I have a bit of a weakness for psychological thrillers. Don’t get me wrong, romance is great, but I need something else to keep me up into the night until I finish a book. VANISHING GIRLS is exactly the kind of book I love.
VANISHING GIRLS is about two sisters, Dara and Nick, who used to be inseparable before a bunch of things happened to pull them apart. Nick lost her best friend, Parker, when Dara kissed him. And the sisters got into a car accident that scarred Dara’s beautiful face. After all of that happened, the two stopped speaking. But Nick wants to get it all back, and wants to do so over the course of the summer.
Dara messes up those plans when she disappears on her birthday, though. At first, Nick thinks it’s just Dara playing around, but as Nick searches for her, she starts to think that her disappearance might be linked to that of a nine-year-old girl named Madeline Snow.
The book goes back and forth between each sister’s point of view, with a few photos, diary entries, text messages, and local news articles thrown in.
My absolute favorite books are those that keep me up until I’m fighting sleep with every blink, unable to stop reading. VANISHING GIRLS did just that. As I got closer and closer to the end, I felt more and more panicked, like I just had to figure out what was going on and what was going to happen. And then when I got to the twist, I knew I wouldn’t be able to put the book down until I finished it.
I won’t give away the twist itself, but I will say that I was totally shocked. I was sure I had figured out every possible way the story could end, but none of my guesses were right. Lauren Oliver did an amazing job of telling a story that leaves you curious the whole time, right up until the twist when you say, “Of course! Why didn’t I realize that before?”
VANISHING GIRLS is easily one of my favorite books I’ve read recently. I haven’t read others’ reviews to see their opinions of the twist, as I didn’t want them to influence my own opinions about it. But I personally loved the twist, and thought it provided a nice shock while still keeping things plausible.
I still haven’t stopped raving about this book to my family and friends. If you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend it.
Rating: 5/5 stars