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Disappearing Earth-Book Review

Disappearing Earth-Book Review

Book: Disappearing Earth

Author: Julia Phillips

Rating: 3/5

Genre: Mystery


One August afternoon, on the shoreline of the north-eastern edge of Russia, two sisters are abducted. In the ensuing weeks, then months, the police investigation turns up nothing. Echoes of the disappearance reverberate across a tightly woven community, with the fear and loss felt most deeply among its women.

Set on the remote Siberian peninsula of Kamchatka, Disappearing Earth draws us into the world of an astonishing cast of characters, all connected by an unfathomable crime. We are transported to vistas of rugged beauty – densely wooded forests, open expanses of tundra, soaring volcanoes and the glassy seas that border Japan and Alaska – and into a region as complex as it is alluring, where social and ethnic tensions have long simmered, and where outsiders are often the first to be accused.

In a story as propulsive as it is emotionally engaging, and through a young writer's virtuosic feat of empathy and imagination, this powerful novel provides a new understanding of the intricate bonds of family and community, in a Russia unlike any we have seen before.

Beautifully written, thought-provoking, intense and cleverly wrought, this is the most extraordinary first novel from a mesmerising new talent


The chapters are small and are chronological so it’s easier to read and get through.

But there are new characters in every chapter, which is hard to remember and follow through!

And the author does not put any light on how all these zillion characters are connected.

Every chapter is like a subplot in itself and you always feel the missing connection while you read on.

About 40% in the book I found the first link!
And the next one at 90%!

Not a big fan of too many sub plots and a TOO many characters with no link!
And not a fan of open ended books as well! Especially in mystery genre

“Everyone looked better at a distance. Everyone sounded sweetest when you did not have to hear them talk too long.”

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