Wednesday, October 31, 2012

THE MAN WHO DISAPPEARED by CLAIRE MORRAL



Kate is very comfortably off, settled with her home and family. A respectable hard working husband who is a good provider, a decent father and a likable husband. Two youngsters - both in private schools doing exceptionally well in rugby and academics respectively with friends of their own, no bad habits, no hanging out with gangs etc.

Turn your life upside down. You go away on a short break in connection with your studies and you return to find your husband's face splashed on every paper in the country and beyond. You are stopped at Immigration and Customs in Canada for questioning. You have papparazzi hanging outside your bedroom windows waiting for a glimpse of you and the children or waiting to interview anyone who knew you even remotely to get some kind of idea of what is happening to Felix Kendall the mastermind behind the money laundering business that has been going on for a decade.

I thought the story was a good one, very plausible and very happening. It somehow took off till midway and then when it should have got better and better, it somehow fell flat. Where it could have got exciting and held you in thrall with what was going to happen next - Kate falling on bad times, moving to a council flat, Felix missing and then turning up, the papparazzi in full force again, the reason behind his absconding and the general fall out on the family as a result of the upheaval somehow was rather dull.

An excellent story but midway I lost interest in the reading as it lacked punch.  I did finish it though.

8 comments:

Mary (Bookfan) said...

I love the cover. Sorry to hear the story fell flat halfway through.

Kaye said...

Kudos to you for finishing even though it lost steam halfway through. So disappointing!

bermudaonion said...

It's too bad this book lost its punch halfway through - it sounds like it could have been edited better.

Jennifer @ Mrs Q Book Addict said...

Sorry to hear the story fell flat. I thought it sounded really good.

Diana Leigh said...

It sounded promising - too bad it was disappointing. It's good that you were able to finish it though. :)

Sam (Tiny Library) said...

Shame the second half was a bit disappointing. I find it hard to believe that the woman wouldn't have suspected at all?

Vintage Reading said...

Interesting you say that because I read her Astonishing Splashes of Colour and felt pretty much the same. Ah well!

Christina T said...

It sounded like such an interesting story. I'm sorry it was disappointing in the end!