Vanish Me by Lee Matthew Goldberg

The Runaway Train series by Lee Matthew Goldberg is a young adult trilogy following Nico Sullivan as she deals with life’s curveballs. The third book in the series, Vanish Me, is about Nico’s daughter and her search to find her mother. When the author’s team connected me about reading this book, I was intrigued. I enjoy YA books and this one caught my attention because of the blurb and the cover. The open pages suggest a good story.

About the book:

When former singer Nico Sullivan goes missing, her estranged daughter, Love, finds her mom’s old diary. Using each entry as a clue to her mother’s whereabouts, Love takes a trip to L.A. with her best friends Frankie and Caden where she discovers that her feelings for Frankie may run deeper than she’s willing to let on.

While diving deeper into her mother’s old life, Love struggles with her own social insecurities and abandonment issues. But as she’s searching for lost parts of herself, Love also discovers something unexpected—a deep-rooted and shared love of 90s grunge music with that of her missing mother.

At turns heartbreaking, inspiring and mysterious, Vanish Me is a portrait of a teenage girl desperate to find herself among the cracks her mother left behind.


Vanish Me is the first book I read in this YA drama series. It can be read as a standalone so I didn’t feel lost in the book. You can help but feel for Love as she tries to find her mother. This book definitely has a hippie feel despite it is set in the 1990’s. Each chapter is titled with a different song as music is very important to the characters. The epilog is even titled, Bonus Track, which I thought was clever. This is a wonderful YA novel about finding out who you are. The peak into Nico’s life was very interesting and I would love to read the first two books in the series to find out more.

About the author:

Lee Matthew Goldberg is the author of twelve novels including The Ancestor and The Mentor along with his five-book Desire Card series. His YA series Runaway Train is currently in script development. He has been published in multiple languages and nominated for the Prix du Polar. After graduating with an MFA from the New School, his writing has also appeared as a contributor in Pipeline Artists, LitHub, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Millions, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, LitReactor, Mystery Tribune, The Big Idea, Monkeybicycle, Fiction Writers Review, Cagibi, Necessary Fiction, Hypertext, If My Book, Past Ten, the anthology Dirty Boulevard, The Montreal Review, The Adirondack Review, The New Plains Review, Maudlin House and others. His pilots and screenplays have been finalists in Script Pipeline, Book Pipeline, Stage 32, We Screenplay, the New York Screenplay, Screencraft, and the Hollywood Screenplay contests. He is the co-curator of The Guerrilla Lit Reading Series and lives in New York City.

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