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Audrey’s children are concerned about her ability to live an independant life, and while daughter Alexandra struggles with her dominant twin’s uncaring attitude toward their mother she allows herself to be persuaded that John knows best. And so begins a story, relevant in today’s society, of an ageing parent and a family struggling with associated demands on their time and wallet. However, through alternating chapters, Audrey’s early life is gradually revealed and a mystery begins to build. It soon becomes apparent that there is more to Audrey than initially meets the eye. Between India and England, the author weaves delicate strands that bind Audrey’s story with that of twins Alexandra and John and culminates in a cruise with unexpected consequences. I found this a compelling read that was difficult to put down. The characters are beautifully drawn with believable human frailties. The combining of 1970s Audrey and current day Alexandra works well by allowing the reader access to some of Audrey’s deepest secrets. The dénouement, when it arrives, is both surprising and satisfying. A recommended read for all those who enjoy a thoughtful, well written mystery.
At the beginning of the seventies Audrey moves from England to Bombay to stay with a friend. She needs a change and is happy she has chosen the beautiful India as her destination. Then she meets Ralph, a charismatic man who promises her the world. They get married and Audrey becomes the mother of two children. There's something about Ralph that he's carefully hidden before their marriage and Audrey has to live with the consequences of her choice.
Over forty years later Audrey has become a burden to her two children. Lexi and John dutifully divide the compulsory visits and Audrey doesn't like it. They want to put her in a home while she's perfectly capable of taking care of herself. As a last surprise before she'll give in she invites them on a cruise to celebrate her seventieth birthday. Only the cruise isn't just a leisurely luxury holiday for either of them. Secrets of the past come to the surface and they realize they can't trust each other, not at all...
The Disappearance is a fantastic book about a woman who marries a dangerous man. Moving to India changes Audrey's life completely. Annabel Kantaria writes about both Audrey's past and her present. Her story is gripping and I couldn't stop reading. I read this book in one sitting, I had to know what happened to her. Of course I had my suspicions and I couldn't wait to find out if I was right. The ending was exactly how I wanted it to be, with some great twists and turns and many amazing revelations.
Annabel Kantaria has a wonderful writing style which is easy and enjoyable to read. She knows when to build up suspense and her story is both gripping and psychologically interesting. Her vivid descriptions of all of her settings make the story come to life very well. The strained relationships between the main characters are fascinating and everything they do is suspicious. That makes the reader stay on guard. I really liked that I felt compelled to pay attention. If you like books about family secrets you should definitely get this book. I loved The Disappearance, it's a fantastic thrilling read.
From the beginning of the read we know that Audrey Templeton has disappeared, vanished into thin air from a cruise ship and is presumed drowned. We then follow Audrey’s story which spans the last 40 years and takes us from India to London and Cornwall before this all important cruise. Told from Audrey’s point of view and also that of her daughter Alexandra, it is a story of a marriage and family that has an unspoken secret at its heart.
I really liked the flow of the read which was constantly threaded with a subtle undercurrent of danger to come. There is certainly one character here who we are never quite sure of. Nothing is ever spoken aloud, but the message that that person should not be trusted certainly shines through and keeps you reading to see if what you suspect is going to come true. It is not so much full of twists and turns, more subtle meanderings that keep the reader on their toes. You can second guess what is going to happen (and I had worked out the ending for myself) but the characters and story are so intriguing that you just have to keep reading to see if you are right.
My only read doubts about the book concern the prologue, which gives away the fact that Audrey is missing right at the start of the read and I did wonder why it was repeated word for word as a separate chapter later on in the book. That having been said, the title of the book gives it all away anyway.
I received a review copy from the publisher via Netgalley.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 18, 2016
This was OK. A 70-year old woman disappears from a cruise, leaving her two children stunned as to where she could have gone. In flash back, we learn that this is Audrey, whose life changed when she met a rich but controlling man in India in the 1970s. Her two kids, both of whom are somewhat implausible, have been struggling with her needs as she gets older - weirdly, Audrey is described as 70 but is treated as if she is 90.
'The Disappearance' is a steady piece of domestic melodrama. If someone had described the plot to me before I started reading it, I would have assumed that I I would hate it. In fact, I found myself walking along a pavement reading the last few pages. Not because the plot is 'utterly compelling' - sorry Judy Finnegan, not sure you read this one yourself, did you? - but because there is enough skill in the crafting of the story to draw one in. Two strand, flashback narrative structures are now so common that it appears to be against most publishers' rules to write a novel in any other format, but here it really heightens the story.
There is a twist. It is, of course, utterly absurd.
And cruises in fiction always come across as hideous. Not even Rob Brydon would enjoy them.
I enjoyed this mystery - read in a day on holiday. The end was a little predictable but the lead up, told from two different perspectives, was interesting. The only jarring note was the core assumption that adoptive parent-child relationships are less close or real - that something is missing. This theme recurs throughout the book in all the main characters' lives and for me - as an adoptive parent - it just doesn't ring true. The book also needs a proof read to eliminate typos and grammatical glitches. Otherwise good escapist fiction.
5.0 out of 5 starsLoose yourself in this brilliant family saga
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 14, 2017
An absolutely brilliant, absorbing novel which kept me turning the pages to the end. Although it wasn't the thriller I had expected, I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish. The author paints a vivid picture of sights, sounds and smells without long wordy descriptions or rambling passages, keeping the reader immersed in the story right through the book. As the time frame changes from 1970's to present day and back again, I didn't have any trouble keeping up or knowing which time frame we were in, nor did I find myself loosing track of the storyline from one time frame to another, as sometimes happens.
I found the characters to be realistic and well thought out, if anything I would have liked to know more about their back stories which may have helped some reviewers who did not warm to Lexi and John, the twins. However I thoroughly recommend this book for an absorbing read with a brilliant twist at the end (not to give anything away). Having read the book I really don't feel the amazon blurb does it any justice, it feels sterile and almost misleading, not conveying any of the warmth or the mystery which fills its pages. Give this a go, its a brilliant family saga to loose yourself in.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 21, 2019
I really became hooked on this book and only slightly guessed the ending! At the age of 70 myself I could completely empathise with Audrey and her frustration with the twins wanting her to move into sheltered accommodation, setting the scene for all that came later - plus the wonders of the Internet! Well-written so a shame there were several printing errors (in the Kindle edition), but not enough to spoil the novel itself. I’m not usually a thriller reader (not sure this can be classed as a “thriller”) and don’t read the many psychological thrillers now in vogue, but really enjoyed this book.
I did read it all the way through, mainly to see if the ending was as I expected-it was. On the plus side it is an easy read to pass an hour or two. On the negative I personally found the plot implausible and disappointing.