Thursday, 19 February 2015

Review - Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

Title: Vanishing Girls
Author: Lauren Oliver
Pages: 357
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Release date: 12th March 2015

Blurb from Goodreads: 

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.

My Review:

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Hodder & Stoughton and bookbridgr*

 3/5 stars

Dara and Nicole (Nick) Warren are sisters and inseparable. At least they were until a car accident leaves Dara scarred and their relationship in tatters.
When Dara disappears on her birthday, Nick is sure that her disappearance is somehow linked to the missing girl Madeline Snow.
Will Nick find Dara?
Will her memories of the night of the accident return?

Vanishing Girls was an enjoyable read.
I liked the writing style and found it easy to follow. The plot was good but it didn't grip me. There was a twist at the end that I didn't see coming. The mystery elements were intriguing.
Nick was a likeable protagonist and I felt sorry for her. I found Dara less likeable but I did feel sorry for her too.
I found the idea that two sisters who looked so similar could be so different very interesting - I have a sister who is eight years younger than me but despite the age gap we have practically identical interests.
It was sad that Nick and Dara grew apart and were jealous of each other - Dara saw Nick as a goody-two-shoes who everyone thought was perfect, and Nick saw Dara as everyone's favourite because she was prettier and more likeable.

Overall this was an enjoyable read.