Blogger Book Club #2: The Day We Disappeared

29.6.15


"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..."

Before | The Day We Disappeared is my choice for book club, and doesn't it sound like a good one?  I stumbled across this book months ago whilst browsing Waterstones: instantly wanted to get my hands on it, only to find it was on pre-order.  So when I found it on the shelves of Tesco for the grand sum of £3.75, it was an instant, guilt-free purchase.  And luckily, Lizzie and Leanne were up for reading it too!  It's got a really eye-catching cover (I know, I know....shouldn't judge!), and I'm hoping it'll be a good mystery.

During | So this book was a lot more chick lit-y than I thought it would be.  It read like a rom-com, but actually that was quite nice.  It was fun to read and a style of book that I haven't gone for in a while.  At times I found some of the characters a little unbelievable and wooden, but it did manage to blend light reading with a little bit of edge really well.  I felt like Annie's secret was revealed fairly early on, and wondered why it was such a big thing on the blurb - how wrong I was!

After | The twist in this book hit me like a slap in the face and made me re-read the preceding paragraphs twice over.  I'd guessed a few aspects of the plot, but would never have figured out the 'big reveal'.....it's so good!  Close to the end I also realised why I'd found some of the characters a bit hard to picture....it wasn't down to cheesy writing, after all!  The combination of being easy to read along with the gripping storyline meant I easily sat and read hundreds of pages at a time; in fact, I managed to finish this book in just over two days.  The ending all ties up nicely, perhaps a little too tidily in my opinion.  After the revelation I felt that the end was a little bit simplistic.  But that's my only gripe!  Definitely one to pick up if you fancy chick lit with a bit more bite.

Next month we're reading The Two of Us by Andy Jones.  Read along if you want to get involved!

// Click the links to check out Lizzie and Leanne's reviews! //

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