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The Disappearing

3.38  ·  Rating details ·  864 ratings  ·  177 reviews
Two-time Edgar Award-winning author Lori Roy spins a twisted, atmospheric tale about a small Southern town where girls disappear and boys run away.

When Lane Fielding fled her isolated Florida hometown after high school for the anonymity of New York City, she swore she'd never return. But twenty years later, newly divorced and with two daughters in tow, she finds herself te
Hardcover, 341 pages
Published July 17th 2018 by Dutton Books
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Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
Lori Roy’s The Disappearing is a beautifully-written mystery about the local lore that can haunt a small town and the courage it takes to free a community from their past demons. I loved the gothic atmosphere of this novel, and the way the mystery and town folklore wove through the lives of all who lived there.

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Lane hasn’t been back to her hometown in Florida for twenty years, when a divorce forces her to move out of New York City and back home to the Fielding Plantation with her t
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, net-galley
4 Slow Burning Stars🌟🌟🌟🌟

Sometimes it’s nice to take a deep breath and read a slower paced book... The problem is your brain is so used to the fast-paced... frantic... can’t wait to get to the end books... that it is difficult to make the adjustment to a slower paced story like this.... this book was very southern Gothic and it reminded me of my impression of the south... A little slower, more traditional, more complicated but simple, a bit hard to understand at times (by a southwesterner like me
Brenda ~Traveling Sister Book Reviews
One Coulee, Two Sides

I was lost in a coulee reading The Disappearing with six of my Traveling Sisters and we ended up in the same coulee but on different sides with a couple of us really enjoying this one and the rest of us struggling a bit with this story.

We all started off in the atmospheric, gothic side of the coulee and really enjoyed the setting here with this small town tale. We were intrigued by the small town, and the truths behind the secrets it carries involving disappearing boys from
Jul 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
"...when everyone thinks they know your worst secret, you become something less than everyone else. Nothing about your life is private or even decent. No one trusts you either, because when tragic things happen to a person, the tragedy sticks."

Lane Fielding thought she would never return to small hometown in Florida. When she left twenty years earlier she swore that was the last the town would see of her. Then her marriage ended, and she found herself with two daughters and decided to go back to
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
Well…. the one thing going through my mind when finishing The Disappearing by Lori Roy? Three strikes and your out! Why do you ask? Because unfortunately for me this is the third supposed to be thrilling book in a row that just didn’t do much for me.

The story centers around Lane Fielding who after twenty years away has returned to her hometown after getting a divorce. Moving back with her two daughters to the family home isn’t exactly where Lane has wanted to end up since she’s not really welcom
Suzy (Taking a break from reviews)
3 stars

This book was as slow as molasses for me. It started off strong with an interesting plot, but I often had to force myself to pick it up so I could finish it.

The Disappearing read much like southern gothic fiction. I don’t have much experience in this genre, but I would recommend for fans that enjoy that type of setting.

The main things that bothered me about this book: There were too many narrators. Now, I typically enjoy books that have multiple POV’s. It makes things interesting. This t
Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)
This one is going onto my DNF shelf. I was not connecting with the story and its characters which I oftentimes found muddled and confusing. The multiple narrators and the jumping back and forth in the time sequence just made this book fall in the "not for me" category though I did give it a shot stopping at the 54% mark. ...more
Katie B
It's hard to pinpoint exactly why the book didn't completely work for me. It definitely had elements that I usually enjoy including a woman who is forced to go back to the hometown she was eager to escape, and mysteries of the past tying into the present day. But the characters were so miserable and depressing it really hampered my enjoyment of a fairly decent plot that went in some unexpected directions. The last third of the book or so is what really saved it from being a total miss.

