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For fans of Anthony Marra's A Constellation of Vital Phenomena and Téa Obreht's The Tiger's Wife: the kidnapping of two small girls on a remote peninsula in Russia sets in motion an evocative, moving, searingly original debut novel by a dazzling young writer. One August afternoon, on the shoreline of the Kamchatka peninsula at the northeastern tip of Russia, two girls – sis For fans of Anthony Marra's A Constellation of Vital Phenomena and Téa Obreht's The Tiger's Wife: the kidnapping of two small girls on a remote peninsula in Russia sets in motion an evocative, moving, searingly original debut novel by a dazzling young writer. One August afternoon, on the shoreline of the Kamchatka peninsula at the northeastern tip of Russia, two girls – sisters, ages eight and eleven – go missing. The police investigation that follows turns up nothing. In the girls' tightly-woven community, everyone must grapple with the loss. But the fear and danger of their disappearance is felt most profoundly among the women of this isolated place. Taking us one chapter per month across a year on Kamchatka, this powerful novel connects the lives of characters changed by the sisters' abduction: a witness, a neighbor, a detective, a mother. Theirs is an ethnically diverse population in which racial tensions simmer, and so-called "natives" are often suspected of the worst. As the story radiates from the peninsula's capital city to its rural north, we are brought to places of astonishing beauty: densely wooded forests, open expanses of tundra, soaring volcanoes, and glassy seas. Disappearing Earth is a multifaceted story of the intimate lives of women – their vulnerabilities and perils, their desires and dreams. It speaks to the complex yet enduring bonds of community as it offers startlingly vivid portraits of people reaching out to one another and, sometimes, reaching back to save each other. ​Spellbinding, moving – evoking a fascinating region on the other side of the world – this suspenseful and haunting story announces the debut of a profoundly gifted writer.


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For fans of Anthony Marra's A Constellation of Vital Phenomena and Téa Obreht's The Tiger's Wife: the kidnapping of two small girls on a remote peninsula in Russia sets in motion an evocative, moving, searingly original debut novel by a dazzling young writer. One August afternoon, on the shoreline of the Kamchatka peninsula at the northeastern tip of Russia, two girls – sis For fans of Anthony Marra's A Constellation of Vital Phenomena and Téa Obreht's The Tiger's Wife: the kidnapping of two small girls on a remote peninsula in Russia sets in motion an evocative, moving, searingly original debut novel by a dazzling young writer. One August afternoon, on the shoreline of the Kamchatka peninsula at the northeastern tip of Russia, two girls – sisters, ages eight and eleven – go missing. The police investigation that follows turns up nothing. In the girls' tightly-woven community, everyone must grapple with the loss. But the fear and danger of their disappearance is felt most profoundly among the women of this isolated place. Taking us one chapter per month across a year on Kamchatka, this powerful novel connects the lives of characters changed by the sisters' abduction: a witness, a neighbor, a detective, a mother. Theirs is an ethnically diverse population in which racial tensions simmer, and so-called "natives" are often suspected of the worst. As the story radiates from the peninsula's capital city to its rural north, we are brought to places of astonishing beauty: densely wooded forests, open expanses of tundra, soaring volcanoes, and glassy seas. Disappearing Earth is a multifaceted story of the intimate lives of women – their vulnerabilities and perils, their desires and dreams. It speaks to the complex yet enduring bonds of community as it offers startlingly vivid portraits of people reaching out to one another and, sometimes, reaching back to save each other. ​Spellbinding, moving – evoking a fascinating region on the other side of the world – this suspenseful and haunting story announces the debut of a profoundly gifted writer.

30 review for Disappearing Earth

  1. 5 out of 5

    Emily May

    What answers could Alla Innokentevna have for her? Marina might ask what it was like to see your child turn thirteen, or fifteen, or graduate from high school. How it felt to know, and not just suspect, that if you had been a better parent, more attentive, more responsible, then your baby would not be gone today. How to go on. Disappearing Earth is quite an extraordinary novel. There is a missing persons mystery at the centre of the book, but no one should go into this expecting a typical myste What answers could Alla Innokentevna have for her? Marina might ask what it was like to see your child turn thirteen, or fifteen, or graduate from high school. How it felt to know, and not just suspect, that if you had been a better parent, more attentive, more responsible, then your baby would not be gone today. How to go on. Disappearing Earth is quite an extraordinary novel. There is a missing persons mystery at the centre of the book, but no one should go into this expecting a typical mystery. Or a typical anything at all. I love it when an author tries something different and it just works. Here, Phillips begins on the remote Kamchatka peninsula, in the city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, with two young girls accepting a ride home from a stranger and then going missing. The need to discover the girls' fate offers an immediate emotional pull, but their disappearance hovers mostly in the background for the many different stories that follow it. And Disappearing Earth contains just that-- many stories. It can be read almost like a short story collection, with all stories alluding to or being affected by the missing girls. Phillips introduces us to many different characters, each one completely distinct, complex and sympathetic. Natasha sent him back a selfie with her middle finger raised. Then she followed that almost instantly with a picture of herself lit by the lamp on their bedside table, her top lowered, her lips and cheeks spun by the low wattage into dark gold. The story of their marriage: a little love, a little rage, a lot of ocean water. The author looks at small town fears and suspicions. The unusual and effective choice to tell each chapter from a different point of view allows for a bigger picture of this place to develop, as well as an intimate portrait of all the characters. It reminds me of Winesburg, Ohio in its scope and beauty, and a bit of Orange's There There in its interlinking but separate stories. It was also beautifully atmospheric to me. I love books with a strong sense of place, and I feel like this can create a mood which permeates the entire novel. I should add that here this is probably at least in part due to my complete ignorance of this area of the world, both its geography and its customs. So to me it was a very new experience. I am curious what Russian readers will think. Through so many different perspectives, we see how the disappearance of the girls affects everyone, and how this changes over time. The initial panic and fear of outsiders, the comparison to other disappearances, and the gradual fading from memory. I also found it very interesting how the author managed to comment on so many different issues - post-Soviet society, racism against natives, and homophobia, for example - without it becoming a book about said issues. The exploration of all these things rises organically out of the characters living their lives, and is never heavy-handed, preachy or judgemental. It's a beautiful smart read for fans of "literary thrillers" and a thoughtful meditation on culture, race, sexuality, and small town politics in Russia after the fall of the Soviet Union. Between this and Miracle Creek, I am really falling in love with these complex character dramas with a mystery/thriller backdrop. I always used to say my favourite thrillers were those that focused on the characters and were rewarding even if you figured out the reveal. Well, I guess I found the perfect kind of book for me. Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube

