CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- With its twisted cover, gripping summary and a title that explains it all, "The Vanishing Game" seemed like a must-read book. At first glance, Kate Kae Myers' debut novel automatically reminded me of the ABC Family series "The Lying Game," and as it turns out, it was quite similar. From page one, Myers bluntly sets up the mystery at hand: Jocelyn's twin brother died in a car accident three weeks ago ... or did he?
One day, Jocelyn receives a letter in the mail from Jason December, her brother's code name from their childhood in foster care. This letter gives her new hope, and she is determined to figure out whether or not Jason is dead. To track down the truth, she is forced to team up with Noah, a childhood friend who lived in the Seale House with the twins.
The story takes them back to the Seale House, which was charred from a fire not too long ago. The investigation to find Jason recalls the painful and horrid memories of child abuse that happened inside its walls.
Although the story has some unrealistic aspects, such as the dangers Jocelyn has to face at 17, her character is still admirable because she never gives up the hunt for her brother.
Noah, on the other hand, tends to have mixed feelings toward Jocelyn and the situation. One moment he's ready to solve the mystery, and the next he's ready to get rid of Jocelyn for good. He's ready to care for her and keep her safe, but then he forgets she's even there.
The mind-engrossing plot will keep you in suspense, and the twist will leave your jaw dropped. The ending is something I never saw coming.
However, Myers' writing is very simple. This is more of a book for middle school readers than high schoolers.
I wouldn't recommend "The Vanishing Game" to you if you're a huge mystery fan because it may leave you disappointed, but if you're looking to step out of your reading comfort zone, then this book is an easy start.