Review: The Disappearances

What if the ordinary things in life suddenly…disappeared?

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.

No one knows what caused these “Disappearances,” or what will slip away next. But Sterling always suspected that Juliet Quinn was somehow responsible–and Aila must bear the brunt of their blame while she follows the chain of literary clues her mother left behind.

As the next Disappearance nears, Aila begins to unravel the dual mystery of why the Disappearances happen and who her mother truly was. One thing is clear: Sterling isn’t going to hold on to anyone’s secrets for long before it starts giving them up.


Author: Emily Bain Murphy

Published: July 4th 2017 by HMH Books for Young Readers

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Source: ARC provided by publisher



AHHH!! I adore this book. Did you know that there are components of Shakespeare in The Disappearances? I love it!

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The story is absolutely amazing. Its a bit haunting, captivating and suspenseful all mixed into one. I adore the variants, magic and mystery. I read this beauty all in one setting–it’s so good!

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To sum it all up, I would so very much recommend The Disappearances. I can’t wait to read more of Emily’s works.

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