  2. 5 out of 5

    Chaima ✨ شيماء

    The correct response to the ending of this book is a violently whispered, “fuck.” Reading the last couple chapters, it felt like my heart sprang into my throat and seemed to hang there, hammering. Five thousand sentences sprinted through my mind and none of them got to the finish tape. It was as though the blanket of shock that had muted the events of this book was suddenly thrown off, and flooding my senses, was a seethe of feelings: dread, fear, hope, relief, each entangled in the roots of the The correct response to the ending of this book is a violently whispered, “fuck.” Reading the last couple chapters, it felt like my heart sprang into my throat and seemed to hang there, hammering. Five thousand sentences sprinted through my mind and none of them got to the finish tape. It was as though the blanket of shock that had muted the events of this book was suddenly thrown off, and flooding my senses, was a seethe of feelings: dread, fear, hope, relief, each entangled in the roots of the others. Julia Phillips does not make it easy on the reviewer charged with describing her book. The first chapter opens with two young sisters—Alyona and Sophia Golosovskaya, ages 11 and 8—soaking up the sun one August afternoon at the edge of a bay in far eastern Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula. By chapter’s end where the sisters had been there was naught but absence, like a rift in the world where something precious had been and then was lost. They’ve disappeared like windblown ghosts—lured, it seems, into a strange man’s shiny black car. From there, Disappearing Earth departs radically and refreshingly from the expected. The novel breaks into a dozen story lines, told by a dozen narrators, over the span of a year, and by pivoting so quickly, the author throws the reader utterly off guard. Don’t expect this book to rush forth with a brimming cup of answers. Phillips is in no hurry to cut to the chase, and the novel is less concerned with solving the mystery, and more preoccupied with bringing readers deep into the interior lives of the women who were, directly or indirectly, affected by the tragedy—like tossing a stone into a pond and watching the ripple pass across its surface. The novel does little to clarify how all the characters fit together. At first, at least, it’s markedly confusing, and the reader has no way of knowing how many more pages they would have of this purgatorial existence before an answer is dragged to the fore. Disappearing Earth is rather like a puzzle that you must try to piece together by figuring out how the characters will ultimately relate to one another. Throughout, I was dogged by the feeling that there was something important I wasn’t paying attention to, and the epic converging of plotlines at the end cut straight through the whirlwind in my mind, leaving me with an ache in my chest from emotions that wouldn’t fit right. There's plenty to knit together in Disappearing Earth, and the author, incredibly, doesn't skip a stitch. Phillips not only makes her unusual structure work, she makes it a breeze. In sharp, unadorned writing, she moves through her novel like a wave, graceful, but with relentless, driving motion. She also works a very interesting effect: although the story operates on a sprawling scale, it’s all deftly balanced and impeccably contained, as taut as a bowstring, with an urgency to it that propels the bare-boned plot. The novel’s big triumph, however, lies in its expert evocation of life in Russia’s isolated, volcano-studded Kamchatka Peninsula, and then intricately tying it to the brilliantly rendered characters. In vivid flashes of imagery, Phillips lays bare the foibles of the town’s life, with its seasons, hardships, beauties, and latent violence boiling beneath the surface. Her sense of place is undeniably acute, but it is the author’s attention and control of an unwieldy cast of characters and the relationships that are shaped by this unforgiving, magnificent landscape that stuck fast, smoldering, as if branded by fire, onto the surface of my thoughts. Phillips fits big emotion and big thought into each chapter, each story. Everything the reader could want to know about the novel’s complex—sometimes even detestable—characters is laid out in these accounts. Their physicality is heavy and palpable, and you know right away where every character fits, both in the sense of where society has put them and where they’d rather be. It’s what kicks an adequate mystery into something much more, and I was left genuinely impressed. The exploration of cultural misogyny also manifests itself in clever, subtle ways throughout—and it’s both otherworldly and harrowingly recognizable, like turning a corner and unexpectedly meeting your own gaze in a mirror. Phillips plunges the reader into the broken shards of the violence permeating women’s lives, and it’s like a living thing slowly taking shape between the pages. In that sense, Phillips is a feminist writer, although she lets her novel audaciously spell out the message. Disappearing Earth brims with stories about women, in some way or another, struggling from the webbing of society, desperate to escape the sour smell of shame and judgment that settles like ash over their lives. A single mother who’s lost her daughters and is seeing the pity and scorn on everyone’s faces, and feeling it in the rawness of her flesh and the ache of her every movement. A college student unwittingly stuck in an abusive relationship that was as cramped and airless as a coffin, and she could barely breathe or move in it. Another unwed mother consumed by a general sense of dread and imprisonment within her boyfriend’s “garbage palace of a rental house” and so she leaves, her daughter in tow, hoping to burn her past like the fuse on a stick of dynamite but resignedly discovers that she only has enough money to make it to her parents’ house. A twice-widowed woman whose grief was a feeling weighted with stones, as if she were falling into ocean depths. Another young woman in a party, surrounded by drunk men, feeling the fear rising in her, sudden and sharp, for her friend after she spoke freely of breaking up with her girlfriend. Another missing girl; only this time her disappearance is only met with a pitying shake of the head, because she was not white, and she had a "reputation". The experiences of these women, each different, is somehow as familiar as one’s own skin. The kidnapping of the Golosovskaya sisters is always there, a shimmering apparition in the corner of their lives, always obtruding at the corners of their vision, and all of them are wearying under the burden of the reminder that “if you aren’t doing what you’re supposed to, if you let your guard down, they will come for you.” You believe that you keep yourself safe, she thought. You lock up your mind and guard your reactions so nobody, not an interrogator or a parent or a friend, will break in. You earn a graduate degree and a good position. You keep your savings in a foreign currency and you pay your bills on time. When your colleagues ask you about your home life, you don’t answer. You work harder. You exercise. Your clothing flatters. You keep the edge of your affection sharp, a knife, so that those near you know to handle it carefully. You think you established some protection and then you discover that you endangered yourself to everyone you ever met. Disappearing Earth has a profoundly emotional, universal core. This deeply meditative, heart-rending tale is stunningly original and a remarkable achievement. Not to be missed! BLOG | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | TUMBLR

