Vanished by James Delargy, The Kane family, Lorcan, Naiyana and their young son, are desperate to move their young family far away from the hustle and bustle of modern city life in Perth.
Vanished by James Delargy, The abandoned town of Kallayee, an abandoned mining town in the Great Victoria Desert, seems like the perfect getaway: no one has lived there for decades. It will be peaceful. Quiet. Secure.
Vanished by James Delargy, But life in Kallayee isn’t quite as straightforward as they hope. Lights flicker at night. There are noises in the earth, mysterious shadows and tracks in the dust as if their presence is breathing new life back into the long-dead town.
Lorcan and Naiyana refuse to leave. No one can talk sense into them.And now, no one can talk to them at all.
They’ve simply vanished.
Since the first moment I could see this book in my mind, a family with problems that is searching for a fresh new start. But, let me be honest, a remote town where everything seems abandoned, it’s not my dream, instead is more likely my nightmare! As I expected, the fear has been present throughout the story because, of course, they will not be alone as they think and their worst nightmare is waiting for them around the corner. The story is told between different characters and times, the past, where the family arrive in Kallayee and the present, where a detective is called to investigate the disappearance of the family.
This is a slow burning story, I liked that everything moved slowly, it made the story more gripping and hunting. Also, the short chapters were perfect to keep you addicted to the story, just a little bit more… and without noticing you arrived at the end! I really don’t want to make spoilers of the story, but it was interesting seeing the story within the two timelines, how the detective shows us a cold vision of the family while Lorcan and Naiyana show us their struggles and problems.
This is not a book to like/dislike the characters, this is a book to hunt you and fear what will happen next, and that’s why I loved it! It was a delightful (and scary) book to keep my mind occupied these last days, fear is always a good distraction! ?
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About The Author
James Delargy was born and raised in Ireland and lived in South Africa, Australia and Scotland, before ending up in semi-rural England where he now lives. He incorporates this diverse knowledge of towns, cities, landscape and culture picked up on his travels into his writing. His first novel, 55, was published in 2019 and has been sold to 21 territories to date.
Vanished is his second novel.