Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Review for If I Disappear by Eliza Jane Brazier

If I Disappear by  Eliza Jane Brazier 

 publication: January 26th 2021 by Berkley

Genre: Thriller, Mystery

When her favorite true crime podcast host goes missing, an adrift young woman plunges headfirst into the wild backcountry of Northern California and her own dangerous obsession.

Sera loves true crime podcasts. They make her feel empowered 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. 


My Thoughts…

 Sera is a unique character.   She lives alone, recently divorced, has no real friends, listens to true crime podcasts, and feels like her favorite podcaster, Rachel, is talking directly to her.   When Rachel’s podcasts stop Sera is sure that something bad has happen to her and heads to Rachel’s hometown to save her.    When she arrives, she finds a ranch that has a history of women disappearing and a town that warns her to stay away from the ranch.   

I am not a podcast listener, but I love a good thriller, mystery book.   If I Disappear had me wondering what had happen to Rachel, were her parents as odd as they seemed, would Sera find out the truth.  I had so many questions as I continued reading.  I loved that Sera did not let anything detour her from finding the answers she was looking for and that she did not take everything and everyone around her at face value.   She questioned everyone and everything she encountered.

  I was not pulled into this story as deeply as I would like, I was able to put the book down and not really think about it until I picked it up again.   But when I picked it up the rest of my world went away, and I could not be distracted by the life going on around me.     I like the unique format of adding the podcast notes within the story.   Over all, I really enjoyed If I Disappear and look forward to more of Eliza Jane Brazier’s books.   

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