✯ How Quickly She Disappears Books ✴ Author Raymond Fleischmann – Ladybooks.us

How Quickly She Disappears The Dry Meets Silence Of The Lambs In This Intoxicating Tale Of Literary Suspense Set In The Relentless Alaskan Landscape About Madness And Obsession, Loneliness And Grief, And The Ferocious Bonds Of Family It S In Small Town Alaska And Elisabeth Pfautz Is Alone She S Living Far From Home, Struggling Through An Unhappy Marriage, And She Spends Her Days Tutoring Her Precocious Young Daughter Elisabeth S Twin Sister Disappeared Without A Trace Twenty Years Earlier, And Elisabeth S Life Has Never Recovered Cryptic Visions Of Her Sister Haunt Her Dreams, And Elisabeth S Crushing Loneliness Grows Intense By The Day But Through It All, She Clings To One Belief That Her Sister Is Still Alive, And That They Ll Be Reunited One DayAnd That Day May Be Coming Soon Elisabeth S World Is Upended When Alfred Seidel An Enigmatic German Bush Pilot Arrives In Town And Murders A Local Man In Cold Blood Sitting In His Cell In The Wake Of His Crime, Alfred Refuses To Speak To Anyone Except For Elisabeth He Has Something To Tell Her He Knows Exactly What Happened To Her Long Missing Sister, But He Ll Reveal This Truth Only If Elisabeth Fulfills Three RequestsIncreasingly Isolated From Her Neighbors And Imprisoned By The Bitter Cold And Her Own Obsession, Elisabeth Lets Herself Slip Deeper Into Alfred S Web A Tenuous Friendship Forms Between Them, Even As Elisabeth Struggles To Understand Alfred S Game And What He S AfterBut If It Means She Ll Get Answers, She S Willing To Play By His Rules She S Ready To Sacrifice Whatever It Takes To Be Reunited With Her Sister, Even If It Means Putting Herself And Her Family In Mortal Danger

✯ How Quickly She Disappears  Books ✴ Author Raymond Fleischmann – Ladybooks.us
  • Hardcover
  • 320 pages
  • How Quickly She Disappears
  • Raymond Fleischmann
  • English
  • 06 November 2019
  • 9781984805171

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  1. says:

    To the month, twenty years had passed since her sister disappeared Twenty years a missing child A stolen child. It s 1941 and Elisabeth Pfautz and her daughter, Margaret, are alone in their house, surrounded by the Alaskan wilds when a stranger comes a calling Technically, since their house is connected to the school and their town has no inn , the Pfautz family is expected to house those who need shelteronly with Elisabeth s husband away from town, she finds herself rather hesitant Not the least bit rude, no But he was peculiar. There s just something about that odd man that has her wondering But those thoughts quickly turn aside when a man shows up dead and all fingers point to the strangerand yet, the stranger has a story of his own One that will cut Elisabeth to her very core I know that she s alive How He took a breath A single breath Because I was involved in her disappearance And so begins the dance between a murderer and a desperate soul .she couldn t help but feel like she was signing some contract with the devil himself. So.Sooo.Soooooooo.This book had me hooked. I loved the premise remote Alaskan town, murder and girl who s been missing for two decadesbut as much as I loved the idea of the book, I found myself disliking the actual book.The characters just didn t feel consistent Elisabeth was well rounded, and the strange man was as wellbut the rest I just couldn t get into them Her daughter Margaret flip flopped in personalityso much that she felt like a different person by the end of the bookbut that s nothing compared to Elisabeth s husband Just drop it, John said, speaking slowly and tightly, three separate sentences crammed into one Just Drop It. I honestly didn t even realize that he was supposed to be a bad guy or at least a bad husband until 60 80 pages inIt was so jarring that I reread parts of the book to see if I missed clues to his personality, but I couldn t find anything He s a pretty decent, if a bit neglectful guy until he turns on a dime and becomes horrible to her It just felt so sudden that it really threw me out of the book.The plot itself wasn t horrible, but it just didn t feel like it was going anywhere It felt like we were building, building buildingbuilding..building. you get the point but as for actual sustenance, there wasn t much there.Also, there were a lot and I mean a LOT of decisions that really had me questioning Elisabeth s thought process There d be option A, option B, and waaaay off in the basement dungeon, option C Guess which one Elisabeth went for every time Anyway, I m just kinda left scratching my head It started so well too, a solid 4 stars and just kinda flopped.I honestly haven t been this annoyed at an ending in a long time with thanks to Berkley Publishing and the author for a free ARC in exchange for an honest reviewAll quotes come from an uncorrected proof and are subject to change upon publicationYouTube Blog Instagram Twitter Snapchat miranda.reads


