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Watch Me Disappear: A Novel av Janelle Brown
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Watch Me Disappear: A Novel (urspr publ 2017; utgåvan 2017)

av Janelle Brown (Författare)

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"A beautiful Berkeley mom with a radical past vanishes while hiking, leaving her family to piece together her secrets, in this keenly observed novel for readers of Emma Straub and Maria Semple--from the bestselling author ofAll We Ever Wanted Was Everything"--"Billie is a beautiful Berkeley mom with a radical past--a teenage runaway from Northern California who took up with a group of environmental activists wanted by the FBI, lived dangerously, but when she meets Jonathan, a tech magazine editor and all around good guy, she settles easily into the life of an eco-conscious, stay-at-home suburban yoga mom. Their daughter Olive, under her mother's watchful gaze, becomes a lovely, introverted, slightly eccentric girl. As she reaches adolescence and needs Billie's full-time attention less, Billie throws herself into extreme sports--marathons, scuba diving, rock climbs, solo hikes. On one of these expeditions, Billie vanishes from the trail--only a hiking boot is found. The family is devastated--a year of intense mourning passes in which they await the closure that a body and a death certificate will bring. Jonathan drinks; Olive grows remote. But then she starts having waking dreams--hallucinations?--in which her very vibrant mother urges the girl to look for her, and Olive begins to believe her mother is still alive and in trouble. Jonathan believes the trauma and anxiety of losing her mother is making Olive ill, until he uncovers a secret that that compels him to consider that Billie may not be dead after all and sends him on his own quest for the truth--about Billie, their marriage, and the things people do in the name of love.."--… (mer)
Medlem:slojudy
Titel:Watch Me Disappear: A Novel
Författare:Janelle Brown (Författare)
Info:Spiegel & Grau (2017), Edition: First Edition, 368 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
Betyg:****
Taggar:mysteries-and-thrillers

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Billie Flanagan disappears while out hiking in the wilderness alone. A shoe is found, and her phone, but there are many places a body can hide. It appears to be a hiking accident.

Almost a year after her disappearance her husband and daughter are still mourning, and husband Jonathan is readying himself for the anniversary, particularly by going to court to have her declared dead. He is working on a memoir of his wife, urged on by those who heard his tribute at the memorial service. To that end he quit his job and is rapidly running out of funds. Having her declared dead will bring in the life insurance, which will help pay for daughter Olive's private school.

Olive, meanwhile, doesn't believe her mother is dead. She starts to have visions of her mother, real as real, that convey the message "you aren't trying hard enough to find me". She tries to convince her father to investigate possible locations based on past history.

Bit by bit we get to know Billie better. She emerges as not quite the saint her family took her for. But does that mean she scurried away or is there another explanation?

The story was absorbing, although I was momentarily distracted by the visions and Olive's beliefs in the supernatural. I worried that the novel might go there and I don't go for supernatural. Whether there was ghost activity is up to the reader to determine. ( )
  slojudy | Sep 8, 2020 |
3.5 stars.

Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown is an intriguing mystery about a grieving father and daughter who are trying to uncover the truth about what happened to wife and mother Billie Flannagan who went missing during a weekend hike.

In the year since Billie disappeared, Jonathan has made little progress working through his grief over her presumed death. He quit his job in order to write a memoir about their life together but he is floundering financially as he waits to have Billie declared legally dead in order to wrap up the financial details of her assumed death. His relationship with his daughter Olive is a bit of a mess as he avoids broaching any subject that could upset the fragile bond between them. After an unexpected discovery that Billie was not telling him the truth about some of her weekends away from home, Jonathan uncovers stunning information that gives him a very different perspective about his wife, her past and their marriage.

Sixteen year old Olive is convinced her sudden visions are psychic messages from her mother. She is also quite certain that her mom is, in fact, still alive and she immediately begins trying to find her. She is also feeling extremely guilty that she began distancing herself from her mother in an attempt to escape her overbearing attempts to force Olive to follow in her footsteps. This single-minded attempt to track down her mom wreaks havoc on her schoolwork and her friendships.

Although Billie has been missing for almost a year, her presence is keenly felt throughout the novel. Initially, her relationship with Jonathan is portrayed through rose-colored, romanticized glasses but this eventually changes as he begins to fully grasp how carefully she manipulated past events and avoided answering probing questions in an attempt to portray herself in the best possible light. Olive also puts a positive spin on Billie's intensity and her attempts to shape her daughter in her image. Billie is never a likable or particularly sympathetic character and the negative impressions of her are only reinforced with each new revelation about her past, her marriage and her parenting style.

