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How Quickly She Disappears

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  73 ratings  ·  55 reviews
The Dry meets Silence of the Lambs in this intoxicating tale of literary suspense set in the relentless Alaskan landscape about madness and obsession, loneliness and grief, and the ferocious bonds of family …

It’s 1941 in small-town Alaska and Elisabeth Pfautz is alone. She’s living far from home, struggling through an unhappy marriage, and she spends her days tutoring her
Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: January 14th 2020 by Berkley
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Chelsea Humphrey
May 16, 2019 marked it as to-read
The Dry meets Silence of the Lambs set in Alaska? Did someone curate this novel just for me? *swoons

*Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy via NetGalley.
Katie B
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Impressive debut novel by the author. While I certainly was interested in the mystery of the young girl's disappearance I was equally invested in her sister and her quest to find answers. It was a haunting and chilling story and the Alaskan setting was a perfect backdrop.

Back in the 1920s, Elisabeth's twin sister, Jacqueline, disappeared without a trace. Fast forward twenty years later, and Elisabeth is living in Alaska with her husband and young daughter, Margaret. They live in a such a sparsel
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sometimes Elizabeth felt "...completely alone, the last person on a desolate earth." Even after twenty years, Elizabeth aka Else still "felt in her bones" that her identical twin sister Jacqueline was alive. Jacqueline had disappeared from their hometown of Lititz, Pennsylvania in 1921. Else constantly dreamed of Jacqueline. "Come and get me, her sister seemed to say. Just keep running."

In 1941, Elizabeth and John Pfautz lived in Tanacross, Alaska with young daughter, Margaret. Tanacross, popul
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
Penguin’s First to Read program is shutting down and HOW QUICKLY SHE DISAPPEARS by Raymond Flemischmann seemed like the most interesting, though I could have chosen all of the books for all the points I accumulated. I wouldn’t have chosen HOW QUICKLY SHE DISAPPEARS if I had read closer to see this was historical fiction. I especially wouldn’t have chosen this novel if I knew the ending was incomplete and a set up for a sequel.

HOW QUICKLY SHE DISAPPEARS may be a case of it’s not you, it’s me, bec
Amy Imogene Reads
Jun 25, 2019 marked it as to-read
ARC received!! (Thank you, bookish gods.) This mentions The Dry, obviously I'm going to read (love) it.

Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group for an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was an ARC from the bookstore where I work. What a great debut novel! It was fast paced and riveting with a cool twist at the end. Elisabeth's questionable actions are almost understandable considering the emotional damage caused by the loss of her sister and her unhappy marriage. The 1940s setting showcases the suspicion against German Americans, but it mirrors contemporary bigotry. There was enough ambiguity at the end for a sequel but, as much as I would like to read one, the conclusion ...more
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it

“Where should we go?” she’ll ask. “Where will we be happy?” We’re happy now would be your real answer. But instead you smile, and you fantasize. You point to a destination, and you dream."

A missing twin. A mother searching for the truth. Psychopathic tendencies. Letters from a killer. Creepy cabins. Dark forests. Dreams. Nightmares. Blizzards. Yes, yes, yes, yes!
When I read that this book is a hybrid between Silence of The Lambs and The Dry, I just had to dive in! Upon finishing, I'm glad
Jillian Doherty
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Insatiable story! It's fast paced, plot driven prose keeps you feeling 'just one more chapter!'

Fleischmann's debut reads like a honed mystery ~ think The Dry meets Silence of the Lambs.

Elisabeth's traumatic childhood has led to live in a remote Alaskan town, along with her husband and daughter. When the past come rearing back into her life - like an unstoppable locomotive - she finds herself doing unthinkable things to reconnect with her missing sister, no matter the consequence.

The novel wil
Carrie (brightbeautifulthings)
I received a free e-ARC through First to Read from the publishers at Penguin Random House. Trigger warnings: death, pedophilia, rape, kidnapping, body horror, amputation, violence, assault, blood, guns, hospitals.

