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The Disappearance

3.59  ·  Rating Details  ·  799 Ratings  ·  93 Reviews
From the Bram Stoker Award-winning "horror poet laureate" (Stephen King)
When Gary's girlfriend Joan vanishes, calls to her parents' home yield only dead air. Her school records are gone. There is no longer any evidence that she even existed. Most disturbing of all is what Gary does find: a warning and a tantalizing clue, leading to a mysterious backward cult known as the
ebook, 400 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Signet Book (first published 2010)
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Kim Smiley
Sep 16, 2010 Kim Smiley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book! Not the usual Bentley Little writing. What I mean is, no perverted sex, not a lot of blood and killing, you know, his usual! Well, this book is about Gary, his girlfriend Joan, and their friends Reyn, Stacy and Brian.

They all go to the festival of "The Burning Man." On this weekend trip, they are all drugged and wake up to find that Joan has disappeared. From then on, the book is a non-stop quest for these four college students to find out where she is and what happene
Oct 20, 2010 Tressa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, 2010
Bentley Little is way more hit than miss with me, but this one missed big time. The stock characters were not very interesting, nor was the situation they found themselves in. Little's books don't have to have an air of the supernatural to them to be good, but I was expecting it in this book and was sorely disappointed. It's another cult/brainwashing story and it played out exactly as I thought it would. No surprises at all.
Nick Cato
Little's 21st novel explores themes first tackled in his 1989 short story, "Sanctuary," which was featured in his 2002 shorts collection cleverly titled THE COLLECTION. But while "Sanctuary" hit hard with Little's offbeat brand of the macabre, THE DISAPPEARANCE reads like a straight-out mainstream thriller.

A bunch of UCLA students go to the Burning Man festival, located 10 hours away from California in the middle of the desert. Like an alternative Woodstock, new couple Gary and Joan, along with
Suspense Magazine
Oct 07, 2010 Suspense Magazine rated it really liked it
A horror marvel, Little’s words inspire anxiety—a tension so thick you can’t help but be on edge—as he slowly, methodically builds on your fears with each penetrating page.

As Gary and his friends drive across the Arizona desert, they’re just typical college kids taking a break from their schedule and planning a fun-filled weekend at the Burning Man Festival. Unfortunately, what they expect and what they receive are in totally opposite realms. As they wake from what they immediately recognize as
Nov 25, 2010 Alexandra rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I did not enjoy this book at all. I hate to say that, because I really love Bentley Little and usually I enjoy his books immensely. I found that The Dissapearance was unbelievable. Which if you've ever read any of Bentley's books before, you're probably thinking, "Aren't they all?!" It's funny because almost all of his books involve elements of the supernatural. This one didn't. And this book was the most unrealistic of all, in my opinion. Sure, it's possible for a brainwashing cult to come afte ...more
Feb 24, 2015 MARGO rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If you want to know what the book is about, read the synopsis. I stopped doing book reports when I was in grade school. If you want to know what I thought of the book, read on

I was quite disappointed in this book as I have expected it to be more intriging than it was. I caught on pretty quickly to certain aspects so there were very little surprises. I also found it went on way too long. It seemed that the author was just trying to fill up a certain number of pages. Altogether - a big YAWN from m
Mar 27, 2012 Becky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great book ! Very creepy since it could def happen in real life.
Dave Moore
Disappointing is the first word that comes to mind if I'm asked to describe this reading experience. From a great writer of supernatural tales comes a rather pedestrian, formulaic, and completely ordinary thriller cum adventure story populated by one dimensional, shallow characters in highly unbelievable/unlikely circumstances.
If this was a work turned in for a grade, I would make a remark that "with a little more effort and development, you might have a good story here".
The characters are so fl
Jeff O'Brien
Meh. The first half was great and mysterious and suspenseful and had me hooked. But the very first page of part two completely softened any boner I had for this book and from there on out, it dragged and gave me a lackluster ending.

