How Quickly She Disappears

Berkley. Jan. 2020. 320p. ISBN 9781984805171. $26. Suspense

DEBUT In 1941, Elisabeth Pfautz feels trapped by the demands of domestic life—keeping a home and teaching her gifted young daughter; a marriage grown cold and loveless; the remoteness and isolation of the Alaskan wilderness; and, most of all, feeling trapped by the haunting memory of twin sister, Jacqueline, who disappeared 20 years earlier. When a stranger named Alfred comes to town, her friends warn her to stay away, but he convinces Elisabeth to let him sleep in her guest room even though her husband is away. Soon, Alfred is arrested for a terrible crime but tells the police he will only speak to Elisabeth. From his prison cell, he tells her he knows what happened to Jacqueline and will divulge the truth if she completes three tasks. As she falls further into his twisted plot, one thing is clear: she’s willing to risk everything, including her family, to find her sister.
VERDICT This promising, if slightly uneven, debut thriller with a strong sense of place will appeal to fans of Jane Harper’s The Dry, and those who wished Kristin Hannah’s The Great Alone was a psychological thriller. 
[See Prepub Alert, 7/8/19.]

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