Thursday, June 7, 2018

Disappeared by Francisco X. Stork

Sara's best friend disappeared one day just like many other young women in Mexico.  Now working as an investigative reporter, Sara has been trying to find her friend as well as all the other girls who have gone missing.  When she receives a threat against herself and her family, as well as a clue as to where the girls might be, Sara knows her time is running out and that someone she trusts is actually working against her. 

Meanwhile, Sara's brother Emiliano is trying to make enough money to buy a motorcycle and open a store where he can sell the folk arts created by friends so he can make a better life for himself and his family.  He's also trying to make enough money to impress Perla Rubi, the girl he likes who comes from a rich family.  Emiliano is offered an opportunity to go into business with a powerful man it might be the answer to his problems, but it could also be an offer that causes him to forsake his ideals.

For a book with so many ethical questions and mortal danger this story should've been much more compelling. I was never on the edge of my seat about either sibling's story nor torn apart by the impossible situations in which they found themselves. IRL I have very strong opinions about the building of the dumbass wall (did I give my feelings away?) and my belief that maybe we ought to concentrate instead on making life in Mexico more bearable for its citizens. So you would think that I'd be highly invested in this book that tackles quite a few of those problems. Instead, something about the writing came across as more clinical to me.

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