Vanished by Australian author Nicole Morris is a deeply moving and insightful exploration of missing people. Nothing goes unnoticed in this thought-provoking true crime novel that will enlighten and enthral.
TRIGGER WARNING: This book may be difficult for those who have or are suffering disappearance in their own lives. My thoughts are with those lost and the families looking for them.
A large amount of us just skip over the information about missing person cases on the news because our reality doesn’t involve losing anyone we like or love. But for those people whose day starts and ends with a prayer of safe homecoming, the reality is cruel, sad, and dark.
Most missing persons cases usually end up as murders. Many of them are just people who are trying to escape their lives and forge a new identity. But the most interesting cases are those with few clues and evidence to never be completely solved. The cases remain as mysteries forever.
Blending long-form journalism with true crime, Nicole Morris has a great, distinct writing voice that keeps you grounded as she explores the world of eleven missing persons in Australia. As she explores the background of these individuals, she has in-depth interviews with family members, detectives and investigators involved in their disappearance while exploring each case and circumstances.
Morris beautifully illustrates the strange, ambiguous existence her subjects experienced and, in some cases, continue to experience. I commend the families for their input and for sharing their heartache and frustration. The obstacles, guilt, and grief they have faced would be so overwhelming.
Vanished will wrench your heart while it stretches your mind. The author has undertaken a large inquiry, encompassing personal investigation, historical events, true crime, untold and untellable mysteries, while never losing sight of the emotional distress at the core of every missing person’s story. This is a rare book from a gifted writer: intelligent yet poignant, enlightening yet deeply disturbing.
I love true crime stories and this one is way above any other just because of the amount of detail and the way it was written. It will require some staying power, I read it in a series of chapters with breaks in between to process the heavier parts.
This unique book forces us to see the complex story behind each missing person and those they leave behind. I highly recommend it.
If you know any information about a missing person, please call Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit the Australian Missing Persons Register founded by Morris in 2005.
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My love of books started at a very young age. My mum has always been a reader and encouraged me to read, buying me endless book from classic fairy tales advancing to the world of Enid Blyton, CS Lewis, Louisa May Alcott, Kathryn Kenny, Carolyn Keene, Francine Pascal. In my adult years the list of authors is endless and every room in my house is filled with books.
One of my favourite novels is Narnia which has always has a special place in my heart. I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in 1978 and when I was given this book to read it let me escape to another world where I felt like I was in the book with all the characters, it wasfun and exciting to escape from reality and eased the ups and downs of the disease at such a young age.
In books nothing is impossible and there is endless potential and hundreds of places to explore or being taken to places that are only made up from the authors’ great minds, the past and future to navigate, characters lives you step into taking you on an emotional rollercoaster ride or being scared out of your wits. I can experience things that I can’t in real life because they’re not possible or real. It challenges my perspective and mindset expanding my worldview.
I find joy, comfort and peace with books, many people may not get it, but I know bookworms like me truly understand. Reading makes my heart happy.