Emily Bain Murphy
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Something strange is going on in Sterling. The people are missing their reflections, they remain bone dry in the pouring rain and they seem to have lost the ability to dream. Every seven years something else will disappear unless Alia and Miles can unravel how their mother’s story is woven into this town’s curse. With gorgeous rich writing and truly loveable characters, ‘The Disappearances’ is an irresistible magical mystery, full of spells, remedies, romance and intrigue.
‘Thick with mystery, buried secrets, and magic, nothing is safe in The Disappearances. Be careful, or you might lose yourself in this strange and wondrous world, where stars go missing, reflections don’t exist, and the question, how much would you sacrifice for love? is given entirely new meaning. I adored this book!’ – Stephanie Garber, bestselling author of Caraval
Every seven years something disappears in the remote town of Sterling: people’s reflections, the stars in the sky, the ability to dream. Aila realises that her mother may be to blame for the curse. But some mysteries are buried very deep and some secrets want to stay hidden – and one young woman’s desire to uncover the truth may not be enough to save Sterling from the past.
A beautifully told story of love, loss and finding the truth – no matter how difficult that may be.
Thick with mystery, buried secrets, and magic, nothing is safe in The Disappearances. Be careful, or you might lose yourself in this strange and wondrous world, where stars go missing, reflections don’t exist, and the question, how much would you sacrifice for love? is given entirely new meaning. I adored this book! Stephanie Garber, bestselling author of Caraval The Disappearances is purely poetic – a beautifully woven story with enough heart to take on its own life Lindsay Cummings, New York Times bestselling author of ‘The Murder Complex’ The Disappearances is a dazzling debut, as glimmering as the Variants themselves, with a haunting mystery, wondrous world building, and a finely wrought family at its heart. I adored it Jessica Spotswood, author of ‘The Cahill Witch Chronicles’ Sumptuous worldbuilding, richly developed characters, and a swoon-worthy romance elevate this delightful, fantasy-tinged mystery Publishers Weekly (starred review) Full of twists and surprises. Murphy’s novel is delightfully whimsical and unsettling… a story bursting with color and originality Kirkus The riddle behind the town’s curse is an intricate and surprising one, and readers will happily join the clever and witty Aila on her hunt for clues Bulletin The Disappearances is a book of wonder and mystery by first time novelist, Emily Bain Murphy. It is well crafted and the plot is memorable and complex… sublime Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the NCTE, an ALAN pick Nov/Dec 2016
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