  2. says:

    2.5 starsThe synopsis of this book sounded so promising as did the title I was intrigued just by the title alone Reading the book blurb, I was convinced this was the book for me Unfortunately, it did not live up to my expectations.In 1941 Alaska, Elizabeth is living in an unhappy marriage and is homeschooling her daughter even though her husband is a teacher at the local school Elizabeth lost her twin sister twenty years ago and she has never recovered When a mysterious man, Alfred Seidel, arrives in town, he murders a local man and has one request, that Elizabeth visit him in jail He has something to tell her and only her he knows what happened to her sister.Will she fall for his demands for a visit Is she willing to go against the wishes of her family How far is she willing to go to learn the truth Is this man telling the truth or is he stringing her alone as the local sheriff believes This one just didn t work for me I found it to be slow going in the beginning, I found myself enjoying it around the fifty percent mark and then toward the end, I finished the book feeling unimpressed I am not a big fan of when books are compared to other books I also struggled because I didn t find anyone in this book to be likable and it made it hard to care about what happened to their characters The only thing likable in this book was the Alaskan landscape which kept true to itself being cold and providing some much needed atmosphere It was the only character in the book which did not change drastically.Some are really enjoying this book, so I encourage readers to read all the reviews and decide for yourself This one just wasn t my cup of tea This was a Traveling Sisters Group read.Thank you to the Publisher and Edelweiss who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review All the thoughts and opinions are my own.


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    I m struggling to put in words my thoughts of How Quickly She Disappears On the one hand, it is original and atmospheric in a way that most authors can only dream of achieving, and while I feel neutral regarding the pacing of the novel, I did wrestle with the ending It s really difficult going into a book, thinking it s a stand alone novel, and upon conclusion finding that there will most likely be a sequel or series of some sort Comparing any story to the likes of The Silence of the Lambs and The Dry is setting up large, almost unfair expectations upon the author, but I also see why those comparisons were drawn If you enjoy atmospheric mysteries, you should definitely give this one a try Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.


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    Updated review upon further reflectionI really don t like when a novel is compared to another The comparison to The Dry which I really enjoyed is puzzling to me, I don t see the comparison This was a 2 and which I m rounding down to a 2 The two are for the Alaskan atmosphere and what originally sounded like a good premise.This novel was one of those books that you end up asking yourself what exactly was the plot of this novel I would say it was the disappearance of Elizabeth s sister, but then the entire story about Albert Seidel and his relationship with Elizabeth is a strong part of the plot.The characters weren t very well described or perhaps it was that their personalities changed so often it was hard to describe them I truly didn t care about any of them with the exception of Mack who I felt I could like, he was the one truly good friend and neighbor to Elizabeth I think he was a kind soul who wanted to protect Elizabeth and her daughter, unfortunately Elizabeth never listened to his advice He is definitely my favorite character Elisabeth s twin sister disappeared without a trace twenty years earlier, and Elisabeth s life has never recovered Cryptic visions of her sister haunt her dreams, and Elisabeth s crushing loneliness grows intense by the day But through it all, she clings to one belief That her sister is still alive, and that they ll be reunited one day She is already sounding mentally unsound if she is dwelling on the disappearance daily and dreaming about her nightly.Early in the book Elizabeth is portrayed as a wonderful mother and teacher and we see how much time and thought she puts into her daughters lessons She seems to be very close to her daughter but then later in the novel she is an entirely different person, with no morals, no care for the well being of her own daughter or her husband Her daughter also morphs quite quickly from a fun loving, excellent and happy student to a screaming brat who hates everything, including her mother She wants to get out of Alaska and makes an attempt at running away, but again this seems to come out of nowhere I enjoyed the descriptions of the local landscapes and how it felt to live there The winter season is the most difficult for most of the people as they feel even isolated and the weather can be brutal The part of the plot that takes place in a blizzard were really the only tense parts of the story for me Albert Seidel appears in Elizabeth s life when their usual pilot is out for the week He is a bush pilot delivering the mail but is stranded because he tells everyone that there is something wrong with the plane and it will take a few days to get it fixed Elizabeth feels obligated to offer her extra room because their house is the largest in town and they have hosted others.Albert is a sociopath and it would tell too much of the plot to get into this character We do find out that he has been searching for Elizabeth because he has a secret to tell her.There were some things that I liked, I thought the story flowed pretty well from past to present regarding her relationship and life with her twin sister That relationship was not a healthy one, she was clearly obsessed with Jacqueline She thought she was the fun sister even though many people said she was the bad sister and Elizabeth the good sister At only eleven years old Jacqueline was into some really unhealthy relationships and shared everything with Elizabeth who knew it was wrong but still didn t tell her parents about what was going on.There are many higher star reviews out there so read a variety and see what you think, or just go in blind, sometimes that s best I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through Edelweiss This novel is set to publish on January 14, 2020This was a Traveling Sister read.