In 1941, Elisabeth lives in a small town in Alaska with her husband and daughter. Their lives are simple, her husband running the local school while she tutors Margaret. Many years ago, Elisabeth's twin sister, Jacqueline, was abducted by a man she thought was her friend. Though she was
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
I received this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway. Thanks to Goodreads and the publisher for the opportunity to provide this review. This was an edge of your seat read about a twin whose sister went missing over twenty years ago and how she essentially makes a deal with the devil to find out the truth about what happened to her. I could have used a bit more closure at the end, but overall a good debut novel.
Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I finished this story last night and I'm still trying to sort my exact feelings on it. Intriguing? Yes. Disturbing? Definitely! I love to read about twins and their curiously close physical & spiritual bonds to each other, the latter which still seem to remain even when they are separated. Very gripping mystery about a woman in search of her twin sister who went missing 20 years prior and the lengths she'll go to find her. I have a feeling this one is going to haunt me for a while!
Missy Block
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
“””My proposition is very simple: I am going to ask you for three gifts, and for each gift you deliver, I will take you one step closer to Jacqueline.””” It’s been 20 years since Else’s sister disappeared without a trace. Can a stranger help her find the answers?? Lord help me I need a sequel to this fast paced, set in 1941, suspense thriller is the perfect capture your soul read, kept me turning pages Until. The. Very. End. And I need more!! I wasn’t left hanging, I just really want to see wher ...more
Brenna Clark
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Many thanks to Penguin Random House and Berkley Publishing for this ARC that I won through Publisher's Weekly! I love a good thriller, and this one delivers not only that incredible tension that I crave, but a mystery so dark that it really does take connecting clue after clue until the very end where the truth hits you like a bomb. When you strip down those elements, it is a compelling tale of the hardships women face, with or without tragedy, and the difficulty of not losing sight of who you a ...more
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019ng, kindle

I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.

The Dry meets The Silence of the Lambs in this intoxicating tale of literary suspense, set in the relentless Alaskan landscape, about madness and obsession, loneliness and grief, and the ferocious bonds of family...

My proposition is very simple: I am go
Chyina Powell
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Received as an advanced reader's copy by the publisher in return for an honest review.

I hated all of the characters in this novel. They were selfish, rude, and altogether obnoxious. But no matter how much I hated the characters that Fleischmann wrote, I couldn't put this novel down.

"How Quickly She Disappears" is a tale of a young mother, Elisabeth, living in Alaska in 1941. A twin, her sister has been missing since she was eleven years old and the guilt and loss has never left her even after s
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
This is being compared to The Dry and Silence of the Lambs. Those are some really, really big shoes to fill. I think this may be yet another case of the publisher promoting a book as it isn't and setting people up for disappointment. This was a book with a really interesting premise, a really interesting setting, and a really interesting time period. But for some reason I just didn't find myself particularly engaged with the characters. The two main characters spoke and thought in ambiguities th ...more
Jill Elizabeth
Jul 15, 2019 marked it as done-with
Shelves: come-back-to
I think this is another example of publisher overselling... I don't think this was ANYTHING like Silence of the Lambs. It was a much slower burn and the history and setting meant that it was a lot drier also. Neither of those are bad things on their own, and in fact they are often important elements in things I choose to read, but based on the description I went into this one expecting one thing and felt like I was delivered another. As a result I was disappointed and really struggled with it. I ...more
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Unsurprisingly Elisabeth is haunted by the disappearance of her twin sister 20 years ago, particularly as her own daughter, Margaret, so like Jacqueline, is the same age as she was when she vanished. When a new bush pilot asks to stay in her guest room, Elisabeth reluctantly agrees. She finds him unsettling and her husband is out of town. Indeed, his behavior seems odd, but nothing prepares her for the brutal murder he commits a few days later—or his claims that he knows where Jacqueline is.

Jul 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: own-books
Debut thriller with secrets that unravel as you slowly drift through the story. I was hoping the story was going to keep me at the edge of my seat because the title gave you that sense, but I felt it dragged. I liked some parts of the story while others went super slow. Elizabeth was the most annoying character. She knew what her sister was planning and she did nothing to stop her. She was utterly obsessed with her sister, the thought of her and finding her. She couldn't open her eyes and stay a ...more
Sarah White
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great book! It continually built up in suspense as you read along and finished with a gripping end. I was hooked from the first page. It is well written and very descriptive allowing you to really visualize the scene. Since this takes place in Alaska, setting the scene made telling the story that much more rich. This is a story of love for family and courage but it also a story of grave mistakes and childhood guilt.

After her twin sister goes missing when they were 11 years old, Elisabeth learns
Book of Secrets
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars → This was my final selection from Penguin's First to Read program. Unfortunately it is shutting down this month! I've greatly enjoyed being a part of the program for the past few years. I've found many favorites through them, including this book, HOW QUICKLY SHE DISAPPEARS.

