Review: The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

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The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Release Date: July 1st 2014 (my birthday!!)
Publisher: HarperTeen
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 256
Source:  Borrowed from Library

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.

My Review:

This book is special. From the summary it seems as if the book is narrated by a ghost and it is and it isn’t. We spend the whole book wondering who this ghost narrator is and by the time the reader finally realizes who the ghost is it is too late. This book was almost overwhelmingly sad for me. The prose is beautiful and haunting and sad in an almost hopeless way. The Vanishing Season is intriguing and wonderful despite that sad. It is brilliantly composed with layers upon layers of memories infused on one little street. The characters are so well written and flawed and hopeful that they could be real, they could be living on your street right now. Without giving away the plot there isn’t much more to say, but I encourage you to read this if you’re looking for something different.