If i disappear

Eliza Jane Brazier

Book - 2021

"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. Ser...a 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"--

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Subjects
Genres
Suspense fiction
Thrillers (Fiction)
Psychological fiction
Published
New York : Berkley 2021.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
pages cm
ISBN
9780593198223
0593198220
Main Author
Eliza Jane Brazier (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

When her favorite true-crime podcaster, Rachel Ward, abruptly stops posting new content, an adrift young woman becomes convinced Rachel is in danger and resolves to track her down using skills culled from obsessive podcast listening. Rachel Ward is smart, charismatic, and confident, everything Sera isn't, and Sera's search is part rescue mission and part desperate attempt at finding a sense of purpose. In this disquieting read, Brazier makes great use of setting, an isolated off-season campsite with plenty of room to bury a body or two. The first-person perspective, brimming with self-loathing and paranoia, only ups the sense of anxiety—although having the narration directed toward an unnamed you is a sometimes annoying device. In addition, promising threads concerning societal pressures and our need for human connection are abandoned in favor of plot twists and a shock ending that doesn't shock. Still, this is a good choice for true-crime fans and will also appeal to those who favor mysteries with a dark tone. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

YA author Brazier (The Life and Death Parade as Eliza Wass) makes her adult debut with a gripping psychological thriller. As Sera Fleece's life disintegrates post-divorce, she becomes increasingly obsessed with a true crime podcast hosted by Rachel Bard, who focuses on the disappearances of young women. Then Rachel vanishes, a turn of events that shakes Sera out of her lassitude and sends her to Rachel's hometown in Northern California, where she is determined to use the podcasts' lessons to find the missing podcast host. From Sera's first glimpse of the remote guest ranch Rachel's parents run, there's a palpable sense of menace. Strangely, neither the senior Bards nor their ruggedly handsome ranch hand appear overly worried about Rachel, and tight-lipped townsfolk warn Sera to get out—fast. Despite a hairpin final turn that's far more startling than satisfying, this novel poses some provocative questions concerning women's roles and the risk of "disappearing" if those roles are defied. Blending the true crime compulsion of Michelle McNamara's I'll Be Gone in the Dark with the immersive creepy-craziness of Gillian Flynn's Sharp Objects, Brazier creates a heady, pitch-dark cocktail all her own. Agent: Sarah Bedingfield, Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary. (Jan.) Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Investigating the disappearance of her favorite true-crime podcaster, an outcast follows clues to the site of an isolated ranch before uncovering sinister truths about other women who have gone missing from the property. TV tie-in.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"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"--

Review by Publisher Summary 3

“This new novel has more twists and fakeouts than an episode of Serial.”—Rolling Stone“Fans of true crime will devour this mystery.”—E! OnlineA Most Anticipated Book of 2021 by Rolling Stone • CNN • E! Online • Buzzfeed • New York Post • Popsugar • Woman's Day • Crime Reads • Hello Giggles When her favorite true crime podcast host goes missing, an adrift young woman sets out to investigate and plunges headfirst into the wild backcountry of Northern California and her own dangerous obsession.Sera loves true crime podcasts. They give her a sense of control 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.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

“This new novel has more twists and fakeouts than an episode of Serial.”—Rolling Stone“An eerie, twisted thriller sure to shake up the most seasoned true crime die-hard."—Harper's BazaarA Most Anticipated Book of 2021 by Rolling Stone • CNN • E! Online • Buzzfeed • New York Post • Popsugar • Woman's Day • Crime Reads • Hello Giggles When her favorite true crime podcast host goes missing, an adrift young woman sets out to investigate and plunges headfirst into the wild backcountry of Northern California and her own dangerous obsession.Sera loves true crime podcasts. They give her a sense of control 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.