Fadeaway by E.B. Vickers

Published: March 23, 2021

Hardcover, 400 pages

(Thanks to Netgalley & Knopf Books for Young Readers, I received an eARC)



When a high school basketball star goes missing, a town’s secrets are exposed in this edge-of-your seat, addictive read.

At 8:53 pm, thousands of people watched as Jake Foster secured the state title for his basketball team with his signature fadeaway. But by the next morning, he’s disappeared without a trace. Nobody has any idea where he is: not his best friend who knows him better than anyone else, not his ex-girlfriend who may still have feelings for him, not even his little brother who never expected Jake to abandon him. Rumors abound regarding Jake’s whereabouts. Was he abducted? Did he run away to try to take his game to the next level? Or is it something else, something darker—something they should have seen coming?

Told from the points of view of those closest to Jake, this gripping, suspenseful novel reminds us that the people we think we know best are sometimes hiding the most painful secrets.


I had a feeling when requesting this book it would leave me guessing more often than not. The air of mystery throughout was done excellently. I did not see the way this book was going to go in the least. I was surprised the whole time.

Learning about Jake’s character was a main part of the story, and I thought it was done wonderfully. You learn what you need to continue to understand what is going on, but nothing more. I loved how the story of him unfolded.

I found myself really enjoying this book. I feel like it could have gone all wrong, but the author did a great job with this one. The character development was just the icing on the cake.

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