The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy

The Disappearances

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 pla...

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ISBN:0544879368
Edition Language:English
Number of Pages:388 pages

The Disappearances Reviews

  • Chelsea Sedoti

    If I would have read THE DISAPPEARANCES as a teenager, I would have been

    .

    I would have gathered herbs to mix Variants. I would have drawn hearts on my arm and read every bit of Shakespeare I could get my hands on. I would have pretended I lived in Sterling and ignored the rational part of my brain that told me THE DISAPPEARANCES was only a book.

    Because I would have desperately wanted it to be real.

    To be fair, even as an adult I’m pretty obsessed with THE DISAPPEARANCES—I’m just a littl

    If I would have read THE DISAPPEARANCES as a teenager, I would have been

    .

    I would have gathered herbs to mix Variants. I would have drawn hearts on my arm and read every bit of Shakespeare I could get my hands on. I would have pretended I lived in Sterling and ignored the rational part of my brain that told me THE DISAPPEARANCES was only a book.

    Because I would have desperately wanted it to be real.

    To be fair, even as an adult I’m pretty obsessed with THE DISAPPEARANCES—I’m just a little more

    in my obsession. You know, gushing about how much I love the book instead of actively trying to live in the world Emily Bain Murphy created.

    THE DISAPPEARANCES is magical. It’s beautiful and melancholy, and filled with gorgeous writing that captivated me from the very first page.

    I was charmed by Aila, the tragic (but optimistic) main character. I was charmed by Sterling, the mysterious town where Aila is sent to live after her mother’s death. And the Disappearances themselves were so creative and wonderful and terrible that they blew me away.

    I’m actually sure not how to talk about this book without spoilers. And I

    don’t want to spoil anything. I only knew a little bit about it before reading, and discovering more along the way was such a pleasure that I’d hate to deny someone else the same experience. This book isn’t, like, a twisty thriller, of course. But it’s filled with so many beautiful surprises.

    Parts of THE DISAPPEARANCES were heartbreaking. Parts were thrilling and uplifting. And every bit of it was completely enchanting. It’s the kind of book that’ll stay with you long after you finish reading.

    I wish I could say more. I want to gush about every single part of this book. But I’ll let everyone find out for themselves how incredible it is.

    Because it

    incredible. The only think I dislike about THE DISAPPEARANCES is that I can’t actually climb into the pages and live there.

  • Luke Taylor

    So what is The Disappearances?

    A cryptic carousel of entendre and experience, mystery and memory, love and loss, hatred and hope, chance and choice, science and a summons of the sublime, where secrets have been left to grow fetid in their dusky shadows and familial wounds have woven a spell around a quartet of towns like a cerulean ribbon in a young girl’s plaited hair, Emily Bain Murphy’s glimmering debut shines and sparkles with every sort of magic under the stars. Her literary gifts clearly ev

    So what is The Disappearances?

    A cryptic carousel of entendre and experience, mystery and memory, love and loss, hatred and hope, chance and choice, science and a summons of the sublime, where secrets have been left to grow fetid in their dusky shadows and familial wounds have woven a spell around a quartet of towns like a cerulean ribbon in a young girl’s plaited hair, Emily Bain Murphy’s glimmering debut shines and sparkles with every sort of magic under the stars. Her literary gifts clearly evident from the very onset, Emily displays a mastery the craft in a swirl of subtlety and serenity, spookiness and sensuality, giving everything in The Disappearances the impression of dreamy cinema verite.

    Stephen King once said, “Good books do not give up their secrets all at once.” – and to summarize the plot and themes and box this book up in a neat little package would be cruel and inhuman. Read the book and watch it unwrap itself, as if kissed by the very fingers of the wind, curling itself around you to hold you captive until you finish it. Fully stocked with metaphors (many of them of the avian variety!) and a deeply embedded code that will thrill the most extreme literature enthusiasts (be still my beating heart and blame The Bard for being such a catalyst to the author), Emily’s origami prose is so good it might inspire you to write portions of it on your thigh. Trust me on that one.

    I really, really love this book and it really got me. Like it understood me and what I wanted and what I needed. It opened itself up to me and showed me all of its colors in a gray gray world. It reminded me of all the things I hold dear and all the things I believe. It inspired me and entertained me in equal measure and it sure as snow made me feel good. My deepest gratitude to Emily Bain Murphy for carving and crafting and creating such a wonderful and profound novel (and letting me support what I predict to be its amazing journey into the hearts and minds of readers and their bulging bookshelves), and to Edelweiss for providing me with an ARC of this inimitable book.

    Recommended for everyone.

