Monday, June 23, 2014

Book Review: The Vanishing Season, by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Even though The Vanishing Season is a short book and the writing is fine, I just found myself a bit bored.

Maggie has moved from the bustle of Chicago to a very isolated small town because her mom lost her job. It's a difficult move, but Maggie has a neighbor, Pauline, who she easily makes friends with. The other main character is Liam, another neighbor who is madly (and obviously) in love with Pauline. But Pauline doesn't see Liam that way. Maggie is attracted to Liam, but tries very hard NOT to be.

The other aspect of the story is that teen girls are being murdered. So now their isolated little town is also scared and almost completely shuts down over the harsh winter. And Pauline gets sent away to her aunt until the killer is caught.

There are side notes from an unknown character -- seems like a ghost -- that is looking down on all the happenings.  This being doesn't offer much insight, and I found it a bit confusing and unnecessary. Although, at the end you do find out who/what this being is.

I just didn't get very excited about The Vanishing Season. The murders, which were supposed to cramp their style, didn't really seem to hold them back much. The romance was predictable. The characters were fine, and I thought they behaved realistically.

Just....nothing much happened. The last 10% of The Vanishing Season is exciting, but the rest is all build up. The book reads quickly and easily and I would offer it to contemporary romance fans. But The Vanishing Season doesn't offer anything unique and wouldn't be my first choice.

Published by HarperTeen, July 1, 2014
eARC obtained from Edelweiss
272 pages

Rating: 3/5

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  1. Sounds okay but sorry it didn't wow you or really bring some true life into the story,

  2. Too bad this was so lackluster - the premise sounded so interesting!


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