Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips Book Review

Date Started: 1/18/21
Date Finished: 1/24/21
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Book Title: Disappearing Earth
Author: Julia Phillips
Page Count: 312

Notes: This book is told from multiple points of view. It almost reads like a variety of short stories rather than a full novel.

This book is a work of fiction. However, it is realistic. Two girls go missing on an island. There is no trace of them nor are there any witnesses. The police would rather just chalk it off as an accident rather than doing anything to investigate the matter. Just a couple of girls missing. Not worth their resources. It’s really sad to see things like that.

I really wasn’t very interested in this book. It didn’t leave me at the edge of my seat. There were several chapters that just really irritated me. I am not saying I didn’t like the book. I just think it could have been more than it was. It could have connected all the points of view better.

I can say that the dialogue of the book was very well done. It didn’t help me connect to the characters. All of them were really self-centered and self-absorbed in their own way. In my opinion anyway. I’m sure that there will be other readers that will say that the characters were really amazing and that they adored them. I respect those opinions.

The ending was both surprising and really unfinished. It leaves off on a build your own interpretation on how it really ends. I really wanted to see a solid answer honestly. The twist of the witness being found and somebody recognizing the description she gave was amazing. I’m going to leave it at that. I don’t want to give too much away. It was a beautiful and sad story. In the end, it could have been a lot more engaging.

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