How to Disappear by Ann Redisch StamplerHow to Disappear by Ann Redisch Stampler

How to Disappear

byAnn Redisch Stampler

Hardcover | June 14, 2016

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This electric cross-country thriller follows the game of cat and mouse between a girl on the run from a murder she witnessed—or committed?—and the boy who’s sent to kill her.

Nicolette Holland is the girl everyone likes. Up for adventure. Loyal to a fault. And she’s pretty sure she can get away with anything...until a young woman is brutally murdered in the woods near Nicolette’s house. Which is why she has to disappear.

Jack Manx has always been the stand-up guy with the killer last name. But straight A’s and athletic trophies can’t make people forget that his father was a hit man and his brother is doing time for armed assault. Just when Jack is about to graduate from his Las Vegas high school and head east for college, his brother pulls him into the family business with inescapable instructions: find this ruthless Nicolette Holland and get rid of her. Or else Jack and everyone he loves will pay the price.

As Nicolette and Jack race to outsmart each other, tensions—and attractions—run high. Told in alternating voices, this tightly plotted mystery and tense love story challenges our assumptions about right and wrong, guilt and innocence, truth and lies.
Title:How to DisappearFormat:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.2 inPublished:June 14, 2016Publisher:Simon PulseLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1481443933

ISBN - 13:9781481443937

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Addictive & Deviously Fun YA Thriller Addictive and deviously fun, Ann Redisch Stampler's How to Disappear is an absolute adrenaline rush to read! This fast-paced thriller may be over 400 pages, but it sure didn't feel like a long book. The pages positively flew by! Told in alternating voices, the short chapters revved up the tension and thrills, and fully captured my attention until the book's unforgettable conclusion. Jack Manx has done everything he can to distance himself from a father who was an infamous hit man and a brother currently in prison for armed assault. Straight A's and being varsity crew captain have ensured he can finally leave Las Vegas for college thousands of miles away, somewhere his last name doesn't garner so much recognition. That is, until his brother orders him to track down Nicolette Holland and kill her... or else their mother will pay the price. Nicolette Holland is a social butterfly. Cheerleader, beautiful, wealthy—life was perfect until the night a brutal murder occurred in the woods near her home in Ohio. And now she needs to disappear. On the run and evading detection, Nicolette is scared, alone, and carrying some very dark secrets. It's unclear what happened that night, if she's innocent or guilty, but that's what made How to Disappear such an absolute blast to read! The stakes are high... but Nicolette and Jack's attraction to each other is even hotter. Their relationship is so twisted and messed up, which made me love the book even more! Jack is caught in the middle, wishing to protect his mother and not wanting to hurt anyone, yet feeling pressured by his brother's threats. He can't stop the lust that draws him ever closer to Nicolette when they finally meet, but at the same time, he's unsure if she really did murder a girl he once knew as a child like his brother said. As for Nicolette... well, she's a total wildcard. She's savvy enough to fall off the grid and survive for weeks on her own, but she's also impulsive and naturally an extrovert. Being alone without human contact is hard for Nicolette. And that means she makes mistakes, which is how Jack eventually catches up to her. We begin to see Nicolette more in her element, with a spitfire personality that attracts Jack like a magnet. The ending! THE ENDING. I might've smiled with manic glee. It was just so perfect. All along, Ann Redisch Stampler had been carefully leading us on a path that just gets crazier and more dramatic, and the conclusion was so on point. Kind of ridiculous, but oh so entertaining, just like much of the book. I wouldn't have wanted it any other way. I absolutely loved How to Disappear! ** I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. **
Date published: 2016-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sunrise Excellent series. Wish he would make another book in this series. I didn't want it to end. The books have so many characters, but easy to follow, because they seem so real.
Date published: 2015-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ashfall Excellent book. Hard to put down. Alex is a delightful character. Can't wait to read his next series.
Date published: 2015-03-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great sequel....let's go Ashfall series ashen winter is the sequel to the ashfall series. most sequels are weaker than the first and third. BUT this one held on it's own. we are introduced to new characters and characters we haven't seen or heard from since the beginning. alex and darla are still fighting to survive post yellowstone supervolcano eruption. the set out on another survival mission to find and bring back his parents. as all stories something happens and we meet two new characters that you will love. the bring more to the series and alex...didn't think it could happen....well it did. lot's of action, blood, fights, new friendships, survival and heartbreak. ENJOY!!! because i did. started the last book immediately finishing this one. well done mullin!!!
