Monday, 8 August 2016

Book Review: The Day We Disappeared by Lucy Robinson.


Every so often you come across one of those books - you know the ones I mean. Engaging, unpredictable and impossible to put down. Recently I finished one of those books, The Day We Disappeared by Lucy Robinson, and now I just want to tell everyone I've ever met to go read it. Immediately.


"Scratch beneath the surface and nobody is really who they seem"


I'm a big fan of what is sometimes disparagingly referred to as 'chick-lit'. I love a deep and meaningful novel, or an edge-of-your-seat thriller, but I truly believe there is a real time and place for a good old girly romantic-comedy novel. I picked up this book from my local library (hence the beautiful protective cover) truly expecting it to be your usual 3 out of 5 stars, silly book with an ending I could've foreseen before the end of the first page. This was not that kind of book.

The Day We Disappeared tells the stories of two friends, Kate and Annie, who are both seemingly running from their pasts. While Kate has holed herself up on a farm in Somerset, Annie's troubles have led to her closing up emotionally making relationships a challenge. They've both started new jobs and both are (inevitably in a chick-lit book) falling for their bosses. So far so very ordinary, right? Well this is a plot-line that slowly delves much deeper and into much darker places than you'd expect, with an ending I wouldn't have guessed in a million years. For fear of spoiling it I can't give much else away, so you'll have to just read it yourself and see if you can figure it out before I did!

I can't really sing the praises of this book highly enough, but let's give it a go. It's perfectly written: alternating between the two stories each chapter means the pacing is just right to create suspense. I'd finish one of Kate's chapters and be on tenterhooks about what was going on, before Annie would draw me back in to her own story and I'd forgotten about Kate entirely! Even before I'd figured out this was a bit more than your average rom-com kind of book, the characters were intriguing and likable enough to keep me turning pages long after I should've been asleep.

I honestly couldn't pick a favourite character in this book, because they are all so wonderfully written. They are so believable that you almost feel you know them. There were parts towards the end where I felt like I was watching a friend experience these situations, and I found myself really caring about what happened to Kate and Annie. One night in particular I put the book down, but couldn't sleep as I was thinking about the story too much. It is definitely the kind of novel that stays with you.

It's not an easy task to create different atmospheres in a novel, but Lucy Robinson excels in this. Sometimes the book is romantic, sometimes funny, and more than once or twice I felt genuinely uneasy, all while being immensely readable. This was my first time reading one of her books and I'm now desperate to get stuck into her entire back catalogue! 

I read a lot of books, and I am often impressed by the storytelling involved, but this was something else. I am not easily shocked but this book left my jaw on the floor, completely speechless. All I can say is that you should definitely give this funny, entertaining and very clever book a read ASAP!

The blurb for all interested parties :)

So what about you guys, have you read The Day We Disappeared? What did you think of it? Or are you inspired to pick it up now? Be sure to let me know if you have any recommendations of books like it that you think I'd enjoy! :)


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  1. Oh I'm intrigued! I like your review of this because you didn't spoilt the plot but you've made me really wanna read it now :D

    Mel ★ www.meleaglestone.co.uk

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    1. Thanks! It's a really good read, I would've hated if anyone had spoilt it for me so I didn't want to give too much away xx

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