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Review by Suze
At the beginning of the seventies Audrey moves from England to Bombay to stay with a friend. She needs a change and is happy she has chosen the beautiful India as her destination. Then she meets Ralph, a charismatic man who promises her the world. They get married and Audrey becomes the mother of two children. There's something about Ralph that he's carefully hidden before their marriage and Audrey has to live with the consequences of her choice.
Over forty years later Audrey has become a burden to her two children. Lexi and John dutifully divide the compulsory visits and Audrey doesn't like it. They want to put her in a home while she's perfectly capable of taking care of herself. As a last surprise before she'll give in she invites them on a cruise to celebrate her seventieth birthday. Only the cruise isn't just a leisurely luxury holiday for either of them. Secrets of the past come to the surface and they realize they can't trust each other, not at all...
The Disappearance is a fantastic book about a woman who marries a dangerous man. Moving to India changes Audrey's life completely. Annabel Kantaria writes about both Audrey's past and her present. Her story is gripping and I couldn't stop reading. I read this book in one sitting, I had to know what happened to her. Of course I had my suspicions and I couldn't wait to find out if I was right. The ending was exactly how I wanted it to be, with some great twists and turns and many amazing revelations.
Annabel Kantaria has a wonderful writing style which is easy and enjoyable to read. She knows when to build up suspense and her story is both gripping and psychologically interesting. Her vivid descriptions of all of her settings make the story come to life very well. The strained relationships between the main characters are fascinating and everything they do is suspicious. That makes the reader stay on guard. I really liked that I felt compelled to pay attention. If you like books about family secrets you should definitely get this book. I loved The Disappearance, it's a fantastic thrilling read.