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It’s been a year since Billie Flanagan—a beautiful, charismatic Berkeley mom with an enviable life—went on a solo hike in Desolation Wilderness and vanished from the trail. No body—only a hiking boot—has ever been found. Billie’s husband and teenage daughter cope with her death the best they can: Jonathan drinks, Olive grows remote.

But then Olive starts having waking dream
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Hardcover, 358 pages
Published July 11th 2017 by Spiegel & Grau
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Rhinnan She’d gone surfing with Ryan a few times. I’m assuming that’s where they surfed. I couldn’t stand Billie. Selfish, self-centered. Definitely a…moreShe’d gone surfing with Ryan a few times. I’m assuming that’s where they surfed. I couldn’t stand Billie. Selfish, self-centered. Definitely a narcissist, and I would also argue, a psychopath.(less)
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James
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 out of 5 stars to Watch Me Disappear, a new mystery and suspense thriller, set to be published on July 11, 2017 and written by Janelle Brown. Many thanks to the author, NetGalley, Random House and Spiegel & Grau for this Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Why This Book
I saw this book floating around on Goodreads, which prompted me to read the description. I checked NetGalley to see if it was available and was awarded the request back in April. I had a f
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Deanna
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Billie Flanagan was a beautiful woman with the kind of life many wanted. She seemed to have it all. But everything changes one day when she goes for a hike and disappears. One of her hiking boots is found, but there's no sign of Billie anywhere.

As the book opens Billie, Jonathan, and Olive are relaxing on the beach after a picnic lunch.
Billie and Jonathan have been married for 16 years. They are watching their daughter, fif
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Linda
Apr 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Once you lose your grip, you just seem to slip away.

And this one seemed to drop into a deep abyss for me.

Watch Me Disappear is the story of Billie Flanagan, wife and mother, who takes off unexpectantly on a backpacking trip on the Pacific Crest Trail in the Desolation Wilderness. Billie is hiking solo and hasn't given her family much of a heads-up. No explanation. No itinerary. No discussion. Full stop.

Jonathan, her husband, has been caught up in the weight of his job commitments and has hardly
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Liz
Jun 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I had trouble connecting with the characters in this book. A woman goes on a solo hike on the Pacific Crest Trail and never comes home. Only her boot is found. Her husband and 16 year old daughter are left to cope as best they can. A year passes. The daughter begins “seeing” her mother in some sort of hallucination/waking dream. The husband begins to discover his wife was telling him lies. No one seems to know who the “real” Billie Flanagan was. The whole premise of the book is how much do we re ...more
Matt
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Janelle Brown, Random House Publishing Group and Spiegel & Grau for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.

Turning to a new author, I wanted to see what Janelle Brown had to offer in this interesting story that explores the family unit and its dynamic when a significant piece is missing. After Sybilla 'Billie' Flanagan goes missing during a solo hike, her immediate family is left
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Elyse Walters
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Library Audiobook narrated by Kaleo Griffith and Tavia Gilbert.
It took me almost 3 weeks to finish this library overdrive audiobook.
No red marks for being late, the book simply ‘ disappears’.

Whew, finished in the nick of time. ....
3 WEEEKS to get the PUNCH LINE was a LONG WAIT! lol
To be fair ——this was a part-time book choice. I listened to the story a little here - and little there - a few walks here - a few walks there—out in the garden- etc.
I enjoyed it though. Every time I picked up my ‘
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Jennifer
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017-books, suspense
I can often judge how much I'm enjoying a book by how long it takes me to finish it -- and this one seemed to take an eternity.

One the surface it seems like the type of book that I'd enjoy -- a beautiful, active Berkely, CA mom goes out for a hike and never returns. Nothing but a hiking boot is found. She's presumed dead and her husband and teenaged daughter are left to grieve, and to ponder how much they really knew their wife/mother.

This is much more of a character study than a who-dunnit. Th
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Carol (Bookaria)
This book will have you turning the pages seeking for answers and, do not worry, the answers will come.

It's being a year since Billie - the mother of Olive and wife of Jonathan Flanagan- disappeared without leaving a trace while hiking by herself in the Desolation Wilderness. All that was found of her was a hiking boot and this event left daughter and father reeling from her loss. After almost a year, they need to have her death certificate issued by the Court to get on with their lives but at t
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Monnie
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
More than anything else, I think, this is a character study; what I know is that it was riveting to watch the threads that hold together three close-knit characters - a father, a mother and a teenage daughter - begin to twist, unravel and, depending on what you read into it, come together again.

