Book Review: The Day We Disappeared by Lucy Robinson

23864903The Day We Disappeared by Lucy Robinson
Publisher:  Penguin
Release Date:  
4 March 2015 for ebook and 9 April 2015 for paperback
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…

It’s no secret that I’m a massive fan of Lucy Robinson‘s books.  Personally, one novel a year just isn’t enough, but I can appreciate all of the effort and hard work she puts into writing her books.  Trust me, it definitely shows in her newest offering The Day We Disappeared which is, by far, her most mature, complicated and heartfelt work to date.

The Day We Disappeared centres around two young women, Annie and Kate.  Both women are very different from one another but are in the same boat–they’re both running away from something and they’ve both got mega secrets.  The book is told in chapters alternating in narration with a bit of flashback thrown in for good measure.  It’s intense and fast paced and kept me turning pages despite wanting to enjoy this one slowly.

As ever, Robinson’s come up with a very well written, exciting book. For me, one of the things I think Robinson does the best are her side-characters, always a group of supportive and quirky friends.  Each of her books has a crew of well-meaning, crazy and amazingly awesome friends who crack me up.  I sincerely hope that she’s drawing from real life when she writes these guys.  We should all be so lucky to have friends like Annie and Kate’s!

I do have to be honest–this book did trigger some baggage for me.  I found myself tensed, grinding my teeth and wincing at various parts because they were all too familiar though not as extreme.  I can’t say more than that for fear of giving anything away, suffice to say the second half of the book strongly affected me.

It’s hard to talk about this book without being vague–but oh lordy I don’t want to ruin that twist which, unlike me, I totally didn’t see coming.   Read this slowly, folks… you’ll want it to last.  I can’t wait to see what Robinson has in store next–her writing continues to grow and impress me.  Now to wait another year for the next book….

A massive thanks to Penguin and NetGalley for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review. 

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