The Vanishing Season
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.
Jodi Lynn Anderson’s previous book Tiger Lily earned it’s spot on my shelf of all-time favorite books quite simply because of Anderson’s poetic, eloquent prose; so I guess I can’t be entirely blamed for wanting to read her upcoming mystery / thriller novel The Vanishing Season. While I didn’t quite like The Vanishing Season as much as Tiger Lily, it was still a wonderful read nonetheless, and Anderson’s beautiful writing still takes center-stage.
Maggie and her family have just moved from Chicago to the middle of nowhere in Door County, Wisconsin; where her only neighbors are a bold, youthful Pauline and a mysterious but kind Liam. But then the murders begin. Teenage girls found dead, each without a scratch on them. Who is this cunning criminal? And can authorities catch him before he has the chance to hurt Maggie, Pauline and Liam?
What I love about Jodi Lynn’s writing is – besides her ability to so articulately string words together – is her narratives. She always picks the most fascinating and captivating POVs to write her stories from, and each time it makes her stories so interesting. The Vanishing Season is no exception.
Maggie, in my opinion, was a fascinating and complex protagonist, and I found myself really enjoying her personal journey. She’s more than your stereotypical kind, booksmart protagonist. She has flaws that make her feel so real and easy to connect to.
I think the most disappointing aspect of the novel though was the actual mystery aspect. From the moment we met him/her I knew who the murder was, so the “big reveal” at the end of the story came as no surprise to me. It would have certainly been nice if there was a few more red herrings, a few more plot twists here and there; but sadly they weren’t found.
Whether or not you’ll enjoy The Vanishing Season depends on what they expect to get out of it as a novel. If you’re looking for a beautifully written book about friendship and love and ghosts that ends with a completely heart-breaking ending, you’ll definitely find it here. However, those who are looking for more of a strict murder mystery or paranormal story will probably not find that hidden between the pages of The Vanishing Season.