Today is the second day of the HOW TO DISAPPEAR Blog Tour and I’m thrilled to be one of the stops and to share my thoughts about and help promote this awesome book. I’m even more excited that HOW TO DISAPPEAR is now available for everyone to read!
Ann Redisch Stampler is an amazing writer. Her characters are always ones I want to take the journey with. And her stories always make me think – HOW TO DISAPPEAR is no exception.
If you’d like to know what I thought, scroll down for my review. If you’d like the chance to win some fab prizes, enter the giveaway. And be sure to follow the tour to learn more about this gripping thriller that’s just full of surprises.
About HOW TO DISAPPEAR
Title: HOW TO DISAPPEAR
Author: Ann Redisch Stampler
Release date: June 14, 2016
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
This electric cross-country thriller follows the game of cat and mouse between a girl on the run from a murder she witnessed—or committed?—and the boy who’s sent to kill her.
Nicolette Holland is the girl everyone likes. Up for adventure. Loyal to a fault. And she’s pretty sure she can get away with anything…until a young woman is brutally murdered in the woods near Nicolette’s house. Which is why she has to disappear.
Jack Manx has always been the stand-up guy with the killer last name. But straight A’s and athletic trophies can’t make people forget that his father was a hit man and his brother is doing time for armed assault. Just when Jack is about to graduate from his Las Vegas high school and head east for college, his brother pulls him into the family business with inescapable instructions: find this ruthless Nicolette Holland and get rid of her. Or else Jack and everyone he loves will pay the price.
As Nicolette and Jack race to outsmart each other, tensions—and attractions—run high. Told in alternating voices, this tightly plotted mystery and tense love story challenges our assumptions about right and wrong, guilt and innocence, truth and lies.
Ann Redisch Stampler immediately pulls you into her story with the prologue. It lets you know right from the start that something bad has happened. It just doesn’t reveal all that happened, who might be responsible, or how exactly it relates to the characters. It piques your curiosity, grabs hold, and makes you want to keep reading until you know everything.
HOW TO DISAPPEAR is a gripping page-turner that is full of surprises, suspense, difficult choices with grave repercussions, unexpected romance, and chilling secrets. It introduces two characters who are seemingly ill-equipped to handle the situations they find themselves in, but are more complex and capable than they might appear on first glance.
Being forced to hide their true identities makes their connection all the more intriguing. Not being able to explain their behavior makes for a tension-filled read. Knowing what we know makes things positively nail-biting. And discovering what we don’t will stun.
The story alternates between Nicolette’s and Jack’s point of view, giving just a bit more insight about one than the other, teasing just enough to become invested in each of their outcomes, but not so much that you’ll feel you can completely trust either one. Jack and Nick are both very different, both flawed, both damaged, both volatile, and a rather unlikely and unfortunate but interesting pair. And they are very much worth getting to know.
HOW TO DISAPPEAR does not rush to the payoff at the story’s end. It keeps you in a state of anticipation. It keeps you guessing. But it promises to be well worth the wait. Author Ann Redisch Stampler has penned a story that is exciting, shocking and unsettling. It will make you rethink everything you thought you knew. It will make you root for someone and some things you never thought you’d root for. It will keep you captivated until the very last page.
About Ann Redisch Stampler
Ann Redisch Stampler is the author of the young adult novels Afterparty and Where It Began as well as half a dozen picture books. Her work has garnered an Aesop accolade, the National Jewish Book Award, Sydney Taylor honors, the Middle East Book Award, and Bank Street Best Books of the Year mentions. How to Disappear (Simon Pulse, 2016), her first young adult thriller, will be released in June. Ann lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband Rick.
There is a tour-wide giveaway for…
- ONE (1) winner will receive a $50.00 gift certificate for The Book Depository, Signed HOW TO DISAPPEAR bookmarks + a Nicolette’s disguise inspired Smashbox makeup kit.
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The Tour Schedule
June 14th | Book Briefs – Review
June 14th | BookHounds YA – Author Interview
June 15th | Fiktshun – Review
June 15th | Becky on Books – Excerpt
June 16th | Just Commonly – Review
June 16th | Emily Reads Everything – Review
June 17th | Such a Novel Idea – Spotlight
June 17th | Curling Up With A Good Book – Author Interview
June 18th | Here’s to Happy Endings – Spotlight
June 18th | My So-Called Book Reviews – Review + Author Interview
June 19th | A Gingerly Review – Excerpt
June 19th | Book Whales – Excerpt
June 20th | A Dream Within A Dream – Review
June 20th | Jessabella Reads – Character Interview
June 21st | Owl Always Be Reading – Review
June 21st | The Cover Contessa – Character Interview
June 22nd | Dani Reviews Things – Author Interview
June 22nd | Fishing for Books – Review
June 23rd | Once Upon a Twilight – Author Interview
June 23rd | Classy Cat Books – Review
June 24th | Star-Crossed Book Blog – Spotlight
June 24th | Lilians Book Stuff – Author Interview
June 25th | Pandora’s Books – Excerpt
June 25th | Reese’s Reviews – Review
June 26th | The Phantom Paragrapher – Review
June 26th | In a Bookish World – Excerpt
June 27th | Movies, Shows & Books – Review
June 27th | Wishful Endings – Character Interview
June 27th | A Bookish Escape – Review