2015 Book Reviews

The Day We Disappeared by Lucy Robinson

 

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‘The unforgettable new novel from Lucy Robinson.

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 . . .’

This is the latest novel from the utterly brilliant Lucy Robinson, before I started this I will be honest, I sort of thought I knew what I was getting myself into… I didn’t. Not at all, this book absolutely floored me and it is quite simply the best book Lucy has written so far. This is without a doubt my most favourite book of Lucy’s, she has touched perfectly on emotional and heartbreaking topics with warmth and the perfect amount of humor. I feel that this review won’t get across just how absolutely brilliant this book is, how can I possibly do this book justice. The truth is I can’t because, unless you pick this book up and read it YOU WON’T UNDERSTAND!

The Day We disappeared is the story of Annie and Kate, both have secrets that they want to remain hidden.

Annie is an extremely nervous person and suffers terribly with anxiety, which given what she is hiding from her past it’s not surprising, she is feeling down on her luck after her alternative therapy business didn’t go as planned and she is finding herself travelling all over London everyday to complete the needs of her clients. When she isn’t working she finds solace in Le Cloob, it’s what her friends call themselves when they meet up. We have Claudine, French and fierce, Lizzy is Annie’s sister and currently dating two men and proud of it, then we have Tim, Annie’s absolute rock and oldest friend. These are quite simply Annie’s only friends, they have been there through all the good and bad times. Their friendship was so realistic and felt so very real, the contrasting personalities blended together so perfectly. So when Annie tells them of her amazing news, they of course are wary of just how perfect her news seems to be. You see Annie has been offered a the most incredible opportunity by the most perfect man, Stephen. Stephen is filthy rich and completely down to earth to boot, he is charming, kind, gorgeous, understanding and to top it off he seems to want to help Annie, so its easy to see why Annie can’t resist him.

Kate is running, running from “the bad shit” as she puts it, which is how she finds herself in a job as a trainee at the equestrian yard of the Olympian, Mark Waverley. He is a known task master and will only hire the best of the best. So thank god Kate is interviewed and hired by his mother because Kate doesn’t know the difference between the arse or head of a horse, she blags it by bigging up Mark and it pays off. Only when Kate meets Becca, a long time employ of Mark’s it doesn’t take long for her to suss Kate out. But Becca is an absolute sweetheart and promises that if Kate is willing to break her back working she will help her keep her job. Soon enough Kate comes face to face with Mark and has to prove herself, when invited to his house for further questioning she is privy to what Mark’s life is like, a friendly mum who does all the cooking, an angry and vindictive wife and a swearing 6-year-old. Life isn’t perfect for him and when she is grilled by Mark she finds herself repeating everything Becca has taught her with a few white lies thrown in, she is given a months trial. In that month Kate an Mark find themselves drawn to one another, but Kate didn’t run away to find a man and will not let her feelings for him amount to anything. But as desperate as Kate is to hide her past she isn’t giving of the impression of someone who is suffering with executive burnout, not when every time a car comes into the driveway she is twitching with nerves at who it could be.

Kate and Annie are two friends but who are both very vulnerable and struggling to make it through the day from fear of their past. The story alternates between the POV of both Kate and Annie, which always left me wanting more of each character. Every time we started getting somewhere with one girl we was thrown into the world of the other, which kept me racing through the pages to find out what would happen next. Not only did Lucy create two strong leads that were easy to fall in love with, she created secondary characters that were impossible to resist, Becca instantly took Kate under her wing and their easy friendship was beautiful. Joe was an absolute sex fiend and instantly I wanted my own Joe, as well as Mark’s little potty mouthed daughter! As for Annie’s friends well the love they had for her radiated off the page and had me wanting to join Le Cloob.  The Day We Disappeared seems just like a typical romantic comedy, but as you read more of the book and dig deeper you realise that this book is so much more and when you reach that twist, you are left with your mind BLOWN. I genuinely did not see it coming and shouted “NO WAY” in public. I looked like a crazy person and then fell down some stairs because I had been too wrapped up in the story to see where I was going!!! (seriously)

 

The Day We disappeared is intriguing and utterly compelling. An absolute page turner that will leave you speechless. Buy this book, buy it now. But be prepared to read it in one go, because Lucy pulls you in and refuses to let go until the very last page, where you undoubtably shed a tear or two.

 

 

 

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