Hi guys! Over the past few months, I got really behind on my review copies–and I mean, really behind. Because I had to go out of the country and I had so much going on in the month of May, I was not able to read the physical ARCs of May and June releases before I left. But I am slowly catching up, and I was able to fit in The Disappearance of Sloane Sullivan into my schedule a few weeks ago. It definitely was worth it. If you have missed it, Gia Cribbs was on my blog to talk about “Plotting, Pantsing, and the Art of Surprise” in her debut novel. Certainly she did surprise me in this wild and crazy story. I hope you enjoy!
About the Book
No one wants me to tell you about the disappearance of Sloane Sullivan.
Not the lawyers or the cops. Not her friends or family. Not even the boy who loved her more than anyone. And most certainly not the United States Marshals Service. You know, the people who run the witness protection program or, as it’s officially called, the Witness Security Program? Yeah, the WITSEC folks definitely don’t want me talking to you.
But I don’t care. I have to tell someone.
If I don’t, you’ll never know how completely wrong things can go. How a single decision can change everything. How, when it really comes down to it, you can’t trust anyone. Not even yourself. You have to understand, so it won’t happen to you next. Because you never know when the person sitting next to you isn’t who they claim to be…and because there are worse things than disappearing.
Disclaimer: I received a free signed ARC of this book for review consideration. This will not affect my review in any way.
I love YA thrillers for the sole reason of being sucked into the story. I enjoy the rush of adrenaline, the feeling of not being able to set down the book, and the shocks from being kicked with a plot twist. I didn’t know what to expect when I first started The Disappearance of Sloane Sullivan, but once I started, I literally could not stop. I finished virtually 90% of it in a single day because I just wanted to know what happens next. I came into this story without any expectations of how it would pan out, and if I did, certainly would Gia Cribbs exceed them. As Sloane tries to survive the last four weeks of high school but encounters many major setbacks along the way, The Disappearance of Sloane Sullivan is a sinister story full of secrets and betrayal masked by an innocent façade of comfort and hope.
The novel at first does not seem like a normal thriller. As many reviewers have said before, the beginning is written like a YA contemporary romance, but with an underlying feeling of suspicion. It seems very innocent at first because it seems like nothing bad will happen—Sloane is adjusting to her new identity as she tries to conceal her true identity from the love of her childhood life. But as the novel progressed and my guard was let down, the unthinkable happened, and shocks jolted throughout my body. I was NOT expecting those plot twists and revelations at the end; I could not have predicted that at all. This novel is full of so many secrets that will blow your mind to shreds.
Cribbs’s debut novel is honestly one of the best YA thrillers I’ve ever. The author used a clever combination of flashbacks that slowly revealed more about Sloane’s past, from the crime she witnessed six years ago to her sudden identity changes. Sloane’s dilemma as she is trying to conceal her true identity when she encounters a boy from her past was a brilliant dilemma and premise that made this novel very innovative and well-written. Witness Protection novels are always very fascinating and thrilling, and certainly this one should be high in the ranks. The atmosphere had the perfect feeling of dread, and the prose sucks you in right into the novel and makes you want to devour every bit of information you can get your hands on.
I’d definitely recommend The Disappearance of Sloane Sullivan in a heartbeat to anyone who is searching for a story they cannot put down. I know I’m going to be greatly looking forward to what twisted and crazy stories Gia Cribbs has in store for the future. From the characters to the plot, everything is dark and complex. Out of all the YA thrillers I’ve ever read, The Disappearance of Sloane Sullivan will be remembered as one of the best and most brilliant I’ve ever read.
About the Author
Gia Cribbs is an author and lawyer who lives in Maryland with her husband and daughters. When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found reading, eating too much chocolate, or fantasizing about her next vacation.
THE DISAPPEARANCE OF SLOANE SULLIVAN, her first novel, will be published by Harlequin TEEN on May 29, 2018.
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