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Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver delivers a gripping story about two sisters inexorably altered by a terrible accident.


Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before the accident that left Dara’s beautiful face scarred and the two sisters totally estranged. When Dara vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl, nine-year-old Madeline Snow, has vanished, too, and Nick becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances are linked. Now Nick has to find her sister, before it’s too late.


In this edgy and compelling novel, Lauren Oliver creates a world of intrigue, loss, and suspicion as two sisters search to find themselves, and each other.

I received a free copy via Edelweiss for review purposes.

First Impression: Damn, this book was something else.

I love books with unreliable narrators, intentional or not. And, as someone with two sisters (one of them being my twin), I really loved Dara and Nicks relationship, despite the dysfunctionality.

A fantastic book for those who like suspenseful, darker and character driven novels.

Review: I’m not an ‘avid’ fan of Lauren Oliver. I enjoyed her book Delirium, but have never really got around to the rest of the series. I keep my eye out for Panic and her adult fiction novel, Rooms, but I haven’t made myself familiar with her works. After finishing Vanishing Girls, I can’t help but think that maybe I should.

Over recent years I decided that if and when I read contemporary, it is more than likely going to be dark contemporary. Someone gets murdered, or blackmailed, or go through something really traumatic and it’s character driven, dark and suspenseful. I found that Vanishing Girls was a mix between between that, and a lighter contemporary with swoon-worthy boys and endlessly fun summers.

Dara and Nick are inseparable but are two very different people. A car accident changes both their lives forever and the two, for the first time, become estranged. When Dara goes missing on her birthday, Nick can’t help but think that her disappearance and a local girls disappearance, are connected. Nick is desperate to find her sister, and in doing so uncovers some unlikely truths.

As I stated before, Vanishing Girls is very much a character driven novel, focusing primarily on the altered relationship between Dara and Nick after a car accident. For those with sisters with whom you are close to, Vanishing Girls will surely leave an impact. Those who don’t, don’t worry, because this novel is fantastic nonetheless.

I really enjoyed the contrasting personalities of Dara and Nick, and the thought-processes of both of them, specifically when it came to how they saw each other.

Whilst at the end, everything is sort of turned on it’s head, I still loved their relationship and how it’s portrayed.

Fans of We Were Liars and Twisted Fate will surely devour Vanishing Girls. Personally, I think that Vanishing Girls is better than the two previously mentioned.

Overall a fantastic piece of work from Lauren Oliver, which explores the ever changing relationship between sisters.

MY RATING: ★★★★★

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"Du säger att kärleken aldrig var till för dig
Att du aldrig känt vinden högt över trädtoppen
Du säger att den delar sig vid kinden
Och blir hel igen bakom dig

Varje moln är trasigt
Du räknar allt sorgligt natten lång
Och hon du älskade en gång
Och kanske älskar än
Spelar det någon roll?
Nej kanske ingen
Kanske allt egentligen

Du säger ‘har du tändstickor?’
- Ja tillräckligt om du vill bränna ner stockholm
'Och har du vin och sprit?'
- Så att det räcker att få hela fjärden full av sorger
Allt, det är för sent
För sent för vin, för sent för kärlek ren som snö
Inatt finns ingen väg tillbaks

Och du undrar vem som kysser henne nu
Och du undrar vem
Vem om inte du
Och läpparna, du kallade dina
Det gör ont att veta
Men lika ont att undra

Du säger ‘har du tändstickor?’
- Ja tillräckligt om du vill bränna ner stockholm
'Och har du vin och sprit?'
- Så att det räcker för att få hela fjärden full av sorger
Allt, det är för sent
För sent för vin, för sent för kärlek ren som snö
Inatt finns ingen väg tillbaks, ingen alls

För sent för edelweiss
Ingen alls
För sent för edelweiss
Ingen alls
För sent för edelweiss”

today the owner of a small flower shop gave me these beauties for free “just because it was spring and he loved edelweisses” (the flower print on my scarf). So surprised and grateful, he probably didn’t know how much these flowers made my whole day. It was even more of a surprise because daffodils are the ones of my favourite flowers… 
:)

For windy-times! I know it’s super super late for the exchange but I hope I could make it worth it.

I tried to go with the private school theme for SwissAus, but I also wanted to do snow so it’s kind of hard to see their uniforms. They seem like the type of people who would always pretend to hate each other but secretly enjoy the other’s company while waiting for the bus home or walking to class.