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Gone Girl meets Pretty Little Liars in the first book of this fast-paced psychological thriller series full of delicious twists and turns.
Friendship. Obsession. Deception. Love.
Kalah knows better than to fall for Beth Taylor . . . but that doesn’t stop her from falling hard and falling fast, heart first into a sea of complications.
Then Beth vanishes. She skips town on her eighteenth birthday, leaving behind a flurry of rumors and a string of broken hearts. Not even Beth’s best friend, Britney, knows where she went. Beth didn’t even tell Kalah good-bye.
One of the rumors links Beth to Britney’s boyfriend, and Kalah doesn’t want to believe the betrayal. But Brit clearly believes it—and before Kalah can sort out the truth, Britney is dead.
When Beth finally reaches out to Kalah in the wake of Brit’s suicide, Kalah wants to trust what Beth tells her. But she’s swiftly realizing that nothing here is as it seems. Kalah’s caught in the middle of a deadly psychological game, and only she can untangle the deceptions and lies to reveal the unthinkable truth.
Because of the Gone Girl and Pretty Little Liars mentions in the blurb, Vanished was a book I’ve had my eye on for a long time! When I finally got around to reading it, I couldn’t put it down.
I loved the premise, and appreciated reading about someone who struggles with anxiety. I liked the mystery element and as Kalah investigated on her own, I too was trying to put the pieces together.
Some of the secondary characters, like Kalah’s boyfriend, felt underdeveloped and uninteresting, and the ending left me wanting more. I wasn’t really satisfied with the way the book ended, but I see on Goodreads that it’s book number one in a series. I will definitely read the sequel!
I didn’t love this book as much as I’d hoped I would, but I liked it. It was a fun, quick read.