By Emily Bain Murphy
2 out of 5 stars
What if the ordinary things in life suddenly…disappeared?
Aila Quinn’s mother, Juliet, has always been a mystery: vibrant yet guarded, she keeps her secrets beyond Aila’s reach. When Juliet dies, Aila and her younger brother Miles are sent to live in Sterling, a rural town far from home–and the place where Juliet grew up.
Sterling is a place with mysteries of its own. A place where the experiences that weave life together–scents of flowers and food, reflections from mirrors and lakes, even the ability to dream–vanish every seven years.
No one knows what caused these “Disappearances,” or what will slip away next. But Sterling always suspected that Juliet Quinn was somehow responsible–and Aila must bear the brunt of their blame while she follows the chain of literary clues her mother left behind.
As the next Disappearance nears, Aila begins to unravel the dual mystery of why the Disappearances happen and who her mother truly was. One thing is clear: Sterling isn’t going to hold on to anyone’s secrets for long before it starts giving them up.
Wow, this was an immensely boring and weird book that I did not like. It’s a “mystery” without any suspense and a super slow pace.
Why was it set in the 1940s?! There was no purpose to that! Ugh! I love WWII and Shakespeare but this book…no! It’s so underwhelming! The only role of WWII is that the is why the main character’s father is absent. If you’re going to pick a time period for a reason (and not just to peak everyone’s interest since its WWII), you need the time period to be reflected in the story and characters which it was absolutely not.
I just didn’t care about any of the characters or the big problem…
And the hidden family member who is wheelchair bound and angry about it…really? Are we really using that?