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Now You See It: A Novel
by Allison Lynn
David and Jessica have almost everything they could want: he is an accomplished journalist, she teaches at an elite private school, and they travel in a circle of alluring friends. Theirs is an enviable life -- until one night when David returns from a business trip. Jessica's wallet and keys are in their usual place, but she is gone. As months pass without her, David's ce ...more
ebook, 304 pages
Published July 26th 2004 by Touchstone
(first published July 1st 2004)
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A woman disappears. Her husband tries to deal with it. There are flashbacks to their early life together, and to a story he did in Peru which started on their honeymoon. Unfortunately, that's about as exciting and engaging as the story gets. I never really got into this book, though I managed to finish it. I found the characters flat and the story line dull.
This book had a lot of potential in the beginning. I was drawn in by the mystery of the disappearing wife; it kind of had a Gone Girl feel to it. Despite being disappointed with the overall story, I decided to give it 2 stars. There were a lot of details given pertaining to Peru and a revolutionary uprising. The main plot felt incomplete and the ending was lacking. Some parts were well written, but by the end of the book I felt like I should have used my time to read something else.
I thought this book had so much potential. A woman disappears with no explanation and her husband is left behind to put together the pieces. What's not to like? Oh yeah, that it fell apart! No real answers and another story in there that didn't relate very well to the main point of the book. I was hoping to find a new author to love, it I found a new book to toss.
Oct 14, 2010 Holly rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Apparently after the wretched "Still Missing" I still needed a good girl-gone-missing story. This was it! Not really a mystery -- more of a suspenseful reflection on a relationship that flashes back to a related story of another missing person. There's a lot to be said for browsing the shelves at the library...I may never have come across this otherwise.
What if having it all really means walking a constrained path that you might not have chosen had you consciously selected your life? I loved the character development in this book and the way a map was used to help David see his life. I loved that a story about a missing wife was given so much depth, while keeping us in suspense until the end.
I didn't like the characters. I have a hard time reading straight fiction (as opposed to historical fiction) about unlikeable characters. But I actually liked the ending, unlike most reviewers, because it seemed the heroine finally did something about her disappointing life.
Apr 28, 2007 Katie O rated it did not like it · review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
If I could give less than 1 star, I definitely would. It bothers me that I actually took the time to finish it, because the ending was so disappointing. It's the story of a husband's search for his missing wife and what "happens" along with way, which is essentially nothing.
Jun 03, 2010 AshO rated it it was ok · review of another edition
I got through almost half of this book, but kept putting it down and couldn't get back into reading it. Every time I would pick it up and read more, I'd end up just wanting to stop reading it. It's just very dull and has nothing really going on in it.
Allison Lynn is author of NOW YOU SEE IT, which won both the William Faulkner Medal from the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society and the Chapter One Award from the Bronx Writer's Center. She teaches in the Creative Writing program at Butler University.More about Allison Lynn...