I compare this book to getting drunk and taking a chick home from the bar, only to sober up mid-coitus and realize just how thick your beer goggles were.
Sep 20, 2011 Traci rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
B movie book with a fun but silly plot. Dumb characters who make stupid mistakes. Random circumstances that would never happen. Too long of an ending. Two stars meaning it was okay. Recommended to fans of horror camp.
Pat Wilson
The disappearance

Not his best effort. The story grabbed me, as does most of his work. Yet I found myself drifting away towards the middle as the story seemed to focus on the details of college life a little too much while straying from action or pure horror. Little normally includes supernatural elements in his books. This time, it appears he included little, if any, supernatural elements. This is okay, but he seemed move towards to focusing on college life and how we relate to each other in col
Sep 20, 2015 Mel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've only read about 2 or 3 of Bentley Little's other books. They've been scary. This one was not as scary. Just as chilling as the others though. The story line is different. As opposed to the supernatural... This was based on reality. College student Gary is on the hunt. Pursuing his girlfriend Joan who has been kidnapped by a powerful cult. The "Family" is ruled by a old man they call "Father". He enlists the help of his friends (who were all at the Burning man concert Joan was kidnapped from ...more
Scott Nicholson
May 30, 2011 Scott Nicholson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
good, suspenseful story with believable characters
Mar 15, 2012 Gina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reyn gave a humorless chuckle. "You know how, in movies, characters can't go to the police when a crime occurs because some ludicrous plot twist makes it seem like they're guilty? And so the characters try to solve the crime and end up getting in even deeper sh*t?"
"That's us."
"That's us," Reyn agreed. (pg 69)

I am a big Bentley Little fan. I feel I should state that up front since he seems to have a love/hate following. I fell in love with his dark, satorical humor mixed with horrific supernatura
Jim Gleeson
Danger Spoilers!

This book was one I liked in spite of logistical flaws. My definition of "like" is that I was interested enough to see how it ends.

Gary is a film student who is at a Burning Man festival with his girlfriend Joan and his friends when Joan disappears. The reason for the disappearance is that apparently Gary and his friends had been drugged. Turns out Joan is someone who ran from a group of Luddite Cultists who are out of Texas. Gary spends the duration of the story tracking down hi
William M.
Jun 29, 2011 William M. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Bentley Little seems to be going through a new phase in his career, removing his trademark supernatural element and exploring a more realistic approach to his terror. However, this is not always a good thing because with The Disappearance, he also seems to have lightened up on the scares and originality as well.

There are some suspenseful and effective moments in the book, however, when my suspicions as to where the story was taking me were revealed, it was pretty much what I expected. Little's
Aug 08, 2013 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
The Disappearance by Bentley Little started out a bit slow for me, that or you could say it was too quick. I did not personally like that you were barely introduced to the characters before Joan disappears. Maybe if I was given a little bit more time before it happened I might have enjoyed the start more. Now it did start picking up when things started to happen and they started to learn more about Joan and what exactly happened.

Now I found this book in the Horror section but I have to say tha
A group of UCLA students make the long drive to Nevada to attend the Burning Man celebration. They let loose and enjoy the party atmosphere around them. One morning, Gary, one of the students, awakes feeling drugged, and finds that his girlfriend, Joan, is missing. His friends, Reyn, Stacy and Brian, awaken, all sharing the same drugged feeling.

