PUBLICATION DATE: January 14th, 2020
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Happy Publication Day to How Quickly She Disappears by Raymond Fleischmann. Thank you to Berkley for inviting me to be a part of this exciting blog tour and for gifting me a beautiful finished hardcover copy of this book to read and share my review with others.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
It’s 1941 in small-town Alaska and Elisabeth Pfautz is alone. She’s living far from home, struggling through an unhappy marriage, and she spends her days tutoring her precocious young daughter. Elisabeth’s twin sister disappeared without a trace twenty years earlier, and Elisabeth’s life has never recovered. Cryptic visions of her sister haunt her dreams, and Elisabeth’s crushing loneliness grows more intense by the day. But through it all, she clings to one belief: That her sister is still alive, and that they’ll be reunited one day.
And that day may be coming soon. Elisabeth’s world is upended when Alfred Seidel — an enigmatic German bush pilot — arrives in town and murders a local man in cold blood. Sitting in his cell in the wake of his crime, Alfred refuses to speak to anyone except for Elisabeth. He has something to tell her: He knows exactly what happened to her long-missing sister, but he’ll reveal this truth only if Elisabeth fulfills three requests.
Increasingly isolated from her neighbors and imprisoned by the bitter cold and her own obsession, Elisabeth lets herself slip deeper into Alfred’s web. A tenuous friendship forms between them, even as Elisabeth struggles to understand Alfred’s game and what he’s after.
But if it means she’ll get answers, she’s willing to play by his rules. She’s ready to sacrifice whatever it takes to be reunited with her sister, even if it means putting herself — and her family — in mortal danger.
First of all lets admire the beauty of this cover! Such a beautiful book cover!
This book had me hooked! I enjoyed the plot of the book – Elisabeth lost her twin sister Jacqueline some 20 years ago when she simply vanished without a trace. All these years later Elisabeth still cannot help but wonder where her sister is and what happened to her. Is she still alive? If she is still alive, then why hasn’t she reached out and gotten in contact after all these years? Elisabeth is determined to find her twin sister and find out what happened all those years ago.
I enjoyed reading about her interactions with Alfred. He was dark, twisted, and clearly had his own agenda. He loved talking in riddles and playing games, and it was interesting to read about his growing relationship with Elisabeth. If Elisabeth wanted to find out the truth about her missing sister then she had to play Alfred’s games, had to befriend him, and play by his rules or else risk never fining out the truth about her sister? Is she willing to risk all that? Definitely not! She would do (and pretty much did do) anything and everything he asked to get one step closer to finding out the truth about her sisters disappearance. She not only puts herself in danger, but her entire family as well.
Will she find out the truth about what really happened to her sister or is she playing Alfred’s game all for nothing? You’ll have to read this novel to find out!
MY RATING: 4/5 stars