Arriving on the windswept Ile de Ré off the coast of France, Tabby Dewhurst is heartbroken and penniless, unable even to afford a room for the night. Then she overhears a villager repeating aloud the access code to her front door and, hardly believing her own actions, Tabby waits for the villager to leave and lets herself into the house . . .
And so she enters the strange, hidden world of Emmie, whose sudden offer of friendship is at odds with her obsession with her own privacy. Soon Tabby begins to form suspicions about Emmie, suspicions that will lead her back to England – and to a scandal with shattering consequences.
I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book and was quite eager to read it as I love a good mystery.
With the title referencing The Disappearance I was expecting more of a criminal disappearance, a murder or an abduction but no, this is more of a chosen disappearance but under exceptional circumstances.
The novel highlights media persecution and how as UK citizens have a lack of the right to privacy. Emily’s persecution drove her from her home and her family and highlights how damaging the press can be and I thought her’s was the strongest story between her and Tabby.
The timeline switches back and forth but I found this gave the book an all round view. Each chapter is dedicated to either Emily or Tabby giving them both a voice and from very early on I was drawn into this story.
Tabby comes across a little immature in her actions but also has a heart of gold with her friends best interests at heart. I love that she goes nosing around people’s houses. I’m sure we’ve all done that at some point in our lives 🙂
There’s a brilliant twist which I did not see coming at all which turned the whole story on its head, consequently giving me a couple of late nights to finish it.
Oh and I can’t believe that the novel ended on a cliffhangar. I was utterly mortified that this character didn’t get a proper finale but it didn’t make me love it any less.
This mystery is sad yet intriguing, a definite page turner! This isn’t regular chick lit, it’s on a different level with the mystery angle. Read if you enjoy either, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.