Egan, Catherine Julia Vanishes, 375 pages. Knopf (Random), 2016. $18. Language: G (1 swear); Mature Content: PG-13 (sexual innuendos and off page sex); Violence: PG (deaths).
Because of her ability to become invisible, Julia makes a living ferreting out secrets. While her latest job is more annoying than usual (she is laboring as a kitchen maid in a large house), it doesn’t seem any different in content. That is, until she is told that her ultimate goal is to kidnap a baby. Her “family” desperately needs the money, and her employer for the kidnapping has power over her life or death, so she completes the job. Her crisis of conscience after the fact brings her whole family into the game to rescue the child and stop an evil entity forever.
Egan blends magic and mystery in a gripping thriller. The cover art will capture those who are looking for something spooky and the magic adds a cachet.
HS – ADVISABLE. Cindy, Library Teacher