Review: Watch Me Disappear
I had been hearing good things about this book but hadn’t committed to buying myself a copy as I already had a handful of mysteries on my TBR shelves, but as luck would have it, this was the Mystery selection for the July Page Habit box.
This was my first time receiving one of their boxes thanks to a special discount code, and while I like the concept, the actual experience was a bit lacking- the additional gifts were a clip on book light, which was broken (you could switch it on but only if you kept your finger pushing on the button would it stay lit) and a perfectly nice basic notebook. And while the post-its notes occasionally offered content that allowed me to feel like I was getting some interesting personal background, sometimes it was just a little more factual than insightful.
As for the book itself!
The building of tension is very subtle, piece by piece of information is doled out making you hungrier with every chapter to know exactly what is happening here. I liked that dealing with Olive’s visions and the believing/not believing isn't belaboured, they’re introduced as something Olive believes in and even as further context is provided, they serve the story well.
There’s a nice smattering of little misdirections, enough to keep me guessing even as we learn more about Billie and Jonathan and the other supporting characters of their lives. While we’re seeing Jonathan and Olive in particular during this one section of their life, it’s clear that these are fully-realized characters, full of wants and history, and Olive even gets a nice little subplot as she comes to better understand who she is. As Brown shares in her letter to the reader, much of the story is really about identity.
Without spoiling anything I have to say that the epilogue is fantastic and the last line is absolutely everything.