When You Disappeared

51naw62bsool-_sx331_bo1204203200_I’m not entirely sure what prompted me to pick up this book. But having picked it up, I was expecting a suspenseful thriller that would be so captivating; I would be turning the pages at quite a speed. However, this is not what I ended up with – in fact far from it.

Catherine wakes up one day to find Simon gone. She naturally assumes he has gone for an early run. Yet when she finds his running shoes by the door and nothing is missing, she begins to suspect that Simon is some sort of trouble. While Catherine is trying to piece her life back together, Simon is hidden half way across the world living a new life. But he cannot stay away forever, and twenty-five years later returns to Catherine ready to tell her the truth, whether she is ready for it or not.

The style of the narrative was written nicely. Simon and Catherine’s past from different time points were woven into the scenes from the present. At first it did seem a little disorientating switching from Catherine’s past to Simon’s and then to the present. But this feeling didn’t last long and I got used to it pretty quickly.

The plot started off slowly, which I had expected. At first the hints and snippets of information revealed were intriguing and kept me reading. Yet, there came a point where I had read a substantial amount of the book and still nothing had really happened – this completely frustrated me! After a while of this sluggishly slow pace, my curiosity levels started to dwindle.

“… there were times when there was no other option but to leave everything behind, and to hell with the ramifications.”

Furthermore, some of the scenes, especially those depicting Simon were coming across as being highly unrealistic and absurd. For me, this took something away from the book. In this type of book, realism was somewhat important.

Additionally, when the big reveal was made as to why Simon left in the first place, I couldn’t help but feel disappointed. I had expected there to be more behind his reasoning for leaving. Moreover, this emphasized both characters’ flaws – particularly those of Simon’s. It infuriated me that both characters could be so blind – had they learnt nothing in ten years of marriage? Catherine I could sympathize with. I understood her reasoning (to an extent), but Simon was a different matter altogether. There wasn’t anything likable or redeemable about him. His actions, attitude and behaviour disgusted me. I couldn’t fathom how anyone could be like him.

“… the more you trust in someone, the more opportunities you give them to shatter your illusions about them.”

In a nutshell this book made me feel disappointed, disgusted and detached. Definitely would not recommend this book, and I don’t think I’ll be reading more of Marrs’ works anytime in the near future or ever.


The Rosie Effect

712b0wxblglI absolutely loved pretty much everything about ‘The Rosie Project’ – the characters, the plot and the writing. Therefore, I was rather excited to pick up and read its sequel. I had high expectations simply because of how amazing its predecessor had been. This probably contributed to the feeling of discontentment I had after reading it.

After the successful completion of The Wide Project, Don and Rosie are back! They’re happily married when Rosie delivers some unexpected news – she’s pregnant! Don reluctantly welcomes the challenge and with the help of his friends starts to learn about fatherhood. However, when he starts to juggle different aspects of his life, problems soon arise and the threat of losing Rosie forever becomes real.

This was a nice light read. Although it had more of a serious tone compared to ‘The Rosie Project’, as it dealt with the topic of pregnancy and fatherhood, humour had been injected in places to keep it light. I felt there wasn’t much humour, but when there was, it made me laugh out loud. Yet, the plot itself seemed a little scattered and a bit stretched out for liking. The ending especially was long and drawn out. There were a couple of times where it seemed like there were unnecessary parts.

For some reason that I can’t seem to understand properly, Rosie annoyed me a little in this book. She flittered in and out but always remained in the background. Although, when the focus was directly on her, she seemed to be rather irritating. Don’t get me wrong – I could sympathise with her, but only to a limited extent. I found this odd, considering that I liked her quite a bit in the previous book. Maybe it was her behaviour caused by her pregnancy. I cannot say for sure though.

“Rationality was returning to deal with the mess that emotions had created.”

I still found Don to be the lovable awkward guy he was in ‘The Rosie Project’ much to my delight. His character had been written incredibly well – it was extremely hard not to empathize with him and his situation. There were a couple of things that I had an issue with, but these weren’t major and could be overlooked rather easily.

In conclusion, I did enjoy this book but not to the extent that I thought I would. It was a nice light read which helped to pass the time. I would recommend it to those that have read its predecessor simply because I myself like to complete a series.