I received this book for free from HarperCollins International, Katherine Tegen Books in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Vanished by E. E. Cooper
Series: Vanished #1
Published by HarperCollins on May 12th 2015
Genres: Friendship, Love & Romance, Runaways, Social Issues, Young Adult
Source: HarperCollins International, Katherine Tegen Books
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Gone Girl meets Pretty Little Liars in the first book of this fast-paced psychological thriller series full of delicious twists and turns.Friendship. Obsession. Deception. Love.Kalah knows better than to fall for Beth Taylor . . . but that doesn't stop her from falling hard and falling fast, heart first into a sea of complications.Then Beth vanishes. She skips town on her eighteenth birthday, leaving behind a flurry of rumors and a string of broken hearts. Not even Beth's best friend, Britney, knows where she went. Beth didn't even tell Kalah good-bye.One of the rumors links Beth to Britney's boyfriend, and Kalah doesn't want to believe the betrayal. But Brit clearly believes it—and before Kalah can sort out the truth, Britney is dead. When Beth finally reaches out to Kalah in the wake of Brit's suicide, Kalah wants to trust what Beth tells her. But she's swiftly realizing that nothing here is as it seems. Kalah's caught in the middle of a deadly psychological game, and only she can untangle the deceptions and lies to reveal the unthinkable truth.
“Vanished” by E. E. Cooper was definitely different. I feel like it really was trying to be a young adult version of “Gone Girl.” I have to say I was most intrigued by the mystery of the story but I feel like parts of that mystery fell through. In a way the story has been down before like with “Gone Girl,” this is just supposed to be a more appropriate version.
Vanished was really slow. A book that should have taken me a day maybe two depending on what I was up too, ended up taking two weeks to read because it was just dragging and dragging. Then I’ve waited to do a review because honestly I haven’t been sure on what to say. The writing wasn’t very impressive, so that didn’t help at all. Kalah seemed to be such a whiney character. she wasnt’ very interesting and she just seemed to complain about life and have so much angst. Kalah doesn’t seem to know what she truly wants in life.
I can’t say that I won’t pick up the sequel, but it will really depend on how it is sold to the reader. If it has an intriguing synopsis, then I may be interested but if not then I probably won’t even bother. I wanted mystery and I feel like all I got was drama.