The Vanishers

The Vanishers

by Heidi Julavits
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The Vanishers: A Novel 2.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
ChelseaW More than 1 year ago
It sounds cliche to say that a book hooks you with it's first sentence, but in this case it couldn't be more true. I actually whispered the word "wow" when I finished the intro. Though this is a beautiful, engaging book, it is also quite complicated. I totally loved the idea of the psychic attacks that Julie is subjected to and doles out. The language and writing is superior to so many other books I have read lately. Julie's voice was so pitch-perfect. I found myself looking up to her perfectly witty and punchy responses. Madame Ackerman was spellbinding, and I wanted to see more of her. I wanted to know her back story! Spin-off book, perhaps? Still, there were a few places where I struggled. There are no chapters in the book, just four section breaks. This made the book feel both too open and far to closed, all at the same time. There were clear markers where chapters could have been broken down. The four sections were different enough, but I often find it difficult to read books without chapters. If I step away for any longer period of time, it is very difficult to get back into the flow of things. If you pick this book up, be sure to give it your undivided attention, and you will be rewarded with a story that will stick in your brain for many months to come.
sheriff79 More than 1 year ago
Psychics and metaphysical time travel still couldn't make this book remotely interesting. I forced myself to finish reading this book, and regret the 3 days I wasted reading it.
Anabellee More than 1 year ago
Pretentious. Leads nowhere slowly with lovely prose to fool you into thinking you're getting somewhere.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Boring, bizarre.......the worst read in the last 20 books I have read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gorgeous prose. Flawed, deeply fascinating characters- some with psychic powers- who hurt themselves and others. An exploration of living with loss and with deeply rooted, long-buried and complex types of pain (all kinds). Complicated human relationships. Time travel of sorts. Various disappearances. A mystery. Don't read it expecting a tidy resolution. Brilliant.
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