How to Disappear

Finished How to Disappear by Ann Redisch Stampler.  I received a copy from the publisher for review.

Summary (from Goodreads):

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.”

One of my major literary weaknesses is stories of people who are on the run. They’re always interesting and usually incredibly suspenseful and tense.  How to Disappear was no exception (and is actually one of the most intense examples I’ve read lately).

Jack was told that a stranger, Nicolette, murdered a girl and needs to die for it.  He’s a good guy (unlike his brother and father) but his mom’s been threatened, so he’s reluctantly along for the ride.  Nicolette, meanwhile, witnessed the murder but didn’t actually do it, which is why she’s on the run.  (Nicolette’s no dummy and knows what happens to people who see things she shouldn’t.)

Obviously Jack knows about Nicolette but Nicolette doesn’t know about Jack.  That adds another major level to the tension because there’s a great deal of dramatic irony when they meet (and that’s not a spoiler, because OBVIOUSLY they meet).

Highly recommended but I dare you to put this book down once you open it.

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