In this debut novel set in the early 1940s, a German-American woman in Alaska receives a visit from a mysterious pilot who reveals the surprising truth about her twin sister's disappearance 20 years earlier.
Fleischmann tells his story with such skill that it is hard to believe this is a debut novel. The characters are well-developed and memorable, the rural Alaska setting is vividly portrayed, the plot is loaded with unexpected turns and the unrelenting suspense creates a growing sense of dread. Best of all, the author tells the tale with the musical prose of a literary novelist at the top of his game.
... [a] tense, character-rich thriller ... Smart, vulnerable and too quick to make life-alteringly bad decisions, Elisabeth is a fascinating character ... the propulsive How Quickly She Disappears...rarely pauses to reflect. But it’s representative of how deeply we connect to the protagonist of Fleischmann’s assured page-turner, in which every plot development hinges on grieving Elisabeth’s yearning for a truth that has eluded her for almost all of her life.