Published by Simon Pulse on June 14, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, mystery, Suspense
Source: eARC from Publisher
This electric cross-country thriller follows the game of cat and mouse between a girl on the run from a murder she witnessed—or committed?—and the boy who’s sent to kill her.
Nicolette Holland is the girl everyone likes. Up for adventure. Loyal to a fault. And she’s pretty sure she can get away with anything...until a young woman is brutally murdered in the woods near Nicolette’s house. Which is why she has to disappear.
Jack Manx has always been the stand-up guy with the killer last name. But straight A’s and athletic trophies can’t make people forget that his father was a hit man and his brother is doing time for armed assault. Just when Jack is about to graduate from his Las Vegas high school and head east for college, his brother pulls him into the family business with inescapable instructions: find this ruthless Nicolette Holland and get rid of her. Or else Jack and everyone he loves will pay the price.
As Nicolette and Jack race to outsmart each other, tensions—and attractions—run high. Told in alternating voices, this tightly plotted mystery and tense love story challenges our assumptions about right and wrong, guilt and innocence, truth and lies.
How to Disappear is a fast paced, murder mystery novel long chase that is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. I loved this young adult book by Ann Redisch Stampler. It was really a riveting read, and please know that I don’t say that lightly. Normally I am much more critical on my mystery and suspense books, especially in the young adult age group. They are not a sub genre that I read very often, but How to Disappear is a really great mystery, suspense and even romance.
I loved that How to Disappear is told in dual narrative from two teens on the run. One reluctantly chasing and one very earnestly running. I loved that neither one of the characters was completely black or completely white. Both of them were firmly in the shades of grey camp, which made watching their stories unfold and more twists and turns popping up, all the more interesting. I genuinely had no idea which way this was going to turn out and what was going to be revealed. Normally, I am pretty good at reading characters and predicting plots but that was not the case at all in How to Disappear. This book kept me guessing, and seconding guessing over and over again. And I flipping loved that.
I think How to Disappear is my favorite of Ann Redisch Stampler’s books. It is so well executed. You will feel like you are running in the woods with Nicolette. You will feel conflicted, just like Jack. If you are a nail biter, be sure to coat you nails in that gross tasting stuff that deters biting. Trust me, this book calls for it. If you are a fan of mystery and suspense young adult, How to Disappear is a book that you can’t miss out on. The characters will win your heart, and the plot will keep it pumping. I loved how fast paced and unpredictable How to Disappear is. This one is a winner for me.If you are looking for a great YA Mystery, look no further than How to Disappear by @AnnStampler @simonteen @BookBriefs review Click To Tweet
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