Hope you are having a wonderful Wednesday!
Excited to share my review for this very southern and very Gothic book!💕
4 Slow Burning Stars🌟🌟🌟🌟
Sometimes it’s nice to take a deep breath and read a slower paced book… The problem is your brain is so used to the fast-paced… frantic… can’t wait to get to the end books… that it is difficult to make the adjustment to a slower paced story like this…. this book was very southern Gothic and it reminded me of my impression of the south… A little slower, more traditional, more complicated but simple, a bit hard to understand at times (by a southwesterner like me), A little mysterious, and exquisitely beautiful! I truly hope this does not come across disrespectful to the south because it is a part of our country I find very mysterious and charming…
Lane has come home after many years away, something she never wanted to do… there are many family secrets and tragedies that are slowly revealed to us throughout this book…. it is very hard to live in a small town where everybody holds the actions of your father against you and now the same is happening to Lane’s children…. told from the points of view of Lane, her mother Irma, her daughter Talley, and Darrell who is a bit of a mystery…. this book offered us four different perspectives, but not necessarily four unique voices and this lead to some confusion at times… this was my main complaint about this book sometimes it was a bit all over the place…. and this might be a book I would have appreciated more on audio simply because the voices would change if done by a good narrator… and would be even better if done by multiple narrators….(Just checked it does have multiple narrators!)
A girl goes missing and this brings back memories of boys going missing from the local boys home as well as Lane’s own disappearance years ago… but for me this book was more about a family trying to heal…. secrets being revealed… A family breaking into even more pieces… and then picking them all up and trying to find a way to put them back together and making them fit in a different configuration…
Recommend when you are in the mood for a slower read filled with beautiful descriptive writing…
*** many thanks to Penguin Dutton for my copy of this book ***
About the Book
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 uponthe 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 faade 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!