This electric cross-country thriller follows the game of cat and mouse between a girl on the run from a murder she witnessed—or committed?—and the boy who’s sent to kill her.
Nicolette Holland is the girl everyone likes. Up for adventure. Loyal to a fault. And she’s pretty sure she can get away with anything…until a young woman is brutally murdered in the woods near Nicolette’s house. Which is why she has to disappear.
Jack Manx has always been the stand-up guy with the killer last name. But straight A’s and athletic trophies can’t make people forget that his father was a hit man and his brother is doing time for armed assault. Just when Jack is about to graduate from his Las Vegas high school and head east for college, his brother pulls him into the family business with inescapable instructions: find this ruthless Nicolette Holland and get rid of her. Or else Jack and everyone he loves will pay the price.
As Nicolette and Jack race to outsmart each other, tensions—and attractions—run high. Told in alternating voices, this tightly plotted mystery and tense love story challenges our assumptions about right and wrong, guilt and innocence, truth and lies.
Pub Date: June 14 2016 | Page Count: 416pp | Publisher: Simon Pulse
Rating: 4 Stars | Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller
“I’m supposed to figure out how to murder a blood-crazed girl who disappeared. Because if I don’t, maybe my brother dies or worse. Murder. Welcome to the family business”
HOW TO DISAPPEAR is an incredibly dynamic thriller where you get to experience the story from each characters’ point of view, and it’s kind of refreshing in a way, where you need to join the dots to see a full picture, and that picture isn’t exactly pretty. And what can you expect from these characters with families of criminal backgrounds?
If there’s something I love is couples who are constantly at each other’s throats. Nicolette Holland and Jack Manx are exactly that, once their paths intertwine, constant banter and battle of wits ensues, and aside from the fact that one is supposed to kill the other, you will be rooting for them because great chemistry just can’t be ignored. Nicolette is as unapologetic as she is charismatic, she has this way of carrying herself that completely grasps your attention from the very beginning and it actually makes you wonder even more; did she do it?
One of the things that most impressed me about this novel, is how realistic it was. How realistic a cross-country YA Thriller can be? At what point you draw the line? How far can two teenagers go without messing it all up? HOW TO DISAPPEAR delivers an accurate atmosphere where its two main characters are bound to make all sorts of mistakes.
With truly exceptional writing, full of anticipation and engaging dialogue this novel never failed to give the reader action-packed encounters and unsettling truths with a hint of an ever-present and enjoyable romance.
“He’ll never know. I saved us. Ask me if I’m sorry. Or not. You know the answer.”
Thank you Simon Pulse and NetGalley for providing this copy in exchange for an honest review.
About The Author
Ann Redisch Stampler is the author of the young adult novels Afterparty and Where It Began as well as half a dozen picture books. Her work has garnered an Aesop accolade, the National Jewish Book Award, Sydney Taylor honors, the Middle East Book Award, and Bank Street Best Books of the Year mentions. How to Disappear (Simon Pulse, 2016), her first young adult thriller, will be released in June. Ann lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband Rick.
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