When You Disappeared by John Marrs


I received an ARC from Netgalley of this book in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my opinion in any way.


This is a difficult book to review because there were so many ups and downs of this book. One of the main characters, Simon is extremely unlikable and does not redeem himself at any point in the book. However, the twists in the book were unexpected, bringing my rating up from a 2 to a 3 star review.

We meet Simon and Catherine, a married couple with three children who have been married for 10 years. Seemingly, they appear to have good lives together. However, one day Simon disappears without a trace.

Did he leave on his own volition? Was he kidnapped? Was he murdered? For twenty five years, we (and Catherine) have no idea. The book is laid out in such a way that it cuts between various years in the past juxtaposed with the present day.

My issues were mainly with Simon. I often wanted to dive into the book and shake him for all his transgressions. I won’t reveal anything more than that, but he is highly unlikable.

The author does a good job of making the reader feel sympathetic towards Catherine throughout the duration of the book. Also, there are several twists/reveals at the end that were fairly surprising, which was welcome.

Overall, a 3 star review. Also, a warning that there are many difficult topics addressed in this book: rape, suicide, and multiple murders.

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