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Disappearing Earth

by Julia Phillips

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Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips
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    May 2019, 272 pages

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Two young girls vanish on an isolated Russian peninsula, triggering an unpredictable chain of events that impacts a cast of interwoven characters.

On the remote peninsula of Kamchatka—tucked away on the far eastern corner of Russia and surrounded by vast seas and oceans—most people feel safe. But when two young sisters, Alyona and Sophia, vanish on a cool August afternoon, things change, shocking the small, interconnected Kamchatka community.

In 12 chapters, corresponding with the months of the year following the disappearance of the two girls, author Julia Phillips zooms in on a rotating set of characters who are impacted by the case, providing a panoramic view of the peninsula's people. Since each chapter inhabits the perspective of a different person, Disappearing Earth is far from a traditional thriller. The investigation and crime often take a backseat. Just as many people don't think twice about a crime featured on the nightly news, some characters view it only peripherally, in passing. For others, the case is...

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