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    How Quickly She Disappears grabbed me at first I felt the remote, lonely, mosquito infested, muddiness of the tiny Alaskan town during WWII Elisabeth, her husband, and her just turning twelve year old daughter are there because her husband s job is teaching the Indian children Else homeschools their precocious daughter and feels a part of the tiny town even though she and her family are the only white people living there Twenty years earlier, Else s twin sister disappeared when they were eleven years old and when Alfred, a temporary pilot delivering mail, lets Else know he can help her find her missing sister, Else becomes obsessed with doing whatever Alfred wants her to do Else s behavior from here on out estranges her from the townsfolk and rips open her already bad marriage Else has so much guilt about her missing sister because she feels that she pushed her sister into whatever actions caused her to go missing We see flashbacks of Else s time with her sister, before she disappeared and neither child seemed likeable to me As an adult, Else is even unlikeable, unrelatable, and irrational than she was as a child Now Alfred has arrived and Else is willing to let Alfred manipulate her in unconscionable ways Alfred is obviously a disturbed man and even if he might know the location of Else s sister, the lengths she goes to bend to his will, to allow him access to herself and her daughter, led me to not care one iota about what happened to Else or her sister The atmosphere of Alaska makes this book and puts in place an eerie, repressive feeling If only the characters could have been stronger in their evilness and manipulations Alfred and sane and rational Else , this book could have gone somewhere for me Instead I just had to watch trainwreck Else ruin her present and future for a past that can t be changed and for a sister that is most likely dead Else is willing to throw her daughter on the fires of her obsession and despite how much I disliked Else s husband, he often had a point when he was berating her for her failings I read this book with the Traveling Sisters and enjoyed our discussions about it Thank you to Berkley Penguin Publishing Group and Edelweiss for this ARC.


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    Impressive debut novel by the author While I certainly was interested in the mystery of the young girl s disappearance I was equally invested in her sister and her quest to find answers It was a haunting and chilling story and the Alaskan setting was a perfect backdrop.Back in the 1920s, Elisabeth s twin sister, Jacqueline, disappeared without a trace Fast forward twenty years later, and Elisabeth is living in Alaska with her husband and young daughter, Margaret They live in a such a sparsely populated area, that the plane delivering mail and other essential items only comes around once a week Alfred Seidel has been sent as a substitute for the usual pilot and he is so exhausted from his deliveries, he ask Elisabeth if she can put him up at her house for one night so he can rest He eventually lets Elisabeth in on his secret, he knows what happened to her sister Jacqueline He s willing to give Elisabeth the answers she has sought for so long but first she must give in to his demands It is not unusual for me to be creeped out when reading a mystery or thriller but this is the first time I can think of when I had that feeling when reading a book that took place in time period from so long ago The combination of the desolate Alaskan setting, the uneasiness of not knowing what Alfred was up to, and feeling like you were experiencing poor Elizabeth s anguish right there with her just really gave me chills I did think the character of Margaret need to be fully developed It s obvious there were some big changes in her life that would explain some of her behavior but I still wish the author would have explored that a bit Overall a good atmospheric read The mystery in the end might not be the most satisfying but it s worth reading just to see the lengths a person would go to in order to get answers to something that has haunted them for years.Thank you to First to Read for the free advance digital copy I was under no obligation to post a review and all views expressed are my honest opinion.


