Slowly, Kalah is falling for Beth Taylor. But Beth is bad news. She likes to break hearts. Plus, Kalah has a boyfriend. Then Beth skips town and Kalah can’t help but think it’s something to do with their secret relationship. Beth’s best friend, Britney, doesn’t even know why she left. The rumor mill starts going and before you know it Beth’s run off to be a movie star in New York, or got in trouble with a mob boss. But one of the rumors links Beth and Britney’s boyfriend together and both Britney and Kalah feel betrayed. Then Britney’s dead and Kalah is left alone, until Beth reaches out, but things aren’t as they seem. Kalah becomes trapped in the middle of a net of deception and she must work out what’s true and what’s not.
Despite the slow start, Vanished turned into a really engaging mystery. I was prepared to give it three stars, but the last 50% or so was enough to put it up to four. Vanished wasn’t overly clever, but enough to keep you on your toes and to keep you guessing.
I enjoyed the characters, though at times Kalah bordered on annoying. She pined over Beth and was pretty insistent she left because of her. Yet she was left alone so I can kind of understand why she attached herself to the idea of her and Beth. I wanted to see more of Beth because she was my favorite and seemed like such a dynamic character. Britney was another great character – complex and intriguing.
What is also great about Vanished is that it’s an LGBT book, and is one of a range of 2015 books that are including a lot more diverse and open characters.
Overall, a great mystery thriller that I would recommend to fans of Sara Shepard and the like.