Author: Emily Bain Murphy
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Release Date: July 4, 2017
Pages: 400 (HC)
Goodreads Synopsis: Aila Quinn’s mother, Juliet, has always been a mystery: vibrant yet guarded, she keeps her secrets beyond Aila’s reach. When Juliet dies, Aila and her younger brother Miles are sent to live in Sterling, a rural town far from home–and the place where Juliet grew up. Sterling is a place with mysteries of its own. A place where the experiences that weave life together–scents of flowers and food, reflections from mirrors and lakes, even the ability to dream–vanish every seven years. more
The Disappearances caught my attention right from the title and that eerie cover. I was hoping that it would be the same feels for the rest of the book and it definitely delivered. There is so much mystery and great characters that fill these pages, along with lots of Shakespeare that made this novel even more interesting than it already was.
Every character had their role to play and they were perfectly created just for this story. I loved how they all meshed well with each other and it didn’t just instantly happen, but their connections felt like they were made with such great ease. Aila is a great main character, along with her brother Miles whom even with his faults I wanted to comfort and wished he didn’t have to feel so alone or broken.
Then we have characters like Will who has a heart of gold and would do anything for those he loves and cares for. Even more so, his parents were the best kind of individuals who made everything in this world that much more appealing and so warm and inviting (even with a massive curse ruling over the town they resided within).
I couldn’t help but become immersed in this world and really taken in by the mystery and intrigue that surrounded their town Sterling and the the two neighboring towns that were also being affected by the disappearances which happened every seven years, without fail. If that wasn’t the only puzzling thing to happen, they also had variants which aided in recovering some of those disappearances, even if only for a brief moment.
With everything that became known and all the characters that entered the scene, the mystery just grew and my curiosity took hold. I’m not always a big fan of stories like these set in past era’s, but this worked extremely well and made everything seem more magical and mystical. There was tons more to the story with all the riddles and puzzling pieces that were scattered throughout the novel, Shakespeare and all.
It quickly became one of my favorites after finishing with the last page of the novel. With such a unique twist and take on the curse, it was easy to get taken in by all of it. When one thinks they have it all figured out, a curveball is thrown in and it adds another depth to the story. I can’t wait to get my hands on my own copy and will definitely be recommending it to all my book nerd friend.
***I received this copy from HMH Books for Young Readers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.***