If you love creepy, small-town American thrillers like The Sinner, True Detective and Sharp Objects, and are partial to a true-crime podcast, then Eliza Jane Brazier’s debut thriller If I Disappear is the perfect eerie and unsettling read for you. Set on an isolated ranch, deep in rural Northern California, the mystery is about what happened to Rachel Bard – a woman who disappears from the area one day without a trace. Rachel was the host of Sera’s favourite true-crime podcast and, when Sera realises she’s missing, she knows it’s her turn to investigate.
I adored the claustrophobic, Southern Gothic feel of this novel and was hooked from the opening pages by Sera’s sharp, compelling voice. It’s not surprisingly that the film and TV rights to the novel have been snapped up by the producers of A Handmaid’s Tale and Fargo, as you can picture the story on the screen with the dusty roads, dense forests and dilapidated cabins. It’s the kind of thriller that will have you sleeping with the lights on and it will perhaps put you off planning any future road trips through wild, backcountry America!
A Most Anticipated Book of 2021 by: Rolling Stone * CNN * New York Post * E! Online * BuzzFeed * PopSugar * CrimeReads * She Reads * HelloGiggles * The Everygirl
'A slick, smart thriller you don't want to miss'
Samantha Downing, author of My Lovely Wife
'An ending you won't see coming'
Louise O'Neill, author of After the Silence
'Every page is packed with feral tension'
Stephanie Wrobel, author of The Recovery of Rose Gold
Sera loves true crime podcasts. The mysteries become an unlikely comfort for her, and then an obsession.
So when Rachel, her favourite podcast host, goes missing from a small rural town in Northern California, Sera decides to act. She heads to the isolated ranch where Rachel disappeared, determined to discover what's happened to her.
But the more Sera digs into this unfamiliar world, the more off things start to feel.
Because Rachel is not the first woman to vanish from the ranch, and she won't be the last . . .
Rachel did try to warn her.
A chilling and utterly addictive psychological thriller that will hook you from the first page and keep you up all night - perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn's SHARP OBJECTS and Ruth Ware's IN A DARK, DARK WOOD.
'Deliciously eerie' POPSUGAR
'Compulsive, atmospheric' KATHERINE ST. JOHN
'Must read' NEW YORK POST
'Spellbinding' KATHLEEN BARBER
'Wild, thrilling, fast-paced' HELLO GIGGLES
'Sleek, exciting and twisty' RENE DENFIELD
'Disquieting and distinctly creepy' KIRKUS
'A propulsive thrill ride' LISA UNGER
'Clever, sinister' KIMBERLEY BELLE
'Genuinely scary' ANDREA BARTZ