Welcome to my stop on the blog tour celebrating the release of How Quickly She Disappears by Raymond Fleischmann! Thank you to Berkley Publishing for the invitation! Stay tuned for information on how to win a copy at the bottom of this post!
About the Book:
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 precocious young daughter. Elisabeth’s twin sister disappeared without a trace twenty years earlier, and Elisabeth’s life has never recovered. Cryptic visions of her sister haunt her dreams, and Elisabeth’s crushing loneliness grows more intense by the day. But through it all, she clings to one belief: That her sister is still alive, and that they’ll be reunited one day.
And that day may be coming soon. Elisabeth’s world is upended when Alfred Seidel — an enigmatic German bush pilot — arrives in town and murders a local man in cold blood. Sitting in his cell in the wake of his crime, Alfred refuses to speak to anyone except for Elisabeth. He has something to tell her: He knows exactly what happened to her long-missing sister, but he’ll reveal this truth only if Elisabeth fulfills three requests.
Increasingly isolated from her neighbors and imprisoned by the bitter cold and her own obsession, Elisabeth lets herself slip deeper into Alfred’s web. A tenuous friendship forms between them, even as Elisabeth struggles to understand Alfred’s game and what he’s after.
But if it means she’ll get answers, she’s willing to play by his rules. She’s ready to sacrifice whatever it takes to be reunited with her sister, even if it means putting herself — and her family — in mortal danger.
Another thriller set in Alaska? I am alllll in! Add in that it’s historical, and I’m over-the-moon!
In 1941, Elisabeth is in an unhappy marriage, and she’s living an isolated existence. Her days are spent tutoring her daughter. Elisabeth is haunted by her sister’s disappearance twenty years ago. She is lonely, and she yearns to be reunited with her lost sister.
When a bush pilot, Alfred, arrives in town and almost immediately murders a resident, he refuses to speak to anyone except Elisabeth. He knows the truth about what happened to her sister, but to find out, she has to do three things for him.
A bond between Elisabeth and Alfred grows, one that is hard to understand. She falls in headlong because all she wants to know is where her sister is.
How Quickly She Disappears is a slow burning mystery, especially in the beginning. The Alaskan setting is just as dark, isolating, and foreboding in winter as one would imagine.
Overall, I enjoyed this atmospheric mystery and look forward to more books by this talented author!
I received a complimentary copy.
About the Author:
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 Writers’ Conference, and others. He lives in Bloomington, Ind., with his wife and three daughters.
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