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Review of The Nature of Disappearing by Kimi Cunningham Grant

Grant's thriller is set in the wilds of Idaho, with a wilderness expert of a main character who has fought to trust others and be vulnerable--and who may find herself deeply betrayed again.


In Kimi Cunningham Grant's newest thriller, The Nature of Disappearing, Emlyn is a wilderness guide who very deliberately tries not to think about the past--her fractured best-friendship, her failed love, and the vulnerability that allowed her heart to break.

But when her estranged old friend Janessa goes missing under suspicious circumstances, Emlyn must team up with the man who broke her heart in order to try to find social media icon Janessa and, hopefully, bring her home, safe and sound.

I love a book set in the wild (Peter Heller's novels The River and The Guide come to mind as favorites), and I loved the outdoorsy element here. Much of the story takes place in an Idaho forest, and it made me reminisce about my college summer spent in that beautiful state.

The story is more of a thriller than a mystery; after a time we aren't wondering what happened, rather wondering if those who seem untrustworthy are in fact bad seeds.

I loved the focus on repairing a friendship, and how Emlyn has difficulty trusting and being vulnerable but works to do so. I wasn't surprised by the final denouements but felt satisfied that we are left with the promise of a fulfilling future for some characters at the end of the book.

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I listened to The Nature of Disappearing as an audiobook, courtesy of NetGalley and Macmillan Audio.

Kimi Cunningham Grant is also the author of Fallen Mountains, Silver Like Dust, and These Silent Woods.

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