Helen Cooper has a charmed life. She’s beautiful, accomplished, organised – the star parent at the school. Until she disappears.
But Helen wasn’t abducted or murdered. She’s chosen to walk away, abandoning her family, husband Sam, and her home.
Where has Helen gone, and why? What has driven her from her seemingly perfect life? What is she looking for? Sam is tormented by these questions, and gruadually begins to lose his grip on work and his family life.
He sees Helen everywhere in the faces of strangers. He’s losing control.
But then one day, it really is Helen’s face he sees……
Rosie was born and grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa. She studied drama at University and has worked as a writer for theatre, television, magazine, advertising, comedy and the corporate market. she has lived in London since 2000.
Rosie is a keen cook and an avid runner, and is always keen to write about either.
When you manage to finish a book in one day, it’s a pretty good sign that it’s a good book. Rosie covered a topic which I strongly believe needs to be discussed a lot more and that is missing people. We need to establish a better understanding as to why people do it and at times people just do not want to go back and ensure there is a proper support network for families that are left behind.
Helen is most definately a “perfect” wife and mother but there is a lot more to this perfection which you will later learn in the story. I do not want to say too much about what happens as I feel it would spoil the story. It’s a book that explores the complex relationships families can have and not everything maybe what it seems.
I appreciated Rosie’s reflection on what Helen may have felt for the family that she had left behind:
“My darling Frances is a careful, shy girl. She’s not one for forming close, passionate friendship bonds, as so many little girls do. She tends to hang back. She has friends, and she’s kind and quietly confident, so she’s generally popular. But she doesn’t let any of them get too close. I know, deep down, that this is the fault of her feckless father, and it is another on a long, long list of reasons why I want to punch him.’
You go on the rollercoaster ride of emotions, not only for Helen but Sam, Helen’s husband the children and the impact on the wider community. Rosie also reflects the behaviour changes, challenges and relationship changes from Helen leaving. Sam’s behaviour becomes quite obsessive as he has so many unanswered questions and because of this his mind starts to play tricks on him. At some points in the book, I became increasinly frustrated with Sam and kept shouting at him to pull himself together and to look after his children as I felt that they were always forgotten about, and actually his children were the ones that needed him the most.
“What are the odds of bumping into someone in London? One in several million? And yet it happens. Had happened. Helen has obviously decided that it was worth the risk of staying in London, that the odds were overwhelmingly in her favour. She might easily have lived another lifetime in the city without ever encountering me or anyone she knew. But she’d been unlucky. She’d caught the wrong Tube on the wrong day, and despite the enourmous changes to her appearance, I’d seen her.”
This is a must read book, and one I would highly recommend. I have had an amazing start to my reading in 2018.
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