The Day We Disappeared by Lucy Robinson


"You've disappeared off the face of the earth, darling."

Title - The Day We Disappeared
Author - Lucy Robinson
Publication Date - 24th March 2015 (Kindle Edition)
9th April 2015 (Paperback)
Publisher - Penguin UK
Format - Kindle Edition (Provided via NetGalley)

The blurb

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...

A gripping and unpredictable story of two young women running from their pasts. We defy you to guess the twist... 

Becca's thoughts

I'd like to begin this review by saying a huge thank you to the absolutely incredible Lucy Robinson, and her wonderful publishers Penguin UK, for providing me with a Kindle Edition of The Day We Disappeared via Net Galley in exchange for a fair and honest review. This is the first book by Lucy Robinson that will have been reviewed on Becca's Books, and I'm super excited to share it with you all because, quite simply, The Day We Disappeared blew my bloody mind, and then some. Since beginning my book blog, I haven't really had the chance to read my self-purchased copies, what with a mountain of a to-read pile to get through, and sadly, The Unfinished Symphony of Me and You is somewhere in that pile! So, I was very eager to get started on Lucy's newest release and I was so far away from being disappointed, I don't think there's even a word to describe it. 

To be honest, I'm going to have to be very careful with this review because, you see, The Day We Disappeared is a bookish Rubik's cube, and if I was to give anything away about the story then I wouldn't be able to forgive myself. If I were to ruin the magnificence of this book for any potential readers out there, I would be the most terrible book blogger of all time, and frankly, I'm not okay with that happening! Not okay at all. 

The first thing that struck me when I began reading The Day We Disappeared was how down to earth Lucy's style and dialogue is. There's nothing showy-off or pretentious about it, it's relaxed, easy and completely laid-back, and that in turn made me feel so much better about reading it. It flowed smoothly, sort of like I was sitting in one of those rubber dingies and floating down the lazy river at a water-park, bobbing along and enjoying the scenery. Lucy doesn't beat about the bush, but at the same time, when writing, you're given maximum detail without the author bombarding you with all manner of sensory aspects. The dialogue between Lucy's characters didn't go on and on, yet still managed to provide me with all of the things that I needed to know. I honestly haven't got a clue how Lucy does what she does, but she's one of those writers that make you sit back and think, "Wow", once you've finished reading their work. I'm sure it wasn't effortless on Lucy's part, but when reading, from my perspective, the story was just so seamlessly, pristinely put together, I found myself admiring every single page. 

The Day We Disappeared had such a fantastic, twisting, turning plot and I have no choice but to applaud Lucy with what she has achieved within this book. It was insanely, incredibly, absolutely fascinating to experience the authors imagination in action. I flew through the pages without hesitation, taking everything in, trying to fit the pieces of the puzzle together, failing, and then trying again. It had my brain whirring with all sorts of possibilities and scenarios, my mind working overtime, and by the end of it, I felt like I'd run some sort of marathon! Breathless, hand to chest, eyes wide... It was phenomenal, the sort of book that should be forced upon people who have never read before, just to prove to them how absolutely amazing reading can be! Lucy had me hanging onto the edge of her every word, every paragraph, and every chapter. Pretty sure my knuckles grew white during a few scenes too, due to gripping my Kindle to death! The entire book was a guessing game. I couldn't bear to tear my eyes away for fear of missing some sort of clue or hint, and as I felt myself nearing the moment of revelation, I swear my breath caught in my throat. It was absolutely fantastic, and I swear, I've never be so eager to finish a book, but not want to finish at the same time.

There were plenty of characters within The Day We Disappeared, but Lucy's two main characters were the ones to really take into consideration. We're introduced first to Kate, who has just arrived in Exmoor to begin a new job as a live-in trainee yard assistant, surrounded by lush countryside, stables and horses. Annie is introduced to the reader not long after, and she's back home in London, also about to start a new job after a chance meeting with handsome Stephen. Two women, two completely different circumstances in completely different areas. What Lucy achieves with these two women is something that I am still completely in awe of. You know when you read something, and you sit there and think to yourself, "How has the author managed to do this because I'd never be able to?" Yeah. That. That exactly. As well as Kate and Annie, there was a whole cast of other characters who I found effortlessly engaging and were real people almost immediately in my mind. From Becca, who also works at the stables in Exmoor, to Claudine, a ruthless French woman who is not afraid to say it like it is, to Mark Waverley, the intriguing horse-rider with a face like a slapped arse most of the time. Each and every single one of these fictional people were quickly shaped up and brought to life in my imagination. Each character's own life became a thing of interest and I just couldn't wait to see where Lucy would take them next. 

I think that The Day We Disappeared by Lucy Robinson is a real treasure of a book. A masterpiece, even. I was held captive to Lucy's storytelling abilities right from the very first page to the very last. This is one book that needs to be added to everybody's to-read list this year, without a shadow of a doubt! My experience of reading this book will stay with me for a very long time. I really, truly didn't want it to end, and even now, as I write my review, I'm sat here thinking about it. About everything that happened, about that crazy, exhilarating moment when realisation hit, and when I realised that I was at the hands of a one-of-a-kind author who took me on an amazing journey that I will never, ever forget.

Becca's Books is rating The Day We Disappeared by Lucy Robinson with FIVE GLORIOUS CUPCAKES! I honestly would not be able to give this story any less of a rating. This is right up there with some of my favourite books of all time. I just can't get my head around Lucy's talents and abilities when it comes to words. She manipulates and moulds them into something that can only ever be done once, and only ever by one person. Lucy Robinson, you are incredible, and I am already looking forward to your next release. I cannot wait to see what you do next! 



1 comment :

  1. Fabulous review. You have somehow put into words everything I thought as I read this book, but just couldn't work out how to express. It really is an amazing book