  3. 4 out of 5

    karen

    NOW AVAILABLE!!! this is one of those rare perfect books. the fact that it’s a debut only makes it more impressive, and no matter what this author writes next, i will be on it immediately. i was fortunate enough to stumble upon a free arc of this, thinking-to-self, ‘this looks like it could be good,’ and then when i saw all the high praise it was receiving in its early reviews, i decided to bump it up the old arc-stack and see what all the fuss was about. lemme tell you, the fuss is earned. it take NOW AVAILABLE!!! this is one of those rare perfect books. the fact that it’s a debut only makes it more impressive, and no matter what this author writes next, i will be on it immediately. i was fortunate enough to stumble upon a free arc of this, thinking-to-self, ‘this looks like it could be good,’ and then when i saw all the high praise it was receiving in its early reviews, i decided to bump it up the old arc-stack and see what all the fuss was about. lemme tell you, the fuss is earned. it takes place on russia’s kamchatka peninsula, and at its center is the disappearance of two little girls; sisters eight and eleven, who get into a stranger’s car and… vanish. each chapter that follows carries the story forward a month - from the girls’ abduction in august to the following july, and each is told from a different character’s perspective. the disappearance worms its way into every chapter, but is usually only used to season the stories - how the situation affected different people who live in the area, most of whom had no direct connection with the girls themselves, and each chapter is gripping and fully-realized enough to stand alone as a short story.  it’s such an original way to tell a missing-kids narrative; using that same structure i love in Winesburg, Ohio - a smalltown short story cycle that both is and isn’t a novel, but this one has more specific touchpoints, and as time passes, the impact of the tragedy shifts the way any sensational news story shifts with the passing of time and proximity, slipping into cautionary tale or local legend, dredging up memories of earlier disappearances, giving way to ’where were you when…’ recollections, becoming a different kind of collective reference point. most multiple POV books will pick a handful of characters and alternate between them, and it was a great moment of realization for me, about three chapters in, when i clocked to the, “oh, so we’re just not going to go back to that character’s POV at all, wow.” at first, i was a little disappointed, because i had become invested in particular voices, but with each chapter, i found myself making a whole new investment, and once i started approaching this more as a short story cycle, i appreciated it even more, because that’s just so freaking hard to pull off, and she does it remarkably well. characters do pop up again, but seen through someone else’s eyes, and these transitions and the recurring motifs are handled beautifully. i admit to being a very ignorant person when it comes to culture and geography, and this book introduced me to a region i knew absolutely nothing about; phillips’ descriptions of the landscape, ethnic makeup, history, and social fabric of kamchatka was illuminating and engrossing and - without a drop of hyperbole on my part - masterful. i loved this book so very much. her writing is flawless, the build is rich and textured, the ending is satisfying. my only (oh-so-minor) complaint is i wish she hadn’t dropped that mic in the final paragraph, because we knew without it being pointed out and i think it would have been more elegant to not call attention to it so explicitly. but i mean, really - that’s not even a couple’s spat in the love i have for this book. it is not to be missed. *************************** stunned. a brilliant, brilliant debut. review to come. come to my blog!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea Humphrey

    "One hand came up to press on her sternum. Her heart hurt. If Marina could peel off her left breast, crack back her ribs, and grip that muscular organ to settle it, she would. She started having these attacks last August, after her daughters had disappeared. A doctor gave her tablets to relieve the anxiety. Those did not help. No prescription brought her children home." Wow. It's been a hot minute since a debut novel created such a deep well of emotion in me, so much so that I am shocked that Dis "One hand came up to press on her sternum. Her heart hurt. If Marina could peel off her left breast, crack back her ribs, and grip that muscular organ to settle it, she would. She started having these attacks last August, after her daughters had disappeared. A doctor gave her tablets to relieve the anxiety. Those did not help. No prescription brought her children home." Wow. It's been a hot minute since a debut novel created such a deep well of emotion in me, so much so that I am shocked that Disappearing Earth is not written by a seasoned author. It seems to me that a quiet buzz has grown around this book; I hadn't heard of it before, but all at once I saw glowing review after glowing review roll in, while also finding it placed prominently in our local Barnes and Noble. After seeing it newly placed on the shelf at the library, I decided to grab it before someone else did and jump on the hype train to see what all the fuss was about. I'm thrilled that I did, because I've been in somewhat of a reading funk, and this was exactly the type of story I needed to focus my mind where I want it to be. If you read the synopsis, it informs you that this is a story involving the disappearance of two young girls in a remote part of Russia, but the real gold here is the ripple effect of how this event disturbs the lives of a large cast of characters. (Don't worry, there's a handy list at the beginning of the book that I referred to with each passing chapter, and only adds to the charm of this form of storytelling.) If you're looking for a fast paced thriller or a police procedural focusing on the kidnapping, that's not what this story is, but it offers something far more valuable and insightful. We do get some answers by the end of the book, but the beauty of this tale is that the disappearance is simultaneously at the forefront and background, as it is the driving factor of the choices that these townspeople make over the following calendar year, but it also doesn't take flashy center stage as to allow the reader to connect with each narrator along the way. One of the strongest aspects of this book is its ability to create a strong sense of place, to the point that the setting and atmospheric descriptions are just as much characters of the story as the people we hear from. Disappearing Earth is a slow-burning character study, but it never felt dull or boring. I found it best to read a few sections per evening, take some time to ponder, and either alternate with another book or simply wait to pick this back up the following day. If you're looking for a unique read, one that is reminiscent of literary fiction without pretense or snobbery, look no further. Highly recommended, and I simply cannot wait to see what the author decides to regale us with next!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Beata

    The premise of Disappearing Earth was the immediate reason behind choosing this novel. The Kamchatka Peninsula is I guess 10 time zones away from where I live, and has always been mysterious and unreachable to me. The landscape and its diversity regarding the population are the main themes of the novel. The abduction of two girls is only the pretext for portraying modern inhabitants, their dreams and failures. The first chapter tells the story of the kidnapping but if you want to read a thriller The premise of Disappearing Earth was the immediate reason behind choosing this novel. The Kamchatka Peninsula is I guess 10 time zones away from where I live, and has always been mysterious and unreachable to me. The landscape and its diversity regarding the population are the main themes of the novel. The abduction of two girls is only the pretext for portraying modern inhabitants, their dreams and failures. The first chapter tells the story of the kidnapping but if you want to read a thriller in which you might seek thorough investigation done by a team of clever police officers, you will be disappointed. BUT you will not be disappointed if you want to learn about the lives of ordinary people living in that remote region. Each chapter tells a story of a different female character who is loosely connected with the two abducted girls, and I was especially touched by two of them, one being that of the girls’ mother, and the other of a woman who loses her four-legged friend with whom she has a special bond. It is interesting that men in this novel appear only in the background and are not given a chance to reflect on their inner lives. Coincidence? I do not think so. The beauty of the landscape and the way the indigenous population relates to it are exceptionally vividly presented. And one more thing. Chapter One, the actual abduction, is one of the best I have read recently … it did give me the shivers … A splendid debut from Ms Phillips!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tammy

