Review: How To Disappear by Ann Redisch Stampler

Posted May 28, 2016 by girlswit in Review, Uncategorized / 0 Comments

Release Date: June 14th, 2016


This electric cross-country thriller follows the game of cat and mouse between a girl on the run from a murder she witnessed—or committed?—and the boy who’s sent to kill her.

Nicolette Holland is the girl everyone likes. Up for adventure. Loyal to a fault. And she’s pretty sure she can get away with anything…until a young woman is brutally murdered in the woods near Nicolette’s house. Which is why she has to disappear.

Jack Manx has always been the stand-up guy with the killer last name. But straight A’s and athletic trophies can’t make people forget that his father was a hit man and his brother is doing time for armed assault. Just when Jack is about to graduate from his Las Vegas high school and head east for college, his brother pulls him into the family business with inescapable instructions: find this ruthless Nicolette Holland and get rid of her. Or else Jack and everyone he loves will pay the price.

As Nicolette and Jack race to outsmart each other, tensions—and attractions—run high. Told in alternating voices, this tightly plotted mystery and tense love story challenges our assumptions about right and wrong, guilt and innocence, truth and lies.

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Lisa’s Review:  I received an advanced reading copy from the publisher/author in exchange for a review.  

Nicolette has had some difficulties in her life and has made some choices she has consequences she has to face. Some consequences are too much though. Jack is struggling to separate himself from his family’s name.  Their paths get forced together and each of them are hiding their true selves. Throughout it all, each of them are tested.
I enjoyed this book. Both Nicolette and Jack are relatable characters who were easy to connect with. The two of them really balanced each other out. 
I could understand why Nicolette took off in the beginning and felt she had to hide out. I also understood why Jack agreed to do what Don told him to. When more information came out about what really happened that led Nicolette to take off I was stunned. Didn’t see it coming. Just like the last few pages, didn’t see that either. Nicolette is definitely a smart badass.  
The pacing was good. I really enjoyed having both, Nicolette and Jack’s perspectives. Each of their perspectives had a distinct tone which related to each character.

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