The Blonde Bookworm: Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown -- Review

Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown -- Review

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Title: Watch Me Disappear 
Author: Janelle Brown 
Pages: 368
Publishing: July 11th 2017 by Spiegel & Grau
ISBN: 0812989465 


It’s been a year since Billie Flanagan—a beautiful, charismatic Berkeley mom with an enviable life—went on a solo hike in Desolation Wilderness and vanished from the trail. No body—only a hiking boot—has ever been found. Billie’s husband and teenage daughter cope with her death the best they can: Jonathan drinks, Olive grows remote.

But then Olive starts having waking dreams—or are they hallucinations?—that her mother is still alive. Jonathan worries about Olive’s emotional stability, until he starts unearthing secrets from Billie’s past that bring into question everything he thought he knew about his wife. Together, Olive and Jonathan embark on a quest for the truth—about Billie, their family, and the stories we tell ourselves about the people we love.


When I initially read the synopsis of Watch Me Disappear, it really grabbed my attention and I knew it would be an excellent beach read. As I began the first few chapters, I felt like I was missing something, or maybe the plot was just a little too slow. I kept reading, hoping it would pick up. 

After getting about halfway into the novel, I realized the pace wasn't going to pick up, but I still really needed to know what happened to Billie. So, I just kept reading and trudging through. The writing was eloquent and flowed together nicely, but I didn't get hooked on the characters like I wanted to. I felt like there was constantly a piece missing and I was on the outside of the story. 

All in all, it was an interesting story, but when it ended I wasn't really sure what to take away from the story. It held my attention, but just barely. I enjoyed the novel but I don't think I will be recommending it to others. Thank you to NetGalley and Random House for the sending the eGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

Rating 2.5/5


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