The story begins about a year after the disappearance of Billie Flanagan, who went for a solo hike in a California wilderness area and never came back. She left behind a loving, trusting husband, Jonathan
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Debra
Apr 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Billie Flanagan decided to go hiking alone and it has been almost a year since she has disappeared. Her body was never found. The only thing which remained was her hiking book. There appears to have been no foul play - she just disappeared leaving her husband and daughter to mourn her loss.

Almost a year after his wife's disappearance, Jonathon is struggling financially and has decided to write about his wife's disappearance and life without her. He is in the process of having his wife declared l
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Kawther (TheVillainLibrary)
The story is about a family dealing with the disappearance of the mother " Billie", she had a wild eventful past and everyone loves her and worships her, but one day she goes hiking and never comes back, which leaves her husband and daughter trying to make peace with what happened, did she die and they have to move on? or, did she disappear and they need to find her?

✿. ✿. ✿. ✿. ✿. ✿. ✿

This book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley


Thoughts:

❃ I loved the writing in this book, It's beaut
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Carrie
Jun 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
A year after Billie disappeared Jonathon and his daughter Olive are still reeling from her loss and trying to find a way for them to move forward with their lives. Billie had gone hiking by herself and never returned and after more than a week of searching the authorities called off the search finding evidence that suggested Billie may have died in those woods.

Now Olive is having visions of her mother and thinks that she just might be still alive out there and waiting for her family to find her
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☮Karen
Publish date is TODAY, July 11, 2017. The publisher has sent me a link to the book trailer so sharing; my review remains the same as before otherwise. :)
https://youtu.be/-mWcNxKWkZ4

I fell in love with this book during the Prologue when the family of three visits a preserve for monarch butterflies during the start of the monarch migration to the eucalyptus trees of Northern California. I knew the family was one that would grab my interest and hold it. This was a lovely family moment, but one of t
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Trin
Feb 07, 2017 rated it did not like it
So boring. A book constructed almost entirely out of red herrings -- everything that looks like it might be used as a potentially interesting plot thread fizzles out to nothing by the end. And then, the actual ending... You know the scene at the conclusion of Psycho in which Norman Bates' character and motivation is explained to the audience in case any of them are particularly slow? Or the scene at the end of the film version of L.A. Confidential where the entire plot is re-articulated, as the ...more
RoseMary Achey
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Yes, there are twist and turns, but this book moves at a glacier pace. It felt like a puzzle made up of pieces that did not fit. A teenage daughter and husband try to put their lives back together when their mother/wife never returns from a hiking trip. There are lots of dead ends that were not particularly well developed.
Kathi Defranc
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this story! The characters are interesting and complex, with a great storyline and things happening to all characters that kept me reading. A woman is missing,presumed dead , although no body has been found. The story involves her husband,daughter and friends as they try to continue life without her. The stories told and things found on her computer surprise her husband. while her daughter starts to 'see' her in little hallucinations,making the daughter,Olive, start to believe t ...more
Jaksen
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
Well I totally changed my mind on this one!

I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway and so glad I did. I admit, after reading about 20+ pages, I was thinking ho-hum, kind of dull, sort of slow, the characters aren't holding my attention and then...

Everything changed. The writing, quite good, so good I barely noticed it, which is what I like in a book. The writing just rolls and everything sounds, feels, reads perfect. The characters, each distinct, a unique person with their own personality
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Marjorie
May 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Billie Flanagan is the mother of teenager Olive and the wife of Jonathan. She’s a bit on the rebellious side and despite warnings of hiking alone, she sets off for Desolation Wilderness and doesn’t return nor has her body been found. A year after her mother’s disappearance, Olive begins to have visions of her mother asking that Olive find her which convinces Olive that her mother is still alive. Jonathan is trying to have Billie officially declared dead so he can access insurance money that the ...more
Lorrea - WhatChaReadin'?
Billie Flanagan is an exciting woman. She lives for the moment. On the other hand, her husband, Jonathan, and her daughter, Olive, are a little more reserved. When Billie goes missing after a hike in Desolation Wilderness, her family is sure she is dead, but when Olive starts to have visions of her mother, she is unsure. Together, Jonathan and Olive embark on a quest to find Billie, and in the process discover secrets she kept and a bit about themselves as well.

Thank you to NetGalley, Spiegel &
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Lisa
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-star-reviews, 2017
WATCH ME DISAPPEAR
Janelle Brown


MY RATING ⭐⭐⭐⭐▫
PUBLISHER Spiegel & Grau
PUBLISHED July 11, 2017

A compelling tale of a Berkeley mom who mysteriously disappears, and her young daughter’s quest to find her.


