Published by Bloomsbury Childrens on February 12, 2012
Genres: Mystery, Paranormal, YA
Seventeen-year-old Jocelyn follows clues apparently from her dead twin, Jack, in and around Seale House, the terrifying foster home where they once lived. With help from childhood friend Noah she begins to uncover the truth about Jack's death and the company that employed him and Noah.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
What I Thought…
I don’t even know where to begin. This book was amazing. It was crazy, mysterious, thrilling, creepy and confusing, but in a good way. I could not put down this book, I just had to figure it out. While I did figure out some things, I definitely did not see that ending coming.
The Vanishing game is a thriller with a touch of paranormal in it. The book was pretty creepy for me with all of the mysterious happenings, but I wouldn’t say it was scary. The book has quite a few flashbacks in it, and while I don’t normally like this style, it works in this book. It’s all important information, and given at the right time.
This book is filled with codes and puzzles, which is cool. What I disliked about the codes was that, with the exception of one, they were not really designed for the reader to figure out, and the characters figured them out pretty quickly. Though I will admit that I did take the time to figure out the logic puzzle (those are my favorite).
I liked Jocelyn and Noah, even more so as you learn about their childhoods. They both had such awful childhoods, yet they managed to pull themselves out. It was heartbreaking to read about how they were treated. Hazel, the owner of Seale House was an awful, awful, woman. You get to meet a few of the other kids who were at Seale House with Jocelyn, Jack and Noah, and see how they turned out.
One of the things I really liked in this book was how quickly you jump into the story. Lately I’ve felt like every book I’ve read has had 100 pages of boring info before getting to the real story so it was nice to be just tossed in and sent on my way!
If you like mysteries and thrillers you should definitely check out this book – it was Amazing!