• Vanishing Falls

  • A Novel
  • By: Poppy Gee
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (80 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

One of CrimeReads Most Anticipated Books of the Year!

"This literary thriller paints as vivid a landscape as any book coming out this summer...Gee creates a lush, tantalizing world that readers will want to travel into deeper and deeper." (CrimeReads)

Celia Lily is rich, beautiful, and admired. She’s also missing. And the search for the glamorous socialite is about to expose all the dark, dirty secrets of Vanishing Falls…

Deep within the lush Tasmanian rainforest is the remote town of Vanishing Falls, a place with a storied past. The town’s showpiece, built in the 1800s, is its Calendar House - currently occupied by Jack Lily, a prominent art collector and landowner; his wife, Celia; and their four daughters. The elaborate, eccentrically designed mansion houses one masterpiece and 52 rooms - and Celia Lily isn’t in any of them. She has vanished without a trace.…

Joelle Smithton knows that a few folks in Vanishing Falls believe that she’s simple-minded. It’s true that Joelle’s brain works a little differently - a legacy of shocking childhood trauma. But Joelle sees far more than most people realize, and remembers details that others cast away. For instance, she knows that Celia’s husband, Jack, has connections to unsavory local characters whom he’s desperate to keep hidden. He’s not the only one in town with something to conceal. Even Joelle’s own husband, Brian, a butcher, is acting suspiciously. While the police flounder, unable to find Celia, Joelle is gradually parsing the truth from the gossip she hears and from the simple gestures and statements that can unwittingly reveal so much.

Just as the water from the falls disappears into the ground, gushing away through subterranean creeks, the secrets in Vanishing Falls are pulsing through the town, about to converge. And when they do, Joelle must summon the courage to reveal what really happened to Celia, even if it means exposing her own past…

©2020 Poppy Gee (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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Good story, good narration

The story starts out a bit slowly, but does pick up and does make you want to keep reading/listening to see where the story goes. Caroline Lee does a good job with the narration, changing inflection slightly from character to character, so you have a better idea who’s speaking. I would recommend this book if you like fiction/mystery.

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A really good listen

The narration was good. A reall great mystery that keeps you guessing until almost the end. Enjoy!

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Good read, semi confusing at the start

The story moved along and the characters were believable. Plot was predictable. Narrator Caroline Lee is perfection as always.

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Suspenseful !

Story is good and plenty going on, but easy to follow due to the great narration!!

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OK Story

Didn't enjoy all the animal deaths. Seemed a bit excessive. But just my opinion.