Description from the Publisher through Netgalley
“Blending the true crime compulsion of Michelle McNamara’s I’ll Be Gone in the Dark with the immersive creepy-craziness of Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects, Brazier creates a heady, pitch-dark cocktail all her own.”
“This twisted and riveting thriller is one that will keep you up late at night with suspense.”
A Most Anticipated Book of 2021 by CNN • E! Online • Buzzfeed • Popsugar • Crime Reads • Hello Giggles
When her favorite true crime podcast host goes missing, an adrift young woman sets out to investigate and plunges headfirst into the wild backcountry of Northern California and her own dangerous obsession.
Sera loves true crime podcasts. They give her a sense of control in a world where women just like her disappear daily. She’s sure they are preparing her for something. So when Rachel, her favorite podcast host, goes missing, Sera knows it’s time to act. Rachel has always taught her to trust her instincts.
Sera follows the clues hidden in the episodes to an isolated ranch outside Rachel’s small hometown to begin her search. She’s convinced her investigation will make Rachel so proud. But the more Sera digs into this unfamiliar world, the more off things start to feel. Because Rachel is not the first woman to vanish from the ranch, and she won’t be the last…
Rachel did try to warn her.
Another novel with a podcast based premise is hitting the market. If I Disappear does not follow its predecessors in the way that it is formatted, meaning that it is not like listening to a podcast. There are brief snippets of the podcast episode that the main character, Sera refers to but it doesn’t necessarily read as if you are listening to the podcast.
Sera jumps in her car one day and decides that she is going to be the person that finds and rescues her favorite podcast host Rachel, that has disappeared. Sera gets a job at the ranch that Rachel’s parents own so that she can get into Rachel’s mindset before her disappearance.
I wanted to love this story but it just didn’t grab my attention. It wasn’t a bad read but it wasn’t the best of its kind. For me, it was middle of the road.
I gave this book 3 crowns.