How quickly she disappears / Raymond Fleischmann.

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      Summary: "The Dry meets The Silence of the Lambs in this intoxicating tale of literary suspense, set in the relentless Alaskan landscape, about madness and obsession, loneliness and grief, and the ferocious bonds of family.... 'My proposition is very simple: I am going to ask you for three gifts, and for each gift you deliver, I will take you one step closer to Jacqueline.' It's been twenty years since Elisabeth watched her twin sister, Jacqueline, disappear without a trace. Now thirty-year-old Elisabeth is living far from home in a small Alaskan town. She's in a loveless marriage and has a precocious young daughter she loves more than anything but who reminds her too much of her long-missing sister. Elisabeth's loneliness--and guilt--grows more unbearable each day. But through it all, she clings to the impossible belief that her sister is still alive and that they'll be reunited. But then Alfred, a dangerous stranger with a plan of his own, arrives in town and commits an inexplicable act of violence. And he offers a startling revelation: He knows exactly what happened to Elisabeth's sister, but he'll reveal this truth only if Elisabeth fulfills three requests. Increasingly isolated from her neighbors and imprisoned by the bitter cold and her own obsession, Elisabeth can almost hear her sister's voice saying, Come and get me. And so she will, even if it means putting herself--and her family--in danger"-- Provided by publisher.
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      Summary: It's been twenty years since Elisabeth's twin sister, Jacqueline, disappeared without a trace. At thirty Elisabeth is living in a small Alaskan town; she's in a loveless marriage and has a young daughter she loves but who reminds her too much of her long-missing sister. Elisabeth clings to the impossible belief that her sister is still alive and that they'll be reunited. Then Alfred, a stranger, arrives in town and claims to know exactly what happened to Jacqueline. He'll reveal the truth... but only if Elisabeth fulfills three requests. Requests which mean putting herself-- and her family-- in danger. -- adapted from jacket
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      FLEISCHMANN, R. How quickly she disappears. First edition. [s. l.]: Berkley, 2020. ISBN 9781984805171. Disponível em: Acesso em: 28 set. 2020.
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      Fleischmann R. How Quickly She Disappears. First edition. Berkley; 2020. Accessed September 28, 2020.
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      Fleischmann, R. (2020). How quickly she disappears (First edition.). Berkley.
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      Fleischmann, Raymond. 2020. How Quickly She Disappears. First edition. Berkley.
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      Fleischmann, R. (2020) How quickly she disappears. First edition. Berkley. Available at: (Accessed: 28 September 2020).
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      Fleischmann, Raymond. How Quickly She Disappears. First edition. Berkley, 2020.
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Booklist Reviews 2019 November #1

*Starred Review* In this compelling debut, Fleischmann uses remote locations and a barely remembered time as a frame for a story centered on obsession. In 1941, Elizabeth Pfautz still dreams of her identical twin sister, Jacqueline, who disappeared 20 years earlier from their hometown in Pennsylvania when the girls were 11 years old. Now Elizabeth endures a marriage gone sour in isolated Tanacross, Alaska, where her husband, John, teaches for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and she homeschools their precocious daughter, Margaret. Then one day a substitute pilot, Alfred Seidel, brings the mail, and Elizabeth's life changes. First she's obligated to let Seidel stay in her home's guest room, and then, the next day, he kills her close friend, Athabaskan Mack Sanford, presumably over a card game. When Elizabeth, furious, confronts Seidel in custody, he admits to being involved in taking Jacqueline and offers to reunite the sisters if Elizabeth meets several of his conditions. As the narrative toggles between the present of 1941–42 and the past, shortly before Jacqueline disappeared, Elizabeth is forced to make dreadful choices, leading to a pulse-pounding climax. Fleischmann proves to be an author to watch on the literary-thriller scene. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2020 February

DEBUT In 1941, Elisabeth Pfautz feels trapped by the demands of domestic life—keeping a home and teaching her gifted young daughter; a marriage grown cold and loveless; the remoteness and isolation of the Alaskan wilderness; and, most of all, feeling trapped by the haunting memory of twin sister, Jacqueline, who disappeared 20 years earlier. When a stranger named Alfred comes to town, her friends warn her to stay away, but he convinces Elisabeth to let him sleep in her guest room even though her husband is away. Soon, Alfred is arrested for a terrible crime but tells the police he will only speak to Elisabeth. From his prison cell, he tells her he knows what happened to Jacqueline and will divulge the truth if she completes three tasks. As she falls further into his twisted plot, one thing is clear: she's willing to risk everything, including her family, to find her sister. VERDICT This promising, if slightly uneven, debut thriller with a strong sense of place will appeal to fans of Jane Harper's The Dry, and those who wished Kristin Hannah's The Great Alone was a psychological thriller. [See Prepub Alert, 7/8/19.]—Portia Kapraun, Delphi P.L., IN

Copyright 2020 Library Journal.

PW Reviews 2019 November #2

Set in 1941, Fleischmann's uneven debut focuses on Elisabeth Pfautz, who lives in Tanacross, Alaska (pop. 85), and has struggled for years to come to grips with the disappearance of her twin sister, Jacqueline, who was abducted in 1921 at age 11 near their home in Lititz, Pa. Dealing with her husband, to whom she's unhappily married, and their precocious 11-year-old daughter, occupies Elisabeth until the arrival of a stranger, Alfred Seidel, who proceeds to murder one of her friends. To Elisabeth's shock, the incarcerated Seidel asks to talk to her after his arrest. Seidel tells her he knows who took Jacqueline and her current location, but Elisabeth must give him "three gifts" for the information. Elisabeth's desire to find out Jacqueline's abductor's identity and where she might be keeps the tension high, but main characters who don't behave in realistic ways and the distracting usage of second-person point of view for the flashbacks will put off many readers. A disappointing ending caps a novel that works better as an evocation of a certain time and place than a mystery. Agent: Michelle Brower, Aevitas Creative. (Jan.)

Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.