Watch Me Disappear A Novel Author:Janelle Brown A mother with a troubled past vanishes while hiking, leaving her family to piece together her secrets, in this keenly observed novel for fans of Big Little Lies?from the bestselling author of All We Ever Wanted Was Everything. — It?s been a year since Billie Flanagan?a beautiful, charismatic Berkeley mom with an enviable life?went on a solo hike ... more »in Desolation Wilderness and vanished from the trail. No body?only a hiking boot?has ever been found. Billie?s husband and teenage daughter cope with her death the best they can: Jonathan drinks, Olive grows remote.
But then Olive starts having waking dreams?or are they hallucinations??that her mother is still alive. Jonathan worries about Olive?s emotional stability, until he starts unearthing secrets from Billie?s past that bring into question everything he thought he knew about his wife. Together, Olive and Jonathan embark on a quest for the truth?about Billie, their family, and the stories we tell ourselves about the people we love.
Praise for Watch Me Disappear
?A riveting, seductive read about the secret, protected places within even the most intimate relationships . . . Janelle Brown has written a novel that provokes thought as her story twists and turns. I loved it.??Sara Gruen, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Water for Elephants
?Tantalizing and twisty, Watch Me Disappear is both a spider?s web of a thriller and a moving exploration of the deeper mysteries of marriage and family. You won?t be able to put it down, but you won?t forget it either.??Megan Abbott, author of You Will Know Me
?Watch Me Disappear is at once a riveting page-turner and a thoughtful meditation on what it means to know other people?and ourselves. Be careful: Once you start Janelle Brown?s expertly crafted and wonderfully mysterious novel, you won?t be able to stop.??Edan Lepucki, New York Times bestselling author of Woman No. 17 and California
?I devoured Watch Me Disappear in one sitting. In this poignant and captivating story of a missing woman and the family she left behind, Brown deftly peels away the layers of a loving marriage to reveal a haunting mystery and a devastating truth: that no matter how much you love someone, you can never truly know them.??Laura McHugh, author of The Weight of Blood and Arrowood
?The plot is gripping enough: A woman?s disappearance leaves a daughter and husband in a limbo that moves rapidly into true mystery, with ever-widening gaps between acceptance and doubt, memory and history, truth and lies?all very slippery and treacherous and thrilling. But the real magic of Watch Me Disappear is Brown?s gift for evoking familial love in all its mad permutations?and the more intensely for the high stakes of what has been taken, and what is yet to be found. This is a story you simply don?t want to end?but then, lord, what an ending!??Tim Johnston, author of Descent« less
So I have mixed feelings on this book - probably because I really didn't like one of the main characters. Billie is the mom who is missing and presumed dead in this story. The more I learned about her - the more I didn't like her. I honestly don't know if this was the author's intention. I really did like the father and daughter in the story and the plot line - although I had a pretty good guess at the ending (again - not sure if that was intentional?) Regardless, its a good story and I would recommend the book - you don't have to love all the characters to enjoy the book.