Book Review – When You Disappeared

 Book Review

When you Disappeared

It’s been too long since I read anything that wasn’t in the form of a blog post, email or a Christmas wish list. I’ve had my head submerged in work, blogging and family and just haven’t felt like I had the time available to invest in a good book for quite some time and I miss it.

I finally managed to carve out some time and I’m glad I did. There’s nothing better to take your mind off everything than getting lost in a good book. So I got on the old kindle and downloaded When You Disappeared. Continue reading for my full review.

Hopefully, I’ll have many more book reviews to follow.

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When you Disappeared

Written by John Marrs

Book Review of When you disappeared

The blurb on the back.

All she wanted was the truth, but she’ll wish she never found out.

When Catherine wakes up alone one morning, she thinks her husband has gone for a run before work. But Simon never makes it to the office. His running shoes are by the front door. Nothing is missing—except him.

Catherine knows Simon must be in trouble. He wouldn’t just leave her. He wouldn’t leave the children.

But Simon knows the truth—about why he left and what he’s done. He knows things about his marriage that it would kill Catherine to find out. The memories she holds onto are lies.

While Catherine faces a dark new reality at home, Simon’s halfway around the world, alive and thriving. He’s doing whatever it takes to stay one step ahead of the truth.

But he can’t hide forever, and when he reappears twenty-five years later, Catherine will finally learn who he is.

And wish she’d stayed in the dark.

My Thoughts…

I must admit I was dubious about this book. As usual, I read some of the reviews before downloading which seemed fairly mixed, but because of the overall ratings (4.5 out of 5), I went for it.

I can’t remember the last time I read a book that jumped forwards and backwards in time as much as this one. This isn’t something I mind in a book especially if it’s done well and it fits the storyline and in my opinion, it’s done very well in this one. The transition between the past and the present is done smoothly and in such a way that you hardly notice.

Interestingly, the characters leave a lot to be desired. Another first for me is a book where the main characters are pretty loathsome human beings, there’s no heroin as such or hero. The wife, not so much, but the husband is pretty awful. That being said, the fact there is no heroin just adds to the appeal and keeps you wondering what’s next.

The Storyline

The storyline is excellent. A tale of a Husband and Wife who have been together since childhood. Both keeping their own dark secret from the other that eventually tears them both apart. A whole 25 years pass before their secrets are revealed to each other.  And when they are it leaves them both shocked and in some ways disturbed by the others revelations. Did they ever really know each other at all?

What I love about this book is it quite often will lead you in one direction and just when you think you can see what’s coming, it takes you in the other, keeping you guessing until the very end.

The ending…

Sometimes an ending can make or break a book for me. The ending for this one wasn’t what I was expecting but I suppose that’s a good thing. It really does keep you guessing until the very end which is when all the questions you ask throughout are finally answered.

Get your own copy

As much as I love nothing more than a physical book, sometimes for convenience, it’s easier to download it to my kindle app, which is how I read this book.

Here’s where you can get your Kindle edition –

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Have you read When You Disappeared? Let me know what you think in the comments.


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  1. Carol

    Sounds interesting except I don’t like books that jump in time back and forth. Going back occasionally to remember or understand the character can be necessary but not constantly. #MMBC

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