Book Review: The Disappearance of Emily by Elizabeth Pantley

Can Hayden identify and eliminate the threat before another person in her life is stolen away? – The Disappearance of Emily: Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic Series Book 2 by  Elizabeth Pantley

The Disappearance of Emily is the second book in the Destiny Falls & Magic Series. Elizabeth Pantley has done a remarkable job of building a wondrous magic world with a modern touch that will appeal to not just Cozy readers.


In this book, Hayden is getting comfortable in her new life in Destiny Falls. She has made some new friends, is crushing on a couple of hot guys, and is really enjoying getting to know her brothers and sisters. A chance encounter with the ferry boat captain leaves her unsettled though. She is warned that there is danger, to not trust anyone. Hayden is looking forward to getting more information at a later meeting, then the captain is murdered. Not long after, she receives a box of paperwork from the captain. Worried about the possible danger to her newfound family, she decides to investigate it herself using the spectacular town library and her new position as the editor of the local online newspaper for resources. 

Most of the wonderful characters (both human and animals) introduced in the first book are back, along with a few quirky new ones to delight readers. The town has a few more surprises for readers and the story behind the disappearance of Hayden’s mother takes on a whole new dimension. Hayden manages to find out more about the geography of the island and those that surround it. As a reader, I am both excited and frustrated by the slow trickle of information in that regard. I want the WHOLE story NOW!!!! It really is that much fun to read. I am very much looking forward to the next book due out in April.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

Hayden has settled into her alternate, magical new home of Destiny Falls. She’s learning about the people here and the enchanted place, but something is amiss. When too many things occur to call them coincidences, all signs point to the mysterious disappearance of her mother – way back when Hayden was just two days old. Could it be connected to the mysterious ferry? Can she identify and eliminate the threat before another person in her life is stolen away?

Buy Link: Amazon

Elizabeth Pantley is the international bestselling author of The No-Cry Sleep Solution and twelve other books for parents. Her books have been published in over twenty languages. She lives near Seattle and is the mother of four and nana to one. This is her first work of fiction.

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