…Olive is certain. Her mother is still alive out there, somewhere, and Olive needs to try harder, much harder, to find her.” -WATCH ME DISAPPEAR
WATCH ME DISAPPEAR by Janelle Brown is a mystery/thriller which tells the story of Billie Flanagan, a fascinating California mom who goes on a solo hiking trip and never returns. When only a shoe and a shattered phone are found, Jonathan and Olive (Billie’s husband and daughter) conclude the worst.
A year after Billie’s disappearance, Jonathan is legalizing her death and writing a memoir about his marriage. During his efforts, he uncovers secrets which make him wonder if he really knew the woman he married. At the same time, Olive starts having visions of her mother, so she concludes Billie is still alive. Jonathan and Olive begin to wonder: Did Billie really die, or is she alive, hoping to be found? Or did she vanish on purpose?
I was fortunate enough to win WATCH ME DISAPPEAR in an Instagram giveaway, and I received an autographed copy from Janelle Brown and Penguin Random House (thanks, y’all!).
The story is told in the present and through Jonathan’s memoir, which was unique and interesting. While I enjoyed Jonathan and Olive’s characters, I was most fascinated by Billie herself. She’s such a well-written character, a free spirit with so many layers and complexities. She left me always curious.
The book was more of a slow burn than a fast-paced one for me, but I don’t mean that in a negative way. Instead of turning pages to discover which bad guy was going to jump out, I turned pages to work side-by-side with Jonathan and Olive. We uncovered clues, contemplated them, and tried to solve the mystery of Billie Flanagan. They closer Jonathan and Olive came to the truth, the more complex the puzzle became. Family drama is always juicy and satisfying, right? The final twist was a TOTAL surprise (unlike some thrillers I’ve read), but even after that, I was still wondering if I had the real Billie figured out. She’s a tough nut to crack, which made me like her character all the more.
I can’t say much more without spoiling the plot! I recommend this book to all adult fans of mysteries and thrillers. Pick up WATCH ME DISAPPEAR and uncover the truth about Billie Flanagan yourself!
Maybe this is why they say love is blind: Who you want people to be makes you blind to who they really are.” -WATCH ME DISAPPEAR
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