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Hello again! Another book review! (Maybe I’ll catch up someday. ? I’m still behind on my Goodreads challenge too by 12 books so hopefully I can catch up there too!)
*Disclaimer : I received a copy of this ebook for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
This one is for Vanishing Falls by Poppy Gee. This book is on shelves now!
Below you will find the description of the book provided by NetGalley, followed by my personal review and star rating. Enjoy.
Deep within the lush Tasmanian rainforest is the remote town of Vanishing Falls, a place with a storied past. The town’s showpiece, built in the 1800s, is its Calendar House—currently occupied by Jack Lily, a prominent art collector and landowner; his wife, Celia; and their four daughters. The elaborate, eccentrically designed mansion houses one masterpiece and 52 rooms—and Celia Lily isn’t in any of them. She has vanished without a trace.…
Joelle Smithton knows that a few folks in Vanishing Falls believe that she’s simple-minded. It’s true that Joelle’s brain works a little differently—a legacy of shocking childhood trauma. But Joelle sees far more than most people realize, and remembers details that others cast away. For instance, she knows that Celia’s husband, Jack, has connections to unsavory local characters whom he’s desperate to keep hidden. He’s not the only one in town with something to conceal. Even Joelle’s own husband, Brian, a butcher, is acting suspiciously. While the police flounder, unable to find Celia, Joelle is gradually parsing the truth from the gossip she hears and from the simple gestures and statements that can unwittingly reveal so much.
Just as the water from the falls disappears into the ground, gushing away through subterranean creeks, the secrets in Vanishing Falls are pulsing through the town, about to converge. And when they do, Joelle must summon the courage to reveal what really happened to Celia, even if it means exposing her own past…
My Review :
This book was a little on the slow side for me. At times it was a struggle to even finish.
However, even though it is slow going, the story line is interesting and engaging. This book basically revolves around Joelle and what she sees and hears, but there are a few other characters with prominent roles as well. And, I’m always a sucker for a book where we get multiple viewpoints.
In the end, I was pretty shocked by who the actual killer was. Everything is so murky and winding that it’s hard to get a good grasp on a character before we’re on to the next one.
So, while I would have liked a quicker paced story, I really enjoyed reading this one and getting to know the residents of Vanishing Falls.
Murder, drugs, illicit affairs and a great rounded cast of characters all make for an overall interesting read.