Disappeared by Lucienne Diver is a gripping YA suspense with a twist that readers won’t see coming. It will appeal to fans of One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus and Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig.
Ever since Jared and Emily Graham’s mother fled her toxic relationship with their father, they’ve waited for her to come back for them. Now it’s time. Their mom is settled into her new place and picking them up for a visit. But when she arrives, their father insists the two of them first go to dinner to work out a few things. It’s a meeting from which she never returns. Dad tells them Mom took off, for good this time.
Emily is heartbroken. But Jared heard something that night. He’s not sure entirely what, but he knows it gave him chills, enough that he pretended sleep when his father came to check on him. He keeps the secret, at least until he really knows what he heard. He can’t risk losing the only parent he has left based on speculation.
Emily has a secret of her own. She turns her emotional pain on herself, and sometimes she goes a little too far. She’s terrified that someone will find out and send her away, yet she can’t seem to stop—especially as her heartbreak over her mom’s betrayal starts to weigh on her.
Then the police show up on their doorstep. And Mom’s car is discovered, abandoned, and covered in blood. Jared and Emily need answers. If no one will tell them what’s going on, they’re going to find out for themselves.