„The Day We Disappeared“ by Lucy Robinson
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 . . .
A gripping and unpredictable story of two young women running from their pasts. We defy you to guess the twist . . .
The blurb doesn’t really tell you a lot about what is happening. Personally, I picked this book up because it is set in London and has a pretty cover. Also, secrets intrigue me.
Not knowing what to expect is what threw me off a bit in the first 50 pages or so. But as soon as I fell in love with the characters, I was 100% in love with this book.
And by „the characters“ I mean all of them. I’ve never read a Lucy Robinson book before, but this has definitely not been my last. She has a way with words, but also a talent for scenes that let you see deep into a characters soul, main character, secondary character, animal or otherwise. It’s ridiculous how quickly and how hard I fell for all of them in this book. I don’t even like horses that much, but Mark made me feel right at home at his farm. Just like Kate.
Usually when the main character in a book keeps a secret, I get annoyed quite easily. There’s only so much foretelling, half-sentences and paraphrasing a reader can take. But with Kate and Annie, I didn’t mind it at all. Again just showing how great a writer Lucy Robinson seems to be. And when the secret was finally revealed, it hit me right into the heart. I hadn’t expected it at all. And what a clever plot twist it is… I doubt anyone would expect it. At least I hope not, it would ruin the whole experience otherwise.
There’s not much I can say about the book without giving too much away. I did enjoy it a lot, it was a quick read but still enjoyable, heart-wrenching and heart-warming at the same time, and quite the experience. I do think however, that not telling readers anything at all in the blurb is a bit of a problem. I would have liked to know a little bit more about Annie and Kate. The jobs they were about to begin. I doubt that would have spoiled anything, it would however helped ease the reader into the story.
I subtracted one point/star for my confusion in the beginning. I almost wouldn’t have read on because it felt like such a weird book, not at all like what I had signed up for. But I would have so regretted not reading on. Definitely recommending this to anyone, it’s the perfect read for this summer.