  7. says:

    Sometimes Elizabeth felt completely alone, the last person on a desolate earth Even after twenty years, Elizabeth aka Else still felt in her bones that her identical twin sister Jacqueline was alive Jacqueline had disappeared from their hometown of Lititz, Pennsylvania in 1921 Else constantly dreamed of Jacqueline Come and get me, her sister seemed to say Just keep running In 1941, Elizabeth and John Pfautz lived in Tanacross, Alaska with young daughter, Margaret Tanacross, population 85, was approximately 200 miles from Fairbanks, Alaska John worked for the Office of Indian Affairs and the Pfautz family lived in a government owned house without running water or plumbing Half of the house boasted a school, half was dedicated to living space and included a guest room for use by visiting government employees With no paved roads, mail, groceries, medical supplies and books were delivered weekly by Walter Glaser, bush plane pilot.Substituting for Walter, or so he said, Alfred Seidel explained that he was exhausted from flying both his delivery route as well as Walters Would he be able to spend the night in the guest room John was away on a business trip Else and Margaret were home alone Despite her discomfort, Else agreed Alfred told Else that they were countrymen He felt they were allies because he was from Munich and Else s parents were German Americans War seemed on the horizon.While being questioned by the police for a violent act, Alfred additionally implicated himself in the 1921 disappearance of Jacqueline Metzger Alfred claimed, I was involved in her disappearanceI know things about Jacqueline Did Alfred know who took her or did he kidnap her himself If Else agreed to fulfill three requests, he would give her three gifts he claimed would help her find her twin sister The cat and mouse game was dangerous How far was Else willing to leap to find a connection to Jacqueline How could she trust this disturbing individual How Quickly She Disappears by Raymond Fleischmann is a taut, suspenseful debut novel The tension builds to a surprising conclusion This reader was satisfied, others might feel it begs for a sequel Judge for yourself A totally engrossing read Thank you First to Read Program and Penguin Random House for the opportunity to read and review How Quickly She Disappears.


  8. says:

    4.5 Stars This was my final selection from Penguin s First to Read program Unfortunately it is shutting down this month I ve greatly enjoyed being a part of the program for the past few years I ve found many favorites through them, including this book, HOW QUICKLY SHE DISAPPEARS.A historical suspense novel set in Alaska in the 1940s was too tempting to pass up, and I got pulled into the story right away A tiny, isolated town in the Alaskan Interior was the perfect setting for this eerie story I was very intrigued by Elisabeth s quest to find her missing sister, gone for 20 years, and the lengths she d go to get answers Alfred was a truly creepy character, and I was flipping the pages to find out what he knew The author did a great job building up tension, and I was pleased with the conclusion Haunting, riveting, and enjoyable Disclosure A free copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


  9. says:

