Review: The Day We Disappeared by Lucy Robinson

Thursday 9 April 2015
Title: The Day We Disappeared
Author: Lucy Robinson
Publisher: Michael Joseph
Publication Date: 9th April 2015
Pages: 432
ISBN: 9781405911603
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 5/5
Purchase: Amazon
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 . . .

Having never read a Lucy Robinson book before (shocking, I know), I was very excited to receive a review copy of The Day We Disappeared. Some of my favourite bloggers are huge Lucy Robinson fans, so I went into this book with very high expectations. I also went into the book expecting it to be the norm for this genre and thought I had an idea of where the book would go. How wrong I was, The Day We Disappeared was such a different read from what I was expecting. It's a story that will remain in my memory for a long time. Lucy Robinson is a born storyteller and she has written a book that is just impossible to review.

I became totally invested in the lives of both of our main characters really quickly, and so felt for them throughout the book as if I knew them. This is because of Lucy Robinson's ability to create realistic and believable characters that feel like people you could know in real life. The villains of the piece are also believable, scarily so at times. It's clear that for those parts of the story Lucy has carried out meticulous research, using it to tell a gripping and authentic story that will have you thinking about the book long after you've finished it. Lucy is a wonderful writer, and The Day We Disappeared is full of humorous moments and characters that help to lighten the mood in what was at times a darker read than the cover and blurb suggests. It's not just Annie and Kate who are standout characters, but their friends as well, all of whom have their role to play in the telling of this story.

It isn't often that a book leaves me speechless, or makes my jaw literally drop but The Day We Disappeared managed both of those things and I was so glad I could talk to fellow bloggers and Lucy herself about this book because I needed to talk to somebody else that had read it about how amazing it was after I'd finished it. Thinking back to my reaction at certain events in this book is almost comical, I imagine my face was a picture. I can only apologise for the briefness and lack of detail in this review but with a book like this it's almost impossible to discuss in any detail without giving things away, it's very much about discovering the book for yourselves, which I hope you will. I think this is going to be one of 2015's best books, and fans of Lucy Robinson, or those like me who are new to her work, are going to absolutely love it. I can imagine some might find the start a little slow going, but seriously, it soon gets really good.

The Day We Disappeared is a book you will want to recommend to strangers in the street, and scream at anybody looking at it in a supermarket or bookshop to buy it. You will finish reading it, and immediately want to tell the world about it. It is a truly inspirational, heartwarming and at times heartbreaking read with such a satisfying ending, Lucy has written an incredible novel that I can't recommend enough and I now need to read her other books ASAP. Don't let this one sit on your TBR too long though, it won't be long before someone spoils it! The cover and the blurb do perhaps give off that Women's Fiction vibe, yet the big discussion amongst bloggers and authors recently on Twitter has been #ReviewWomen2015 and this is a book that can and should be used to strengthen that argument, it's so much more than a book for women (I'm not a woman!) and really, this book has to be a bestseller.


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