I received a copy of the Disappearing from the publisher for my fair and honest review.
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.
As much as I wanted to enjoy this book, for me it fell flat. It was slow to start, and the setting just wasn’t for me. The characters just didn’t interest me, the story was interesting, however it just never kept me hooked. For anyone who is a fan of the multiple perspectives (which I can be on occasion) this book would probably intrigue you more. I just found that there were SO many questions, like too many. It’s good to keep guessing, but not that much. I just found the different characters perspectives in this way too confusing. Although I like Lori Roy’s writing style, I unfortunately did not enjoy this book as much as I wish I had.