Allison wrote a wonderful review of The Disappearance a few weeks back so I'll leave it to her to actually describe the book. Please check out her review here. There is no way I could write about it any better.
I also received this book from LibraryThing's Early Reviewer program. Funny, that we both received the same book! I think had I read the book under different circumstances and had different expectations, I would have liked it almost as much as Allison did. I brought it with me on vacation and was trying to get through it so I could delve into Twilight. This is definitely not a book to be rushed. It's a complex character study of two parents in extremely unfortunate circumstances. It becomes evident throughout the book what the outcome will be in the disappearance of their son. The depth of all the characters in the book was very interesting.
My only issue is that I was looking for more of a thrilling mystery or something, especially because I was on vacation. I wasn't expecting to get so involved into the nuances of the characters' lives. And I kept trying to speed through the book and it just wasn't happening (I'm not saying this is a bad thing). I was also surprised at the simplicity of the answer to the question of what actually happened to Daniel. I thought it would have been something more involved or complex than what it was.
All of this is me being very nit-picky. I think if you're looking for a wonderful character study with rich text and wonderful descriptions this is definitely a book for you to check out. Just don't expect to speed through it. And I would suggest this one read in a chair on a cozy weekend afternoon snuggled under a blanket with a nice cup of tea. :-)
If you've read Allison's review (seriously, go read it!) and mine and this book speaks to you, GREAT! Because I'm giving my copy away!
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