Date published: 2014-07-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Captivating Conclusion to a Great Trilogy In the third book of Mike Mullin's post- apocalyptic series " Sunrise" Alex and Darla have survived the battle to recapture Warren and a share of the town's stockpile of frozen pork but the casualties have been high. Fearing that the Stocktonites will return Alex pleads with Mayor Perry to build a wall around the town for security, but his petition's declined. When his Uncle Paul's farm is attacked and the barn burned, Alex decides that they need a more secure location to build a community where they can fend off any attack. Like Mike Mullin's previous books "Ashfall" and "Ashen Winter" the story is captivating from beginning to end as civilization and society are shaped in a world devastated by catastrophe. The action never slows as Alex, Darla and their community of refugees face food shortages, and attacks from gangs of cannibals roaming the countryside. In a mood that seems dark, bleak and unforgiving with its tragic losses, chaos and family conflict, courage, perseverance, love, friendship and loyalty shine through. The plot is well-written with wry humor and clever dialogue relieving the emotional tension. New inventions like the Bikezillas, the use of wind turbines and greenhouses add an imaginative and creative ingredient to the stark realism of the story. Over the course of the three books the personalities of the core characters have expanded and grown like Alex who's matured with every confrontation and loss he's had to face. He's responsible, trustworthy, brave and resourceful, the ingredients of a strong leader, yet he's retained his compassion and kind-heartedness. In contrast Darla, the mechanical whiz who's always been tough, organized, pessimistic and driven has changed, preferring to stay in the background and develop ingenious inventions with Alex's Uncle Paul. Together Alex and Darla remain a formidable team, their unconditional love shining like a beacon of hope in troubled times. Other characters that add energy, drama and passion to the narrative include Rebecca Alec's sister who's smart, considerate, hardworking and drawn to Ben the clever and steadfast military strategist who's also autistic. Ed Bauman haunted by his actions as a former flenser is loyal and committed to the community as is Dr. McCarthy, a gifted and dedicated practitioner and Alex's wise and unflappable Uncle Paul. Even the adversaries in the story are memorable like Red, Stockton's knife wielding leader whose brutal and sadistic, and Mayor Bob Perry whose appetite for power and lack of foresight make him a danger to the town of Warren. Although I liked all of Mike Mullin's novels, I thought " Sunrise" brought the series to an unforgettable, heartwarming and optimistic conclusion. I will look for more books from this up and coming author in the future
Date published: 2014-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Now THAT is one epic ending to another wonderful trilogy. I can't believe it's over. There's no more Alex, Darla, Ben or even Ed. From the very beginning this story had my heart racing, mind swarming and hands sweating. This post-apocalyptic story COULD happen. The super volcano can happen. The repercussions that these characters go through can happen in real life. And that's what makes it brilliant. Mullin has a way with developing his characters through several arcs and spins and heartache. You end up feeling all of these yourself. Then there are the short bursts of action sequences cut in with the story that keeps moving forward. We have villains everywhere we look. Down to the mayor who tries to do what he thinks is right, to the sadistic enemy that reminded me a lot like the Governor from the Walking Dead. This has more of a what-would-you-do-to-survive type of book, but it's also loaded with witty characters, incredible pacing and realistic, but scary problems like cannibalism (to say the least) *shudders* Characters like Alex and Darla are hard to find. Their strengths also become their weaknesses. Their intelligence and strategies to overcome the need to protect their settlement is clearly evident throughout the book. Loved that they were flawed characters as well. Especially Alex's mom. Now she held a grudge so downright confusing that I didn't even understand her woman logic. When it's finally revealed, I can't say her motives weren't selfish. I thoroughly disliked Mayor Petty and Red. Then there's the sweet and almost hilarious dialogue with Ben, the incredibly intelligent military strategist that Alex goes to. I cracked up and laughed out loud when Alex asked him, "What's up?" Scarily realistic, the Ashes trilogy by Mike Mullin will be one of my favourite survival stories of all time. Hands down, a series I will re-read when I can. Definitely a must-read to add to your collection. I LOVED every second of this book and I did NOT what it to end. Such an underrated series, and I know that I'll be recommending this to everyone who loves a post-apocalyptic survival story.
Date published: 2014-03-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good, but kind of disappointing Actual rating: 3.5 I really don't know what to think about Ashen Winter. Stay with me because this review is going to be messy... So the characters are as great as ever and we are introduced to new ones, Alyssa and Ben (LOVE Ben but Alyssa?? Yeaaah compared to Darla she sucks). The writing is still pretty good and its easy to read. The plot is fantastic and the events are great. It gets pretty intense towards the end, and i'm excited for the final book, Sunrise, to be released. But that doesn't make this book a fantastic one. Maybe i just wasnt in the mood for reading or reading this kind of book or whatever, but this book just seemed really slow and long. In some aspects its perfectly paced, and every element and scene and event is important and evident, but i just didnt want to read it. It kind of dragged on and although every event is needed to make this book the way it is, to complete this book, it could sometimes bore me or just not be interesting. Not interesting enough to really read on and get into it, at least. Alex kind of gets boring in this one, too. I respect him and get him but he's so predicable. I dont know if that is really THAT bad of a thing, but still. So, overall, a strong sequel. Good characters and a good plot but the execution could definitely be improved. Its slow and it took a while for me to finish it - i stopped and read different books about twice, because it was boring me. The premise and ideas and everything is great but, like i said, the execution could have been a lot better. Definitely read if you read and enjoyed Ashfall. There is a certain amount of suspense and the romance keeps the story moving. The characters are real, like the first, and the ending makes you want to read more. But the writing is a bit dry and Ashen Winter is not as good as Ashfall, to say the least. I am disappointed, but in the end Ashen Winter is a strong second novel and is a good addition to the series. I'm glad i read it, even if it took me a while.
