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The Vanishing of Audrey Wilde

3.9  ·  Rating details ·  3,153 Ratings  ·  587 Reviews
Four sisters. One summer. A lifetime of secrets.

When fifteen-year-old Margot and her three sisters arrive at Applecote Manor in June 1959, they expect a quiet English country summer. Instead, they find their aunt and uncle still reeling from the disappearance of their daughter, Audrey, five years before. As the sisters become divided by new tensions when two handsome neigh
Kindle Edition, 324 pages
Published July 13th 2017 by Penguin
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A.K. White Yes, it is confusing! Four girls on the front cover would make more sense. I think a picture of an old house would have been better.
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Diane S ☔
3.5 Sometimes it's all n the atmosphere , and this gothic tale has atmosphere in spades. Dual story lines, separated by fifty years, connected by a missing you girls named Audrey, and of course an old house called Applecote Manor. The story's opening packs a big punch but then slows down considerably, doesn't pick back up again until almost halfway.

Sisters and secrets, four sisters who will spend the summer at the Manor, after their cousin goes missing, will have a summer that goes terribly awry
Holly  B
I truly wanted to love this one more! An atmospheric, character driven, gothic novel set in an aging house in England's countryside. The story weaves past with present as it follows the mystery of Applecote Manor. It is beautifully written in a lyrical way.

What happened 50 years ago at Applecote Manor? What secrets does it hold?

Present day-The new owner Jessie loves their new home for its historic appeal. Her husband Will thinks its a money pit and needs too many repairs. Jessie's teen-age ste
Dash fan
3☆ Slower Paced Mystery

The Vanishing of Audrey Wilde is a story of Mystery, intrigue, Family Drama, Gothic & Atmospheric that mixes past and present.

Unfortunately I found that the blurb and start of this book had so much promise it packed a real impression.
Then as the story progressed I found myself getting slightly confused and it just didn't grab my attention.

I found the story seemed to lack the same intrigue and mystery the whole way through.
It was beautifully written and Eve created bea
Dash fan
Dec 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3☆ Slower Paced Mystery

The Vanishing of Audrey Wilde is a story of Mystery, intrigue, Family Drama, Gothic & Atmospheric that mixes past and present.

Unfortunately I found that the blurb and start of this book had so much promise it packed a real impression.
Then as the story progressed I found myself getting slightly confused and it just didn't grab my attention.

I found the story seemed to lack the same intrigue and mystery the whole way through.
It was beautifully written and Eve created bea
I very much enjoyed Eve Chase's previous novel, Black Rabbit Hall , so I was looking forward the author's next book. Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy this one nearly as much.

This story opens with a bang! And then slows down greatly. I had a very difficult time engaging in the story until about the halfway mark when things started to pick up.

I believe the dual time narration (one of my favorites!) didn't work for this book. The past story was much more engaging and relevant and interesting than the
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I would say that this book was just okay for me. I decided to read this book because the premise sounded really interesting. The story opened with a bang and I was pretty sure that I had made a great decision in picking up this book. After just a few pages, things slowed down. All the way down. I found myself setting the book aside to clean and I hate cleaning. About a third of the way into the book, I seriously considered adding it
leslie hamod
Good read. Easy to follow, great story line but it did not grab me. I had to grab it. Once we were of the same mind I did enjoy it. Characters keep you guessing, although a little tiring. I would recommend it, although, honestly, I may not read it again......
Karen Kay
I received this ARC from in exchange for a review.

Summer of 1959, the Wilde sisters are sent to their aunt and uncle's house Applecote Manor, where their cousin Audrey mysteriously disappeared a few years ago.

Current day, Jesse and her blended family buy Applecote and become haunted by the strange rumors that surround the manor.

Just a so-so read. Not bad, not great.