    Kamchatka. My only knowledge of Kamchatka was that it is the name of cheap vodka my friends and I drank during our salad days. We re-named it “coming atcha” when we became employed and could afford premium vodka. Actually, the Kamchatka peninsula is located in the far east of Russia and is isolated by water and mountains. Kamchatka is a land of extremes from tundra to volcanoes to verdant forests and the descriptions of the peninsula are jaw dropping. I'm not sure of the reason but I was startle Kamchatka. My only knowledge of Kamchatka was that it is the name of cheap vodka my friends and I drank during our salad days. We re-named it “coming atcha” when we became employed and could afford premium vodka. Actually, the Kamchatka peninsula is located in the far east of Russia and is isolated by water and mountains. Kamchatka is a land of extremes from tundra to volcanoes to verdant forests and the descriptions of the peninsula are jaw dropping. I'm not sure of the reason but I was startled that the indigenous people, the Evens, are treated with disdain by Caucasian Russians. More than likely this is the result of yet another knowledge gap. Anyway, it is in Kamchatka that two little girls go missing. Despite the premise, this is not a thriller. It reads almost like a series of interconnected short stories, that is, almost but not quite. The disappearance of these girls has a ripple effect throughout the community over the course of a year. Six degrees of separation, indeed. This is a staggering work of originality, insight and depth.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Debra

    Two sisters ages eight and eleven go missing on the Kamchatka peninsula. Boy did I want to yell at my book "No, no, no, no, no!" during the first story. UGH! The police are quickly called to investigate but find nothing - no clues, no evidence, etc. They are missing without a trace. This book spans the course of a year with each chapter being another month after the girls go missing. Each chapter is also about a new character. The characters have had their lives changed in some way due to the gir Two sisters ages eight and eleven go missing on the Kamchatka peninsula. Boy did I want to yell at my book "No, no, no, no, no!" during the first story. UGH! The police are quickly called to investigate but find nothing - no clues, no evidence, etc. They are missing without a trace. This book spans the course of a year with each chapter being another month after the girls go missing. Each chapter is also about a new character. The characters have had their lives changed in some way due to the girl’s disappearance. Some being a witness, a detective, a customs officer, a student, a woman whose sister went missing, etc. The final chapter is the girl's mother. As the book suggests this book shows the lives of women (and those in their lives) who have been touched in some way due to the girl’s disappearance. I found this to be a fast read. Due in part mainly to the fact that the chapters read like short stories and it was easy to go through them. While reading about the lives of those in the community, I had a nagging thought...what happened to those girls? I really enjoyed how the stories were connected even if only by a small thread. The connections are there. Plus, the writing was beautiful. Hats off to the Author for her unique and enjoyable story telling. I found myself enjoying each story/chapter a little bit more than the last. Plus, the ending! That is all that I will say. Very enjoyable book which was very original and captivating. I have been getting annoyed lately with books that remind me of other books. Reading this was like a breath of fresh air. This could have been a mystery about two missing girls, but it became so much more. Everything comes together in a very seamless manner. Thank you to the publisher and Edelweiss who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions are my own.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Elyse Walters

    “This could never have taken place in Soviet times, Valentina Nikolaevna said”. “You girls can’t imagine how safe it use to be. No foreigners. No outsiders. Opening the peninsula was the biggest mistake our authorities ever made”. “Now we’re overrun with tourists, migraines. Natives. These criminals”. “Olya should have kept her tongue behind her teeth. But she asked, ‘Weren’t the natives always here”. “They use to stay in the villages where they belong”. Ouch! Two sisters were last seen -kidnappe “This could never have taken place in Soviet times, Valentina Nikolaevna said”. “You girls can’t imagine how safe it use to be. No foreigners. No outsiders. Opening the peninsula was the biggest mistake our authorities ever made”. “Now we’re overrun with tourists, migraines. Natives. These criminals”. “Olya should have kept her tongue behind her teeth. But she asked, ‘Weren’t the natives always here”. “They use to stay in the villages where they belong”. Ouch! Two sisters were last seen -kidnapped- in Petropavlovski’s center - ( Kamchatka peninsula in the Far East area of Russia), which meant nothing in the city of 200,000 people and a peninsula 1200 km long. Mothers like Valentina Nikolaevna, were panicked- fearful - afraid - for their own children. She no longer wanted her daughter, Diana to play with her best friend, Olya, any longer. Valentina Nikolaevna felt Olga’s family was a bad influence. She was uncomfortable with their lack of structure and discipline. Valentina was harsh and ruthless about Olya seeing her daughter outside of school. The 13 year old girls, best friends, were only allowed to see each other under supervision in class. The tragedy of the missing sisters- Sophia & Alyona Golosovskaya, ages 8 and 11...brought stricter curfews, and many posters of the missing girls... and a paranoid community. The comparing, judging, and evaluating each other‘s families sabotaged friendships. Olya knew Diana’s mother, Valentina Nikolaevna hated her....for no reason..... “because they were brave enough to survive on their own”. This novel interconnects many different stories with the large cast of characters. There’s a full list of the characters, with their Russian names, at the beginning of the novel. I didn’t find it too difficult but I did flip to the beginning a few times to check with character belonged to which family. What made it easy to keep my place... was that each chapter is titled with ‘the month’ of the year. So when flipping back and forth - I just had to remember which month I was reading. It begins in August- and ends the next year in July. I also listened to the Audiobook- but I wouldn’t recommend it alone. I found this was a book I needed to read myself.... and not because the narrator for the audiobook wasn’t good it was just harder for me to experience the book. There are some beautiful written sentences of Kamchatka region... while we wonder how the two missing sisters are. Are they alive? I never stopped wondering. “In the sunset, the pebbles on the shore shifted their color from black and gray to honey. Amber. They were brightening. Soon the stones would glow, and the water in the day was going to turn pink and orange. Spectacular in the City center, where people feared to have their pretty daughters go”. August, September, October,.... and so on ‘till July...we meet so many characters - while the author explores social economic conditions - crime- community’s bitterness - and the fall of the Soviet Union. The storytelling is excellent ... yet I’m not sure this is a book I’d highly recommend. Given all the different Russian names - and a few slow parts - I’m not ‘sure’ this book will have lasting power for me. At the same time - my eyes have been opened to the Kamchatka peninsula region, and some of its history. For a debut- the author -Julia Phillips should definitely be applauded & personally satisfied. I’d happily read her next book.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Diane S ☔

