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3.45  ·  Rating details ·  394 ratings  ·  118 reviews
Gone Girl meets Pretty Little Liars in the first book of this fast-paced psychological thriller series full of delicious twists and turns.

Friendship. Obsession. Deception. Love.

Kalah knows better than to fall for Beth Taylor . . . but that doesn't stop her from falling hard and falling fast, heart first into a sea of complications.

Then Beth vanishes. She skips town on her
ebook, 320 pages
Published May 12th 2015 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Tanja Voosen for me its definitly a cliffhanger! the end was just like...woah, I neeeeeed a sequel! there is so much happening, that you just cant imagine what…morefor me it´s definitly a cliffhanger! the end was just like...woah, I neeeeeed a sequel! there is so much happening, that you just can´t imagine what happens next - you have to read it. So let´s pray for another book :P(less)

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(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

“Being let into Brit and Beth’s circle had been like discovering a portal to Narnia in the back of the closet. Once you know the world is a magical place, you can’t unknow it.”

This was an interesting mystery story, and I’m intrigued to know what really happened.

I liked Kalah in this story, and I felt really sorry for her too at points. Not only was she hiding something
Wendy Darling
3.5 stars That blurb is convoluted, isn't it? But while I think the characterization could be a little more complex, I liked this.

Points for:

-- a protagonist who isn't the standout "smart" or "strong" one in a BFF trio that includes two popular girls, but one who thinks through what's happening and is involved in plausible sleuthing
-- that same protagonist definitely grows throughout the story as well
-- lesbian/gay relationships handled in a matter-of-fact way
-- diverse characters and
Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I got for review from YA Books Central.

3.5 stars.

No one ever tells you the important things about books. Here I am telling you right now: THIS BOOK STARS A BISEXUAL INDIAN GIRL WITH ANXIETY AND OCD. Doesn't that sound enticing? She's also an unreliable narrator. That doesn't really work out too well for me because this is the first entry of a series and unreliable narrators work best in standalone novels, but Vanished is a
Lauren ✨ (YABookers)
I received a free copy via Edelweiss for review purposes

Slowly, Kalah is falling for Beth Taylor. But Beth is bad news. She likes to break hearts. Plus, Kalah has a boyfriend. Then Beth skips town and Kalah can't help but think it's something to do with their secret relationship. Beth's best friend, Britney, doesn't even know why she left. The rumor mill starts going and before you know it Beth's run off to be a movie star in New York, or got in trouble with a mob boss. But one of the rumors
Rhea Dsouza
Dec 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: YA Thriller Lovers
Vanished is a really, really hard book for me to think about without wanting to breakdown and beg for a sequel like, NOW.

When I first started Vanished, I was surprised with the huge amount of information that the blurb already gave out about the book. I felt like most of the story was already laid out for the reader to judge, and I still stand by that. But what I realised as I started to really invest myself into the story was the sheer nothingness that is the synopsis, because it does not even
Good mystery novel, but I don’t appreciate being represented as a cheater who’d jump on a person regardless their gender when I’m in a relationship. Nor do I appreciate being represented as someone who’s willing to murder a girl because she “stole” a friend’s boyfriend.
Books that keep me up until the early hours of the morning because I just can't put them down are generally really good, Vanished is no exception. From the synopsis, I assumed this book was right up my alley, and it didn't disappoint.

Kalah is a great main character. She has her flaws, but I think they were realistic. I liked how her culture, her sexuality and her anxiety are all a part of her without question. (view spoiler)
I liked this! It's really hard to rate (ETA: but I came back and did it anyway) because it's so, so demanding of a sequel (though I do like the ending), but I read the whole thing in one night and was really pleased with several aspects of it. By far, my most pleasant surprise was the bisexuality representation - I hope that ends up being something people talk about a lot with this book even though marketing isn't, really, the same way it sort of "came out" (no pun intended) about Far From You. ...more
I do not read YA mysteries/thrillers very often, but something in Vanished really caught my attention. Maybe it was the pretty awesome cover, the connection made to Pretty Little Liars and Gone Girl or the promise of a diverse characters. Whatever it was, I am happy that I picked it up because Vanished definitely surprised me positively.

Though Kalah loves her best friends Beth and Britt, she does not exactly feel like she fits in. Whereas Beth and Britt are popular in their own right, Kalah
Jan 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, murder, mystery, arc
3.5 stars.

While Vanished wasn't everything that I had hoped for, it was still an enjoyable mystery.

Plot: The day before Beth's 18th birthday, Britney and Beth have an argument which has Britney stomping out of the house in anger. As this is the norm of their relationship, Kalah doesn't think much of it until Beth skips town and Britney commits suicide. Clearly there is something afoot. The mystery is simple, and it was something that I figured out with ease on my own. The premise sets this
rachel ☾
Nov 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
Review copy provided by HarperCollins for an honest review.

I feel like I should have a lot to say about Vanished. I gave it a pretty negative rating, didn't I? Surely that deserves a big, long review detailing why this book wasn't suited to me. But I honestly don't have the much to say about it. It can be summed up like this: bland writing, boring mystery, bothersome protagonist and a bad ending.

Vanished was a long, slow book. There was the potential for some clever twists and turns, but none of
Dec 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
I’m a sucker for thrillers and mysteries, so when I read the summary for this book, I HAD to request it. It sounds absolutely amazing, right? Well, I went into it with high expectations. Sadly, I was disappointed in so many aspects of this book.

First of all, there was way too much lovesick crap going on in the first 30% of this book. Which I expected some based on the summary, but it’s like that’s all the first part of this book was. But I stuck it out cause I was hoping it would pick up, and it
My thanks to Katherine Tegen Books

Point of View: Single (Kalah)
Writing: First Person | Past Tense
Setting: Michigan
Genre: Young Adult | Mystery/Contemporary
Taglines: Keep your friends close...

