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How Quickly She Disappears
The Dry meets The 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....
My proposition is very simple: I am going to ask you for three gifts, and for each gift you deliver, I will take you one step closer to Jacqueline.
It's been 20 years since Elisabeth’s twin sister, Jacqueline, disappeared without a trace. Now 30-year-old Elisabeth is living far from home in a small Alaskan town. She's in a loveless marriage and has a precocious young daughter she loves more than anything but who reminds her too much of her long-missing sister.
But then Alfred, a dangerous stranger with a plan of his own, arrives in town and commits an inexplicable act of violence. And he offers a startling revelation: He knows exactly what happened to Elisabeth's sister, but he'll reveal this truth only if she fulfills his three requests.
Increasingly isolated from her neighbors and imprisoned by the bitter cold and her own obsession, Elisabeth can almost hear her sister's voice saying, Come and find me. And so she will, even if it means putting herself - and her family - in danger.
“Raymond Fleischmann has blessed us with the rarest of gifts, a novel paced like a thriller but written with the aching grace of literary fiction. A gorgeously dark, harrowing debut.”(Riley Sager, New York Times best-selling author of Lock Every Door)
“A masterful psychological thriller that, like the best of the genre, rests squarely on richly developed characters with complicated, sometimes malignant, motivations. It asks a deceptively simple question: what lines would we cross, what sacrifices would we make, to save the ones we love? The answers are as troubling as they are honest, yet this is also a story of forgiveness, hope, and deep empathy. What a wonderful debut, from a gifted new writer." (Heather Young, author of the Edgar Award finalist The Lost Girls)
"Raymond Fleischmann has crafted a novel of the highest suspense. When you read How Quickly They Disappear, you'll mourn how quickly the pages go by until you're left at the end with your heart in your throat. This fast-paced book took hold of me from the start and wouldn't let go." (Lee Martin, author of the Pulitzer Prize Finalist The Bright Forever)