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The Disappearance

Author: Annabel Kantaria
Published: 21 April 2016
Reviewed: 4 August 2016
4 out of 5 stars
Copy supplied by Harlequin (UK) Limited, MIRA UK in return for an honest review


Description:

Audrey Templeton wants to spend her 70th birthday with her children on a once-in-a-lifetime cruise. Neither John or Lexi are overjoyed by a week with their widowed, increasingly forgetful mother, but reluctantly agree.


Celebrating at the ship’s famous White Night party, Audrey reveals that although their domineering father left them nothing, when she dies John and Lexi will inherit a life-changing sum. With both children facing financial difficulties, the news is a huge relief.


Then Audrey disappears. The search moves from the ship to the Mediterranean Sea beyond, but there is no trace – she has simply vanished.


As John and Lexi investigate, clues to their mother’s past emerge – a past in India, of scandal and tragedy – hidden until now. Soon they start to wonder if they ever really knew Audrey, and whether they can trust one another… 

My Thoughts & Review: 

The very opening pages of this book immediately grab the reader’s attention, the captain of a cruise ship is calling off the search for a missing passenger who is suspected to have gone overboard.  The passenger in question is Audrey Templeton, celebrating her 70th birthday with her grown up children on a cruise of the Greek Islands.

The author then takes us back to the 1970s where we encounter a much younger Audrey aboard a boat destined for India where her friend Janet lives.  The death of both of her parents in quick succession sees her needing a change in her life, and this seems the obvious one to make.  Her new life in India begins when she meets a dark and mysterious stranger in a coffee bar, there is an attraction there and the pair are married within 6 months, she also becomes mother to her new husband’s twins John and Lexi.  Unfortunately for Audrey, it’s not the Disney fairytale she would have hoped for, a horrific incident brings about their return to London.

Annabel Kantaria continues to weave back and forth between the 1970s and 2013 to tell the tale of Audrey’s life, right up to the point that John wants to put his 69 year old mother into a form of sheltered accommodation.  Without saying anything more through worry of giving too much away,  I will add that Audrey disappears just after telling the twins that they will inherit a fortune……

The plot was easy to follow, the way the story moved back and forth through Audrey‘s life was well written and gave the reader a greater insight into this character and her relationships.  Kantaria has a very enjoyable style of writing, it makes for an easy and enjoyable read, she builds suspense well and ensures that the reader is gripped and interested throughout.  Vivid descriptions of the settings really brought the story to life, as did the wonderful cast of characters.  Audrey in particular is a wonderful character, one that you begin to feel a connection to in her younger years, living in India with a controlling husband and his children that she struggles to connect with.    

Family secrets are always interesting to read about and this is definitely a book that has this in spades!  A compelling and thrilling read.

You can buy a copy of The Disappearance here.   

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Valentina

Author: S E Lynes
Published: 1 July 2016
Reviewed: 14 June 2016
What Milo Saw by Virginia Macgregor

Read more at: http://www.london24.com/entertainment/book_review_what_milo_saw_by_virginia_macgregor_1_3750981
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Copy supplied by Blackbird Digital Books in return for an honest review

4 out of 5 Stars

 

Description:   

My Thoughts & Review

When I first heard about this book I was intrigued, it sounded fascinating so I jumped at the chance of a review copy from Blackbird Digital Books.

Set in Aberdeenshire, Shona is a new mum settling into a rural setting with her little girl, and trying to adjust to a new way of life while her partner works offshore.  She finds she is missing her old life and friends, she craves human interaction beyond the niceties of the woman on the till in the supermarket so when she meets Valentina on the steps of the nursery a much needed friendship soon blossoms.  
Initially narrated through Shona, we learn about her life up to meeting her perfect match Mikey, how they first met, the way their relationship developed and how she came to live in her idyllic cottage in Aberdeenshire.  It is also through Shona that we “see” Valentina, how charismatic, carefree and confident she is, her style is hippy yet chic, she’s daring, she’s funny and most of all she’s just what Shona needed.  
As Shona reflects back on life before her child we see that she was a strong character, standing up to bullies and taking no nonsense.  So the dramatic change to her character is startling but understandable.  As a new mother she is exhausted, but with this comes the ability for her to be easily manipulated.  At times this character does come across as naive, too trusting and you really want to nudge her, shake her, anything to make her stop, notice and see sense. 
The overall style of writing is good, impressively descriptive, well paced and the plot was well thought out.  The narration by two of the main characters lends itself well to this story, it allows the reader to not only see Shona’s point of view, but also to some extent, experience it too.  
Character development in this book is very well done, interesting and well formed characters become even more intriguing, they mould into new shapes and the transformation of Shona in particular was fascinating to read.  
This is the sort of story that stays with you after you’ve finished the last page.  Even after a few days I found myself wondering what I would have done in that situation?  Would I have done the same thing?  Why would someone do that?  How could someone really do that and think they would never be found out?  Once you’ve read it you will understand…..
For a début, this is an impressive novel, well written and full of suspense, it’s gripping at the right time, the pace stays well matched to the action throughout, and it’s a good read.  Perhaps I’ve read too many of this genre, but I did find it was a little predictable, but this didn’t detract from my enjoyment.  

I would have no hesitation in recommending this book it’s a good read.   

You can buy a copy of Valentina here. 
 

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