02 March 2009 ~ 0 Comments

(Book) The Disappearance by Efrem Sigel


I saw this book come up on the “coming soon” list and made a mental note to look out for it, but when someone sent it to me, I lept at it! It sounded a little different than what this genre usually entails and it did not disappoint. The book itself moves a little slowly, but not in a bad way… it takes you through this couple’s heartaches. It’s somewhat muted, but completely and utterly engaging. It didn’t make me cry or anything, but it gripped my heart and squeezed for all it was worth. It was a tough one, in that respect. I felt like I was with the father a lot, the desperate search, the look back at what he should have done, what he did wrong, what he did right, what he could have done differently. It was almost… manic? Is that the word? It was… sad.

The way the book is written is a subtle story, of love, of loss, of remorse, of letting go and moving on and looking behind. This beautifully written, reading it you know how it must go along, but you keep waiting and hoping for something different. I don’t want to spoil it too much, but this is a book you experience more than read.

I don’t hesitate in recommending this book. It’s a really good book and I’m happy that I got the chance to read it. It’s rough, but it hits home with a reality that, well, it smacks you in the face. No one likes to think of things like this, but the harsh reality is that it happens and this is a story of how one couple dealt with it. The good – and the not so good.

Get this. It’s good.

Product Description
When Joshua and Nathalie Sandler’s only child, 14-year-old Daniel, disappears one flawless summer day in a tiny hamlet in western Massachusetts, their world changes in an instant. Over the next year, Joshua neglects everything else to search ceaselessly for their son, while Nathalie, a beautiful and gifted cellist, withdraws into herself, unable to play even a note of music.

Sigel’s novel immerses us in the Sandlers’ world. We see the various townspeople who might be involved in this disappearance and its aftermath: the mean-spirited president of the Board of Selectmen, neighbors who either come forward to help or who hide evidence, a deeply human police chief, half a dozen troubled teenagers, and a dark-haired, passionate young woman with secrets of her own, who is drawn to Joshua and his plight.

With lyrical prose and suspense that builds inexorably toward a resolution, Sigel portrays the anguish of parents, who, despite their crushing burden of uncertainty and grief, must continue to live their lives. While the mystery of Dan’s appearance deepens, Joshua and Nathalie struggle to find a new meaning to their existence and to discover, finally, whether a marriage that has come apart piece by piece can ever be made whole again.


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