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When you Disappeared – John Marrs

After years of hard-boiled resistance I bought a Kindle this week. It’s not that I’ll favour the device over paper but it’s about convenience. There are so many deals on Kindle and it’s such an ease whilst travelling. John Marrs’s When You  Disappeared is the first book I’ve read on my Kindle. I’ve read John Marrs before(The One), and interestingly felt exactly the same about these two books. They start  very promising, the first two thirds of the book is gripping and intriguing but the story makes too many unconvincing turns and takes in too much coincidence. The character building in ‘The One’ was a bit better then this one. I wish the plot was simpler. Catherine and Simon are happily married with 3 beautiful children. But one day Catherine wakes up to find Simon gone. She thinks he’s gone for a run, but he doesn’t show up. There is nothing left behind, no goodbye note, no trace. Simon vanishes into thin air. Then the story moves forward to 25 years later and Simon comes back to face with Catherine – Kitty, as he calls her. As the novel moves back and forth between years the truth about why and how folds out. I couldn’t stop reading in the first half of the book- I was hooked into the story, and dying to find out why Simon left his family. These kind of page-turner books are like running towards a […]

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The Plot Against America

I had started Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America with high expectations. I really wanted to like this book, but I couldn’t. Maybe partly because this is a very personal story for the author, almost an alternate autobiography where I expected to find a more global and engaging story line. The novel tells the “What-If” alternate history, when in beginning […]

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Small Island, Big Differences

I gave 4 starts to Andrea Levy’s Small Island on Goodreads. This is a pretty good book, seem to have won a few awards. Levy writes excellent dialogue and expertly places interesting characters in a well built Britain setting. The novel focuses on 3 main characters, Gilbert and Hortense, who are a Jamaican couple, and Queenie, their English landlady. Hortense […]

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