A historical suspense novel set in Alaska in the 1940s was too tempting to pass up, and I got pulled into the story right away. A tiny, isolated town in the Alaskan Interior was the perfect setting for this eerie st
Melanie Johnson
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
First of all, any creepy book set in Alaska just makes it creepier. In a good way. I did not read any blurb about this book, so I wasn't sure if it was a horror, suspense or thriller, which made it even better to me.

Elizabeth and Jacquelyn are 11 year old twins living in Pennsylvania, and Jackie has a secret. She has met a "friend" that wants to pay for Jackie to move to NYC and live great adventures. She says that her friend wants Elizabeth to come to - it's all part of "the plan".

Many years
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book takes place in Alaska in the years around 1941 and WW2. Although it has nothing to do with the war. Its about a women who even after 20 years still looks for her twin who went missing when they were 10. She is now married with a daughter and living in a very small town which only gets mail once a week. She meets a man who tells her he knows where her sister is but he will give her no clues until she does 3 things for him. I thought the first couple chapters were a bit slow but after I ...more
Jen Ryan
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group and Netgalley for this advanced reading copy. I must say I was disappointed. The writing really was not engaging though the story kept me going. Elisabeth’s twin sister disappeared at a young age. A mysterious stranger arrives and seems to know something about it. After he is imprisoned for murder he keeps Elisabeth is his life by dribbling out little hints while asking for favors. In flashes from the past, we learn more about the disappearance than the stra ...more
Sandra Burns
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
OMG!! I could not put this down.
Woman, husband and preteen daughter move to Alaska for Dad's teaching job.

Mom, had a twin sister disappear, and still thinks and dreams about her a lot.

Husband, had to go out of town for work. Their home, has a guest room, and they take people in for a day or two. This weird guy, flew the supply plane in, and asked to stay there for a few days. Mom could not refuse, even though she wanted to.

Then, the weirdo murders a local, and things heat up in the missing sis
Derek Moore
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Raymond Fleischmann really knows how to hook a reader. I could barely put the book down. Elizabeth's sister Jacqueline vanished without a trace. It is 1941 and Elizabeth is living in Alaska with her husband and daughter. She still clings to the fact that Jacqueline might still be alive after 20 years. A stranger arrives in town and murders a local. Strangely he insists on speaking with Elizabeth while incarcerated. He hints he has word about her missing sister. The story goes into overdrive with ...more
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the tense story of a woman who was born a twin. Her twin disappeared as a child and her disappearance is unsolved twenty years later. If given the chance to find your beloved sister, now grown, how far would you go to reunite. What would you be willing to sacrifice? The story is fast paced with a most interesting ending. There is an Historical element as the story is set in Alaska in the 1940’s with threats of the Germans.
This reads like a movie and the ending is open ended enough to in
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dark, riveting, unputdownable! I loved this debut from Raymond Fleischmann. Elisabeth is living in isolated Alaska, in a loveless marriage, raising a precocious, smart daughter, unable to forget her twin sister who was taken 20 years ago, and the feeling of guilt. Then, a dangerous stranger shows up, promising her that if she grants him three wishes, he will lead her to her sister, who is still very much alive. What follows in a harrowing ordeal that not only puts her at risk, but her daughter a ...more
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Elizabeth's twin sister, Jacqueline, disappeared when they were only 11 years old. Twenty years later, a stranger shows up at Elizabeth's home claiming that Jacqueline is in fact alive and well. And he can lead Elizabeth to her. But first, he wants three gifts from Elizabeth. How far will she go to find her long lost sister? And how much is she willing to risk? This book is dark and yet beautifully written. The close attention to detail brings the reader directly in to Elizabeth's 1940s world. R ...more
Wendy Pitts
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book was not for me, I could not buy into the premise of Else willingly going along with things suggested by a self confessed murderer. One of the small things that kept me from buying into the story was the fact that Else would swear occasionally, social mores were very different in the 1940's and I don't believe women would swear as casually as in contemporary times. I also did not care for the non-ending, I like everything to be finished.
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Raymond Fleischmann’s debut novel, How Quickly She Disappears, is forthcoming in January 2020 from Penguin Random House (Berkley Books). Fleischmann has published short fiction in The Iowa Review, Cimarron Review, The Pinch, and Los Angeles Review, among many others. He earned his MFA from Ohio State University and has received fellowships and scholarships from Richard Hugo House, the Sewanee Writ ...more