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Two-time Edgar Award-winning author Lori Roy spins a twisted, atmospheric tale about a small Southern town where girls disappear and boys run away.
When Lane Fielding fled her isolated Florida hometown after high school for the anonymity of New York City, she swore she'd never return. But twenty years later, newly divorced and with two daughters in tow, she finds herself tending bar at the local dive and living with her parents on the historic Fielding Plantation. Here, the past haunts her and the sinister crimes of her fatherthe former director of an infamous boys' schoolmake her as unwelcome in town as she was the day she left.
Ostracized by the people she was taught to trust, Lane's unsteady truce with the town is rattled when her older daughter suddenly vanishes. Ten days earlier, a college student went missing, and the two disappearances at first ignite fears that a serial killer who once preyed upon the town has returned. But when Lane's younger daughter admits to having made a new and unseemly friend, a desperate Lane attacks her hometown's façade to discover whether her daughter's disappearance is payback for her father's crimesor for her own.
With reporters descending upon the town, police combing through the swamp, and events taking increasingly disturbing turns, Lane fears she faces too many enemies and too little time to bring her daughter safely home. Powerful and heart-pounding, The Disappearing questions the endurance of family bonds, the dangers of dark rumors and small town gossip, and how sometimes home is the scariest place of all.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Lori Roy is the author of Bent Road, winner of the Edgar Award for Best First Novel; Until She Comes Home, finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Novel; and Let Me Die in His Footsteps, winner of the Edgar Award for Best Novel. She lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, with her family.
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Background: This novel takes place in a small town in Florida. Our main character Lane Fielding left her hometown as soon she graduated high school, and moved to New York. She moved with believing the notion that she would never return home to Florida. But twenty years later, she finds herself with her daughters in tow, back at home in Florida with her mother and father and working at a local dive bar. Lane's past and the crimes of her father who was once a director of a well known boy's school, haunts her. This makes Lane an unwelcome guest. Lane and the town are thrown back into old memories of a serial killer from the past, when two girls disappear-one being Lanes oldest daughter. Lane desperately fights the ghosts of her past on a quest to find out if her daughters disappearance is pay back for the crimes of her father or for her own. My thoughts: Wow. Wow. Wow. I received this book as a FirstToRead copy through Penguin House, and I must say that I was instantly invested in this story. Learning about Lane's story and the reasons why she left Florida after high school and what brought her back home was interesting to say the least. But what I liked the most about this story, was the twists and turns that it took. I was a firm believer that I knew who the murder/kidnapper was. The twist that came at the end of the book had me shook (like edges completely snatched). Lori Roy writes in such a captivating way. There were moments when the story line was a little too slow for my liking, but once I got through those moments, it is such a fantastic read. I would have learned to know what would have happened if Lane would have found out the complete truth. I would highly suggest you reading this book. Especially if you like family secrets, betrayal, and drama.
“Mama once said the truth always rises, sometimes in the ugliest of ways. And if you fear it, it will come for you” Lane Fielding has returned home after divorcing the man she’d run away with decades before. The Fielding Plantation holds many secrets within its walls; secrets that hide in the mind of its inhabitants and secrets you can’t really run from because they bring you back, or you bring them out of hiding in your return. Told in the various voices of Lane, her two daughters, her parents Erma and Neil and the echoes of the ones buried in the cemetery next door,author Lori Roy brings a compelling view of The Old South although what seems to have increasingly “disappeared” is the actual truth.Recommended 5/5 [I received this book from the author, winning it from an online book review site. I chose to voluntarily review it]
Dollycas's Thoughts Lane Fielding has returned to a place she had hoped to never see again. The historic Fielding Plantation, her family home. Her marriage fell apart and now she and her two daughters have moved in with her elderly parents. Her father, the former director of the boy's school across from the home, is failing and needs constant care but he has made it well known he isn't happy Lane has returned. Her mother, failing too, tries to placate everyone to keep the peace. A college student that was working at the plantation went missing 10 days ago and now Lane's oldest daughter has disappeared too. Boys used to disappear but now it is blonde girls. The police are trying to find the girls and after talking to Lane's other daughter have started to zero in on a suspect. The question is will they find the girls in time. This book has a haunting, almost Gothic feel. Told from several points of view and a couple different timeframes, this story slowly unfolds to reveal so many secrets and lies all attached to this one family. Twenty years have passed since Lane left her home for New York, but her own secret still has never been revealed. Having read other stories by this author I knew the mystery was not going to be as simple as it seems. There is a mighty twist that turns the story upside down. There was truly nothing endearing about these characters, except maybe Talley, the youngest daughter, but these character's story is a very compelling read. The family's drama set in motion by the sins of Lane's father had me shaking my head in disbelief of all the happenings. The final line sent chills up my spine. I had read somewhere this book is based on the true story of the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys and I just had to do a little research myself. I was surprised to see the school was just shut down in 2011 after years and years of investigations. Ms. Roy's fictional spin on this was so interesting to read. The only downfall in the story for me was the repetition of events from the different points of view made the plot a bit disjointed, but after getting into the story I found a good rhythm to overlook this issue. The book ending leaves an open option to visit these characters again. It might be interesting to look back on them, say twenty years again in the future.
A Family Torn Apart by the Past Terrible things happened at the boys school behind the Fielding Mansion when Lane’s father was the director. She lived in the mansion and couldn’t wait to escape her father’s misdeeds and her own trouble. She ran away and married immediately after high school graduation. Now she’s living in the Fielding Mansion with her parents with two daughters trying to heal from a divorce she didn’t want. Lane is drinking too much trying to forget and is ignoring the problems of her daughters. When a girl disappears and then Annalee, Lane’s older daughter, disappears, the town remembers another girl who disappeared years ago. Now there’s talk of a serial killer. Lane is frantic to find Annalee and to protect her younger daughter, Talley. I found this book rather slow. The plot was good, but the action was drawn out with multiple narrators. One of the confusing aspects was having Daryl, a strange boy who befriends Talley, tell his story in fragments that are out of the time sequence of the unfolding events. The background is a small town where everyone remembers your past and it can seep into the present. Lane tries to hide from it with too much alcohol until she has to confront the problems that still exist; some of her own making. The descriptions of the old mansion and the boys school are suitably haunting. This book is almost written like a gothic or a paranormal. There is romance and character development, but it’s the plot that drives the story. If you like a plot that relies on mysteries from this past, you may enjoy this book. I received this book from Dutton for this review.