the next good book

Notes on Your Sudden Disappearance

By Alison Espach


338 pages

What’s it about?

Sally Holt and her older sister Kathy are three years apart. They share a bedroom, and for most of their childhood they share an infatuation with a local boy named Billy Barnes.  At sixteen-years-old Kathy is everything thirteen-year-old Sally wishes she could be- talented, confident, and Billy’s girlfriend. Years later Sally looks back to the 1990’s and tells the story of how one event can shape your life.

What did it make me think about?

I just found myself enjoying this book.

Should I read it?

This is just simply a good story.  Years ago I enjoyed “Tell the Wolves I’m Home” by Carol Rifka Brunt and this reminded me in ways of that story.  It is part a coming of age story, part a story of grief, and part a love story. If you are looking for an engrossing story that is a little different than most- pick this book up.


“But I knew then that anyone who chose to be alone had no idea what it really meant to be alone.”

Related books: