Review: The Vanishing Game by Kate Kae Myers

Jocelyn’s twin brother Jack was the only family she had growing up in a world of foster homes-and now he’s dead, and she has nothing. Then she gets a cryptic letter from “Jason December”-the code name her brother used to use when they were children at Seale House, a terrifying foster home that they believed had dark powers. Only one other person knows about Jason December: Noah, Jocelyn’s childhood crush and their only real friend among the troubled children at Seale House.

But when Jocelyn returns to Seale House and the city where she last saw Noah, she gets more than she bargained for. Turns out the house’s powers weren’t just a figment of a childish imagination. And someone is following Jocelyn. Is Jack still alive? And if he is, what kind of trouble is he in? The answer is revealed in a shocking twist that turns this story on its head and will send readers straight back to page 1 to read the book in a whole new light.

I’ve sat on this review for awhile now. It’s the type of book I read and now have no clue how to put my feelings into words about. Does repeating over and over “omg omg omg” work? Because that’s what I did when I first started reading it and continued doing until a few days after reading it. Now that I’m working on the review it’s starting back up too. ;)

Story behind The Vanishing Game goes like this…I’d wanted to read it since seeing the synopsis. I kept putting off reading it, because I’ve been so swamped and behind on reviews. Taking over a month off from reviewing will do that to anyone. I finally caved and was then sucked in. Not long into it I was on Skype begging Bext (her review) and April to read it ASAP.

The Vanishing Game is filled with puzzles, mystery, and, oh so much, suspense. Lovers of psychological thrillers and generally creepy books are going to be fascinated by the world Myers has created. Her writing was so vivid I could see some of the scenes clearly, like a movie playing out. (It would make such an excellent movie!)

I am choosing to not get into the book too much, because when I personally read anything of this sort I want no spoilers at all. The book is basically a revisiting of Jocelyn’s history as she goes from location to location and encounters her childhood friends/acquaintances. All the while she’s being chased and threatened by someone or something.

Like I already said there are puzzles in the book. Some of these are images, if you are like me you are likely going to want to pick up a physical copy so you can see them up close. The Vanishing Game is another of my to-be-reviewed books that I immediately put on my to-buy list.

I received The Vanishing Game from the publihser in exchange for my honest opinion.

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  1. kimba88 says:

    omg god omg works for I bought this and hope to read it in March…great review

  2. Molli says:

    I’m intrigued! I got this one through NetGalley but by the time the publisher approved it, I only had a day to read it and I couldn’t get to it. So I’m STILL wondering if I’ll like it. It sounds very creepy and mysterious! I’m glad you enjoyed it, Amanda!

  3. Raine says:

    I know reading another nice review of the book will only make me wish the nearest book shop has it but I won’t turn myself into a pouting 12-year old, haha. Thanks for sharing. :D

  4. This book was tricky for sure; I loved the inclusion of puzzles even if they were way too hard for me! I hope other YA books will follow this example and add cool puzzles too.

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