Date published: 2013-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gripping, Captivating, And Filled With Power And Emotion This amazing novel is so devastatingly real its scary. Its so real and moving and memorable its just so touching and I love it. One of the best novels I've read this year so far. Alex's whole world is turned upside down when a supervolcano in Yellowstone erupts and the world breaks into chaos. Left alone for the weekend, he thought it would be like any other weekend, just free from his parents and annoying little sister. But when his house is completely burned in a fire, its the start of a terrifying journey Alex takes in ash and, eventually, snow, to find his parents at his uncles house. He faces things no teenager should ever have to face, sees things no one should ever have to see, all to find his family. He meets Darla, who soon suffers her own tragedy and joins Alex on his journey, one that he started to find his parents, and one that, along the way, ends up helping him find himself. Beautifully written and filled with descriptive scenes, Ashfall is completely and utterly a great book. Its powerful and so true to life, scary because of some of the things that happen in this book and how descriptive they are, but mostly scary because this is something that could happen. Along the way Alex has to face multiple decisions and hope and pray that he's making the right ones, that he's doing the right thing. Because right and wrong are different and hard to distinguish when the world is in chaos, especially when one decision can cost you your life... Or save it. The characters are great and Alex is real. You can not only see how he struggles but you feel it, like youre right beside him in the ashfall. He grows stronger and becomes a man throughout his journey, and it really is a thrill to see all he goes through. I grew to love Darla and her stubbornness, and respect her for that. She's strong willed and isn't your stereotypical girl. She knows her way around a farm and has a way with tools. She's great and entertaining. I love how Mullin never failed to combine a life changing incident with romance and humor, adding in real life aspects and messages and whatnot. Its a great book about how you don't know something is coming, and when you realize it, its too late, and you have no choice but to go along with it. 'For the first time, i felt ashamed by my species. The volcano had taken our homes, our food, our automobiles, and our airplanes, but it hadn't taken our humanity. No, we'd given that up on our own.' It really makes you reflect and think about the world we live in. If things are this bad, what would you do? If ash is almost constantly falling from the sky, covering everything in its path, and the power is out - for good... If your food supplies are limited and the water resourses are cut off... If, in September, blizzerds are occurring and making everything worse... If you see people die before your very eyes, maybe even at your own hands, at the age of fifteen... If you witness the loss of humanity... What would you do? Ashfall is brilliant and I havent read anything like it in a long time. Its eye opening and I love how Mullin speaks from a real place. He creates Alex, a character so intriguing and heartfelt and definitely like a guy, if you get my drift, but insightful and real and... And awesome. You see him grow. Its fantastic. Definitely read this book. Amazing characters and great writing and a true and a but too real storyline - so... So unique and powerful and just amazing. Breathtaking and stunning, seriously amazing.
Date published: 2013-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I actually requested the first book out of my local library but I loved the book so much that I went and bought my own copy when I bought the second book in the series. This second book in the series follows Alex and Darla as they search for Alex's parents in post apocolyptic America fighting off corrupt government contracters, and gangs of canabalistic escaped prisoners. Gotta love it! I look forward to the next installment.
Date published: 2012-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent book A well written, scarily realistic story about what happens to society and people after the comforts that they so often take for granted are suddenly and violently taken from them. The author definitely puts the main characters through the wringer emotionally and physically and it makes for a dynamic and enthralling story. I couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2012-06-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So happy I don't live near a volcano After reading this book I am so happy I don't live near a volcano! After following the trials Alex has to go through in order to, not just find his family, but survive the ashfall, I'm just not sure I would make it. Mike Mullin clearly put a lot of research into this book. It was so detailed – from what the ash looked/felt like, how they secured food, dealing with medical emergencies – every aspect of life was covered. It was amazing what the characters in this book lived through. Things I can barely imagine happening to me. The bright side of all these challenges is it really allowed Alex to grow throughout the book. He goes from being a spoiled, annoying teenager to someone who is actually quite selfless and incredibly brave. It's a remarkable transformation and Mike Mullin doesn't sugar-coat how difficult it would be. This now brings me to the second thing I want to point out. As I mentioned this book is incredibly well researched and realistic. This means at times it can be hard to read. Their are some graphic and disturbing scenes. That's not to say they were over the top – given the circumstances of the ashfall I wouldn't be surprised if people actually acted like that – but they are intense. In my opinion they add to the realism of the book but be cautious if buying for a younger reader. Though not futuristic, this is essentially a post-apocalyptic novel. The world Mike Mullin builds in this book does not look the same as the one we're currently in. It's a world where people have to fight to survive and people's basic humanity comes into question. Ashfall is a realistic and gripping page turner. It will keep you hanging on to the last page as you follow Alex on his quest, through the ash, to find his family.
