Watch Me Disappear - Janelle Brown

Watch Me Disappear

By Janelle Brown

  • Release Date: 2017-07-11
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 242 Ratings


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The disappearance of a beautiful, charismatic mother leaves her family to piece together her secrets in this propulsive novel for fans of Big Little Lies—from the bestselling author of All We Ever Wanted Was Everything and the upcoming Pretty Things.

Watch Me Disappear is just as riveting as Gone Girl.”—San Francisco Chronicle

Who you want people to be makes you blind to who they really are.

It’s been a year since Billie Flanagan—a Berkeley mom with an enviable life—went on a solo hike in Desolation Wilderness and vanished from the trail. Her body was never found, just a shattered cellphone and a solitary hiking boot. Her husband and teenage daughter have been coping with Billie’s death the best they can: Jonathan drinks as he works on a loving memoir about his marriage; Olive grows remote, from both her father and her friends at the all-girls school she attends.

But then Olive starts having strange visions of her mother, still alive. Jonathan worries about Olive’s emotional stability, until he starts unearthing secrets from Billie’s past that bring into question everything he thought he understood about his wife. Who was the woman he knew as Billie Flanagan?

Together, Olive and Jonathan embark on a quest for the truth—about Billie, but also about themselves, learning, in the process, about all the ways that love can distort what we choose to see. Janelle Brown’s insights into the dynamics of intimate relationships will make you question the stories you tell yourself about the people you love, while her nervy storytelling will keep you guessing until the very last page.

Praise for Watch Me Disappear

Watch Me Disappear is a surprising and compelling read. Like the best novels, it takes the reader somewhere she wouldn’t otherwise allow herself to go. . . . It’s strongest in the places that matter most: in the believability of its characters and the irresistibility of its plot.”Chicago Tribune

“Janelle Brown’s third family drama delivers an incisive and emotional view of how grief and recovery from loss can seep into each aspect of a person’s life. . . . Brown imbues realism in each character, whose complicated emotions fuel the suspenseful story.”Associated Press

“When a Berkeley mother vanishes and is declared dead, her daughter is convinced she’s alive in Janelle Brown’s thriller, calling to mind Big Little Lies and Gone Girl.”Variety


  • Watch me disappear

    By TosaReader
    Really enjoyed the story Lots of twists and turns right up to the end
  • Boring!

    By BPF72
    And predictable.
  • Breathtaking! Must Read!

    By Katlynr2
    Wow! This book was by far one of my favorites. There is so many amazing life lessons within this one story. This book will leave you questioning your own intentions in life and why you are living the way you are. Throughout the mystery of the missing mother, this book makes you question what you are living for. This book ended in shock I wasn’t expecting and yet wasn’t disappointing at all. Would recommend to everyone!! Absolutely love!
  • Watch me Disappear

    By braeabril
    Loved it!!! Could not put it down! Strongly recommend ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • Rocky start, but GREAT ending

    By Caroline_AA
    When I started this book I thought I would hate it. I didn’t care for the narration style. But as I continued to read I found myself growing more and more invested in the mystery. Was Olive really psychic and seeing real visions of her mother? Did Billie fake her death? Was she kidnapped? Murdered? Did she really just fall into a ravine or something equally as tragic and awful while off hiking alone in the woods? The theories were circling through my head the entire time I read this story. By the time I got to the epilogue, I had to pull my jaw off the ground. Janelle Brown really hit the nail on the head with this amazing ending. The real central theme of this book is, can you really know someone? Really truly know the real them, not just the mask they wear for the people around them? As Jonathan and Olive dig into Billie’s life and her past, that question begins to really take over Jonathan’s thought process. As he attempts to write the love story he shared with his wife, before her death a year earlier. As he attempts to have her officially, legally, declared dead so he and his daughter can move on. As he begins to dig up more and more of Billie’s secrets… I really don’t even know what to say in this review because everything I want to gush about will ruin everything for anyone who hasn’t read this book. I haven’t read a lot of mysteries, but this is one of the better ones I have read and I’d rank Watch Me Disappear one almost as high as Gone Girl. Should you read it? If you like book that keeps you guessing until the last page, THIS is the book for you!!!
  • Watch Me Disappear

    By Rahjicat
    Good story. Interesting ending. It just is too long! Bogs down and becomes slow and boring.
  • Watch Me Disappear! Exceptional!

    By Lace54
    You'll never guess the ending to this delicious book! At first, there is a little seemingly "supernatural " activity, and that almost put me off. Don't let it! The book started off a tad weak, but several chapters in, it took a turn for awesomeness! Enjoy! I'm going to read Janell's other books now!
  • Boring

    By Mermaid100
    Good premise, but it goes nowhere. Don't waste your time.