With thanks to the publishers for allowing us a copy of The Disappearance in exchange for review. In the early seventies following the death of her father Audrey uses the money she has to start a new life and meet her friend in India – she is immediately in awe of the smells and colours of the exotic land and enjoying her new life when she meets the handsome (and rich) Ralph. Whilst her friend warns her that he may not be all that he seems love is blind and Audrey falls deeply in love with Ralph agreeing to marry him. Marriage to Ralph however means not working and having to look after his 3 month old twins Lexie and John and on the condition she never reveals to them that she is not their birth mother.
Fast forward 40 years and following a car accident and them feeling their mother isn’t acting normally John and Lexie are trying to persuade her that maybe it’s time to look into assisted living. However Audrey has other ideas and when she invites the twins to share a cruise around the Greek islands as a last hurrah things take a tragic turn when it’s discovered that Audrey is missing presumed overboard.
A fabulously written novel which switches well from present to past and alternates between Audrey and Lexie’s point of view to further the story. I particularly loved the way the relationship between the twins was explored and the similarities between John and his father were visible in the way he behaved with his twin and Audrey. I believe Audrey came across as a brave and strong woman to have sacrificed her own happiness for children who weren’t even her own.
I was gripped from the first page and felt invested in the story to the end – the end was magical with a superb twist and conclusion which I weren’t spoil – highly recommend you read this and disappear among the pages!