The Disappearances

The Disappearances

Book - 2017
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Every seven years, an important thing, like scent, disappears from the town of Sterling and Aila, sixteen, is determined to find the cause and how her recently-deceased mother was involved.
Publisher: New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, ©2017.
ISBN: 9780544879362
Characteristics: 388 pages ;,22 cm.


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Feb 25, 2019

This was awfully disappointing, especially after coming off of a bunch of amazing 5 star reads. It was supposed to be an atmospheric, magical realism, historical fiction. It really wasn't any of those things. It was way too slow than it had any right to be. There wasn't much of any description of the town of Sterling, let alone the other sister towns that were cursed, which were barely mentioned. Instead of getting a real feel of exactly how the disappearances were affecting folks of all ages; especially ones who had been dealing with them their entire lives, we are stuck seeing the story from a teen who is new to the town. The losses feel glazed over. I don't feel the loss these people are suffering. Why would I when half the time we're stuck in science class, or Ayla is talking about how dreamy Will is? We didn't get nearly enough of the story through Stefan's eyes, which would have been moderately more interesting than that of a lovesick teen who's practicing how to throw metal stars. Also, why set this story in the 1940's? There is zero atmosphere here, other than the occasional mention that Ayla and Miles father is "at war", and there might have been one popular song of the day that was named. Other than that, this story could have taken place in any decade. Where is the time period? Is it the 40's? Show me. Give me headlines. Tell me about the fashion. Tell me about the vehicles. What sights would you see walking down Main Street, or when walking into a store? It's like Murphy didn't do any homework at all. This story could have easily been set in the 60's, 70's or even 80's without changing hardly a thing. That's not the mark of a good period piece.
The good things? The author has done her homework regarding Shakespeare and other classic works- that much is obvious. The idea is original, certainly, if a little far-fetched.
I really feel as though the author spent way too much time on Shakespeare and the development of Ayla's character, and not nearly enough on everything else. Had I been reading the actual novel instead of listening to it on audiobook, I would have DNF'd it.

MelifluousView Aug 03, 2018

It's hard to describe this book: Mysterious, but not too creepy. Realistic with a dash of the supernatural. Intriguing and wonderful and a little romantic. Watching Aila deal with her mother's death as she has to move to the small town where her mom grew up brought up all kinds of challenges. Will she figure out if her mother is linked to the Disappearances? First it was scent that disappeared and later seeing your own reflection...why do these things happen? I loved this book!

Jul 21, 2018

I read this book as an ARC. Here is part of my review:

"I liked how it took a while for the romance to build up. It made their relationship so much more believable!

The only thing I did not like is that so much of the plot was packed in just a few chapters of the book."

Jun 19, 2018

This book was SO good! Definitely a good read. It's about 400 pages, so if you like to read, totally check this out!!

Dec 11, 2017

I found Emily Bain Murphy's "The Disappearances" to be a fascinating read. Just as I thought I was able to figure it out, another clue would pop up, destroying my theory. Then, as I was approaching the end of the book, I found myself at a familiar crossroads: has my time been wasted reading this book? Will the author throw the ending away? Will I hate the way the author chooses to finish the story?

All three questions, the answer was an affirmative NO! Murphy's skill, talent, and most of all imagination were the perfect storm in book format. I hope to see more by this author. None of the overused dragons, vampires, or cliché for her. Just good story, lots of excitement, and good writing. Cheers to her and the way she weaves a story, capturing the audience.

Well done, Emily Bain Murphy! Well done!

Aug 30, 2017

I was shocked by this book. Its amazing. Such mystery within it but some romance. But it mainly focused on the mystery. I recommend everybody to read this book.

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Jul 21, 2018

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Jun 19, 2018

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