Vanishing Girls

Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before – before Dara kissed Parker, before Nick lost him as her best friend, before the accident that left Dara’s beautiful face scarred.

Now the two sisters, who used to be so close, aren’t speaking. In an instant, Nick lost everything and is determined to use the summer to get it all back.

But Dara has other plans. When she vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl has vanished, too—nine-year-old Elizabeth Snow—and as Nick pursues her sister, she becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances may be linked.

In this edgy and compelling novel, New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver creates a world of intrigue, loss, and suspicion as two sisters search to find themselves, and each other.


"A mesmerizing psychological thriller"

~ The Sunday Times Culture Magazine, Best Reads on the Beach

"Alarming and uplifting, a rare psychological thriller that has a kind heart at its center. Read it with all the lights on."

~ E. Lockhart, author of We Were Liars

"Best-selling Oliver weaves a taut mystery interspersed with blog posts about Madeline’s disappearance, and the story is made all the more compelling by Nick and Dara’s close but troubling relationship, marked by both love and intense jealousy."

~ Booklist

"Oliver’s characterizations and background stories are well-developed and compulsively readable. Recommend to teens looking for a well-written work with a juicy ending. They will not be disappointed."

~ School Library Journal

“Lauren Oliver’s latest novel, Vanishing Girls, tantalizes with a compelling psychological thriller driven by the intense love, conflict and jealousy between two sisters. In the rich, character-driven style we've come to expect, Oliver gradually untwines the frayed threads connecting these young girls, Dara and Nick, as we try and understand their complicated relationship.”

~’s Happy Ever After

“Sophisticated and razor-sharp, Vanishing Girls showcases Oliver at her finest, a true triumph. All of the author’s signature trademarks – vivid characterization, careful dialogue and expert plotting – are present and more deft than ever. Nick and Dara’s story is intriguing and haunting, and the electrifying conclusion will leave readers stunned.”

~ RT Reviews, Top Pick

“Vanishing Girls is at heart a sister story that perfectly captures the way you can love someone at the same time as you resent them, and admire them, but want to be completely different. Fans of We Were Liars will fall for this dark, suspenseful and emotional mystery.”

~ Justine magazine

“Oliver’s novel is haunting and so pretty. It will make you uneasy the whole way through, as secrets often do. And when you’re done, you’re going to want to turn back to certain chapters and read them again, (I did.) But at the heart, it’s a story about the emotional bond of sisterhood.”

~ Bustle

“Oliver (Panic) is in top form in this psychological family drama that investigates the complicated nature of sisterhood. Perfect for readers who devoured We Were Liars, it’s the sort of novel that readers will race to finish, then return to the beginning to marvel at how it was constructed—and at everything they missed.”

~ Publishers Weekly

“Oliver tackles an impressive number of issues without falling into melodrama.”

~ Shelf Awareness