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4.0 out of 5 starsConfusing
Reviewed in the United States on June 15, 2020
Reading this book takes you in many directions, with reflections back in time and place. It was difficult to put together , finally at the end it made sense.
There really wasn’t much to like about this book full of unlikable characters and a depressing plot. The book jumped from past to present and even threw in sequences of a book that was being written about Agatha Christie, Barbara Follett and Virginia Woolf. These sequences added nothing to the story, although I did see where the author was trying to connect the two. Unfortunately, it made the book disjointed. The overall story was unpleasant and I only kept reading hoping it would somehow redeem itself in the end. It finally does leave on a small hopeful note, but I wish I would have stopped reading at that first feeling of distaste.
5.0 out of 5 starsMore of a slow burn than a thrill ride
Reviewed in the United States on November 30, 2018
Find Me Gone from Sarah Meuleman is a suspense novel that grabs your interest early but doesn't rush along with it. The time invested, however, is well worth it. So if you're tempted to stop because it is slower than you normally like, keep going and make it more about the details than a straight line plot.
The hints about what might be called the surprise are evident throughout the book but most only become obvious after the fact. Reflecting on the book after finishing actually increased my overall enjoyment. I often reread books (maybe 30-40 of my 175-200 books a year are rereads) and while this is not a genre I often reread I may make an exception here. Not so much for any "deeper" insights, though those may well come, but more to read the details with a knowledge of the resolution. Kinda like re-watching Sixth Sense for the clues and hints rather than the plot.
I did enjoy the way the research into the writers worked along with Hannah's psychological journey. In imaging scenes from those writers' lives she would give them a phrase that she would then say in her real life, making a very interesting parallel.
I found myself reading the first half or so of the book fairly slowly, so much so that I completed 4 other books during that time. But during those several days I often thought about what was happening and what I thought it all meant. So for a reader who wants a fast-paced event-leading-to-event type of book this will frustrate you a bit in the beginning. Again, I suggest sticking with it because the last part of the book moves faster and brings many fuzzy ideas into focus very well. I will say that if you don't read close enough to catch the literary parallel then perhaps this isn't for you, part of the fun is in the detail and if you skim details strictly for a story line then maybe not for you.
In writing this I have actually reconsidered my rating and moved it up, it has stuck with me more than I had even realized.
Reviewed from a copy made available by the publisher via LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
5.0 out of 5 starsCompelling, literary and engaging
Reviewed in the United States on November 28, 2018
A clever psychological study in thriller's clothing. The initial mystery of the disappearance of a young teen at the time of Belgium's notorious Dutroux child murder spree turns into a fascinating scrutiny of what makes some women want to disappear from their own lives. The novel moves back and forth in time and back and forth between small-town Belgium and glamorous New York City, with forays into the minds of Agatha Christie, Virginia Woolf and Barbara Follett, who all famously called it quits at some point in their lives. It's the kind of book that's hard to put down and deserves a huge following.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 4, 2018
Give this book a go. As the other reviewers said, this story does flit back and forth over the years but that didn't bother me. I understood what happened well before the ending and I thought it was well thought out by the author. Quite a dark story, but stick with it, as it all comes out in the end. I will be looking out for more books by Sarah Meuleman.