March 9, 2015

Review: Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

Title: Vanishing Girls
Author: Lauren Oliver
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release date: March 10th 2015
Source: Edelweiss
Format: eARC

Rating: 4/5

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New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver delivers a gripping story about two sisters inexorably altered by a terrible accident.

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.

Vanishing Girls left me with a good taste in my mouth, it captivated me from the first chapter and didn´t let me go until the mystery was solved. Although from the first quarter of the book, I had my theory of what was really happening (and I was right), but still I was very intrigued by the plot.

The main characters of the book are a 17 years old Nick (Nicole) and 16 years old Dara, two sisters, that all their life had been very close and sort of best friends, until the night they both have a car accident and while Nick was driving, she had only minor injuries, while Dara ends up with facial scars and other serious injuries, that night is their breaking point because from that day they don´t speak to each other again and Nick goes to live with their father and Dara stays with their mother.

The story is told from dual point of view, both Dara´s and Nick´s, but the latter is the main voice and through her we see memories of the months preceding the accident, plus Dara´s journal entries, we get the picture of their problems and life before the accident.

There is a subplot about a 9 year old girl, she disappeared mysteriously and is mentioned through the course of all book, but it is not until the last chapters that her disappearance has some relevance and is intertwined with the main plot.

Overall, I really enjoyed Vanishing Girls, it's a good thriller that its last chapters had me on the edge of my seat and has a very interesting twist (but it isn´t unexpected, because I saw it coming), but I didn´t lost interest in it. This books has mystery, suspense and drama surrounding the sisters, plus I get really care for what happened to them (which is important for me). I do recommended this Young Adult thriller.


  1. Great review. I actually thought it was just okay. I had issues with the pacing. The synopsis indicates that the main plot line is the missing girls and the missing sister. But the sister doesn't even go missing until more than halfway through the book. That annoyed me. The ending was pretty cool though. It blew me away.

  2. Great review! I'm glad you liked it! I'm really looking forward to this one. Thanks for the review!