I listened to the audiobook, which was narrated by a six-member cast. The narrators did a nice job, but there’s only so much they can do to save a story. E. Lockhart was quoted on the cover of the Playaway unit calling it a psychological thriller, one of my favorite genres, so I was excited to read this. By the way, I enjoyed We Were Liars much more and I think Lockhart did a better job with that twist than Oliver did with this one.
The summary of Vanishing Girls sounded compelling, but it was actually very boring, in fact, I zoned out a lot while listening to it. The most poignant moments still sounded emotionless and it was definitely the writing, not the narration. She struggles with her emotional expression and her imagery. If I had read it instead of listening to it, I could have grabbed some quotes.
A lot of her stories sound interesting, but after reading this one, I’m not sure if I want to read them. I’m concerned that they’ll leave me feeling as disappointed as this one.
My Goodreads Vanishing Girls Review.