Watch Me Disappear

Watch Me Disappear

A Novel

Book - 2017
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It's been a year since Billie Flanagan--a Berkeley mom with an enviable life--went on a solo hike in Desolation Wilderness and vanished from the trail. Her body was never found, just a shattered cellphone and a solitary hiking boot. Her husband and teenage daughter have been coping with Billie's death the best they can: Jonathan drinks as he works on a loving memoir about his marriage; Olive grows remote, from both her father and her friends at the all-girls school she attends. But then she starts having waking dreams--hallucinations?--in which her very vibrant mother urges the girl to look for her, and Olive begins to believe her mother is still alive and in trouble. Jonathan believes the trauma and anxiety of losing her mother is making Olive ill, until he uncovers a secret that that compels him to consider that Billie may not be dead after all and sends him on his own quest for the truth--about Billie, their marriage, and the things people do in the name of love.
Publisher: New York :, Spiegel & Grau,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ♭2017
ISBN: 9780812989465
Characteristics: 358 pages


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Mar 31, 2019

4 1/2 stars. This is the first of Brown's books I've read but I enjoyed this read so much, I plan to read any other books she's written. Billie Flanagan disappeared on a solo hike to the Desolation Wilderness a year ago. Her husband Jonathon is writing a memoir of their life together and drinking too much. Her daughter Olive, a teenager, is floundering. But Olive starts having visions of her mother and starts to believe that she is still alive. Jonathon starts looking into Billie's past and discovers some truths about Billie that he wished he never knew. Father and daughter are grieving in their own way and at times the distance between them grows. Is Olive really having visions or is there something wrong with her? And Jonathon finds himself questioning whether he ever really knew his wife. A heartfelt and interesting read with a few twists and turns. A really good read.

Dec 19, 2018

Just when I was getting tired of reading about the husband's grief about his wife's death/disappearance - even after a year - the author changes gears and starts to provide a different picture gradually of the loving wife and mother. I liked the visions the daughter has of her mother actually still being alive and her attempts to find those places in her visions in case there will be clues of her mother's presence there. The author keeps her reader's guessing to the last word in the novel as to what happened to the wife. The author has a style of writing that suits those who like minute descriptions of setting, character's actions and feelings, and interpersonal relationships. It was rather hard to believe though that a publishing company would want to publish a book like that memoir the husband wants to write of his wife - a nobody really. Yet interestingly enough, that memoir is the basis for the author's book. I might look for some of the author's other books as this one was the first one I have read that she has written. This title was advertised on my link with Kobo so I thought I would give this book a try, borrowing it from the library though to see if I liked the author's writing style.

agenesis Oct 11, 2018

Loved this book. Was shouting, "WHAT?!" in delight on the very last page. Will look for more of this author's work for sure.

Feb 18, 2018

Slow stare, almost gave up but glad I continued. Very good book but, a little surprised with the ending.

ehbooklover Feb 07, 2018

This one is a twisty slow burn and I couldn't stop reading it. I really liked how the story was told via alternating points of view. The characters felt real and I grew very invested in the outcome of the story.

Jan 25, 2018

trite; possibly a good story in a better writer's hands? It IS a quick read , but I'd rather have those two days back!

Jan 07, 2018

Great read!

Nov 10, 2017

Entertaining and kept me going - a good, light read

Oct 30, 2017

LOVED THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cynthia_N Jul 26, 2017

Thought I had it figured out but I did not! Great read!!!

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