The Widow. The Secret. The Liar.
On a routine flight from Africa to England, Dr Mason Palmer is tragically killed when the light aircraft he’s travelling on crashes and disappears in dense bushland.
Ten months later, Nicole Palmer is still trying to block out the grief of her husband’s sudden death. Until one morning she receives a photo of Mason through the post, along with a cryptic message. A message only he could’ve written.
But when Nicole tries to find out if Mason is really alive and what actually happened to him in Africa, everyone she turns to for answers ends up dead.
Determined to find the truth, Nicole uncovers a conspiracy that spans the globe, and discovers there are powerful people who are prepared to kill to keep her silent.
Who’s lying? Who’s watching Nicole? And can she expose their murky secrets before they catch up with her?
I have a confession to make. Yes yet another one. Although I have heard of Sibel Hodge, I haven’t actually read one of her books before. Sorry Sibel. However, I have certainly read one now and judging by how much I enjoyed reading ‘The Disappeared’, I can guarantee that I will definitely be reading more of her books. I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘The Disappeared’ but more about that in a bit.
The main characters in this book are a married couple called Dr. Mason and Nicole Palmer. Mason is a volunteer with a medical charity and he went to work in Africa for a time. He was due to come back to the UK but the plane he was on crashed and it was assumed that he was dead. I don’t really want to type too much more about Mason because I fear that I would give too much away. On to Nicole. Nicole is a school teacher, who is trying hard to get over the loss of her husband and the fact that it is too dangerous to recover her husband’s body, so she doesn’t even have the funeral to say goodbye to him. She has thrown herself into her work and that is what has got her through as it were. She seems to be coping a bit too well if that makes sense and I felt that she was putting on a front because she didn’t want to appear as weak. A series of things happen which challenges what Nicole had believed to be true. There were a couple of occasions where I wanted to jump inside the pages of the book to give her a reassuring hug and to basically be there for her. Nicole is feisty, determined, strong, inquisitive and on occasion she is prone to jumping to conclusions. What is the truth? Well for the answer to that question you are just going to have to read the book for yourselves to find out as I am not going to tell you.
Oh my goodness me, ‘The Disappeared’ was one seriously fabulous and fantastically well written book that had me gripped literally from start to finish. The author’s writing style is such that she draws you in from the first word onwards and before you realise it you have become addicted to the book. That’s what happened to me anyway. I just had to keep reading on and on to see if I could find out the truth about what happened to Mason and to see whether or not Nicole discovered the truth, without getting herself into too much danger . The pages turned over with increasing speed as my desperation to discover what happened grew. I seemed to race through the book but I didn’t realise just how quickly I was reading until I happened to look up to find out that I had read over 35 % of the book. I was so focused on the story and on the characters that even the world ending would not have been enough to stop me reading. Reading this book was much like being on one very scary and unpredictable rollercoaster ride with more twists and turns than you would find on a Snakes & Ladders board. Just when I thought I could take a breath and gather my thoughts, then off the action would go again.
In short, I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘The Disappeared’ and I would definitely recommend it to other readers. I will most certainly be reading her other books just as soon as I can. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.