A missing sister. A mother searching for the truth. Psychopathic tendencies. Letters from a killer. Creepy cabins. Dark forests. Dreams. Nightmares. Blizzards. Yes, yes, yes, yes!
When I read that this book is a hybrid between Silence of The Lambs and The Dry, I just had to dive in! Upon finishing, I’m glad to report that How Quickly She Disappears is a debut thriller where suspense successfully rivals Gillian Flynn. It had this moody, depressing atmosphere as the events took place in an isolated village in Alaska, and it just made me savor this read word for word.
Elisabeth can’t help but cling to the belief that her sister who vanished 20 years ago, is still alive. When an odd, mysterious visitor comes to her home, he tells her he knows exactly what happened to her sister. He won’t reveal this truth to her. Well, unless she fulfills his three requests.
The story shifts between the past and the present. We have enough backgrounds on both sisters Else and Jacqueline and it was so interesting to learn the way they used to live as mature 11-year-old children back in the early 1920s.
I freaked out for a moment when I realized there were only 20 pages left. I did not want it to end. The author just knows how to portray the image of psychopathic behavior in quite a chilling way. Given that this is a debut, that fact was absolutely surprising to me.
The ending does hint at a sequel. Until a second book arrives (fingers crossed), characters Else and Margaret will, with no doubt, stay with me. Having felt so comfortable with this author’s writing, I think it’s safe to say I’ll follow Raymond Fleischmann anywhere.
Release Date: January 14th 2020.
***Thank you to Berkley Pub and Netgalley for providing me with a copy of How Quickly She Disappears in exchange for an honest review ***