Title: Vanishing Act
Author: Erica Kiefer
Series: Lingering Echos
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Published Date: May 26, 2015
Blurb: A fresh start at college is exactly what Kate needs to ease the burden of her family secrets. When she meets the confident and charming Aaron Jackson, she weaves a new history for herself to fit into his seemingly perfect life. But the past refuses to stay where it belongs, causing a rift between their contrasting worlds.
When Ben reappears in Kate’s life, she is only pulled deeper into the childhood that she’s tried to forget. Driven by the abuse and pain that still lingers within him, Ben seeks Kate’s help in making a change. But in this journey for retribution, lines blur between courage, justice, and revenge.
Bound by their shared and damaged youth, Kate is forced to choose sides, and fast. The final act is almost here, and time is running out.
Vanishing Act is a Lingering Echoes novel that can be read as part of the series or as a stand alone story. Fueled by the scars from an experience in foster care that no child should have to endure, Vanishing Act touches on serious issues that can continue to impact abuse victims well into their adult lives. Vanishing Act is an emotional drama with a sweet romance mixed in.
My Review: I dabbled in what I was wanting to be a weekly post called Judging a Book by It’s Cover, but as those things go, I find myself forgetting to grab covers – thus missing the post. Once a couple weeks went by, I didn’t keep trying. Though I still like the idea. Anyhow. I did this cover back then, and later purchased the book. I just got around to reading it, and let me tell you…I was wayyyy off! 🙂
What I Loved: I so loved the message behind this story, and the good and bad sides of Foster Care, and the kids who are often in and out of it. More and more focus needs to be placed on the innocent, and the system, because I know that there are just as many good Foster Parents as there are bad ones. And I’m guessing that is the heart from which this story was birthed. This entire story arc was stellar and what kept me reading.
This book was filled with angst and reality of life. I did like how the truth wasn’t really avoided – but told in a real, heartfelt way.
Ben is the character I actually latched on to the most, because you could just tell he was completely lost and alone, and I so badly didn’t want that for him at all, even though I spend almost the entire book wavering between how unhinged he was and understanding and even commiserating his misguided thoughts on how to fix things.
As an offshot of the major issues of this story, I loved the dynamic between Aaron, Nick and Josh. Their friendship is what I always imagine guys in college should be – and what I long for for my kids when they reach that age. Maybe not the hardships some of them faced, but the family away from family kind of feel.
Not So Much: I wasn’t really into Kate and Aaron’s relationship in this book. I loved him as a friend and a support, and the first chapters even I loved the chemistry of them, but I felt their story was kind of was there because it could be rather than it was a part of the overall. I enjoyed the learning between the two characters, but I guess I just wasn’t feeling the relationship as much.
The Verdict: A great read for sure! I do recommend picking it up. The book is clean and very age appropriate at NA, even YA would be fine.