The Disappearances

Emily Murphy
NZD $18.99

How do you know what you are missing if you can't remember having it? A novel of love, loss and finding life

'When just the right things come together, there is always a bit of magic. And when just the wrong combination of things do, there is tragedy.'

When Aila and her brother are sent to stay with her deceased mother's oldest friend they think they are going to find refuge. What they find instead is a town beset by a curse, and a population sure that their mother has something to do with it.

Every seven years something goes missing in this town: the stars, reflections, the ability to dream, the sound of music... And it is the eve of another 'disappearance'. As Aila struggles to find out what is happening, she finds that the truth is the answer to the town's woes, and facing that is where the future lies.

Set in the midst of a teenaged girl's mourning over the recent loss of her mother, The Disappearances is a mystery made up of literary clues, a mother's buried secrets, and a seven-year curse. Most of all, it is a story about finding beauty, hope, and magic in the world after losing someone to death - the most formidable Disappearance of all.

Author bio:

Emily Bain Murphy grew up in Indiana, Hong Kong, and Tokyo. She loves books, macarons, Japanese karaoke and exploring new cities, and is a long-time volunteer with Love146, a non-profit that fights child trafficking. Murphy currently lives in San Francisco with her family, where you can find her working on her second YA novel - somewhere between the bakery and the beach.

Category: Fantasy
ISBN: 9781782691495
Publisher: Faber Factory
Imprint: Pushkin Children's
Pub Date: September 2017
Page Extent: 400
Format: Paperback
Age: 0 - 0
Subject: Fantasy