One thing I love about reading a mystery thriller is that it always keeps me on my toes trying to piece everything together. And that's why I didn't find this book that interesting.

Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
3.5 stars

Vanished came in a package along with a Harper book they’d requested. Often, I’m not interested in the tagalong books, but sometimes you strike gold. I hadn’t requested Vanished or downloaded the egalley, because I had a bad feeling about it. Let’s be real, though: my bad feeling was that the cover reminded me heavily of a cover for a book that wasn’t for me. I almost vainished this book out of my mind. When it showed up, though, I looked it up, saw that it was lgbt, and determined that
Paula  Phillips
Jun 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series captured my attention as the tagline read Pretty Little Liars meets Gone Girl. Now when it comes to Pretty Little Liars, I am on board as I loved the books and enjoyed the TV show. However, whenever I read the words Gone Girl - my mind goes into skeptical mode as out of all of Gillian Flynn's books - Gone Girl was the one I couldn't get into. I just found the whole story unrealistic , slow and frustrating. I just don't understand how it managed to win over a lot of people and win ...more
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
Grade: B+

High school junior Kalah is on the fringes of her best friends, seniors Beth and Brit, who have known each other since childhood. But Brit doesn't know Kalah and Beth are lovers, nor does Kalah's boyfriend Zach. First Beth disappears. Then Brit commits suicide, but her body isn't found. Soon Kalah wonders if things are not as they appear to be.

Reading VANISHED felt like a guilty pleasure. Often campy, I felt like I should be rolling my eyes at the implausibility, but instead I
Apr 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book amazing, every single character was interesting and I have not been sucked into a new literary world in quite some time, I read the first two chapters earlier this week and i finished the rest of the book in one sitting. This story was not only extremely interesting, but the book was SO well written. I could see the characters and their actions so vividly in my mind. What drew me to this book was the bisexual indian protagonist with OCD and anxiety!!!!!! I was so happy with this entire ...more
Jan 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Huge thank you to Harper Collins Canada for this ARC!

Vanished, admittedly wasn't on my radar until I had grabbed a copy of it at this year's OLA Super Conference. It sounded interesting, but I didn't entirely know if it would be something I enjoy. Having finished it, I can say with all certainty, how pleasantly surprised I was by this story.

First off, I need to praise the story itself. The mystery that Cooper takes the reader on completely will mess with your head, and even when you get to the
Oct 15, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2 stars


I read this straight after finishing The Girl on the Train, and man did it pale in comparison. Even if I didn’t read this right after The Girl on the Train, Vanished by E.E. Cooper is still not the best YA Mystery I’ve ever read. The main issues I had were with the characters and the predictability of the mystery. Vanished tells the story of three best friends: one mysteriously disappears or “runs away”, and shortly after, the second best friend commits suicide. The third best
Feb 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-first-reads
I read this book in one day! The mystery and intrigue in this book was plotted just perfectly. The author does an amazing job at drawing the reader in. And let me say, once you are drawn in, it won't let you go until the end! The balancing of the main character's psyche was just absolutely fascinating as she was struggling with what she thinks she knows about the people she loves and the reality of that begins to emerge. Watching her internal struggle with her feelings for Brit contrasted with ...more
Sep 28, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The resolution of the mystery didn't quite work for me and almost countered all the greatness of the bi-racial, bi-sexual (or at least heavily questioning), anxiety- and OCD-ridden protagonist. Seriously, Kalah is awesome and human and she got stuck in a kinda bog-standard thriller plot, poor thing.

This is labeled as Vanished #1, so I'm glad there will be more of Kalah in the future. I just hope she gets a more unique story as time goes on. She deserves it.
Jennifer Goins
Apr 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked it until I got to that ending. What the hell!
Feb 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All I can say is that both my daughters loved the book and have shared it with their friends! Great job E.E. Cooper. I won this great book on GoodReads.
Maureen McCormack
Jan 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Extremely well constructed, and I am terrified for the next book- and of what Kalah might do, as in the end she started to become a bit sinister.
Originally posted on Once Upon a Bookcase.

Trigger Warning: This book features a panic attack, discussion of suicide, and ableist language.

I've really got into mysteries lately, and Vanished by E. E. Cooper sounded awesome. But it was so predictable and a real let down.

Kalah was surprised when popular girls Beth and Britney from the year above invited Kalah into their circle months ago, but the girls have grown close ever since. So close that Kalah is starting to fall for Beth, and the two are
May 06, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, lgbt, mystery, romance, crime, 2018
I'm never sure what to expect when I pick up a $1 book at the Dollar Tree, but this one seemed right up my alley: a YA murder-mystery novel with a lesbian as the main character. When I found typos within the first five pages, I knew it wasn't going to be as interesting as I'd hoped.

The writing style is a mix of strictly dialogue and the main character's internal conflict. It was severely lacking in the descriptives department. In the first chapter we discover the main character is bisexual, of
Joya Goffney
Jan 31, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
I read about 36%, got to a flashback of homegirl (her name escapes me) and Beth. They were camping? I don't know, I started to skim. But then I started flipping and that scene went on for so long, and I just had no interest in reading it all, or anything else of this book, for that matter.

It is simply boring. So boring. I think, because we don't get a good sense of the characters and their normalcy before it all goes up in flames. The first scene was simply done wrong, and had it been done
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So this book started off okay. I pushed through the first few pages because I know a lot of books are boring in the beginning but then once you read more into it, it gets so much more interesting.
Right from the start, I believe it was the 2nd or 3rd chapter, one of the main characters named Beth ends up “disappearing” but her best friend, Britney, and even her parents and a few others believe that Beth only ran away because she’s flaky like that and she doesn’t really have her life together. It
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