    It was How she felt about her sister was very different from how she felt about her mother or her father or, for that matter, how she felt about Mack These people were gone, utterly wiped off the face of the earth, but her sister her sister stared back at her every time she looked into the mirror It wasn t just that she believed Jacqueline was still alive And it wasn t just that she believed they would one day be together again It was something deeper It was because they were sisters, and because they were twins They were split from the same substance They were themselves, and they would be forever Elisabeth Pfautz is living in a small, remote village in the Alaskan wilderness It is 1941, and even though a war has been raging for several years in Europe, the impetus for American involvement, the day that will live in infamy, is still months away Her relationship with her husband has become as frigid and aloof as the landscape that surrounds them He teaches at the public school, and she teaches their daughter Margaret at home Elisabeth is lonely, way lonely than she even realizes, but then if truth be known, she has been alone since 1921 when her twin sister Jacqueline disappeared She may have locked up all that pain and despair that such a loss inspires, but that torment is like a leaking balloon that never completely runs out of air It seeps into her life at unexpected moments She can try and ignore the face in the mirror, but she can t ignore her daughter, who reminds her of her sister and each day A man comes to town, a German, who knows things he shouldn t know He knows things about Jacqueline He is a violent man, unreliable, manipulative, and yet he dangles information like an irresistible lure His letters to her are odd I cannot reveal everything I know about your sister in a single sitting or conversation or letter Why not It s very simple I am desperately alone, and in my own selfish way I want to ensure our correspondence for as long as possible We have to cooperate, Elisabeth All I want is to talk to you, I want to see your writing, to read your words, to feel your presence Selfish, yes, but is that really so awful Elisabeth knows she is being manipulated, but she also knows that he wants something that he is afraid to ask for She cannot leave this be The possibility of finding out the truth about her sister is worth any risk Can she manipulate the manipulator Meanwhile, her daughter is changing very quickly, as girls tend to do during those critical pre teen years as they struggle between childhood and fast approaching adulthood Elisabeth s preoccupation with the decades old mystery has exasperated their relationship Flagging attention Flagging support Flagging love That was what had done it That, and Margaret getting older Each year of raising her had been difficult than the last, and this year wasn t shaping up to be any exception Raising children was strange like that One year, you felt stretched to your limit, but a year after you felt stretched even , realizing only then what an easy life your past self had owned Desperation is changing Elisabeth as well I can only imagine what it would be like to feel so close to lifting a weight that has rested on the mind for so long Whether Jacqueline is alive or dead, the need to know is very much alive I think that comparing this book to The Dry and to The Silence of the Lambs might be misplacing readers expectations This book in many ways is much interesting than either of those two books Raymond Fleischmann does a better job of exploring the psychological nature of his characters The plot of this book has a better twist than either of those other books There is a wonderful building of suspense about the true motivations of this man who seems to have all the puzzle pieces but refuses to give Elisabeth the flesh colored pieces that reveal the faces I was speculating endlessly about the WHY, which led me to the HOW, which led me back to WHY When I did finally discover the truth, I felt this sense of relief wash over me that revealed how much tension I had been feeling from being at the edge of a precipice, waiting for the fog to clear so I could see the bottom of the stone strewn canyon below.The descriptions of the Alaskan wilderness are excellent The glimpses we get into the customs of the Athabaskan tribe certainly add spice to an already evocative landscape The darkness of obsession is exquisitely allowed to creep up on us until her obsession and his obsession become our obsession What would we do to find out the truth What would we do to keep someone trapped in our web I want to thank Berkley and Penguin Random House for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews, visit also have a Facebook blogger page at


  10. says:

    Elisabeth Pfautz is isolated in a small town in Alaska in 1941 She spends her days teaching her young daughter at home and tiptoes around her husband John who is often gone.At night, she s haunted by dreams of her twin sister, Jacqueline, who disappeared twenty years ago Struggling with loneliness and an unhappy marriage, Elisabeth holds on to the belief that her sister is still alive and she ll find her some day.There is a routine to life in a small town and it is upended when a German pilot arrives to deliver the mail and murders a local man The man is Alfred Seidel and he wants to speak to Elisabeth before he ll discuss his crime.Alfred claims he knows what happened to Jacqueline that she is, in fact, alive and well Alfred is admittedly enad with Elisabeth and wants to keep her attention as long as possible but promises he ll lead her to her sister if she ll fulfill three requests.Elisabeth s hope of finding Jacqueline turns to obsession as her neighbors place some blame on her for the death of one of their own When John is offered a teaching position in a less isolated area of Alaska, the family finds themselves closer to the prison where Alfred Seidel is being held.An uneasy game begins between Elisabeth and Alfred as each tries to win the upper hand Elisabeth uses Alfred s obsession with her to her advantage while Alfred uses Elisabeth s obsession with her sister to his.As Elizabeth begins to fulfill Alfred s requests, readers see her willingness to sacrifice everything to learn the truth How far will she go Is this even a game she can win How Quickly She Disappears is a fantastic mystery thriller told in alternating time periods We learn pieces of the puzzle leading up to Jacqueline s disappearance in the past and watch Elisabeth spiral toward the truth in the present.The tension between Elisabeth and Alfred is odd and often palpabale at times The atmosphere and isolation of Alaska play an impressive role The mystery had me completely involved in finding the truth Elisabeth s character arc is dramatic.I m reading a lot of mixed reviews on this debut novel and the trending negative seems to be that Elisabeth goes from a woman devoted to her daughter and attempting to make her marriage work but by the end of the book she seems to have lost herself completely This is actually what I appreciated about the book I love that we meet a woman isolated from the world and see what she focuses on in that isolation while learning about her internal struggles Then we see who she develops into when the possibility of changing her situation occurs.If you enjoy atmospheric thrillers with a game of cat and mouse, this is one worth picking up Thanks to Berkley and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review How Quickly She Disappears is scheduled for release on January 14, 2020.For reviews, visit www.rootsandreads.wordpress.com

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