Erm, no. Altho' that actually does happen to somebody else, but it's a whole lot easier to deal with. "Surprise! He's alive!" pretty much covers it. That character is allowed to "develop" in the MC's memories, so she has a perfectly valid reason for having him on her mind. This guy, though... I don't know.
Doesn't Rachel Cohn do it the Gingerbread, Shrimp and Cupcake trilogy? The MC's boyfriend plays a big part in book one but then doesn't resurface again until book 3.
I'm wondering if six chapters is enough to establish a connection with a character so that he'll still be important in the next book... but not SO much of a connection that we're completely bereft and confused to leave him behind.
It's a long time since I read Twilight, but I read it as a stand-alone. As I recall, Jacob plays a major role in only one episode maybe 30% into the story--but he provides major clues to the whole mystery and history behind the novel's plot. Then he drops into the background (or maybe even disappears altogether), and I at least didn't miss him. That sounds a lot like the description of your "drop-out." In Twilight, Jacob Black is tied to a particular (remote) place and a particular function, and when that place is departed and the function served, we don't expect more of the character. (Think of Jacob Black in Vogel's Hero's Journey terms: he's a Herald figure, who serves one vital purpose and is gone.)
Hahaha! I read this post thinking it was recent, and went what the heck??? Another trilogy ALREADY???
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