    DnF at 40% Wanted to like this but I'm just not connecting with the story. Two you g girls go missing. Each succeeding chapter covers a month since they are gone. Each chapter also introduces new characters, whose life has been marginally impacted by this tragedy. The problem is not only that I was bored, which I was, but that I wasn't taken by any of these characters, just didn't care about them.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tatiana

    I do wish people would read contemporary Russian literature instead of this Russia fanfic which doesn’t evoke Russia in any way. May I suggest Ludmila Petrushevskaya for example? Imagine if I tried to write a book about American soul after leaving in the USA for 2 years? P.S. Herring again? Goodness, why?

  11. 4 out of 5

    Holly B

    Putting to the side for now. Huge cast of characters in each new chapter. I'm having a time focusing and getting easily distracted. May just be the timing for me. Just not wanting to pick it up, so will give it a pause.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    Unfortunately, this book did not live up to my high expectations. Based on many favorable reviews, I was expecting a memorable reading experience, when in fact it has failed to move me and I could not connect with any of the characters. My biggest issue was the 30+ cast of characters. This type of books annoy me in general - I had a similar issue with Paula Hawkins's "Into the water" and Khaled Hosseini's "An the mountains echoed". But in this specific book, it was not enough to have that many c Unfortunately, this book did not live up to my high expectations. Based on many favorable reviews, I was expecting a memorable reading experience, when in fact it has failed to move me and I could not connect with any of the characters. My biggest issue was the 30+ cast of characters. This type of books annoy me in general - I had a similar issue with Paula Hawkins's "Into the water" and Khaled Hosseini's "An the mountains echoed". But in this specific book, it was not enough to have that many characters, but now on top of that, most of the characters and their stories were completely random and you only heard about them for 1 chapter and never heard of them again! That was very frustrating for me. Why come up with so many different characters only to never use this information again?? I was puzzled and to be honest - really bored and dragging my feet through this book. Perhaps, the writer wanted to give us a glimpse of all the different families that live on Kamchatka, more like a kaleidoscope, but then she should have focused on maximum 3 families and dig deeper, otherwise there is no character development at all, just 30+ different Russian names that even I, as a Russian-speaking person, was having a hard time to remember and set apart from each other!! The writing style was just OK for me, I was not blown away. So to sum it all up, I learned a bit about Kamchatka, I thought the beginning and the end were decent, but overall, I was not impressed and cannot recommend this book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Crytzer Fry

    When I read the jacket copy for this book, I assumed it was a “who done it,” as the description talked about an ongoing police investigation. I don’t generally gravitate toward missing persons/abduction-type stories; but this is where I think the jacket copy is misleading. The jumping-off point for this book is the disappearance of two girls and its impact on the community. And as the book description states, the novel focuses on “the intimate lives of a cast of richly drawn, interconnected chara When I read the jacket copy for this book, I assumed it was a “who done it,” as the description talked about an ongoing police investigation. I don’t generally gravitate toward missing persons/abduction-type stories; but this is where I think the jacket copy is misleading. The jumping-off point for this book is the disappearance of two girls and its impact on the community. And as the book description states, the novel focuses on “the intimate lives of a cast of richly drawn, interconnected characters.” I’m not sure how interconnected these characters really feel - or just how much of a role the girls' disappearance truly played in their storylines. So, for me, this novel read as a series of short stories which connect mostly on a thematic level. What does that mean to the reader? It means this literary novel will give you much to chew on and digest. Themes about the roles of women, the impact of the Berlin Wall's fall in Russia, and female and cultural oppression are prevalent. Lots to consider in this relatively small book! The author shines in her depiction of Russia’s tundra and volcanic backdrops, and does so with gorgeous, sensory writing. And she is adept at getting into the emotional hearts and minds of her characters with brevity and beautiful metaphorical imagery. Some examples: The hearth’s coals popped. She rolled onto her side to look. The coals were black, but still somehow crackling; she watched without understanding. Crackles getting louder. Only after a minute did she grasp the pops weren’t from the fire at all – the reindeer were passing outside the yurt. The noise that woke her was the motion of eight thousand delicate hooves stepping just beyond the canvas wall. AND Her heart had been fragile, its chambers shifting as easily and dangerously as volcanic earth. Slava got in there before the ground had hardened. I would recommend this book to readers who appreciate literary fiction, character-driven fiction and short stories. This author is talented! Many thanks to my book angel, who put this well-written novel into my hands in advance of publication!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ann-Marie

    I keep rewriting my review for this book. I cannot get it right. I don't think I ever will, so I will stop trying. I will just say this: Two little girls disappear without a trace one day in Kamchatka, a Russian peninsula near Alaska. The police mount a search, but after months with no clues, they are forced to give up. Julia Phillips paints what has to be a bleak, unforgiving area of the world and gives it light, music, color and life. Her characters fit. They belong. They are part of what she I keep rewriting my review for this book. I cannot get it right. I don't think I ever will, so I will stop trying. I will just say this: Two little girls disappear without a trace one day in Kamchatka, a Russian peninsula near Alaska. The police mount a search, but after months with no clues, they are forced to give up. Julia Phillips paints what has to be a bleak, unforgiving area of the world and gives it light, music, color and life. Her characters fit. They belong. They are part of what she is describing so well, community. The only other thing I can think to say is "Disappearing Earth" reminded me of "Snow Falling on Cedars." That is the kind of writer Phillips is. I received this book free from Alfred A. Knopf Publishers and Goodreads in exchange for an honest review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Megan Collins

