ARC Review: Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

"A thoroughly thought-provoking read."

Title: Vanishing Girls
Author: Lauren Oliver
Genre: YA Mystery
Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton
Published: March 12th 2015
Page Number: 322
Rating: 4/5


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.

I've actually never managed to read a Lauren Oliver book, but when I saw that she was writing a YA Mystery book, I knew it was a must have! Many would think that Vanishing Girls is just a story about a girl who's sister goes missing, but it's a lot more than that. Vanishing Girls deal with family tragedy, loss and just how far we'd go for the people we love.
The writing is deep and beautiful, but with an undertone of darkness. We see how two sisters can be affected by the things that happen in their lives. From the set up I was invested in both Dara and Nick. I wanted to know their story, why they did certain things they did and why they'd let a relationship get ruined?
Character wise you really learn to love them, but I honestly don't know if I loved them or if I loved the way the story was told more. Vanishing Girls is told in different POV's from Dara and Nicks, past and present. We also get newspaper reports and tweets, which was such a modern, fresh idea to bring into a YA Mystery, because it's what us teenagers are into. When we wake up in the morning the first thing we check are our social medias: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. So really seeing the story being told through that was what made it so brilliant!
I will admit that this book wasn't perfect. But then again, what book truly is perfect? My problem with this book was the ending. It's not that I didn't like it, because I truly did, but at the same time I felt a disconnection from it as well. Maybe it's because I guessed a little early on, but then again, I do that with all Mystery books and TV shows. However, if you're a fan of Mystery or YA then you'll love then nonetheless.
A physical copy was provided by the publishers for a honest review

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