Nick and Dara used to be close, but after a major accident leaves them both scarred, the sisters are no longer speaking. That’s all I’m going to say about that. There’s more in the book description, but I feel any more would be spoilery.
Lauren Oliver is one of those hit-or-miss authors for me, mostly because she writes in a broad range of styles, on a broad range of subjects, and for a broad range of audiences. Only some of those styles, subjects, and/or audiences work for me. I highly respect her work and diversity, but I never know, going into one of her books, if it’ll be for me. Vanishing Girls? It was for me.
This is one of those books that circumstances dictated had to be put down, to my annoyance, because I wanted to gobble the whole thing at once. It was a book that had me skimming through a second time to line up newly-revealed facts in my head. It was a book that I guessed at, and got really close to the truth, but didn’t fully understand all the way up until the reveal.
The characters were fully drawn. The research was A+. The mystery was perfectly balanced. The plot was engaging. The psychological aspects were spot-on. And so on. Yes, I very much liked this one.
And that’s all I’m going to say about that, because to say more might get into spoiler region, and this is the sort of book that, for me, feels best to experience unspoiled the first time.