heaven_ali (heaven_ali) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

#119 The Man Who Disappeared - Clare Morrall (2010)

When reliable, respectable Felix Kendall vanishes, his wife Kate is left reeling. As she and their children cope with the shocking impact on their comfortable lives, Kate realises that, if Felix is guilty, she never truly knew the man she loved. But as she faces the possibility that he might not return, she also discovers strengths she never knew she had.

This is a good page turner of a read, only the second novel by this author I have read. I can't say it has the power of 'Astonishing Splashes of Colour' but it was diverting well executed plot. I suppose I was a tad disappointed in it.
When Kate's husband disappears, she has to face the truth about his financial mismanagement and even criminality. Her whole life alters, her bank accounts are frozen, she has to allow the house to be repossessed, and move into a council flat. Her children's lives are turned upside down too. The story is told from several points of view, Kate's, her two youngest children Rory and Millie's, and Felix's too. Kate has many things to come to terms with, and she wonders about the man she has lived with so long, and whether she ever really knew him. There are no great surprises in the plot and things end in just about the way I expected them to, but it was a good read overall, although it doesn't make me want to rush out and read more Clare Morrall, which I had thought I would want to.

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