Book Review Of “The Disappearing” By Lisa Roy @Duttonbooks

Two-time Edgar Award-winning author Lori Roy spins a twisted, atmospheric tale about a small Southern town where girls disappear and boys run away.

When Lane Fielding fled her isolated Florida hometown after high school for the anonymity of New York City, she swore she’d never return. But twenty years later, newly divorced and with two daughters in tow, she finds herself tending bar at the local dive and living with her parents on the historic Fielding Plantation. Here, the past haunts her and the sinister crimes of her father–the former director of an infamous boys’ school–make her as unwelcome in town as she was the day she left.

Ostracized by the people she was taught to trust, Lane’s unsteady truce with the town is rattled when her older daughter suddenly vanishes. Ten days earlier, a college student went missing, and the two disappearances at first ignite fears that a serial killer who once preyed upon the town has returned. But when Lane’s younger daughter admits to having made a new and unseemly friend, a desperate Lane attacks her hometown’s facade to discover whether her daughter’s disappearance is payback for her father’s crimes–or for her own.

With reporters descending upon the town, police combing through the swamp, and events taking increasingly disturbing turns, Lane fears she faces too many enemies and too little time to bring her daughter safely home. Powerful and heart-pounding, The Disappearing questions the endurance of family bonds, the dangers of dark rumors and small town gossip, and how sometimes home is the scariest place of all. (From Goodreads)

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I rate this book a 3 out of 5 Stars.

While I enjoyed and appreciated the plot. I found a harder time delving into the story and connecting with the characters. Most of the time I am totally down for miserable, un-desireable characters, but something just wasn’t connecting here for me.

However, I will say that the writing is very good, it’s plotted very well, and for the most part I found the writing to be really well done. My dislike may just be from being burnt out on the “woman goes back to her home town” type of stories, or maybe I just read it at the wrong time. Regardless of that, I think many readers are going to enjoy this one, and that unfortunately I am just part of the small group that didn’t.

If you have read this one, what were your thoughts?

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