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When You Disappeared could have been a great novel if a competent author had taken the plot concept and written the novel. it is still a marginally good psychological thriller. The story is told in the first person of the female protagonist and the male antagonist with Elizabeth Knowelden reading the female part very well and Simon Mattacks reading the male part not so well. My main issue with the novel is that it is so chopped up that it's difficult for the listener to keep pace as the novel goes back and forth constantly over a 28 year time period. The novel hits the time periods in seemingly random order.
Summary: Great plot concept with poor implementation due to dizzyingly frequent skips back and forth over 28 years; poor narration by the male narrator.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful
Always tell the truth, always before the lies are as difficult to discover as they are in When You Disappeared. Ah what an awesome novel this will keep you rivited to whereevre you are when you begin listening. So stock up on tissue paper, ice cream, chocolate or beer or wine or potato chips. You will need the comfort food.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Really v good, keeps you guessing right till the end , would highly recommend and I don't usually bother leaving a review.. great story
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
I rarely give 5 star reviews but this book is so worth one. I listened to the book in one day as it was so enthralling. Yes, parts are a little far fetched but this is fiction after all.
some parts are pretty uncomfortable listening but overall one of the best I've had so far, definitely looking at future books by the author.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful
Would you consider the audio edition of When You Disappeared to be better than the print version?
Unlikely - see comments below on the narrators.
What did you like best about this story?
The parallel accounts.
Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Elizabeth Knowelden and Simon Mattacks ?
I don't know but the male had the accent so, SO wrong it really ruined my enjoyment of what might have been a more enjoyable listen. The female narrator, with a ‘neutral’ accent was better but still wrong for the region of the setting, Northampton!
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
There were some unnecessary coincidences that moved me to despair! For example, that Catherine happened to have a bottle of Simon’s wine and the friendship of the half brothers – both unnecessary for the story.