Date published: 2011-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Courtesy of Lost For Words. Source: Received from Netgalley courtesy of the Teen Book Scene. Many thanks goes to Netgalley and the Teen Book Scene for sending me a copy of this book for review. I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review. My rating: 5/5 What if your world turned upside down in the space of 24 hours? Nothing would be the same again. Would you be able to survive? This question runs rampant through Alex's mind as the world around him is obliterated by ash spewed from the supervolcano located 900 miles away in Yellowstone National Park. Left at home alone, he was enjoying the idea of having a weekend to himself while the rest of his family visited relatives a couple hours away. Within hours of their leaving, everything changes. Now all Alex can think about is getting to his family and he is going to have to travel over 100 miles to get to them. He doesn't know what is out there, or what anyone will do as the days and weeks pass by. His only goal is to make it to his family, but will he survive the journey? I'm going to say this straight up. I don't think I can even begin to do this book justice in my review. It was absolutely mind-blowing and way too realistic, which makes the read all the more gripping. Alex is amazing. He is such an intriguing character, and he really steps up when everything around him changes in the blink of an eye. Disasters bring out the best and worst in people, and seeing how Alex reacted to every situation thrust upon him was both terrifying and realistic. Friendships formed in the most unlikely places, and it was kill or be killed in other situations. Mullin doesn't pull any punches. He puts Alex through the wringer and then some. We are there every step of the way, living through Alex vicariously, wondering if we would be able to do what he has to do to survive. Honestly, I couldn't tell you if I would be capable of doing some of the things he has to do. Yet through it all, Mullin doesn't delve into ridiculously gory details. Less is more, and that will resonate with readers, especially when certain acts of depravity rear their ugly heads. His attention to detail, especially with regards to the aftermath of the volcano erupting, the landscape, and the diseases brought on by the volcano really show that Mullin put a lot of time and effort into researching before writing the book, and that paid off exponentially. We get an unscripted look into a disaster that could happen at any time, and Ashfall really makes you think. Would you be able to survive such a disaster? Would you be able to defend yourself and your loved ones from those looking to take everything from you? Al in all, this book gave me chills, and it kept me up into the wee hours of the night as I absorbed every word. I couldn't help falling in love with Alex and Darla and cannot wait to read more of their story because this disaster is way too big for just one book. As much as I hate seeing the situations that Alex has thrust upon him, I can't wait to see what Mullin has in store for him next, especially since this is the start of a new and very uncertain future. This is an incredibly realistic, poignant and mesmerizing read. It should top everyone's reading list. It has made my top reads for the year, and I cannot wait to delve back into the haunting world Mullin has created.
Date published: 2011-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic post-apoc! Ashfall is a scary imagining of what were to happen if a supervolcano were to erupt. There isn't much action per se, but we get a hopeful perspective from two teenagers as they struggle to survive in this new devastated world. I didn't feel Ashfall ended with a bang, but rather a sort of quiet foreboding of what was coming. It was eerie and sad and hopeful and exciting all at the same time. Alex and Darla are in for a heck of a journey in Ashen Winter, to be released in October, 2012. ~~ Yellowstone National Park is home to what's called a 'supervolcano'. When and if it erupts it could bring about the next ice age. For me, natural disasters are so so fascinating. I love watching National Geographic and with all the talk about climate change and what it could mean for humanity, I'm hooked. In Ashfall, Alex is home for the weekend while his parents and sister visit family. Out of the blue his house is hit with a piece of flying rock *cue explosions, debris, the whole epic gist*, and you're like 'what on earth just happened?!' It literally starts with a bang! After Alex escapes his now destroyed house he learns from his neighbors that there's been an eruption at Yellowstone and he can stay with them until things settle down. Soon after he sets out to try and find his family and that's when the journey really starts. Ashfall was sort of terrifying. All dystopians and post-apocalyptic books are I think. When these huge epic disasters happen, you don't know how people will react. As ash from the volcano begins to spread across the country, the sun is blotted out, crops start to wither, cars don't start, and animals start dying. The sonic boom from the explosion topples power lines, and the temperature is dropping, foreshadowing an early and very long winter ahead. In a matter of days cities and towns are crippled and people set out to find help. As Alex skis along deserted roads he comes into contact with several people--some good, some not so good. Fear can make people do things they might not do otherwise, which is demonstrated a lot in Ashfall. It was a little depressing to think that humanity would fall so far so fast but I can't say I know it won't happen. Alex eventually meets Darla, and they set out together, trying to find safety and shelter along the way. The romance that develops her isn't a quick one, and I was glad for that. From Alex's perspective we know he's attracted to her but Darla doesn't give much away, preferring to keep her feelings inside. It's as they spend time together, and begin to look after each other that a friendship blossoms into something more. Darla's one tough chick, independent and resourceful, but she goes through a lot. All they have is each other. One thing I do have to mention is the pace of the book. Things proceed very steadily throughout the entire book. There were quite a few exciting scenes that really grabbed you but for the most part things are as quiet as the streets the characters walked on. It might be a negative to some but I think it made for a more realistic story as we get to learn more about the characters and the situations they find themselves in. And when things picked up, you got danger and panic and overall adrenaline pumping scenes that had me going page to page to see what would happen next. Review also here: http://allofeverythingforyou.blogspot.com/2011/09/review-ashfall-by-mike-mullin.html
Date published: 2011-09-23

