I would be lying if I said I didn’t worship Lucy Robinson. Everything the woman writes is bloody brilliant and I itch with anticipation when I know a new book is imminent. Earlier this year I was lucky enough to read this book via NetGalley which was a total treat. I was then sent a beautiful pink, neon paperback proof and then, to top it all off, was sent a glorious neon green/yellow finished copy. I know that you can sometimes have -too- many books but I feel like I could never have enough copies of this book. Yeah, I’m greedy. Soz.
The Day We Disappeared takes a whole new direction from Robinson’s other novels and I liked it. I liked it a lot. We are drawn into the world of two women who lead opposing lives yet seem to understand each other more than you ever believe they could. There is no chance that I am going to talk about the plot anymore because one false move and I will ruin the whole bloody thing which I definitely don’t want to do. What I love most about this book is it doesn’t fall into a genre. It straddles so many different ideas and ‘categories’ which makes it appealing to such a vast array of people. It’s not a ‘fluffy chick-lit’ or a ‘saga’, it’s a really fantastic novel which should be read by everyone.
I was truly lucky to read this before the hype and before I knew there was going to be a ‘twist’. I didn’t expect anything like that to happen so it was just the most stonking reveal EVER. Argh, now I feel like I’m talking in code. Ok, so, basically, read this book.
Lucy writes with such wit, warmth and wisdom. There are laughs aplenty but also moments that brought tears to my eyes and, without using the old cliche of going on an ’emotional roller-coaster’, my emotions were all over the place when reading this book. I love a book that can pull you in so deeply that you become totally connected to the characters and their story. I felt so connected to this book that I couldn’t put it down and read it in such a quick space of time. It felt like I couldn’t get through it fast enough to see what would happen in the end for the characters.
I don’t even recommend you read this book if you get a chance, I instruct that you buy it immediately and read it immediately. You will not regret it. This book is one of the best books I’ve read so far this year and will take a hell of a lot to beat it.
The Day We Disappeared is beautiful, tragic, heartwarming and laced with humour. A must read for 2015.