First Excerpt From Lauren Oliver’s VANISHING GIRLS

Get your first glimpse at VANISHING GIRLS, the creepy YA thriller by DELIRIUM trilogy author Lauren Oliver.

Lauren Oliver first announced her upcoming Young Adult standalone, VANISHING GIRLS, a little less than a year ago. Now fans can take a peek at the first excerpt from the mystery thriller about two sisters at odds after an accident… until the day that one of them disappears.

The sun is warm and sweat moves down my neck. I remember, then, lying between Parker and Nick last summer in Upper Reaches Park on the day after school ended, while Parker read out loud all the weirdest news he could find from around the country — interspecies relationships; bizarre deaths; unexplained agricultural patterns that could only, Parker insisted, be caused by aliens — inhaling the smell of charcoal and new grass and thinking, I could stay here forever. What the hell changed?

Nick. My parents. The accident. Everything.

I suddenly feel like crying. Instead I wrap my arms around my waist and squeeze.

“Listen.” He rakes a hand through his hair, which immediately swings back into place. “You need a ride somewhere or something?”

“No.” I don’t want to tell him that I have nowhere to go. I’m not heading anywhere except away. I can’t even go back for my car keys or I risk seeing Nick, who no doubt is finding reasons to complain about the fact that I wasn’t there to cheerlead her arrival.

He makes a face like he’s accidentally swallowed his gum. “It’s good to see you,” he says. But he doesn’t look at me. “Really good. I’ve been thinking about you… all the time, basically.”

“I’m doing just fine,” I say.

Good thing lying comes naturally to me.


VANISHING GIRLS is out on March 10, 2015. You can pre-order it now.

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New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver delivers a gripping story about two sisters inexorably altered by a terrible accident.

Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before the accident that left Dara’s beautiful face scarred and the two sisters totally estranged. When Dara vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl, nine-year-old Madeline Snow, has vanished, too, and Nick becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances are linked. Now Nick has to find her sister, before it’s too late.

In this edgy and compelling novel, Lauren Oliver creates a world of intrigue, loss, and suspicion as two sisters search to find themselves, and each other.

“Alarming and uplifting, a rare psychological thriller that has a kind heart at its center. Read it with all the lights on.” –E. Lockhart, author of WE WERE LIARS

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