How to Disappear

How to Disappear

3.32 (800 ratings by Goodreads)
3.32 (800 ratings by Goodreads)

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This electric cross-country thriller follows the game of cat and mouse between a girl on the run from a murder she witnessed--or committed?--and the boy who's sent to kill her.

Nicolette Holland is the girl everyone likes. Up for adventure. Loyal to a fault. And she's pretty sure she can get away with anything...until a young woman is brutally murdered in the woods near Nicolette's house. Which is why she has to disappear.

Jack Manx has always been the stand-up guy with the killer last name. But straight A's and athletic trophies can't make people forget that his father was a hit man and his brother is doing time for armed assault. Just when Jack is about to graduate from his Las Vegas high school and head east for college, his brother pulls him into the family business with inescapable instructions: find this ruthless Nicolette Holland and get rid of her. Or else Jack and everyone he loves will pay the price.

As Nicolette and Jack race to outsmart each other, tensions--and attractions--run high. Told in alternating voices, this tightly plotted mystery and tense love story challenges our assumptions about right and wrong, guilt and innocence, truth and lies.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 416 pages
  • 150 x 211 x 38mm | 522g
  • English
  • 1481443933
  • 9781481443937
  • 1,197,435

Review quote

After witnessing a murder and believing her own life is in danger, 16-year-old Nicolette runs away from Ohio, involving herself in a series of identity-changing tactics including changing her name, backtracking along various interstate bus routes, and gaining weight, all in an effort to disappear from the killer's radar. Meanwhile, 18-year-old Jack, a standup guy from Nevada who hates that he's from a gangster family, is blackmailed by his brother into hunting down Nicolette and taking her out in a contract killing. In alternating chapters that maintain distinct voices and personalities, these two smart and damaged teens separately maneuver their new on-the-run realities, until they end up meeting, falling in love, and joining forces against the threats they face. Rapid pacing and intricate plotting unfold with lots of ready wit, dry humor, and sensitivity, and Stampler's people, places, and cultures are genuine, making relationships and motivations authentic and vivid. This attractive mashup of suspense, road trip, romance, and psychological drama maintains its energy and credibility right through its emotionally honest and un-fairy-tale-like ending. -- Francisca Goldsmith--Booklist "May 1, 2016"
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800 ratings
3.32 out of 5 stars
5 17% (136)
4 27% (219)
3 33% (264)
2 16% (124)
1 7% (57)
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