Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Book Review (357): The Vanishing Season - Jodi Lynn Anderson

The Vanishing Season

Publication: 1st July 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 256
Genre: Mystery
Age Appropriate: Young Adult
Girls started vanishing in the fall, and now winter's come to lay a white sheet over the horror. Door County, it seems, is swallowing the young, right into its very dirt. From beneath the house on Water Street, I've watched the danger swell.

The residents know me as the noises in the house at night, the creaking on the stairs. I'm the reflection behind them in the glass, the feeling of fear in the cellar. I'm tied—it seems—to this house, this street, this town.

I'm tied to Maggie and Pauline, though I don't know why. I think it's because death is coming for one of them, or both.

All I know is that the present and the past are piling up, and I am here to dig.I am looking for the things that are buried.

From bestselling author Jodi Lynn Anderson comes a friendship story bound in snow and starlight, a haunting mystery of love, betrayal, redemption, and the moments that we leave behind.
My Thoughts.
The Vanishing Season is a mystery within a contemporary setting with a paranormal twist.

Maggie and her parents have just moved to Door County, just as a slew of murders of teenage girls begin, Maggie soon becomes friends with Pauline and Liam, two teens who have known each other most of their lives, tension is high as everyone and anyone is a suspect for the murders, interspersed throughout the book is the thoughts of a ghostly presence that seems to have taken up residence in the cellar of Maggie's house, we and the ghost don't find out who this is until the very end with it's shocking and totally unexpected ending.

With a love triangle forming at one point with the three teens, that on contemplation plays a role in the events that will leave you stunned, this is a book with so many elements to it, it should appeal to those that like a blindsiding twist that you will never see coming.

I thoroughly enjoyed Jodi's writing style which gives this book it's haunting quality, once started this book is hard to put down again, and will leave you thinking about this book long after you've read the last page.

I give this 4/5 stars.

I write books about vaguely magical peach orchards, resorts in the afterlife, enigmatic island princesses beloved by Tinkerbell, and...civics! I was an awkward and strange child who kept lots of secrets. Now I live with a sweet Basenji dog named Peanut who loves to eat shoes, and a sweet husband who is good at all the things I'm bad at, like being organized and thinking things through. I've loved writing and reading about mythical and strange things since I can remember

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