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3.60  ·  Rating details ·  173 ratings  ·  121 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 rated it it was ok
I'm struggling to put in words my thoughts of How Quickly She Disappears. On the one hand, it is original and atmospheric in a way that most authors can only dream of achieving, and while I feel neutral regarding the pacing of the novel, I did wrestle with the ending. It's really difficult going into a book, thinking it's a stand alone novel, and upon conclusion finding that there will most likely be a sequel or series of some sort. Comparing any story to the likes of The Silence of the Lambs ...more
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
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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
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,
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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,
I won't go into major detail on why this book didn't work for me, but it just didn't keep me engaged for that long. It's very original and definitely has Silence of the Lambs type of vibes, but it just didn't capture my attention as much as I hoped it would be. However, kudos to the author for originality.
Amy Imogene Reads
Jun 25, 2019 marked it as to-read
Thrilled to be a part of the blog tour for this! Catch me crossing my fingers that this lives up to its high praise.

Original notes: 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.
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
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
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
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
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 to
Jun 01, 2019 marked it as arcs-to-read
Recommended to Tucker by: Berkley Publishing Group

Many thanks to Berkley for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

I'm on a roll with thrillers lately so I'm sure I will enjoy this!

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I found this novel fairly enjoyable overall, so three stars for that. But I have to say, something was just lacking for me despite the plot itself, which sounds like it should have all the makings of a great thriller: our main character, Elisabeth, interacts throughout the book with a mysterious, creepy stranger in an effort to find her sister who went missing as a child. From there, the plot thickens as it’s said, and the drama is ratcheted up.

Yet despite the potential that existed in this
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 ...more
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.
Aug 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
How Quickly She Disappears was a very slowly burning mystery set in the 1940s in Alaska. Here Elisabeth was approached by Alfred, a man who claimed to know what happened to her sister who disappeared decades ago. He offered to give her clues about her sister in exchange for personal details about herself. This sounded like silence of the lambs, and I was eager to see how it would play out.
Unfortunately, this was nothing like that suspenseful tale. These characters were weird and I was a little
Oct 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
This is not really a thriller but it holds some thriller elements. The story gives a lot of insight in another time (1940) and place (Alaska) and especially the cold Alaskan winter plays a big role. It was nice to read about certain traditions regarding to funerals.
The main characters are cut out ok but I cannot say I could really feel for them. It was just all a little to bleak to my taste.
Nevertheless I would like to thank Netgally for sending me this digital review copy.
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!
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
Elisabeth's life has not been easy. Twenty years ago, her twin sister Jacqueline vanished and she has never given up hope that one day she will be found, alive. Now living in a small Alaskan town with a husband she barely tolerates and a daughter she loves, a stranger comes to town with life-changing information. Alfred is filling in for the mail carrier and needing a place to spend the night, Elisabeth invites him to stay at her house. She has no idea who he is or the horrible crime he will ...more
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, thrillers
WTH did I just read? Seriously, someone tell me. This novel will probably be more celebrated than it has any right to be considering the plot centers around the exploitation of a woman and her young daughter and binges on human trafficking.

When I first started reading this novel, I honestly thought I was reading about some kind of alien/scifi thing because first we’re in some remote area of Alaska that has to have a plane deliver mail and it’s on one particular day Elisabeth Pfautz meets Alfred
Donna Foster
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review
I was screaming in my head don't do it, don't cross that line which made this book a compelling and creepy read.
Susan Johnson
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
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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 ...more
Deirdre Rosenberg
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
I liked this novel very much. It had the right amount of intrigue mixed with creepy. It pulled no easy punches that so many suspense books rely on. I was mildly disappointed in the ending, which is why I am starring it 4 instead of 5. All in all a super solid book. I would recommend it to most people.
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
I am so sad this book just didn’t resonate well with me. I received an ARC and was so excited to read it.

Unfortunately, I felt there was quite a bit to improve upon. The premise is intriguing, how far Elizabeth would go to find out what happened to her sister.

All the characters just didn’t resonate as real people. The main character Elizabeth and her daughter have an up and down journey that didn’t seem authentic. Also, the relationship with the husband, although supposed to be troubled, fell
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. ...more
Jul 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
I felt this one pushed the boundaries of plausibility in many ways. In addition, something was lacking with the main character - she was fairly unlikable and nothing really caused me to root for her, which is pretty important in this type of story (actually none of the rest of the characters were that likable either). The mystery of what really happened to the sister was enough to keep me engaged to the end, but the way the novel ends is a complete letdown.

Received an ARC from netgalley.
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 ...more
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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 ...more