The Day we Disappeared by Lucy Robinson

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Format: Paperback
Published: 9th April 2015
Publisher: Penguin Books
Pages: 435 Pages

The Blurb
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.

Rating: 2/5

The Review
I think I’m in the minority when I say this, but I did not like this book. I’ve seen many a 5 star review expressing how good the book is and I’m awfully sad that I can’t join the party and say the same things.

The Day we Disappeared is told through the eyes of Katie and Annie and how they separate themselves from very sad situations – they each have a troubled past that messes with their minds and the story shows both girls lives and ways in which they deal with new challenges and love.

Firstly, I’d just like to say that my thoughts and feelings are no way directed at the author as the narrative was clean, well written and incredibly easy to read, and secondly, I’d hope people won’t throw rotten tomatoes at me!

Kate and Annie did suffer and I felt incredibly sorry for them. They share a common feature, they just want to disappear. Annie suffered from mental health issues and Kate had a family secret. Overall, this element is something I enjoyed because you saw their true colours and they were vulnerable. I’m not a sadistic fellow, but seeing someone at their most vulnerable means you can relate more.

The main reason I did not like the day we disappeared was for two reasons.

1 – the premise of the book is all about vulnerability and secrets, yet for over 250 pages it was laced with fluff. I felt that the La Cloob group of friends and all about Mark’s farm wasn’t needed because they just described really uneventful things.

2 – characters fell in love far too quickly and I hate that. You all know I hate lovey-dovey stuff so it’s a bit repetitive of me, but why do authors do that? Annie and Kate are so vulnerable that adding love (which is a volitile thing anyway) just felt like a ticking time bomb.

Hopefully, after the above you don’t have tomatoes ready to throw!


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