ROMANCE

The Other Side of Disappearing

Kensington Mar. 2024. 384p. ISBN 9781496737311. pap. $16.95. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
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Jess, who is fiercely protective of her privacy, is shocked when celebrity podcast host Salem and her producer Adam show up to interview Jess for their hit true-crime show about a notorious con man named Lynton. Ten years ago, Jess’s mother ran off with the infamous swindler and abandoned her and her eight-year-old sister Tegan. All these years later, Tegan has gone behind Jess’s back to tell Salem the story of their mother and her involvement with the crook. Soon the sisters embark on a road trip with the podcasters to track down Lynton and their mother. Only along to protect her sister, Jess is extremely reluctant to talk about her life, but she begins to open up to Adam, who has his own painful past and understands her on a level no one has before. Their relationship begins to entangle messily, with divided loyalties, journalistic ethics, and the pursuit of truth all coming into play to challenge the possibility of love between them.
VERDICT This slow-burn romance from Clayborn (George, All Along) has an intriguing mystery and will appeal to fans of true-crime podcasts, road-trip storylines, and novels with a deep emotional core.
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