The Man Who Disappeared Paperback
What would you do if, out of the blue, your husband disappeared and you found out he was a suspected criminal? When reliable, respectable Felix Kendall vanishes, his wife Kate is left reeling.
As she and their children cope with the shocking impact on their comfortable lives, Kate realises that, if Felix is guilty, she never truly knew the man she loved.
But as she faces the possibility that he might not return, she also discovers strengths she never knew she had.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 384 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
- Publication Date: 24/06/2010
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780340994290
Showing 1 - 5 of 5 reviews.
Review by bhowell
I picked this book up at the Hatchard book store in London, intrigued by the plot outlined on the back. It is a lively escapist read about an English upper middle class woman whose husband disappears. Shortly thereafter, she learns of serious improprieties at his accounting firm and he is accused of laundering money from criminal activities. As the police conduct a man hunt for her husband , Kate and her children must cope with intense media scrutiny and wonder if they ever really knew their much loved husband and father.Ms Morrall's previous novels include the Booker -shortlisted "Astonishing Splashes of Colour" which I have but had never gotten around to reading. now, I look forward to it. Highly recommended.
Review by mumfie
This was an entertaining light read about a father and husband who does a runner as he is being sought for fraud. It deals with the practical and emotional upheaval his wife and children go through as they deal with their change in financial and emotional circumstances and their gradual adaptation of a new life, interspersed with his own attempts to forge a temporary life.
Review by coolmama
I really enjoyed this character story of Kate and Felix Kendall.They have been happily married with three children, and one day Felix just doesn't show up home....what's going on? He is accused of money laundering and has no contact with his family, who think him dead.I like the strength that Kate (before a bored housewife) found within her self and how her family survived their fall from upper class to council estate life.Always enjoy Clare's novels. Really good writer.
Review by jessicariddoch
"When Reliable, respectable Felix Kendall vanishes, his wife Kate is left reeling. As she and their children cope with the shocking impact on their comfortable lives, Kate realises that, if Felix is guilty, she never truly knew the man she loved. But as she faces the possability that he might never return, she also discovers strengths she never knew she had."an oddly compelling book. I loved the portions where felix is trying without breaking the law to live under the radar. that he was so attached to the idea of family. The story is realy about how a good man can be led astray by things dome in his youth, and the isecurity of a proper family.
Review by oldblack
This book is not Booker-shortlist material (unlike her first work, "Astonishing Splashes of Colour"), but I really enjoyed reading it. It's a fun book, with enough serious undertones to hold my interest. Sadly, I think Morrall was let down by her publisher who should have told her to axe the last 40 pages or so and terminate it with a decent ending. I found the main characters to be entirely believable even though some of the plot aspects stretched the realms of coincidence nearly to breaking point.