Debut Author of the Week : Emily Bain Murphy, Author of THE DISAPPEARANCES

This book sounds PHENOMENAL and is quickly becoming one of my most anticipated reads of the year. And the fact that there are “literary clues” throughout this book, well, that has this bookworm officially hooked!


About Emily

*From Emily’s Website*

Black Pixel StudioEmily Bain Murphy grew up in Indiana, Hong Kong, and Tokyo, and has also called Massachusetts and Connecticut home.

She loves books, Japanese karaoke, exploring new cities, and anything with Nutella. Her debut YA fantasy, THE DISAPPEARANCES, will be published by HMH Books for Young Readers and Pushkin Press in 2017.

Murphy is represented by Peter Knapp at Park Literary & Media.

She currently lives in San Francisco with her family and is at work on her second novel.


About The Disappearances

28556709.jpg“Thick with mystery, buried secrets, and magic, nothing is safe in The Disappearances. Be careful, or you might lose yourself in this strange and wondrous world, where stars go missing, reflections don’t exist, and the question, how much would you sacrifice for love? is given entirely new meaning. I adored this book!” – Stephanie Garber, author of Caraval

What if the ordinary things in life suddenly…disappeared?

Aila Quinn’s mother, Juliet, has always been a mystery: vibrant yet guarded, she keeps her secrets beyond Aila’s reach. When Juliet dies, Aila and her younger brother Miles are sent to live in Sterling, a rural town far from home–and the place where Juliet grew up.

Sterling is a place with mysteries of its own. A place where the experiences that weave life together–scents of flowers and food, reflections from mirrors and lakes, even the ability to dream–vanish every seven years.

No one knows what caused these “Disappearances,” or what will slip away next. But Sterling always suspected that Juliet Quinn was somehow responsible–and Aila must bear the brunt of their blame while she follows the chain of literary clues her mother left behind.

As the next Disappearance nears, Aila begins to unravel the dual mystery of why the Disappearances happen and who her mother truly was. One thing is clear: Sterling isn’t going to hold on to anyone’s secrets for long before it starts giving them up.

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The Details

  • Title: The Disappearances
  • Author: Emily Bain Murphy
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Pub Date: July 4, 2017

YA and Wine Pairing

I will be pairing this debut novel, full of mysteries and secrets, with this Nicora Undisclosed Wine. This wine is well-balanced with its crisp, acidic flavor and grapefruit and lemon zest. And The Disappearances sounds like a story with the perfect balance of magic and mystery.

*All wine recommendations are strictly for those of legal drinking age only.*


Have you added The Disappearances to your TBR list yet? What are some debut novels that you’re looking forward to this year?

21 thoughts on “Debut Author of the Week : Emily Bain Murphy, Author of THE DISAPPEARANCES

  1. Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

    This is a new book to me. Why are you so excited to read this? Honestly, there’s not much which grabs me from the blurb, but there are probably other things that I’m missing from other sources. The debut novel I’m looking forward to the most the year is actually When Dimple Met Rishi. I haven’t rread it yet and we’re only a few days away from the release!!!

    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      I picked up an ARC of this at YALLWEST, which was the first I’ve heard of it. But I really enjoy books that combine mystery and magic. I also really enjoy mysteries set in small towns. There is just something quaint and a little creepy about that for me that I just love. Plus I’m hearing some great things from some other bloggers whose opinions I really respect. I am DYING to get my hands on When Dimple Met Rishi. Counting down the days to Tuesday for sure!

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