    In a single word, this book was extraordinary. I’ve never read a novel with this structure before; the chapters read like beautiful short stories, each with their own climaxes, each with their own casts of characters. But threaded between them all is the ongoing case of two missing sisters, and we see how these characters’ lives are impacted by or resonate with the girls’ disappearance. I was also blown away by the ending, which will maybe go down as one of my favorite endings of all time. It wa In a single word, this book was extraordinary. I’ve never read a novel with this structure before; the chapters read like beautiful short stories, each with their own climaxes, each with their own casts of characters. But threaded between them all is the ongoing case of two missing sisters, and we see how these characters’ lives are impacted by or resonate with the girls’ disappearance. I was also blown away by the ending, which will maybe go down as one of my favorite endings of all time. It was such a perfect cap to an emotional, riveting book. On top of all that, the writing is gorgeous, and it’s a book you can feel deep within your gut, one that will stay with you long after you’re done.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tucker

    Many thanks to Knopf for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review DNF @ 50% You know something's wrong when you find yourself dreading reading a book. I just could not get into this. I feel really bad because I know that a lot of people loved it. Maybe I will pick it up some other time. For now, I am putting this on pause. | Goodreads | Blog | Twitch | Pinterest |

  17. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Rothman

    The mysterious disappearance of two young girls from the Kamchatka Peninsula of Russia is the fuel for this incredibly engaging novel about loss, hope, and the redeeming power of love. When the girls (who are sisters) vanish from their town, little to no clues are left behind them. The possible solution to the crime lies in a handful of people, each carrying their own tale of loss and hope. The novel, told as a sequence of stories whose characters are distantly or closely linked to one another, The mysterious disappearance of two young girls from the Kamchatka Peninsula of Russia is the fuel for this incredibly engaging novel about loss, hope, and the redeeming power of love. When the girls (who are sisters) vanish from their town, little to no clues are left behind them. The possible solution to the crime lies in a handful of people, each carrying their own tale of loss and hope. The novel, told as a sequence of stories whose characters are distantly or closely linked to one another, and to the girls, spins a cobweb of clues to the sisters’ disappearance that tightens with every page. Toward the last third of the novel I couldn’t put the books down, and the ending (I won’t spoil it) is everything I’d hoped for and more—a realistic and beautiful portrait about the frailty of human life and our capacity for endurance.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    3.5 rounded down Disappearing Earth opens with two young sisters going missing in Kamchatka, a remote community in Siberia. From here on each chapter tells the story of a subsequent month after their disappearance but from the point of view of women in the community who have been impacted by the mystery. While at it's heart this is a mystery their disappearance and the police work takes somewhat of a backseat for a lot of the novel. The chapters read almost like interconnected short stories which 3.5 rounded down Disappearing Earth opens with two young sisters going missing in Kamchatka, a remote community in Siberia. From here on each chapter tells the story of a subsequent month after their disappearance but from the point of view of women in the community who have been impacted by the mystery. While at it's heart this is a mystery their disappearance and the police work takes somewhat of a backseat for a lot of the novel. The chapters read almost like interconnected short stories which instead examine the issues other women in Kamchatka faces in their daily lives - dysfunctional relationships, family conflict, the widespread racism in the area against the "natives" - although the fear brought on by the crime features pretty heavily too. The writing is strong and Phillips develops some great characters, however I found the characters I liked most ended up with shorter chapters and we spent more time with characters I cared less about. This is probably just me, but I feel like we could have lost one or two of the later subplots as I failed to see what they added to the story. I can't be the only one who rates books in my mind as I'm going along, and this one started so strongly - a solid 4.5 - and then after the midway point slipped to something like a 2.5... so I'm settling on 3.5 rounded down as my final rating, because overall it was a pretty good debut. Thank you Netgalley and Simon and Schuster UK for the advance copy, which was provided in exchange for an honest review.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Donna Backshall

