Friday, February 13, 2009

The Disappearance by Efrem Sigel--Review and GIVEAWAY!!

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!

Chances to enter:
1) Leave a comment saying you'd like to be entered along with your email address
2) For 2 extra entries: Tell me about another book you really enjoyed that had really great character development.
3) For 3 extra entries: Subscribe to our blog via Google Reader or become a Follower through blogger and make sure you let me know that you subscribed or that you are already a subscriber.

Enter quickly because this contest is only open for a week! Please enter by Friday, February 20th at 11:59pm. I'll announce the winner on Saturday, February 21st.


Thao said...

Enter me please : D

My favorite book with great character development is The Man Of My Dreams by Curtis Sittenfeld.


Ann Diana Dinh, said...

Enter me too please :)

My favorite book with character development was "A Hopeless Romantic" by Harriet Evans. Laura was the typical hopeless romantic; always day-dreaming, and it was all love, love, love. Through out the book, she finds herself becoming more independent and that's when she finally finds true love.


Jenners said...

Thought you would be interested in reading my interview with Efrem Sigel. The link is here:

Bingo said...

Please enter me for your contest.

A good book I read with bad character development was BELLE IN THE BIG APPLE by Brooke Parkhurst. I liked the book but they could have done so much more with belle. I don't see how to become a follower. You are on my blog list at BOOKIN' WITH BINGO but I will try thro my Goodgle/Blogger link? Thank you!

Bingo said...

oops, you can contact me at
I forgot that with my previous entry. Thank you!

Teddy Rose said...

Please sign me up.

I loved Late Nights on Air by Elizabeth Hay for it's strong, well developed characters!

I blogged about your giveaway here:

Bcteagirl said...

I would love this! My favourite book with character development (so far) is Cara Callan.

LazyDaisy0413 said...

I'd love to read this book. Please enter me. I follow you via the Blogger follow function.


Blodeuedd said...

I'd like tp enter if it's open to everyone in the world :)

The question then, I'd say...Emma from Emma by Jane Austen. She changes a lot, and I just love Austen so

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traveler said...

Thanks for this giveaway. A favorite book with character development was The Sense of Paper by Taylor Holden. Amazing and memorable.