Thursday, May 24, 2018

Author Spotlight: The Disappearance of Sloane Sullivan by Gia Cribbs

Posted by HelloJennyReviews at 9:00 AM

Gia Cribbs is an author and lawyer who lives in Maryland with her husband and daughters. When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found reading, eating too much chocolate, or fantasizing about her next vacation.
THE DISAPPEARANCE OF SLOANE SULLIVAN, her first novel, will be published by Harlequin TEEN on May 29, 2018.
She is represented by Steven Salpeter at Curtis Brown, Ltd.

Title: The Disappearance of Sloane Sullivan 
Genre: Young Adult Mystery/Thriller
Author: Gia Cribbs
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication: May 29th 2018
Cover Rating: 4/5
Reading format: Provided ARC

The Disappearance of Sloane Sullivan by Gia Cribbs is the mystery/thriller story of Sloane Sullivan and her escapades during her time in the Witness Protection Program. This book is a great thriller novel and will keep you turning pages until you wonder how you finished it so quickly.

Our story starts out with Sloane Sullivan, or Alice or Beth or whatever her name happens to be this month. Sloane is in the Witness Protection Program or WITSEC, as she liked to refer to it. When she was twelve, something bad happened and she was a witness to this something and that put her in a bad place. So, thusly landing her in the WITSEC program. She has been on the move for six years and is just ready to settle back into a real life where she doesn't have to keep running. But then, right before she is about to finally be free of the WITSEC program, she makes a very stupid decision that lands her right back into danger.

On her first day at her new school, Sloane runs into someone from her past. The past that she has been running/hiding from for 6 years. And when I say 'runs into' I mean it in the literal form. Jason, a boy who loved her when she was 12, runs straight into her while tossing a football in the hallway with a friend. Being in the WITSEC program, if Sloane even recognizes anyone from her past, she is supposed to report it and she would then be instantly moved to another location. She decided against reporting it, she just wanted to get through the next nine weeks, graduate, start college and finally be free of the WITSEC program. This was a very horrible mistake on her part.

Aside from Sloane and Jason we also get two other prominent characters, Sawyer and Livie. I liked both of them enough. Sawyer seemed like your average jock while Livie was... something else. Sawyer is Jasons best friend while Livie is Jason's girlfriend. Together, these four make up a little club, the people with two first names/people with first names for last names. It's a weird thing to bond over but hey, whatever floats their boats. And then we have Mark, he is an agent for the WITSEC program and Sloane's acting guardian. The love he felt for Sloane was so very real, I could feel it radiating off the page. 

I really enjoyed the thriller aspect of this book. It was VERY well crafted and kept me fully engulfed in the story. I sometimes feel like once you read one mystery/thriller book you've read them all. Regardless, I still enjoy those books but it is so amazing when I run into a book that surprises me. THIS BOOK surprised me. The story was told with flashbacks to fill in the past and I always like when the past is told like that. We got to see a lot of Sloane's life with Jason, which was very informative.

In the end, I loved the story. The build-up was phenomenal, the plot and flashbacks were beautifully done, and the writing was not that of a debut author, it was that of a well-versed author. If you are looking for your next thriller novel then I highly suggest picking this book up! You will not be disappointed.

Overall, I have the book 4.5/5 stars.


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