    What an odd feeling, to have such a subdued book impact me in such a powerful way. There's still so much I don't understand, yet I feel like I just lived an emotionally exhausting week among the struggling yet strong Russian women of this novel. Perhaps I'm so overwhelmed because the main character of Disappearing Earth was not a person, but rather an entire place and culture. Kamchatka is a remote peninsula in the Russian Far East, about the size of California and not far from Alaska. I suggest i What an odd feeling, to have such a subdued book impact me in such a powerful way. There's still so much I don't understand, yet I feel like I just lived an emotionally exhausting week among the struggling yet strong Russian women of this novel. Perhaps I'm so overwhelmed because the main character of Disappearing Earth was not a person, but rather an entire place and culture. Kamchatka is a remote peninsula in the Russian Far East, about the size of California and not far from Alaska. I suggest investigating the history of this rugged area and its native peoples when picking up this novel. A little understanding up front might help you appreciate how the disappearance of a couple young girls could so fully impact an entire tundra region. As well, the construction of this book is unique and difficult to embrace if you're not expecting it. It offers a month-by-month view into the lives of different woman who live in Kamchatka. You are not supposed to find any connection between these women beyond where they live (not until the very end of the book, anyway). We see how each one survives everyday life, facing the savage weather, the bravado of the men, the racism against indigenous peoples by the mainland Russians who emigrated there, and the all-too-common financial struggles. It's a fascinating succession of short stories exposing the culture of this remote community, tied together by one event that rippled through and affected each of them in powerful ways. I admit I don't know enough about the (pre-collapse) Soviet Union, but all the references to "before" that were made have me aching to find out more about the then and now of Russian culture. That's the kind of book I love most: one that makes me wonder and question, and inspires me to learn more.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    This book reminded me a bit of Reservoir 13 in the way it deals with the year following the disappearance of a female character. Here, there's less about the changes in the natural world and more abut individuals, families, and communities. Phillips beautifully portrays the setting and lives of people in Russia's isolated Kamchatka Peninsula. The story was episodic, told a month at a time and moving across a fairly large set of characters. I can't say how many, because I listened to the audio, a This book reminded me a bit of Reservoir 13 in the way it deals with the year following the disappearance of a female character. Here, there's less about the changes in the natural world and more abut individuals, families, and communities. Phillips beautifully portrays the setting and lives of people in Russia's isolated Kamchatka Peninsula. The story was episodic, told a month at a time and moving across a fairly large set of characters. I can't say how many, because I listened to the audio, and even though the book was well narrated, I had trouble keeping everyone straight. The story moved slowly at times, but I enjoyed much about this book, and the ending satisfied me in a way that made me add an extra star. Quite a debut, Julia Phillips!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    This book gives a wonderful introduction to a remote, and beautiful place, almost unknown to many of us. Kamchatka is a peninsula on the Russian Far East it extends from Siberia, and bordered by the Sea of Okhotsk and the North Pacific on either side. Its isolation is mentioned as being a long 9-hour flight to Moscow. The population consists of a majority of Russian descent and the Even ethnic minority, who herd reindeer and are the Indigenous people of the land. I thought the author evoked a v This book gives a wonderful introduction to a remote, and beautiful place, almost unknown to many of us. Kamchatka is a peninsula on the Russian Far East it extends from Siberia, and bordered by the Sea of Okhotsk and the North Pacific on either side. Its isolation is mentioned as being a long 9-hour flight to Moscow. The population consists of a majority of Russian descent and the Even ethnic minority, who herd reindeer and are the Indigenous people of the land. I thought the author evoked a vibrant sense of place: its mountains, verdant forests, active volcanos, and the extensive tundra regions. The numerous characters are well-written and come to life on the page. I found the lives of people so far away were unexpectedly very similar to our own, and it was a pleasure to identify with their tragedies, joy, pastimes and occupations. Thanks to the author for including a list identifying most of the main characters and their family groups. The book opens with the disappearance of two little sisters from around the capital, Petropavlovsk. Searches were made, and a police investigation, without results. What follows is not what I expected. I thought the following chapters would focus on solving the mystery of the girl’s’ disappearance by following a trail until the case is solved or closed. The author now goes in a completely different direction. Each of the following chapters represents a month since the girls vanished and ends just a year after the event. Each chapter focuses on local characters, some with only marginal memories of the event, and those most deeply affected. I admired this innovative approach in presenting the many diverse characters, their hopes and sorrows. I admit that I was not a fan of the book’s structure. Chapters were short stories in themselves, with different families and a cast of characters Some chapters seemed complete in themselves. A few of the characters showed up in other chapters, but their stories ended too abruptly, leaving me wanting to know more of the outcomes. There is a divide caused by the attitude of some Russians toward the Indigenous minority. Near the time that the little girls vanished, an older teenaged daughter of reindeer herders disappeared. Her mother is distraught, feeling that no resources given to look for her, unlike the futile help given to solve the mystery of the two missing girls of Russian descent. There is some resentment of foreign workers starting to move in. The disappearance of the little sisters resonates through the book, and we see how the tragedy has affected some of the other members of the community. I thought the chapters were more a technique to give the reader a better understanding and immerse them in the hearts and minds of people so far away. I thought this was skillfully done but didn’t quite work for me. What to say about the closing chapter? I haven’t decided yet if I loved or hated it, but I certainly wasn’t expecting how the book ended. I can’t wait to see what Julia Phillips writes next.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    Disappearing Earth begins with a shot of adrenaline and ends with a gut punch. In between, it is filled with a forward propulsion of female characters who are intricately affected by the opening narrative: two young sisters who are kidnapped in broad daylight from the Kamchatka Peninsula in the far east section of Russia. To get a sense of what you’re in for, imagine if Jon McGregor’s Reservoir 13 was intermingled with Elizabeth’s Strout’s Olive Kitteridge. In the first book, a girl goes missing; Disappearing Earth begins with a shot of adrenaline and ends with a gut punch. In between, it is filled with a forward propulsion of female characters who are intricately affected by the opening narrative: two young sisters who are kidnapped in broad daylight from the Kamchatka Peninsula in the far east section of Russia. To get a sense of what you’re in for, imagine if Jon McGregor’s Reservoir 13 was intermingled with Elizabeth’s Strout’s Olive Kitteridge. In the first book, a girl goes missing; as the seasons unfold and the search goes on, village residents go about their daily living, coming together and breaking apart. In the second book, interwoven stories eventually coerce into a fulfilling whole. After the first chapter, the two young Golosovskaya sisters are no longer the focus; rather, other characters are introduced, each peripherally affected by the disappearance, and each suffering from her own private vulnerability and pain. We meet girls/women who have been spurned by bigots and by the judgments of small minds. These women range from Ksyusha, who is torn between her hometown white boyfriend and a compassionate young man she meets at a native folk dance group; Oksana, a potential kidnapping witness who experiences the pain of loss when her dog goes missing; the mother and sister of Lilia, a teenage girl who disappears years before without a trace; and Marina, the mother of the two missing sisters. Kamchatka plays its own role – a background location that is as mysterious, brooding, alienated and impenetrable as inner psyches of the women. This is a spellbinding, wonderfully imagined book that haunts the imagination.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jean Kwok

    Gorgeously written, DISAPPEARING EARTH drew me in with its beautifully-etched details of character and place, but by the end of the first chapter, I was gasping at the searing intensity of the story. I could not put the book down and read it all in one, hugely satisfying gulp. I fell in love with each and every flawed, poignant character even as I could not keep my eyes off the central mystery of the two missing girls. The ending was dazzling, unexpected and just perfect. This novel is both a gr Gorgeously written, DISAPPEARING EARTH drew me in with its beautifully-etched details of character and place, but by the end of the first chapter, I was gasping at the searing intensity of the story. I could not put the book down and read it all in one, hugely satisfying gulp. I fell in love with each and every flawed, poignant character even as I could not keep my eyes off the central mystery of the two missing girls. The ending was dazzling, unexpected and just perfect. This novel is both a gripping page-turner and a spectacular exploration of love and loss. At some of the most heart-wrenching moments, I found myself laughing at the wit of the voice. Julia Phillips is a brilliant, original debut author and this is a book that should go to the top of your TBR pile.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Erin Glover

    Similar to how everyone is related in the movie Crash, all the characters are related in this mystery about the disappearance of two little girls across the world in a remote region of Russia. Phillips introduces us to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, “the last bit of land before sea.” The district is part of the Kamchatka Peninsula, bordered by ocean on three sides and a vast impassable tundra to the north. A witness purports to see Alyona, 11, and her eight-year-old sister Sophia with a man near a cl Similar to how everyone is related in the movie Crash, all the characters are related in this mystery about the disappearance of two little girls across the world in a remote region of Russia. Phillips introduces us to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, “the last bit of land before sea.” The district is part of the Kamchatka Peninsula, bordered by ocean on three sides and a vast impassable tundra to the north. A witness purports to see Alyona, 11, and her eight-year-old sister Sophia with a man near a clean black SUV in town. The witness proves unreliable. So what happened to the girls who were wandering the shoreline? The characters are nuanced and diverse. Some are Russian, some are from ethnic minorities whose families are reindeer herders, and some are migrants. Their lives touch as they respond to the news of the missing girls. The plotting is suspenseful, especially toward the end, but it’s the characters that move this story forward. Phillips captures despair with profound empathy. But she leaves room for a little hope in the individuals’ lives, hope they need to survive harsh Russian life.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Doug

