Sunday, August 24, 2014

The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson

by:  Jodi Lynn Anderson
published by:  HarperTeen
publish date:  July 1, 2014

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.

Kari and I both started out listening to this audiobook, but Kari didn't care for it.  I'll admit that it didn't start out that great, but I stuck with it and I ended up liking this book in the end.  I was a little let down, because I thought this was going to be a serial killer type book and it wasn't really.

The story is about Maggie and her move from Chicago to the very quiet Door County.  She becomes friends with Pauline and Liam and they have a very turbulent relationship as Maggie's arrival upsets the delicate balance of Pauline's feelings for Liam.  The killings going on in the town are almost background noise, as the real story is the relationship between Maggie and Pauline and both girls' feelings towards Liam.

I have to say the ending was a bit of a surprise for me.  I definitely didn't see it coming.  In terms of who the killer was, that was a bit of a let down.  But, I guess realistically speaking it makes sense.  Personally, I would recommend this book.  I think older YA readers would appreciate this book more than younger YA readers would.

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