Thank you
Alafair Burke
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Beautifully written and expertly plotted, The Disappearing is a twisty, haunting, and utterly riveting thriller. Lori Roy just gets better and better." ...more
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018
Lane Fielding swore that she would never return to her hometown. Twenty years later, after a bitter divorce has she no other choice but to return home with her two daughters. Now she works in the local bar and living with her daughter and her parents on the historic Fielding Plantation. She's haunted by the past, the alleged sinister crimes by her father who once was the director of an infamous boy's school. There is a partial event from childhood that Lane has long tried to forget, but the past ...more
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lane Wallace -- well, Lane Fielding again since her divorce is final -- has moved back home to Waddell, FL with her two daughters. She swore she would never come back, but her divorce forced her to return. She's living with her parents at the Fielding Mansion, the house she grew up in. Reporters still arrive, blocking the driveway, bothering Lane at work, bothering her teenage daughter....they will do anything to dredge up more facts about her father, and the rumors of violent abuse of boys at t ...more
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Lane Fielding has returned home after twenty years to once again live with her parents. She never wanted to return but her divorce was a hard one and she’s back with her two daughters, Annalee and Talley. She’s not welcome in town since her father has for many years been suspected of abusing, and possibly killing, young boys at a nearby reform school. Lane has her own mystery of what happened to her when she disappeared at the age of 13 years old that still follows her around. Now another young ...more
⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5

The Disappearing by Lori Roy was very slow and a bit of a letdown for me.

What it's about: Lane Fielding has been living in New York for 20 years after fleeing her life and past in small-town Waddell, Florida. But now she's back after a divorce with her two daughters Talley and Annalee in tow, living with her parents Neil and Erma in their historic plantation. Suddenly Annalee goes missing and people start wondering if it has to do with another disappearance of a girl just 10 days earl
Rheama Heather
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
“You fear the truth, Mama said, and one day it’ll be bigger than you. One day, it’ll come for you.”

I didn’t realize it, but I’ve been on a European reading roll. Set firmly in Floridian soil, page one of The Disappearing felt like coming home.

This is the story of the Fielding family who always seem to make headlines for the wrong reasons. At the age of thirteen, Lane was abducted and miraculously returned. Decades later, another pretty young blonde girl goes missing, and Lane keeps a closer wa
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Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This well-written book is bursting with dark, buried secrets, town rumors and gossip as well as resilient family bonds. The Fielding family has a lot to contest with due to past events becoming potential future dangers. Lane returns home to the scrutiny of her past while trying to preserve the safety of her daughters futures in an unforgiving town that she once called home.

This story released a slow burn that did not take away from the suspense. The author made sure the characters as well as the
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you read the plot summary of this book, you’ll likely think: basic suspense thriller.

Oh, this is so much more!

The Disappearing by Lori Roy is beautiful, heartbreaking, and haunting.

It starts ‘ripped from the headlines’ with a plot lightly based on the real life findings at the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Florida. The author creates her own school, but there’s a horrifying mystery concerning the boys who ran from the school in the not so distant past.

Mixed with the story of the long a
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
***Thank you to First to Read for providing me a complimentary copy of THE DISAPPEARING by Lori Roy in exchange for my honest review.***

Based on the real life crimes committed at the Arthur Dozier School for Boys in Florida, THE DISAPPEARING reimagines real life events at the now closed Fielding School. Neil Fielding was never charged for the abuse, disappearances and deaths of the boys at the now closed school, but his family was ostracized. Lane Fielding and her daughters returned to her elder
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Lane Fielding has returned to a place she had hoped to never see again. The historic Fielding Plantation, her family home. Her marriage fell apart and now she and her two daughters have moved in with her elderly parents. Her father, the former director of the boy’s school across from the home, is failing and needs constant care but he has made it well known he isn’t happy Lane has returned. Her mother, failing too, tries to placate everyone to keep the peace.

A college student
Jenn Conwell
Jun 16, 2018 rated it liked it
From my blog and instagram account - @livereadandprosper

Thank you Dutton books for allowing me to read this in exchange for my honest review.