  • Jasmine from How Useful It Is

    About: The Disappearances is a magical realism novel written by Emily Bain Murphy. It will be published on 7/4/17 by HMH Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 400 pages. The genres are young adult, fiction, magical realism, and fantasy. This book is the author’s debut novel and is intended for readers ages 12 and up, grades 7 and up.

    My Experience: I started reading The Disappearances on 6/19/17 and finished it on 6/22/17. I love reading this book! It has just enough

    About: The Disappearances is a magical realism novel written by Emily Bain Murphy. It will be published on 7/4/17 by HMH Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 400 pages. The genres are young adult, fiction, magical realism, and fantasy. This book is the author’s debut novel and is intended for readers ages 12 and up, grades 7 and up.

    My Experience: I started reading The Disappearances on 6/19/17 and finished it on 6/22/17. I love reading this book! It has just enough mystery sprinkle in the flow of the story that makes me want to read on and on. The characters are all likeable. The plot is interesting. There are enough actions and adventures to give me adrenaline rush and suspense. This is my first magical realism read and I enjoyed it a lot!

    “When just the right things come together, there is always a bit of magic. And when just the wrong combination of things do.. there is tragedy.” p116

    In this book, readers will follow the point of view of Aila Quinn, 15 years old as she says goodbye to her father who is leaving to go to the warfront. Aila is catching a train to Sterling with her younger brother Miles to live with her late mother’s best friend, Matilda Cliffton. Not long since they moved into the Cliffton’s household, they started noticing strange things. Miles noticed that flowers doesn’t give off any scents and Aila noticed that she doesn’t see her reflection in the water fountain. Matilda then explained to Aila and her brother what happened in Sterling is called The Disappearances, that every 7 years, something disappears from their life. One time the people in the town can’t smell anything and the next seven years dreams disappears. It has been 35 years and no one understand what caused it and no one knows what will disappear when the next 7 years comes. There are 3 towns that The Disappearances affected: Sheffield, Sterling, and Corrander. One person that the townsfolks like to blame is Juliet Quinn, Aila and Miles’ mother because she is the only person not affected by The Disappearances. Others have tried to leave town but what disappeared for them in Sterling also disappeared for them no matter where they live. The people just continue to stay in Sterling and accept their fate. Matilda’s husband, Malcolm is an inventor and he able to invent Variants that brings back what disappeared from them, even only temporary. This year, The Disappearances occurred out of the norms because as soon as music disappears from their life, something else disappears soon after. And then a fourth town is affected and what had disappeared for the 3 previous towns every 7 years, it happens to the fourth town all at once. People are nervous and Aila believes that she’s close to understand how it all began.

    “I feel a surge of euphoria, terrifying and addictive, every time I think of him. It’s almost like being hit with a Variant: a pure shot of joy, bottled and shimmering, multiplying even as I try to empty it from my hand.” p302

    This book is very well written. I love Shakespeare’s involvement. I love the finishing word concept. I like the alternating point of views. I love the little drawn hearts and riddles. I like Aila and her friends George and Bea. They are awesome supporting characters. I like Aila and her friends as they work through the problem to unravel the mystery. This story is different from anything I have read and I couldn’t devour it fast enough. I highly recommend everyone to read this book!

    Pro: mystery, page turner, couldn’t put down, family, friendship, light romance, Shakespeare

    Con: none

    I rate it 5 stars!

    ***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.

    xoxo,

    Jasmine at

    for a detailed review

  • Lindsay Cummings

    Lovely and well written story! I had no idea it was a historical until I got into it, which actually made me pleasantly surprised. So many great lessons in this one!

  • Eve Recinella (Between The Bookends)

    Great cover on this book. It is simple, but a great representation of the story and it has some unique title work.

    I am not sure, but it appears as if this book is the author's debut. Perhaps she writes under a different pen name? In any case, I was beyond impressed with this story. When I requested this ARC, I wasn't aware that this was going to be set back in the 1940's. I may have passed it over had I known that and what a missed opportunity that would have been!

    The writing was fantastic. The

    Great cover on this book. It is simple, but a great representation of the story and it has some unique title work.

    I am not sure, but it appears as if this book is the author's debut. Perhaps she writes under a different pen name? In any case, I was beyond impressed with this story. When I requested this ARC, I wasn't aware that this was going to be set back in the 1940's. I may have passed it over had I known that and what a missed opportunity that would have been!

    The writing was fantastic. The plot was unique and intricate. Layer by layer the author peels away the mystery of the

    in such a way that it has you turning the pages frantically. There is magic and friendships. Interesting secondary characters. Twists and turns. A smidge of young romance. Well developed and likable main characters. And finally SHAKESPEARE! How can I NOT love a book that brings the Bard into the mix?

    Two HUGE thumbs up from yours truly.

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