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How to Disappear 1 Cat I’m not Catherine Davis. My hair isn’t brown. And I have never lived in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I’ve never even seen the state of Oklahoma, despite what this convincing but completely fake ID says. Or, technically, not fake. Just not mine. Cat Davis. Born in Oklahoma City (where I wasn’t born). Got so drunk, she didn’t even notice when her license was stolen right out of her bag nineteen years later. At a frat party (where I shouldn’t have been) in Galkey, Texas (where I didn’t want to be). Stolen by me. Morally speaking, this wasn’t my most glittering moment. But it definitely answered that Sunday School question of whether I’d steal bread if it would keep me from starving. Yes. I would. The license just seemed like one more untrue thing to stuff between me and my past. A tiny piece of laminated plastic I actually thought of as my ticket out of the obituary column. One more little thing I needed to make it to the age of seventeen alive. That, and a different-looking face and a different-shaped body and bulletproof skin. That, and a heart of stone.

Editorial Reviews

Jack’s father was a hitman, and his brother has the same shady associates, but Jack has always tried to stay on the straight-and-narrow. Now, however, his brother has summoned him to prison and told him, in no uncertain terms, that he needs to find a girl who has disappeared—a girl who has murdered one of his associates—and murder her—or else both Jack’s brother and their mother may be in danger. Nicolette is the girl Jack is chasing. She is definitely running from something, although perhaps not what Jack thinks she is running from. Jack and Nicolette tell the stories in alternating chapters. Nicolette is desperate, changing her name, changing her appearance, working whenever she can, always on the lookout for her chasers. Jack is methodical, tracking Nicolette, and always trying to figure out how he can get rid of her without, you know, actually killing her. Inevitably, the two meet up, but things do not proceed as either of them expects. This fast-paced novel is an amalgam of thriller, romance, mystery, and road-trip. The characters—including minor characters—are nicely drawn and the whole thing will keep readers turning the pages to find out what happens.