One day, Simon Nicholson, husband and father of three, disappears without a trace. His wife, Catherine, is left raising her children alone, wondering what could possibly have happened to him. Was he kidnapped? Murdered? Did he hit his head and lose his memories? Is he wandering around somewhere, not knowing who he is? The answer comes twenty-five years later when Simon suddenly appears on Catherine’s doorstep, alive and seemingly unharmed. The remainder of the narrative is told in alternating points of view from both Catherine and Simon, and gradually reveals exactly what happened on that fateful day in June.
Once you really get into the novel, it’s nearly impossible to put it down. On the downside, the novel has the tendency to be a little heavy-handed at times. It also takes a while getting to the big reveal, and while I admit that the story is right to take its time, I grew a bit impatient with the pacing towards the end, and ended up skimming the last 50 pages. Despite this, however, this is a definite recommendation for fans of Gone Girl.