Today I have a review of Three Ways to Disappear by Katy Yocom, available now from Ashland Press. A big thank you to Smith Publicity for sending me this beautiful book!
Sarah DeVaughan has been a journalist, living on the edge, facing dangerous assignments, when she decides to leave and move back to India, her childhood home. There she must face a past family tragedy, and her aim? To help with Bengal tiger preservation. Did I ever mention the Bengal tiger is one of my favorite animals?
Back in Kentucky, Sarah’s sister, Quinn, is fragile and scarred, and she is afraid that Sarah’s choice to go to India is not a safe one because of what happened to their family.
Sarah’s new job has some side drama with local politics due to her activism and a love affair. While she’s battling away in India, Quinn has her hands full with her mother, son, and a difficult marriage.
Sarah asks Quinn to come to India, and she does, and in doing so, they are preparing to face the trauma of their past. Sarah and Quinn seek healing for their family together.
Oh my, this book is gorgeous. The setting is atmospheric and comes brilliantly to life. These sisters are relatable and fallibly complex. The tigers- well, they simply set this book apart.
Overall, Three Ways to Disappear is a book about family dynamics and secrets of the past, tied into glorious writing with important activism. I am so grateful I had the opportunity to read this book, and I was completely enchanted and whisked away to India.
I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.
About the Book:
Leaving behind a nomadic and dangerous career as a journalist, Sarah DeVaughan returns to India, the country of her childhood and a place of unspeakable family tragedy, to help preserve the endangered Bengal tigers. Meanwhile, at home in Kentucky, her sister, Quinn–also deeply scarred by the past and herself a keeper of secrets–tries to support her sister, even as she fears that India will be Sarah’s undoing.
As Sarah faces challenges in her new job–made complicated by complex local politics and a forbidden love–Quinn copes with their mother’s refusal to talk about the past, her son’s life-threatening illness, and her own increasingly troubled marriage. When Sarah asks Quinn to join her in India, Quinn realizes that the only way to overcome the past is to return to it, and it is in this place of stunning natural beauty and hidden danger that the sisters can finally understand the ways in which their family has disappeared–from their shared history, from one another–and recognize that they may need to risk everything to find themselves again.
With dramatic urgency, a powerful sense of place, and a beautifully rendered cast of characters revealing a deep understanding of human nature in all its flawed glory, Katy Yocom has created an unforgettable novel about saving all that is precious, from endangered species to the indelible bonds among family.
Have you read Three Ways to Disappear, or is it on your TBR? Happy Reading! ~ Jennifer THR