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When You Disappeared by John Marrs

The Blurb:

All she wanted was the truth, but she’ll wish she never found out.

When Catherine wakes up alone one morning, she thinks her husband has gone for a run before work. But Simon never makes it to the office. His running shoes are by the front door. Nothing is missing—except him.

Catherine knows Simon must be in trouble. He wouldn’t just leave her. He wouldn’t leave the children.

But Simon knows the truth—about why he left and what he’s done. He knows things about his marriage that it would kill Catherine to find out. The memories she holds onto are lies.

While Catherine faces a dark new reality at home, Simon’s halfway around the world, alive and thriving. He’s doing whatever it takes to stay one step ahead of the truth.

But he can’t hide forever, and when he reappears twenty-five years later, Catherine will finally learn who he is.

And wish she’d stayed in the dark.

About John Marrs:

John Marrs is the author of The One, The Good Samaritan, When You Disappeared, Her Last Move and Welcome to Wherever You Are. A former freelance journalist based in London, England, he spent twenty-five years interviewing celebrities from the world of television, film and music for national newspapers and magazines until becoming a full-time author in 2018. He has written for publications including the Guardian’s Guide and Guardian Online, Total Film, Huffington Post, Empire, Q, GT, the Independent, S Magazine and Company. His books have been translated into twenty different languages and The One is soon to be a major new Netflix series.

My Review:

This was John Marrs debut novel which was originally published as 'The Wronged Sons.' This edition has editorial revisions and for this reason I considered it would be worth a second read. This book had everything I like. Different perspectives of the same story, jumping back and forth from past to present and many different locations around the world. It's a story of how family values and a loving relationship can be unexpectedly and severely challenged, of building a new life but forever to be haunted by the life that was walked away from. A worthy five stars, I couldn't fault it.

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