How Quickly She Disappears

How Quickly She Disappears

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"The Dry meets The Silence of the Lambs in this intoxicating tale of literary suspense, set in the relentless Alaskan landscape, about madness and obsession, loneliness and grief, and the ferocious bonds of family.... My proposition is very simple: I am going to ask you for three gifts, and for each gift you deliver, I will take you one step closer to Jacqueline. It's been twenty years since Elisabeth watched her twin sister, Jacqueline, disappear without a trace. Now thirty-year-old Elisabeth is living far from home in a small Alaskan town. She's in a loveless marriage and has a precocious young daughter she loves more than anything but who reminds her too much of her long-missing sister. Elisabeth's loneliness--and guilt--grows more unbearable each day. But through it all, she clings to the impossible belief that her sister is still alive and that they'll be reunited. But then Alfred, a dangerous stranger with a plan of his own, arrives in town and commits an inexplicable act of violence. And he offers a startling revelation: He knows exactly what happened to Elisabeth's sister, but he'll reveal this truth only if Elisabeth fulfills three requests. Increasingly isolated from her neighbors and imprisoned by the bitter cold and her own obsession, Elisabeth can almost hear her sister's voice saying, Come and get me. And so she will, even if it means putting herself--and her family--in danger"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Berkley, 2020
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781984805171
Branch Call Number: FICTION Fle
Description: 309 pages ; 24 cm


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"The Dry" meets "The Silence of the Lambs" in this intoxicating tale of literary suspense, set in the relentless Alaskan landscape, about madness and obsession, loneliness and grief, and the ferocious bonds of family.... "My proposition is very simple: I am going to ask... Read More »

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Mar 19, 2020

Not a novel worth my time.

Feb 01, 2020

Intriguing psychological thriller with a unique setting. The beginning was quite slow, and it took me a while to get into it. The pace does pick up eventually. The characters aren't the most likeable, but come off as believably flawed.

debwalker Jan 18, 2020

When your sister disappeared 20 years ago.

Jan 11, 2020

A harrowing and gripping thriller set in 1940's Alaska. Fleischmann's narrative gives us a strong sense of place. Alaska is a prominent player in this atmospheric debut. I didn't find Else to be particularly likable, but I most definitely cared about her quest to discover the truth about her missing sister. As a twin myself, I was inexorably drawn to this book as soon as I read about it. Although it was a bit more atmospheric and gritty than I expected, it was a compelling read and I would recommend ti to those who enjoyed "The Great Alone," "To the Bright Edge of the World," and "The Child Finder."

OPL_BethS Dec 04, 2019

This thriller, set in Alaska in 1941, is eerie and compelling with a strong sense of place. I read someone compare the "bad guy" (Alfred) and the main character, Elizabeth's relationship as similar to the one found in The Silence of the Lambs, and there's definitely a hint there.


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