but one day she goes hiking and never comes back, which leaves her husband and daughter trying to make peace with what happened, did she die and they have to move on? or, did she disappear and they need to find her?

 

 

This book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley

 

 

Thoughts: 

 

❃ I loved the writing in this book, It’s beautiful and made me like the story from the first few pages,

 

At first, the story was heartwarming and sweet, then it took a mysterious turn
It wasn’t thrilling or scary but very suspenseful and made me question the characters and the lives they had.

 

❃ The characters were great, i loved some and hated others,I admired ” Billie” at certain times but hated her selfishness at some points as well , I was invested in the father and daughter’s lives and feelings more, I really appreciate it when a book can do that, I also admired the relationship between them, you could feel the love they had for each other

 

But as the story goes on, you start to find out some not so pretty things about certain characters, Lies start to unfold, doubt and accusations start to take place over the good memories.

 

❃ The plot: I’m not sure how i feel about it, The events in this story didn’t start picking up until about 70% of the book, it was a bit slow paced for my liking but i was okay with it because I was waiting for the big reveal, i had high hopes for a mind blowing twist that would leave me gasping, which didn’t happen here, The actual reveal is good, I did enjoy it, but it left me a bit disappointed, It wasn’t something unexpected, and I didn’t get all the explanations i was waiting for .

 

The reason I’m giving this book 4 stars is because of the beautiful writing and the idea behind it, Do we really know the people we love as much as we think we do?

 

I loved that idea, and i enjoyed how it was represented in Billie and Jonathan.

 

“Maybe this is why they say love is blind : who you want people to be makes you blind to who they really are”

 

“I was marrying a woman who didn’t want to be known by anyone – not even me “

 

 

Source: thevillainlibrary.wordpress.com/2017/07/07/watch-me-disappear-review
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review 2017-06-26 00:41
Watch Me Disappear
Watch Me Disappear: A Novel - Janelle Brown

Billie Flanagan is a beautiful, charismatic wife and mother. One day while hiking alone in a place called Desolation Wilderness Billie vanishes. It's coming up on the one year anniversary since the incident and her body has still never been found. But her teenage daughter Olive begins seeing her. She takes this as a sign that her mother is still alive and that she wants her to find her. Jonathan is worried about his daughter but as he uncovers secrets about Billie's past he thinks that just maybe Billie is alive out there somewhere. And they're going to find out once and for all what happened.

This book was really good! It has lots of layers - the characters are complex, Billie especially - she was a completely different person before she met Jonathan and she only allows him to have a glimpse of who she was and who she is even well into their marriage. The story flowed well. There was never a dull moment. We'd be trying to figure out what happened to Billie and then we'd be hit with secrets of hers that I did not see coming. I couldn't stand not knowing if she was dead or alive. I thought I had the ending figured out but I was wrong. I loved it!

Thank you to Netgalley and Random House Publishing Group for a copy of this book.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-05-18 04:36
The More They Disappear
The More They Disappear: A Novel - Jesse Donaldson

Finished this one at work tonight, which is good since w'ere going on vacation in a few days and I wanted it done before then. 

 

The More They Disappear takes place in a small Kentucky town with a massive drug problem, specifically with Oxycotin. After the sherif is murdered, Deputy Harlan Dupee discovers a lot of unsavory things about his former boss on the trail to find his killer. The more he digs, the more he learns about his small town that makes him question humanity and the law all together. 

 

This book was okay. I wasn't blown away by it but it was an interesting read. It was also incredibly well written. I was impressed with Donaldson's skill. There were parts where I just had to pause and let what I had just read soak in because it was just so incredible. For example, when I realized the significance of the title and how it essentially referred to people being worn down/changed by adversity until who they are/were completely disappears. That was just incredible. Really, I was amazed by the book. 

 

The other positive to this book I was really impressed with is how unique the perspectives taken seemed to be. We don't really see a lot of books about rural "white trash" kind of towns and characters (or I haven't at least) and it gave me a glimpse into a world I hadn't really been exposed to before. Not in this way anyway. The choices in the characters were also very original and I appreciated the outside the box way Donaldson created. For example, my favorite decision of his was for the murdered sheriff, Lew, to be named as a Democrat. I've never come across a work of fiction where the corrupt politician person is a liberal. They're almost always conservative. As someone who the majority of assholes in my life have been Democrats/liberals, I really appreciated this perspective. It was definitely a breath of fresh air. 

 

Overall though I wasn't super pulled in with this book. I just found it kinda of meh. I kept reading and I liked the story well enough, but there was nothing about it that made me go "I can't stop reading!" It was very dense and in that way I felt like I was reading one of my old English assignments, which kinda hurt the fun of the book. It just was too dense for my liking. Which, there are people who like their literature rich and dense, so if you're that type I think you'll like the book. 

 

Final rating: 3 out of 5. I would love to study this book but I don't think I would read it for fun again. 

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review 2017-01-26 12:51
Watch Her Disappear - Eva Dolan

Corinne Sawyer sets off for a run one morning and never returns. She is found murdered, strangled and viciously beaten. What would have been a case for CID is passed to the Hate Crimes team when it emerges that Corinne was born Colin Sawyer. Is Corinne's death related to a series of violent attacks on members of the trans community? Or could the rapist who has been attacking young joggers finally progressed to murder? Zigic and Ferreira must find out before anyone else dies.

 

The novel is a commentary on how society accepts transgender people and depicts the fallout and differing responses that occur after a dramatic change occurs in a family . When a husband and a father suddenly becomes a wife and mother. The gambit of emotions are shown in the Sawyer family, from heartbreak and anger, acceptance and love, to violence and shame.

 

The mystery itself is one with enough suspects, twists and turns to keep the reader guessing. There are three different threads to the story that run along side each other, merging to create a wonderfully rounded and engaging story. I had guessed the culprit before the reveal but this did not spoil my enjoyment of this entertaining novel.

There is a brilliant dynamic between the team depicted in the story, not just between Zigic and Ferreira but also with other colleagues within Hate Crimes and in the larger force. There are touches of reality that help shape the novel, making it feel more authentic for the reader.

 

Zigic is coming to terms with the reality of having three children, the baby taking a toll on his life, aware he needs to exercise more. This could be mundane under the wrong hands but Eva Dolan uses these aspects of life to round out her character, making him more accessible and relatable, and all the more enjoyable to read about. Ferreira is more introspective in this novel, looking back at a past relationship which has shaped her to this day. The reader finds out why Mel is distant, less inclined for relationships and a new side to the detective is revealed.

 

Eva Dolan deals with emotive, and often complex, issues with gripping prose that is the perfect balance. By that I mean it is informative, entertaining, rightly judgmental in places yet far from self righteous. It allows the reader to create their own impression of the characters and motive for murder, of the ridicule and trauma the transgender and transvestite community face and therefore the level of anger and sadness that this creates will be different and particular to each reader.

 

Moving, thought-provoking and emotive, this is a gripping novel focusing on a sadly neglected area of crime, those motivated by hate. If you love crime novels then this book is for you. If you love crime novels but are looking for a book that deals with societal issues and victims who are often viewed, quite wrongly, as the outcasts of society then this book is for you.

 

Eva Dolan is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. I was late coming to her Hate Crimes series. Luckily I have her first two books to read whilst I await her next novel, which can't come soon enough.

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