They search the festival grounds and cannot locate Joan. They all need to get back to campus for class, so they head to the local police station and atte
Jun 10, 2012 Amy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What typically attracts me to the writing of Bentley Little is his flair for the supernatural. For those who are unfamiliar with Little's previous works, The Disappearance may possibly be enjoyable. This was my least favorite of all his work. It is a quick read, not because it is a page turner but because the plot feels rushed. Little's focus seemed to be pop culture with several references to Facebook, MySpace, and even a mention of The Office character Jim Halpert. Although I can appreciate po ...more
Dec 18, 2013 Katie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
I've already reviewed one of Bentley Little's books, so I'm not going to go into as much detail here. This story doesn't quite follow the usual plot of a person/corporation/entity/monster invading a specific person's life with horrific consequences. With this story, a group of friends in college take a weekend road trip, but Joan, the girlfriend of one of the group members, mysteriously vanishes in the middle of the desert. When the rest of the friends get back to campus, they find that her reco ...more
Auden Johnson
I've always been a huge Bentley Little fan but I don't know how I feel about The Disappearance. It was entertaining. At some points, I was so into it I couldn't put it down. But, it was very different from his other books in that there weren't any supernatural elements. Little's previous books also didn't have any boundaries. It was something I always admired about his writing. He usually created some really disturbing images but this one was very tame. For a Horror novel, the story wasn't the l ...more
Mar 29, 2013 Sasha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I know a lot of people say that this book was predictable and all that jazz, which is for the most part completely true, but I absolutely loved this book! Predictable or not, it still gave me that uncomfortable feeling, as all of his books that I've read so far do, which is why I'm a huge fan! It's the eerie ambiance that pulls me in and allows me to be completely immersed in its terror. To me, a good book is so much more than just a mere plot or storyline, more than a few twists and turns. You ...more
Mar 12, 2013 Katie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
I've already reviewed one of Bentley Little's books, so I'm not going to go into as much detail here. This story doesn't quite follow the usual plot of a person/corporation/entity/monster invading a specific person's life with horrific consequences. With this story, a group of friends in college take a weekend road trip, but Joan, the girlfriend of one of the group members, mysteriously vanishes in the middle of the desert. When the rest of the friends get back to campus, they find that her reco ...more
Josephine La
It is Labor Day Weekend, schools out and students are free. 5-college students travel day and night on a road trip to a festival in the desert with an unknown adventure awaiting them. Gary, Joan, Reyn, Stacy, and Brian have the time of their lives in the desert, but fun soon comes to an end when one of them disappears into the darkness of the cold desert night.

How will they save themselves? Who is after them? Why would they want to kidnap a college student? The many question the students contin
Nov 23, 2015 Meghann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
At a festival called the Burning Man Festival, Gary's girlfriend Joan has disappeared while the group got drugged. Investigating the disappearance puts Gary and his friends in danger. They dig around and find the secret to Joan's past and what has become of her.
This book was a lot different than I expected. I hated putting the book down because I wanted to know the outcome. Bentley Little is an author I had never tried to read before but now I cannot wait to pick up another book.
Jay Pal
First of all, I need to start by saying the main characters are college kids with the names Gary and Joan. Gary and Joan? The book was printed in 2010, not 1979, so those names are fucking awful.

Ok, so this book starts out with 4 friends going to Burning Man to get away from UCLA for a little while. They go and have a great time but when they wake up the next morning, Joan is gone! Oh noes!!! They tell the cops who dont care. So they go back to school and find out everything about Joan has been
Apr 23, 2014 A~ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of his better books.
Unusual for him, there was a pretty good explanation as to why what was happening could happen without the police stopping it.
Some of his stories you sort of feel like he wants to tell about the terrible things happening but sort of just pretend that the world would let it happen, "The Store" being a prime example.
This one was great. I take a small bit off for the ending which seemed a bit of a letdown.
Mar 04, 2014 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bentley Little has a real gift of for making page turners and his considerable skilsl are defintely at work here. His stuff is very movie-like only better b/c it goes where movies can't. My only issue with this book is I didn't really get that into the characters/story until at least halfway through. I felt like early on clearly evident things were written out which got in the way of the pace. But the last 100 pages more than make up for this and ultimately its more than satisfying.
Joe Stamber
Feb 12, 2012 Joe Stamber rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, read-2012
The Disappearance in question is that of Joan, a high school girl, during a trip (no pun intended) to a wierd festival. Her boyfriend, Gary, and his friends realise that they know little about her. The police don't seem very interested, and the teenagers take it on themselves to investigate. The further they dig, the more of an enigma Joan becomes.

Bentley Little gives the reader nothing new here. The Disappearance is okay, but it's an on the rails storyline that features a little bit of mystery
The Disappearance follows the story of 5 friends from UCLA who attend the "Burning Man Festival," get drugged and one of them disappears. When the others wake up and realize Joan is gone, a search begins in and around the campground. When they can't find her, they go to the police, but apparently disappearing kids happen each year at this festival, so not much is done. Once they're all back at UCLA, strange things begin to happen.

Turns out Joan was raised in a cult called the Homesteaders, part
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Bentley Little is an American author of numerous horror novels. He was discovered by Dean Koontz.

Little was born one month after his mother attended the world premiere of Psycho. He published his first novel, The Revelation, with St. Martin's Press in 1990. After reading it, Stephen King became a vocal fan of Little's work, and Little won the Bram Stoker Award for "Best First Novel" in 1990. He mo
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