Review: ‘The Vanishing Season’ by Jodi Lynn Anderson

I received this book for free from Edelweiss, requested from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘The Vanishing Season’  by Jodi Lynn AndersonThe Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Published by HarperTeen on July 1st, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Ghosts, Mystery, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 258
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss, requested from publisher
Girls started vanishing in the fall, and now winter's come to lay a white sheet over the horror. Door County, it seems, is swallowing the young, right into its very dirt. From beneath the house on Water Street, I've watched the danger swell.

The residents know me as the noises in the house at night, the creaking on the stairs. I'm the reflection behind them in the glass, the feeling of fear in the cellar. I'm tied—it seems—to this house, this street, this town.

I'm tied to Maggie and Pauline, though I don't know why. I think it's because death is coming for one of them, or both.

All I know is that the present and the past are piling up, and I am here to dig.I am looking for the things that are buried.

From bestselling author Jodi Lynn Anderson comes a friendship story bound in snow and starlight, a haunting mystery of love, betrayal, redemption, and the moments that we leave behind.

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Maggie moves to Door County, a small little town. Being from Chicago, this is a huge transition for her, and leaving her friends behind is also something she has to deal with. But her next door neighbour, Pauline turns out to be friendly and kind and takes her under her wing to be her best friend. Only, she already has a best friend, Liam who seems to be in love with Pauline. Then reports of dead teenagers appear around their little town, which causes her parents to worry about her well-being.

Maggie seemed like this wonderful independent girl who pretty much didn’t take crap from anyone, yet when love appears, she turned into a completely different. She was pretty much a pushover and let people walk all over her. Even her parents! I don’t know whether to like or dislike her because I felt sorry for her. She was an interesting enough character to read about because she was very responsible. Then there’s Pauline, the beautiful waspy wealthy girl whom all the boys are in love with. Then there’s her best friend Liam who is the nicest guy who builds wooden saunas by hand. I didn’t want a love triangle, but it happened, and it happened quickly. This was lightning fast as it is in most cases, since they only stayed at Gill Creek for six months. I found it to be realistic in a way only because teens can jump into love rather quickly.

There was a lot of day to day descriptions, and for some reason Jodi’s writing never bored me. I pretty much finished this book in one sitting. It was short, but it still told the story so you won’t be left out wondering anything else. I found the little town ignorance to be wholly disheartening and it’s sad that it happens in real life too. There was one quote that really made me sit up and take notice. And it was just so bad and racist. I know it’s meant to be a joke, but to me it felt inappropriate.

You’d make a really good Taliban boyfriend. You should put her in a burka.

I say skip this one, and read Tiger Lily instead. Though if you’re wondering who the killer was, it wasn’t the focus of the story. It was just shoved to the side and the characters and their lives were the focus.


Why did reporters always mention how the dead or missing girls looked? As if it mattered.
I like Earl Grey. It makes me feel British.
I don’t want to miss something just because…things went wrong. Life is short.
If a girl wants something, you’re supposed to do whatever you can to give it to her.
Older guys who like to stare at teenage girls aren’t that rare, unfortunately.
Why does everyone talk about stuff that they only pretend to be interested in?
Good and evil sound so nice and simple compared to messed up, crazy brain stuff.
To be honest, I was kind of hoping you were gay. I was a teenage boy once. I know what you’re thinking.
You’re the kind of person who does what you say you are going to do. I mean, you say it, and then you do it.
Wounds make you deeper and bigger.
The bigger the challenge you face, the bigger and deeper your soul gets.
Things you bottle up can get bigger than you.
Real monsters can appear to be kind. Sometimes they can be inside us.
Love can’t be taken back once it’s given.





  1. Katrina @ Chased By My Imagination

    January 27, 2015 at 9:37 AM

    I gave this book a lower rating for exactly the same reasons as you. It just felt disappointing. I would like to read Tiger Lily though!

    Katrina @ Chased By My Imagination

    • giselle

      January 27, 2015 at 4:42 PM

      I was so sad it wasn’t as good. I mean her writing is beautiful, but I was bored

  2. Kelsey

    January 23, 2015 at 1:55 PM

    Funny thing is I gave this book the same rating. I wanted it to be more about the mystery, and I had a few other problems with it as well unfortunately.

    • giselle

      January 23, 2015 at 5:59 PM

      Me too..It kind of sucked that it wasn’t about the mystery either.

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