Welcome fellow readers! So thanks to my amazing best friend, who lent me this book, I have another review for you! Being the broke college student that I am I couldn’t afford to buy another book so she suggested that I read The Vanishing Game!
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Seventeen-year-old Jocelyn follows clues apparently from her dead twin, Jack, in and around Seale House, the terrifying foster home where they once lived. With help from childhood friend Noah she begins to uncover the truth about Jack’s death and the company that employed him and Noah.
Jocelyn’s twin brother Jack was the only family she had growing up in a world of foster homes-and now he’s dead, and she has nothing. Then she gets a cryptic letter from “Jason December”-the code name her brother used to use when they were children at Seale House, a terrifying foster home that they believed had dark powers. Only one other person knows about Jason December: Noah, Jocelyn’s childhood crush and their only real friend among the troubled children at Seale House.
But when Jocelyn returns to Seale House and the city where she last saw Noah, she gets more than she bargained for. Turns out the house’s powers weren’t just a figment of a childish imagination. And someone is following Jocelyn. Is Jack still alive? And if he is, what kind of trouble is he in? The answer is revealed in a shocking twist that turns this story on its head and will send readers straight back to page 1 to read the book in a whole new light.
My First Thoughts:
I was excited to read this book, not only because the synopsis intrigues me, but also because my best friend recommended it. She and I have very similar reading tastes and she told me that she really liked it and I trust her judgement.
Post-Reading Thoughts (SPOILER ALERT!):
I really enjoyed this book! It had lots of twists and turns and just things that were, seemingly, unexplainable. Jocelyn is a no nonsense type of girl, which I liked, when something stands in her way she does anything she can to get around it. With Noah by her side it seems like figuring out the clues her, possibly alive, brother left her is going to be easy. Things start getting weird when she returns to the Seale House and it seems as though her demons are alive and haunting her.
I liked that they had to solve complex clues, one leading to another which lead to another. It added an extra amount of suspense, wondering if they were going to solve the clues in time or not. Also there was a mysterious powerful company looking for something her brother took and we all know mysterious companies are never good news.
Now the one thing that I didn’t like was that at the end one of the twists is that she has telekinetic powers, which once you read this book (if you decide to read this book), you’ll see that it doesn’t fit in with the story at all. It’s totally unnecessary and they only talk about it for about a total of 3 pages. Myer should’ve thought of something a little more original to piece together all the events that couldn’t be explained. This is one thing that my best friend and I totally agree on. Other than that, the book is great and worth a read!
I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars! 🙂
“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”
― Groucho Marx, The Essential Groucho: Writings For By And About Groucho Marx