The Disappearances is published today!

The Disappearances is published today!

So my new book is out today, which is VERY exciting. It was one of those books that started one way and finished… well, kind of different. Not so much in terms of story, as in what actually  happens – there were always going to be Disappearances, after all, otherwise the title just wouldn’t have worked at all, and if there’s one thing harder than coming up with an idea for a book, it’s coming up with the title. So anyway, where was I? Yes, that’s right, it was the way the book changed. Not the ‘what’, but the ‘why’. See, when I was writing The Killables I was really obsessed with the brain. Like the idea that removing a bit of it could remove all negative impulses, could create the ‘world peace’ that everyone is so desperate for. Like the fact that brain injuries can entirely change the personalities of those who suffer them. Like the fact that scientists are discovering that the sub conscious is actually in control far more than we give it credit for. The truth is, the brain is a fascinating thing. And I’m a bit of a nerd, so once I started reading up on it, I got kind of obsessed. And that’s where the idea for The Killables came from. That’s what I thought The Disappearances was going to be about.

Only then I got talking to someone about the System, the computer program I created in the Killables, which can monitor and manage people, grading them by how ‘good’ they are. And I found myself discussing how information is power now, and that power is in just a few companies’ hands, pretty much. And the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to explore the potential power that companies like google have – they know what we want, they know what we’re thinking about (who hasn’t googled something utterly random whilst watching television/having a conversation? WHo hasn’t googled the object of their fantasies, whether a person, a book, an idea or a bag?). Now what if there was someone determined to use all that information to his advantage? How could information be used to manipulate people? And in a world where the vast majority of what we think we know about stuff is gathered via computers/televisions/other screens, how do we know what’s real and what isn’t?

The Disappearances follows on from the Killables, with the same characters, but this time the canvas is broader, so whilst we get to explore the City of the first book, we also see the world around it, both physically and temporally. The narrative goes back in time to before the Horrors which created the City. It explores how that war came about. And it also follows Evie and Raffy to their new home and watches how they respond to the freedom they are given; Evie grasps it and makes the most of every opportunity but Raffy… Well, he’s not so sure. He’s used to being angry and bitter and now he’s not sure where to direct his anger. Except, of course, at the fact that Evie is so obviously flourishing and he isn’t. And it eats him up; he sees threats everywhere, thinks that everyone is trying to steal her away from him. So much so that he starts to jeopardise not just their relationship but everything they’re fought so hard for.

And then, of course, there’s Lucas, who’s back in the City battling his own demons: the anger of the people who think he’s intent on bringing Evil back into their world, the Brother, who is intent on watching him fail. And now young people are disappearing off the face of the earth and he knows that dark forces are at play but no one is revealing their secrets…

I hope you enjoy it. I’d love to hear what you think…


  • Mia Sherry

    Gemma Malley, you’ve done it again. I was swept away by The Killables and left mind blown by The Disappearances. To be honest, I was quite sceptical about the sequel, at the end of book one I was left thinking ‘How is she going to top that?’ And my God, you absolutely transfixed me within the first chapter. I love how all the different sub-plots came together, how I was desperate to know more, about Raffy and Evie, about Lucas and Evie, about Thomas and Devil. I loved how you didn’t stick to exactly the same plot as book one, in my opinion, it made a much more excitable read, as I bought the book on Thursday and had finished it at 2:00am on Saturday morning. Do you have a date set for The Informers? And will the third book have a different ‘theme’ aswell? And will Lucas come in contact with the other world aswell as the others? Well, I salute you Gemma Malley. Bravo. Thanks to you, I’m in a massive moral dilemma, Raffy or Lucas? I hope you’re happy :)

    11th May 2013 at 10:29 pm
  • kerri-leigh

    hey gemma,
    i would just like to say your amazing,i dont know if you remember me, but i was the girl who was at northampton high school, who showed you my poem i wrote, i would just like to say what you said about writting in notebooks and journals, i really connected to it as i do the same, thank you again and your presentation was truly inspiring xxx:)

    14th May 2013 at 5:43 pm
  • Beth

    After you came to my school, I desperately read The Killables and it is one of the best books I have read since the idea of the brain being controlled makes it really realistic and gripping.I cannot wait to start on the Disappearances today!Thankyou for riveting me to these books and inspiring me to start writing!!!! 😀

    22nd May 2013 at 7:55 pm
  • Ally

    Hi, Gemma! I am a huge fan!! In fact, I had to order the Killables and the Disappearances online because they weren’t available in the U. S! I was just curious a out the 3rd book. I saw in your blog you called it “the System” but I saw T the end of my copy of the disappearances it said the last book was called “The Informers” and would be out Spring 2

    31st May 2013 at 12:08 am
  • Michelle Coates, MLIS

    I just finished reading The Declaration. I feverishly read it in less than 24 hours. I could not put it down! It is beautifully written. I am a school librarian and can not wait to share The Declaration with my students. I wonder if we could arrange a school visit. How would you like to visit New Orleans, LA?

    2nd June 2013 at 3:33 am
  • nick

    The killables and the dissappearences are great books. I couldn’t stop reading them. I would just like to know when the informers is coming out, as I am desperate to read it and also, who is devil’s/Benjamin’s dad. Thomas talks about knowing and working with him, but you never actually explained what happened to him or who he is.

    24th August 2013 at 11:04 pm