Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Best Books of 2018 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 father-the former director of an infamous boys' school-make 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 facade to discover whether her daughter's disappearance is payback for her father's crimes-or 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.
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"The Southern twangs of narrators Sophie Amoss and Michael Crouch are a perfect fit for this suspenseful thriller. Lane Fielding reluctantly finds herself back in the small Florida town where she grew up. Living with her parents and two daughters, she's shunned by the community for suspicions involving her father. Ten days after a college student disappears, the same thing happens to Lane's older daughter, Annalee. Lane suspects that people in the town are out for revenge, but they believe a serial killer has returned. Both narrators effectively unfold the pieces of the mystery, carefully intertwining each character's view of events. They reveal each shocking moment slowly and vividly, building suspense and giving an eerie ambience to a compelling thriller. D.Z. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"
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