Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown

Setting: California
Genre: Suspense
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
Release Date: July 11, 2017

Billie Flanagan never returns after heading out hiking. This leaves her teen daughter and loving husband to wait for her body to be recovered. All that's ever found is one hiking boot and her cell phone.

A year passes. Jonathan is trying to keep money coming in, mostly by writing a memoir about her. His daughter, Olive, deeply misses her mother. When Olive starts to have visions that Billie is still alive, Jonathan is, at first, worried that his daughter has a brain tumor. That is until Jonathan begins to learn little things that prove Billie was keeping secrets.

Watch Me Disappear is a gorgeous piece of writing. The descriptions are so vivid, and I loved most of the characters. I felt their pain, their hope, and their uncertainty. The story winds and weaves painting this incredible tale of pain, joy, and the effort to move on with your life.

One thing I did love is, and here's where it's tricky to review, the ending. I had my feelings on where things would end up and am so glad the author chose to do things as she did and not as I imagined. I almost wouldn't mind if she decided to return to the story when Olive's older and have the teen look back with an adult point of view. That would be a fantastic way to return to characters I loved.


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