Lane never thought she would return back to home state, but soon enough finds herself there working behind a bar. She's cautious about town as she is known for her father's supposed abuse of the boys at the school he was a director at. She stays even more cautious for her two daughters that she lives with. Sure enough, Lane's oldest daughter goes missing.
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book was such a disappointment. I have loved Roy's other books and was thrilled that a new one was coming out only to find this book is a more than a bit of a disaster. I did not like a single character - which is fine as long as they are realistic which I guess they were, but they were wholly irredeemable. The switch between telling the story in the first person through one character to telling it in the third person for the remaining was clunky and distracting. Nothing seemed finished in ...more
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
~4.25 stars~
I liked this book a lot more than I thought I would based on the reviews. It has a very Southern Gothic feel that kept me engaged the whole way through. I liked how everyone becomes a suspect at some point, and 10 (?) year old Talley seems to have all the answers. There are points when I felt Roy does more telling than showing, but overall I enjoyed her writing, and each character who had a POV chapter in this book has a distinct voice. I’m sure I’ll pick up another one of Roy’s thri
Jul 17, 2018 rated it liked it
I have really mixed feelings on The Disappearing. Some parts worked really well, and some just feel apart. I was drawn to this story from the start, and really wanted to know what happened. There are a lot of different threads to this story that interested me.

I think my biggest problem with this book was that although there were great pieces, it didn't really come together as a whole. I think I might have enjoyed it more if we could have gone deeper into certain aspects instead of so many thing
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
2! I at least finished this one...BUT it was VERY repetitive! Even the ending couldn't save this book...too predictable! Starting to think this author was a one hit wonder... ...more
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
This is not a good thriller. It’s predictable and the characters are inept.
Sue Dix
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
ARC from First To Read, Penguin. The ending of this book had me on the edge of my seat, but the last line of the book was truly chilling. I loved the shifting, multiple perspectives. They kept the differing aspects of the story alive. There are so many flawed characters, but some are truly endearing because of their flaws. This is an excellent, suspenseful thriller, although I could see some of it coming, but that didn’t detract from it, at all.
May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
When Lane Fielding fled her isolated Florida hometown after high school for the anonymity of New York City, she swore she'd never return. But twenty years later, newly divorced and with two daughters in tow, she finds herself living with her parents on the historic Fielding Plantation. Here, the past haunts her and the sinister crimes of her father--the former director of an infamous boys' school--make her as unwelcome in town as she was the day she left.

Lane's unsteady truce with the town is r
May 10, 2018 rated it liked it
The Disappearing by author Lori Roy is a suspense mystery set in Florida. The story is good and it will leave you feeling emotional for this family. Lane Fielding has two daughters and she has come back home to live with her aging parents on their large Florida estate. Her father seems to have dementia, and her mother is trying to get through each day as best as she can. Lane's oldest daughter does not return home one evening. So begins a huge media storm of speculation and a new investigation i ...more
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Reviewed for Library Journal on June 15, 2018.

Lane Fielding is a woman with a complicated history. At age 13, she went missing from her family's historic plantation in Waddell, FL. The estate bordered a boys' reform school, where her father reigned as tyrant/director. She was found that same night but was thereafter known locally as "the girl who was taken." What unspeakable things were done to her by this juvenile delinquent, who was never named, was irresistible fodder for small-town gossip.
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
How can I just now be discovering Lori Roy? This was such a good read and kept me engaged throughout. I was actually surprised toward the end. It was not what I had anticipated, but was so much more satisfying. I will absolutely be reading more from this author.
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Lori Roy's debut novel, BENT ROAD, was awarded the Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best First Novel by an American Author. Her work has been twice named a New York Times Notable Crime Book and included on various best of lists and summer reading lists. UNTIL SHE COMES HOME was a New York Times Editors' Choice and a Finalist for the Edgar Allen Poe award for Best Novel. LET ME DIE IN HIS FOOTSTEPS was in ...more

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