Wednesday, 8 April 2015

The Day We Disappeared - Lucy Robinson

About the book...
Annie has a secret. But if she's not going to tell, we won't either. It's a heart-breaking secret she wishes she didn't have - yet Annie isn't broken, not quite yet. Especially now there's someone out there who seems determined to fix her.

Kate has run away. But she's not going to tell us why - that would defeat the point of running, wouldn't it? It's proving difficult to reinvent herself, however, with one person always on her mind.

Scratch beneath the surface and nobody is really who they seem. Even Annie and Kate, two old friends, aren't entirely sure who they are any more. Perhaps you can work it out, before their pasts catch up with them for good . . .

A gripping and unpredictable story of two young women running from their pasts. We defy you to guess the twist . . . 

About the author...
The Day We Disappeared is Lucy Robinson's fourth novel, following hot on the heels of the widely acclaimed The Unfinished Symphony of You and Me - a Book of 2014 for several online and print media publications. 

Lucy worked in theatre and then television documentaries before starting a blog for Marie Claire about her laughably unsuccessful foray into the world of online dating. She did not meet a man during this time but she did become a novelist: every cloud has a silver lining. She now lives in Bristol with her partner, The Man, whom she met when she took off to Buenos Aires to become a bohemian writer in 2010. She still works in television when time permits and does a lot of walking and strange healthy cooking, which you can laugh at via her social media channels:

TWITTER: @lucy_robinson
INSTAGRAM: @robinsonwriter 

My thoughts...
I was given a paperback copy of The Day We Disappeared by Francesca at Penguin in exchange for an honest review which I'm more than happy to give.

Firstly, with a cover as vibrant and bold as this who wouldn't pick this book off the shelf? I can assure you that once you do, you'll read the synopsis and be itching to read the book and once you begin you won't put it down until you're finished. 

This book read like a beautiful piece of music, the tempo gradually increasing as I turned the  pages, until the story was laid bare and I was left with my heart pounding thinking WOW - I didn't see that coming at all.  A true demonstration that things aren't always what they seem.

The Day We Disappeared offers the usual things you'd expect to find in any piece of contemporary, womens fiction - likeable characters, humour and romance with a healthy dose of intrigue.  But.... Unlike other similar novels there is a darker side too.  This really is a page turner, Lucy had me hook, line and sinker as I delved deeper into the story.

Both main characters Kate and Annie, were extremely likeable.  On the surface they were different, yet somehow they were similar.  Both were obviously hiding/running from something, one appearing weaker and more trusting, grateful for every bit of kindness.  The other more resilient, appearing a stronger person, yet both seemed to be waiting for the walls to come tumbling down around them.

This book is both captivating and compelling, the characters really got under my skin.  So many times I've read articles in newspapers and couldn't believe what I was reading about people I thought I knew.  This book is no different, opinions were made, then changed, then shattered over and over again as the parallel stories unravelled.  We all choose how much of our life and character to outwardly show and we use the rest as an armour to live behind so very true of many of the characters, not just Annie and Kate that we are introduced to in this book.

This is a book that will stay with you long after you finish it - it'll make you look at your friends, at your work colleagues and strangers in the street - questioning yourself and wondering, are they all who they seem? I highly recommend this book.  It has for me the best of both worlds - humour and romance mixed with a psychological thriller. 

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