Vanish With the Rose Book Summary and Study Guide

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Diana goes to a small town under a fake name in order to find out what happened to her younger brother. Her brother, Brad, had left home in order to escape his father who wanted him to be a lawyer. Brad had faithfully written to Diana twice a month, telling her where he was and how he was doing. All at once his letters stopped coming after a very impersonal post card. Diana went to live with the Nicholsons, pretending to be a landscape expert, who knew quite a bit about roses. She was to help them re-do their backyard into a Victorian era garden setting. Diana began getting flashes into the past, and odd apparitions, as well as the scent of flowers, and the sound of music, began appearing. She finally figured out what happened to her brother, but was shocked to find out that the blame for his disappearance was in the hands of someone she loved greatly.
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The review of this Book prepared by Corrie Andrianakos

Diana took a position as a landscape architect in the hopes of discovering information about her missing brother. The problems: Diana's a lawyer who knows nothing about landscaping, and she feels terribly guilty about lying to the nice people for whom she works. Fortunately, she finds friends who are willing to cover for her as well as help her in her dangerous quest.
The review of this Book prepared by sarrah

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical How difficult to spot villain?    -   Challenging Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   80% Special suspect?    -   relative Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   cooped up in spooky house    -   local police w/ IQ of a houseplant Kind of investigator    -   dog/cat investigator    -   psychic investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   a lawyer creature Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee    -   dumb rednecks, like Gomer Pyle    -   hostile, like Gomer Pyle on steroids Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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