6 April 2015

Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver
Series: No
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: March 10th 2015
Source: HarperCollins [Edelweiss]

New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver delivers a gripping story about two sisters inexorably altered by a terrible accident.

Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before the accident that left Dara's beautiful face scarred and the two sisters totally estranged. When Dara vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl, nine-year-old Madeline Snow, has vanished, too, and Nick becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances are linked. Now Nick has to find her sister, before it's too late.

In this edgy and compelling novel, Lauren Oliver creates a world of intrigue, loss, and suspicion as two sisters search to find themselves, and each other.

Dara and Nick were inseparable until and accident left Dara scarred and caused the sisters to fall apart. Nick is home for the summer and picks up a job at Funland. A young girl called Madeline Snow goes missing, and then Dara does too. Nick is convinced that the disappearances are linked and tries to piece everything together before it's too late.

Nick has no memory of what happened the night of the accident. She's such a stubborn character and is classed as the sensible, down to Earth sister.

Dara is what people would call the "fucked up" sister. She's mysterious, wants to have fun and gets herself involved in some dangerous stuff. 

Lauren Oliver's writing style has always been amazing, and it's even more beautiful in Vanishing Girls. Her writing style is so compelling that it traps you and drags you more into the story. Vanishing Girls did have a pretty slow start and I wasn't entirely sure about it, but around a third of the way in the story completely hooked me and I couldn't put it down. I had to know what was going on.

It was an extremely strange story and half the time I wasn't entirely sure what was going on, but I couldn't stop reading. I never saw the twist that Oliver threw coming. Even though I was completely into the story, I just never expected that to happen. And it made the story even more amazing because of that twist. In all honesty, after the twist was revealed, I was kicking myself for not guessing it. It seemed so obvious after that. But it was brilliantly done and added a whole new level to the story.

Vanishing Girls was an interesting and intriguing read that I couldn't put down. I was pulled in by Oliver's writing and the mystery aspect of the story and it was an extremely enjoyable read.


  1. Hey! You're back! YAY!!!
    I still need to read Panic. I got it last year for my birthday. Oops...
    I agree, Lauren's writing is outstanding. Even if the story is a little iffy, it's hard to put down the book. Her writing can be so beautiful.
    4* is a really good rating. Once I finally get to Panic I will definitely move onto Vanishing Girls. I really need to catch up on her books.

    1. I'm definitely back!
      I read Panic last year and I gave that a 4* too, so I hope you enjoy it! Vanishing Girls is fantastic and I'd love to see what you think of the twist!

  2. Hmmm, I wasn't too keen on this book originally, but reading your review and hearing about the twists, I'm now thinking about adding it to the wish list!
    Great review Samantha!

    1. It was definitely an intriguing read, and the twists towards the end were fantastic! I hope you enjoy it if you get around to it :)
      Thanks Pili!