Review: The Vanishing Season

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Goodreads Summary:

Girls started vanishing in the fall, and now winter’s come to lay a white sheet over the horror. Door County, it seems, is swallowing the young, right into its very dirt. From beneath the house on Water Street, I’ve watched the danger swell.

The residents know me as the noises in the house at night, the creaking on the stairs. I’m the reflection behind them in the glass, the feeling of fear in the cellar. I’m tied—it seems—to this house, this street, this town.

I’m tied to Maggie and Pauline, though I don’t know why. I think it’s because death is coming for one of them, or both.

All I know is that the present and the past are piling up, and I am here to dig.I am looking for the things that are buried.

This book is by the same author who wrote Tiger Lily, which I read earlier this year. It had the same great writing, the same bittersweet notes, and the same penchant for an unusual MC, one who lives on the edge of a social circle.

I liked this one more than TL though. Honestly, not much happens, the murders going on are more of an eerie backdrop, not a main event. But I really loved the dynamic between the three central characters. And I empathized with Maggie; all the heartbreak, the uncertainty, the need to be in control of her life and her options.

I also really liked the dual narration – narration is one of the things that makes the authors work so unique. Every once in a while we would get this “other” perspective, of the “haunting,” and it was kind and inquisitive and caring. Then the way the two narratives merged in the end was done really well.

Overall, I think this can be said to be an unconventional coming of age story. We see Maggie plan for her future, make life long friends, and experience first love. It was touching and emotional, quite enjoyable in one of those heart wrenching ways.

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