SUMMARY
Billie Flannigan vanished on a solo hike in California’s Desolation Wilderness a year ago. Her husband, Jonathan and daughter, Olive, are still reeling from her disappearance. Had she been abducted, or murdered, or had she accidentally fallen into the ravine? The police had searched for
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Dianne
She was a trickster, a chameleon, a con artist of the heart. Did anyone ever really know Billie? Now presumed dead, Billie has left behind a grieving husband and child, each caught up in their own personal Hell, neither able to quite break through the walls to support each other in their greatest time of need.

Olive lived with the survivor’s guilt of being a normal teen, left midway in her quest to be an independent person by a mother whom she never felt she quite lived up to and now she is havin
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Petra
Apr 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, netgalley
A year ago, Billie Flanagan set out hiking on her own in a remote part of California. She never returned home. Her body hasn't been found. Her husband Jonathan and their teenage daughter, Olive, are struggling emotionally as well as financially. Jonathan has been trying to write a memoir of his life with Billie, while Olive is clinging to the hope that her mother is still alive, more so since she's been having "visions" of her. Being able to declare Billie legally dead would aid them financially ...more
j e w e l s
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-bejeweled
See all my twisted reviews at https://booksbejeweled.com

Janelle Brown, the author of Watch Me Disappear, says in her Goodreads author profile that her books "tend to be page-turners with dysfunctional family relationships at their hearts." I couldn't have said that better myself. Throw in a compelling mystery and this book exceeds that description.

Watch Me Disappear tugged at my own heart from the beginning with a beautifully described scene of a family of three --lying on their backs watching
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Bam
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sybilla (Billie) Flanagan disappeared a year ago while hiking the Pacific Crest Trail alone. Her body has never been found but her husband Jonathan is going through the legal process to have her declared dead so that he and his daughter can get the life insurance money and move on. To make money in the meantime, he has accepted a publishing contract to write a book about their love story entitled, "Where the Mountain Meets the Sky: My Life with Billie Flanagan."

His sixteen-year-old daughter Oliv
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Michelle
Jul 03, 2018 rated it liked it
It took me some time and a few restarts to get into this book but then it gained momentum. Although Watch Me Disappear had a decent plot it read more like a domestic drama than it did a mystery. This left me a little disappointed in that I was able to figure out what happened to Billie long before the ending. I also don't see where Olive's sexual orientation contributes anything of value to the plot. It seems as if it was added as an afterthought not necessarily to propel the plot along.
JuJu (Julie)
Jan 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: wom-read-2019
I was ready to give this book a 3 ⭐ rating, but the many twists and surprises in the second half bumped it up at 3.5!

The first part of the book dragged on a little, but numerous different twists built up the suspense and kept me intrigued and wanting to get to the end.

This was an audiobook I listened to on a road trip, but I think it would have been more enjoyable as a read.

**Unless it’s an ARC, my reviews are short and sweet (hopefully)**
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Booksandchinooks (Laurie)
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It kept me interested from beginning to end. Billie Flanagan has been dead for nearly a year. As the anniversary of her death approaches, her daughter Olive starts having visions of her mother asking Olive to look for her. Billie died while hiking alone and her body was never found. Jonathan, Billie's husband, is writing a memoir of their life together. Jonathan had always found his wife mysterious and beguiling and was very much in awe of her and he is still having trouble mo ...more
Tina
I won this book through the Goodreads giveaway. I loved the premise of the story. A mother/wife (Billie) goes missing while hiking in the California forest. She is presumed dead and one year later her husband Jonathan and daughter Olive are still dealing with her death. Olive begins seeing, "visions" of her mother and starts to believe she is still alive. Jonathan is trying to move forward with his life and declare Billie legally dead. He starts to find out things about her he did not know befor ...more
Gail O'Connor
Apr 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was mesmerized by this book and was so amazed with the entire story. The characters were so complex and unforgettable. Totally engrossing. Can't wait to read her other books.
Sandy MMG
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Firstly Id like to say that before reading the plot, this book had my attention because of its cover, I thought it was beautiful and fitted with the title. Now that I read it, I loved the fact that it explored many sides, not only focusing on the mystery but also on relationships between friends, parents, coming of age, the nostalgia of getting old among others, which makes it a very rich book. Its been one of my favorites of 2018 (I know it was released last year, but I could only have it in my ...more
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