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

Reviews

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 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 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 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

Read from the Book

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.