3.25 stars

Shirley Revill
I listened to the audiobook of this story and the narration was superb.
Very well written story but would have liked to have seen a stronger plot hence the three stars.
To think I only recently started to listen to audiobooks and now I listen most days.
I spend an awful lot of time laid down due to a back injury and I can see their must be a huge market for this medium.
Really helped to pass the time and an intriguing story. Will be on the lookout for more from this author.
Oct 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zwei Familien, ein Herrenhaus, ein verschwundenes Mädchen – allein diese Prämisse lässt meine Ohren spitzen und machte mich unglaublich neugierig auf „Die Schwestern von Applecote Manor“. Dazu kommt, dass ich von der Autorin vor einiger Zeit bereits ihren Debütroman, „Black Rabbit Hall“, gelesen habe, der im Prinzip nichts anderes verhieß, denn auch hier stehen zwei Familien im Fokus, die – in unterschiedlichen Zeitabschnitten natürlich – ein herrschaftliches Haus bewohnten und ihre Geheimnisse ...more
Lolly K Dandeneau
via my blog:
“You have a splinter of ice in your heart, Pam.”
“And you, my strange little sister…” she holds the paperweight up to the light and turns it so slowly that the cobalt swirl of colored glass in its center seems to move, like a girl twisting, dancing in a blue dress. “You have a ghost in yours.”

In 1959, while their unconventional mother takes the opportunity to work in Morocco, a much welcomed break from single parenting, the Wildling Girls ( Isla
Annie ~ The Misstery

The Vanishing of Audrey Wilde was a lovely historical mystery book that I knew I’d like as soon as I read its synopsis. You know I can’t resist a good gothic mystery set in a big house and Applecote Manor gave me exactly that. A disappearance, some creepy scenes and a secret kept during fifty years.

Jessie, her husband, her teenage stepdaughter and their little daughter move to Applecote Manor after several years in London. While we learn about their lives, we also travel back to 1959 when th
A fifty-year-old mystery haunts a young family after they move into an eerie manor located in the English countryside.

2.5 stars - Creepy gothic elements, but an anticlimactic mystery that gets too dragged out.
Tracy (The Pages In-Between)
Much Thanks to Netgalley and Penguin/Putnam for allowing me to read and review this book. Here is my honest opinion.

First off, let me say the Dual Time Line, past and present, is such a hard writing style to pull off. If not written correctly you can lose your readers interest, and make it very difficult to follow. Wish this book, The Author, Eve Chase did a remarkable job pulling it off.

Next I want to say, the opening pages, are enticing, and they really grab your attention, and they are rather
Jul 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaway
Thank you to Penguin First to Read for the opportunity to read this book in advance.

I wasn't wow-ed by this book, that is, I wasn't overwhelmed, but I wasn't underwhelmed, and so I think a fair rating from me is a solid 3.5 stars.

The premise of this story is very interesting, though not wildly original. The past intersects and collides with the present on a spooky, old English estate in the countryside, in a way that isn't cookie-cutter like The Lost Letter where every peg fits perfectly into i
Jul 22, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Wildling Sisters has the components necessary for an interesting novel; however, for me it was only average. The setting, Applecote Manor, is a large home in the Cotswolds. In 1959, four sisters from London arrive to stay with their paternal uncle and his wife for the summer. Their cousin, Audrey, the couple's only child, vanished five years earlier at the age of 12. Fifty years later, a London couple with two children, buy it despite its need for a massive renovation. The earlier story far ...more
Mar 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
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If this is all that will ever happen, it is enough.

Flora, Pam, Margot, Dot
Sibyl and Ma
Jessie, Bella, Romy

Applecote Manor--and Audrey

Because this is English and jumps periods between 1959 and about 2009, it's a nice escapist piece. Otherwise it's good fluff, like a Lifetime movie might be. But I enjoyed it. It was a good airplane read.

