In a family built on lies, who can you trust?
Audrey Bailey will never forget the moment she met Ralph Templeton in the sweltering heat of a Bombay café. Her lonely life over, she was soon married with two small children. But things in the Templeton household were never quite what they seemed.
Now approaching 70, and increasingly a burden on the children she’s never felt close to, Audrey plans a once-in-a-lifetime cruise around the Greek isles. Forcing twins Lexi and John along for the ride, the Templetons set sail as a party of three – but only two will return.
On the night of her birthday, Audrey goes missing…hours after she breaks the news that the twins stand to inherit a fortune after her death. As the search of the ship widens, so does the list of suspects – and with dark clues emerging about Audrey’s early life, the twins begin to question if they can even trust one another…
Audrey Bailey’s changes beyond anything she could imagine when she meets Ralph Templeton. Although it is her friend Janet, who first spots him in a bar, it is Audrey who captures his heart.
The Disappearance is told in four parts and each tells of a different time in Audreys life.
What makes this book so special is that, although it is quite tragic, Audreys devotion and love for her children makes her do something that will not only devastate them, but will also give them the lives she feels they deserve. It will also give Audrey the life she has always yearned for.
Whilst the plot is predictable, I loved this read. It is perfectly told and and is a beautiful debut. The descriptions of India transport the reader to Bombay, and it is very easy to fall in love with the place. The same can be said of Kantaria’s depiction of Greece and Cornwall.
This is quite easily the most perfect summer read.