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March 14, 2015



Dara and Nick used to share everything friends, clothes, anxieties and secrets. Everything they said or did was defined by their relationship. But when the sisters are involved in a car accident, the once inseparable pair grow painfully distant. Then on her birthday, Dara disappears, Nick is convinced that her sister has been hiding something from her, and her concern intensifies when she discovers a connection between Dara and another girl who has gone missing in the local area nine-year old Madeline Snow.

Now Nick has to find her sister, before it’s too late. Before she loses Dara completely.

I have a sister her initials are tattooed on my ankle and for years I’ve been fascinated by the fact our similarities and also our radical difference. How is it possible, I’ve often wondered, for two people who grow up with the same parents under roughly the same set of circumstances to become so totally distant as individuals? Partly, I think, this has to do with the ways we form our identities in opposition to our siblings at a certain point, we deliberately strive for separateness and difference, although in doing so we unconsciously stay very close aware of our siblings counterparts, basing our characteristics and preferences in part on an inverted sense of what they would do/say/like It’s like someone attempting to draw a shape by carving out the negative space around it, ultimately, the shape asserts itself too.

Dara and Nick are two such sisters driven magnetically apart even as they are perpetually bound together. For years, they have existed in a kind of symbiotic equilibrium built equally of love, need, and resentment a relationship that is at the core not just as their identities but of the family as a whole. Then, in the aftermath of an accident, a seismic occurs, and the family is left picking up the pieces.

In this compelling psychological thriller, Lauren Oliver  creates a world of intrigue, loss and suspicion as two sisters search to find themselves, and each other. The novel explores what happens when definitions of family begin to unravel and who we think we are changes forever. And it will remind her legions of fans, who fell in love with Before I Fall and Delirium, why Lauren Oliver is one of the most talented writers in her field.

Vanishing Girls is utterly absorbing new standalone novel from Lauren Oliver. With a centre theme of family and how it defines us, specifically the unique relationship of sisters, the book marks a stunning return for this internationally best-selling author.




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