Book: “The Cold Vanish” by Jon Billman
Genre: True Crime
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Chilling, eerie and real, author John Billman delivers a powerful warning message in his book “The Cold Vanish.” The work which is set to be released in July 2020 is set in the wildlands of North America and tells the story of people who mysteriously go missing. The main storyline outlines the disappearance of Jacob Gray, a 22 year old an athletic outdoorsy surfer who ventured off into the Olympic National Park never to be heard from again. After he vanishes, the author links up with his father, Randy Gray and learns about the search efforts undertaken to find Jacob. Will he be found alive? Is he already dead? The author compares Jacob’s situation to Schrodinger’s cat. The world may never know… unless someone opens the box to find out.
This book is well written in a respectful but intriguing way. These stories of real missing persons are extremely unique and distinctive. The author bravely shares both Jacob’s story along with countless others weaving together the commonalities found within all of the cases. He does an expert job of comparing and contrasting the different vanishing accounts while taking care not to spread misinformation, rumors or legends. He uses clear but descriptive terminology which will engage readers and give them the lingering sense of natural danger found within these wildlands along with strong hints of true crime. “The Cold Vanish” is not to be missed as it illuminates the subject of missing people that often hides precariously along the periphery of everyday life.
Recommendations: Pick up a copy of this book if you like true crime or mystery. For all of you who enjoy hiking and frequent the National Parks System, beware! This book highlights the dangers that often go unnoticed when entering the wildlands of North America!
Blogger’s Note: Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.