(I named my batteries on the "Brand Jordan" job after the sisters and my colleague said: Dot did it! Which might or might not be true.)
Matthew Galloway
The author had a beautiful turn of phrase for sure. This made me love the historical sections of the book. It added to the sense of place, the wonder, and the mystery. However, as the modern day story line didn't engage me in the slightest -- it felt rather melodramatic and angsty -- it sort of amplified my dislike of those sections. I honestly never felt like the modern story arc added to the novel much at all. I can certainly see the parallels that were being made and all that... But I still t ...more
May 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
This was a NetGalley read, a real treat to read a pre-release by Eve Chase, as I loved her Black Rabbit Hall. This was another past meets present novel; a nice summer read with well-crafted characters. I particularly liked Jess, the present day protagonist, and found her to be patient and kind, which was a much appreciated pleasant surprise.
Tiffany Anne
This is a very atmospheric story. It has a wonderful gothic feel, and although there is a mystery surrounding the plot, there’s a stronger focus on family. The mystery was the weakest aspect but the two families stories were touching, well written & melancholic.
Oct 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
This was okay. It was a good story but nothing about it made me anxious to pick it back up. I felt somewhat like I had to force myself to keep going.
Apr 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3,5 stars.
Anna Björklund
Hade kanske lite för höga förväntningar på den här.. den känns inte så mystisk och spännande som jag hoppades på. Välskriven men lite rörig.
Intriguing dual storylines. The best part for me was the author’s descriptive sensory-engaging prose: “But the orchard welcomes her with a cheery clack of jackdaws, the buzz of waspy plums.”
Amy Boucher Pye
Sep 10, 2017 rated it liked it
The story of four sisters in the fifties and one hot summer in the English countryside, alternating with the story of a modern-day family who move to the same house. The book revolves around the missing girl from the fifties and her young cousin who looks just like her. It's a coming of age narrative with a loss of innocence as the sisters grow apart and come back together again in crisis. The modern story revolves around a new marriage after the first wife died and in particular the distraught ...more
Melissa Sav
Jan 09, 2018 rated it liked it
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Sep 15, 2017 rated it liked it
I loved Chase's debut novel Black Rabbit Hall, and as such had high hopes for this book. The story certainly starts off with a bang, its 1959 and we are met with four sisters dragging a dead body across a lawn in the early hours of morning, bound together by something terrible. What has led to this awful moment? As a reader, I was instantly hooked.

After this we move to the present time, albeit find ourselves at the same house, Applecote Manor, where Jess is determined to create a new idyllic lif
Sandra Danby
Mar 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A tale of sisters, secrets and the teenage years of confusion and temptations on the brink of adulthood. ‘The Vanishing of Audrey Wilde’ by Eve Chase is about two groups of sisters, unrelated, who live decades apart in the Cotswold house of Applecote Manor. Overhanging everything is the mysterious disappearance of a twelve-year-old girl, Audrey Wilde, from the same house in the Fifties.
Jessie and Will move to Applecote Manor, a rundown doer-upper, with their toddler Romy and Will’s teenage daugh
Jun 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
* I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

I struggled with this book. I was really excited by the blurb and couldn't wait to read it.

The prologue was amazing, it set up exactly the story i thought it was going to be. Full of intrigue, mystery and excitement. However, the story slowed down considerably after this and I really struggled to get through the first five chapters. It did start to pick up around half way through but I'm not sure
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Looking for something similar to this great novel! 2 6 Jul 17, 2018 05:19AM  
Eve Chase is the pseudonym of a journalist who has worked extensively across the British press.

Eve Chase always wanted to write about families - ones that go wrong but somehow survive - and big old houses, where family secrets and untold stories seed in the crumbling stone walls.

Black Rabbit Hall is such a story.

She lives in Oxford, England with her husband and three children.
“Houses are never just houses. I'm quite sure of this now. We leave particles behind, dust and dreams, fingerprints buried on wallpapers, our tread in the wear of the stairs. And we take bits of the houses with us. [...] We grow up. We stay the same. We move away, but we live forever where we were most alive.” 4 likes
“Her judgemental younger self has no idea that she will have a daughter too one day, and that the thought of her little girl ever leaving home will make her feel like weeping.” 1 likes
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