    3.5, rounded up. Although ultimately this was a satisfying read, I did have some problems with it - some inherent in the book itself, some of my own making. The latter was basically that it took me an absurdly long time to get through this relatively short book - had I read it in 2 or 3 days, the momentum would have helped and connections would have become clearer. But the fact it took me 9 days meant I didn't really find it compelling enough to warrant such concentration, so that is really a def 3.5, rounded up. Although ultimately this was a satisfying read, I did have some problems with it - some inherent in the book itself, some of my own making. The latter was basically that it took me an absurdly long time to get through this relatively short book - had I read it in 2 or 3 days, the momentum would have helped and connections would have become clearer. But the fact it took me 9 days meant I didn't really find it compelling enough to warrant such concentration, so that is really a deficiency of the book itself too. The book reminds me in a strange way of Reservoir 13, in that in the initial chapter of this, two girls go missing, and the rest of the book details what happens to various characters with some connection to them over the course of a year, in monthly installments; whereas in McGregor's book (which I disliked intensely), various characters surrounding a similar disappearance are seen over the course of 13 years in annual updates - all of which cover the same events with minor variations over and over again, so that you feel you are re-reading the same chapter ad nauseum. At least THIS book gives some resolution as to what happened to the abducted. The other two 'faults' are that there are way too many characters to really keep straight... there is a helpful glossary of 27 'Principal Characters' (which doesn't even include at least one major character - the abductor himself - as well as a dozen or more secondary characters), and while they are each individualistic and well-defined, I found it hard sometimes to tell them apart - or rather, remember specifics when they resurface 100 pages down the road from initial appearances. Which brings me to my second qualm - this is in actuality a collection of very loosely related short stories, with a tenuous through-line (often just a sentence or two about the missing girls makes its way into the story) - as is evidenced by the fact that 7 of the chapters had been previously published as stand-alones in various journals. The book eventually pulls together by the end, and even though not ALL of the chapters have much to do with that central storyline, one can glean the intent behind them. Phillips is a Fulbright scholar, and her prose is both elegant and fluid, and she DOES provide a fascinating glimpse into a country and a culture few know anything about - I couldn't have pointed to Kamchatka on a map before reading this, and now I feel like I have at least a rudimentary understanding of it ...so there is that!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie Brody

    I started this book and, almost immediately, felt like I was falling into a sinkhole. The ground opened up for me and all I was aware of was this amazing and brilliant novel. I didn't try to climb out. All I wanted to do was keep reading. Two young girls, sisters, ages 8 and 11, are walking along the shoreline of the Kamchatka Peninsula which lies at the northeastern edge of Russia, when they are kidnapped. For months, the police investigation turns up nothing. There is only one witness and her de I started this book and, almost immediately, felt like I was falling into a sinkhole. The ground opened up for me and all I was aware of was this amazing and brilliant novel. I didn't try to climb out. All I wanted to do was keep reading. Two young girls, sisters, ages 8 and 11, are walking along the shoreline of the Kamchatka Peninsula which lies at the northeastern edge of Russia, when they are kidnapped. For months, the police investigation turns up nothing. There is only one witness and her description of a dark colored car and a regular looking guy is hardly helpful. This novel is told month my month, for a year, in the voices of interconnected Kamchatkan women. Each month provides the reader with a new voice, each one somehow related to the girls' abduction. The novel is an amazing exploration of family and community, the ambiance of Kamchatka, the tensions that surround race and ethnicity and how indigenous people are not likely to be listened to very seriously. I lived in Alaska for close to 50 years and found many similarities with the ethnic tensions that exist in Kamchatka and those that are pervasive in Alaska. Throughout this beautiful and remarkable debut novel we wonder if the girls will be found and whether or not they are even alive. As we wonder about this, we listen to the Even speaking people who reside primarily in Esso, the city people of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, and we learn about the culture, diversity, art and politics of this isolated area of Russia. It was difficult for me to believe this was a debut novel. Ms. Phillips writes with a sense of knowledge and understanding that can only have come from residing there herself. Her talent is remarkable and this book is definitely going to be one of my top ten of the year.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tooter

    4 stars!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    i can see the structure of this book not working for some. i liked it & settled into it once i realized i was reading linked vignettes (think Olive Kitteridge or An American Childhood). it is after the disappearance of two young girls we are shown glimpses of the investigation through a series of connections. i kept seeing a web connecting the various women to one another while the story unfolded. i was reminded of the louise bourgeois maman sculpture which also uses the metaphor of women & i can see the structure of this book not working for some. i liked it & settled into it once i realized i was reading linked vignettes (think Olive Kitteridge or An American Childhood). it is after the disappearance of two young girls we are shown glimpses of the investigation through a series of connections. i kept seeing a web connecting the various women to one another while the story unfolded. i was reminded of the louise bourgeois maman sculpture which also uses the metaphor of women & their webs/connections. outstanding.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Holly Reynolds

    To me this book was not satisfying. Just as you are getting to know a character a new chapter begins and that character is left behind. The ending was lacking, not a satisfying ending, in my opinion, I wanted more.

  30. 5 out of 5

    SueKich

    Pricking the puff. My word, this has been talked up but heaven knows why. It is set in a remote Siberian peninsula and is the story of two young girls who are have been abducted. From this central ‘mystery’ the author veers off to various other unengaging characters before returning at the end to the main plot. Although skipping vast swathes gets shot of a boring book quickly, it can be counter-productive: one misses the introduction of new characters (of whom there are plenty here) and stands no Pricking the puff. My word, this has been talked up but heaven knows why. It is set in a remote Siberian peninsula and is the story of two young girls who are have been abducted. From this central ‘mystery’ the author veers off to various other unengaging characters before returning at the end to the main plot. Although skipping vast swathes gets shot of a boring book quickly, it can be counter-productive: one misses the introduction of new characters (of whom there are plenty here) and stands no chance of catching up or caring about them. A bland, disappointing debut that has been puffed up for no good reason that this reader could detect. Thanks to Simon & Schuster UK for the review copy via NetGalley.

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