While the premise of Watch Me Disappear is unique and should be riveting, the novel is incredibly slow-paced. Olive is a vibrantly developed and immensely appealing character and her reactions and decisions about her mother ring true. Jonathan is a little more difficult to like due to his hands off approach to parenting his grief-stricken daughter. Equally troubling are some of his lame-brain decisions and his lack of motivation to truly fix the financial mess he has made for himself. Janelle Brown throws a few unexpected twists and turns into the unfolding story and she brings the novel to a rather stunning conclusion. ( )
  kbranfield | Feb 3, 2020 |
I knew I loved this book by chapter 3. It twists and turns and leaves you guessing till the very last page. Best book I've read in a while. Similar to Gone Girl, but without the annoying characters ( )
  katewillett | Jan 31, 2020 |
Who you want people to be makes you blind to who they really are.

This is the first novel that I have read by Janelle Brown and it was a riveting, page-turning, compelling reading experience. I definitely want to read more novels by this author.

The depth of characterizations by the author elicited many emotions within me as a reader and gave me a deeper understanding of each of the characters. It also reminded me that each individual grieves in their own way and in their own time is able to move forward. It is not that the individual is no longer grieving but uses their grief as part of their strength to bloom again.

As my reading progressed through the chapters, I vacillated multiple times as to whether I wanted Billie Flanagan to be discovered alive and return to her family. By the epilogue I had made my decision. If you haven't read the novel yet - now it's your turn! ( )
  FerneMysteryReader | Nov 9, 2019 |
Billie, Jonathan and Olive appear to be a perfect family. The beautiful and quirky mom, Billie, dotes on her family and is the perfect mom. Except for her tendency to disappear for the weekend, to spend time alone hiking in the wilderness. Husband Jonathan is blind to her faults, seeing her need to be alone as a minor quirk in an otherwise perfect personality.

Then, Billie disappears while on a solo hiking trip. Her body is never found, but her hiking boot is found in a river. She is presumed dead, but with the absence of a body, her family must go to court to declare her dead. As the one year anniversary of her death approaches, Olive begins having "visions" of her mother, that cause her to believe Billie is alive. Jonathan begins to learn disturbing facts about Billie's life before him. And the court date to declare her dead is coming up fast.

The book muses on how well we know people. Do we ever really know anyone? You can only know as much about a person as they are willing to open up to you. And apparently Billie did not open up to her family.

I enjoyed reading the book, and trying to decipher all the clues. Is Olive really having visions, or are they just her subconscious wishes? They seem to lead her towards Billie, but how real are they? I felt for Olive as a character, a lost child trying to find her mother. Jonathan is a less likable character. He falls too easily into the arms of Harmony, Billie's BFF. And Harmony is the shadiest character of all. I spent the whole book wondering what Harmony was up too.

The progress in the book was steady, but slow. Things do not happen quickly here, but unfold slowly. This is more a character study than a mystery. I was interested enough to keep reading, but I can't say it was exciting. I would have liked more of a suspense/mystery atmosphere. I give this book 3.5 stars.

I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. ( )
  readingover50 | Jun 11, 2019 |
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"A beautiful Berkeley mom with a radical past vanishes while hiking, leaving her family to piece together her secrets, in this keenly observed novel for readers of Emma Straub and Maria Semple--from the bestselling author ofAll We Ever Wanted Was Everything"--"Billie is a beautiful Berkeley mom with a radical past--a teenage runaway from Northern California who took up with a group of environmental activists wanted by the FBI, lived dangerously, but when she meets Jonathan, a tech magazine editor and all around good guy, she settles easily into the life of an eco-conscious, stay-at-home suburban yoga mom. Their daughter Olive, under her mother's watchful gaze, becomes a lovely, introverted, slightly eccentric girl. As she reaches adolescence and needs Billie's full-time attention less, Billie throws herself into extreme sports--marathons, scuba diving, rock climbs, solo hikes. On one of these expeditions, Billie vanishes from the trail--only a hiking boot is found. The family is devastated--a year of intense mourning passes in which they await the closure that a body and a death certificate will bring. Jonathan drinks; Olive grows remote. But then she starts having waking dreams--hallucinations?--in which her very vibrant mother urges the girl to look for her, and Olive begins to believe her mother is still alive and in trouble. Jonathan believes the trauma and anxiety of losing her mother is making Olive ill, until he uncovers a secret that that compels him to consider that Billie may not be dead after all and sends him on his own quest for the truth--about Billie, their marriage, and the things people do in the name of love.."--

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