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The Disappearance of Emily Marr

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  976 ratings  ·  121 reviews
A stunning story of secrets and scandal, identity and infidelity
 When Tabby Dewhurst arrives heartbroken and penniless on a picturesque, windswept island off the coast of France, her luck appears to change when she overhears a villager repeating aloud the access code to her front door. Hardly believing her own actions, Tabby waits for the woman to leave and then lets herse
Paperback, 411 pages
Published August 1st 2013 by Little, Brown Book Group
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Carole I thought the same thing! I thought that somehow he would have something to do with Arthur (no clue how) but I felt that a lot throughout the book - I…moreI thought the same thing! I thought that somehow he would have something to do with Arthur (no clue how) but I felt that a lot throughout the book - I seemed to be always waiting for something to be more meaningful than it turned out to be!(less)
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Sep 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed The Sudden Departure of the Frasers by Louise Candlish, and for some reason thought it was her only novel. Happy surprise, then, when I discovered such was not the case and I could continue with The Disappearance of Emily Marr!
The story is a sort of light mystery, where there is no gore or violence, but plenty to speculate about. Candlish offers one twist after another, both of the big ones I did not see coming.
The multiple viewpoints, and the setting, shifting from a posh stre
Nov 22, 2013 rated it did not like it
I don't understand why this book gets such high reviews. None of the characters is likable. Tabby and Emily are both women obsessed with previous lovers. Both need to hear that "He's just not that into you." One was involved with a married man, the other currently is. The media scandal created because of the consequences of Emily's affair is totally unreal. I don't care how powerful Nina Meeks supposedly is, NO editor would allow a column like hers (which generated nation-wide hatred of Emily) t ...more
Apr 11, 2014 rated it liked it
It would have been 4 stars as it was a good read and a twist I didn't expect near the end, but ended inconclusively which left me disappointed. ...more
Aug 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
That title, a lovely cover, and an intriguing post caught my eye and I decided, even though I wasn’t sure it would be my kind of book, that I should read ‘The Disappearance of Emily Marr.’ And now that I have read it, I’m very glad I did.

Tabby Dewhurst had been travelling with her boyfriend, but they had parted company, her funds had run perilously low, and she was managing as best she could. She didn’t want to go home – there had been losses and there had been bridge-burning in her past – she j
Cleopatra  Pullen
Jun 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In a small French town Tabby has become desperate, she has a broken heart and is pondering on some home truths and now she’s travelled from Paris to this unknown, quiet town with no money on a whim. She needs to go home, but is reluctant, she needs to earn money but her French is weak at best, but most of all she needs somewhere to sleep.

Emmie is virtually a hermit venturing out only to work so was it fate that bought Tabby to her door. Although Emmie is reluctant to speak of her own troubles, s
Jul 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Disappearance of Emily Marr is a beautiful, sad, intriguing and exciting read all at once. The storyline is immensely gripping so that from the very start I found it difficult to put the book down (when I needed to go to work for instance, or you know... sleep), a feeling which only increased with every new page I devoured.

After her travelling and life partner abandons Tabby in India she sets out on her own. The only thing she requires from the foreign locations she visits is that they are n
Jan 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
The title and the blurb for this book grabbed my attention. It seemed to promise drama and mystery - my perfect combination. But I need to like at least one character in a story and I neither liked the characters nor 'believed' in the premise of the story in The disappearance of Emily Marr. A tale of selfish,shallow people. Only at the end could I feel some compassion for one of the characters but by then the author had lost me. Disappointed. ...more
Feb 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The story unfolds as we alternate between two voices, Tabby and Emmie - two women who meet on an island off he coast of France. As the story progresses we learn what personal trials have brough the women here and Tabby begins to unravel a mystery about Emmie's past. I didn't want to put this book down, was surprised by the ending, and can't say anything more because I don't want to give anything away :) Do yourself a favour and pick up The Disappearance of Emily Marr! ...more
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
A very good and interesting read with an unusual ending.
May 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
I was duped into reading this book. It sounded mysterious and good, but really it was all about adultery. What a waste of time.
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Interesting. But more romance than thriller. The ending was a bit convoluted. Yet, I enjoyed it for the most part. I know this is a totally lukewarm review, but this is how I felt when I finished the book.
Christine Parkinson
Apr 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book tells the story of the aftermath of an affair and how many people it affects. I loved the way this book was written and it was heading for a 5 star rating. What let it down was the ending, which felt rushed and in my opinion, spoiled the book.
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was going to be your average kind of chick lit but it actually had an excellent plot with a great twist that I didn't see coming. But... it has to lose a star for its ending. I turned the page, realised it was finished and went ‘wtf???’ Argh, ambiguous endings bug the crap out of me! Wrap it all up nicely authors, please! ...more
Hilary Greenleaf
Oct 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
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Oct 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: paris, mystery, fiction, love
I had high hopes for this book as a couple of friends had really enjoyed it. Sadly I can't say the same and I have given it 3*** rating.
I found the book a very sluggish read until nearly 3/4 the way through it.
I liked Tabby , she was a great leading character and also Emmie who I had great sympathy for as her story was revealed.
For me , the enjoyment of reading The Disappearance of Emily Marr was when Tabby started investigating and trying to sort out emmie. The travelling to London gave it s
Lizzi Crystal
Jan 02, 2016 rated it did not like it
What started as a promising mystery descended into a thinly-veiled moral monologue in favor of adultery, or specifically, pretty young women having affairs with older married men. It's okay if you're sad and self-obsessed, apparently, and if their wives are middle-aged, as all middle-aged women are jealous, insecure, and vindictive nags. It's not a leap to deduce why an author would write an entire book devoted to gaining sympathy for the young, pretty, and morally bankrupt; a quick Google searc ...more
Diane Friswell
May 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book as with others I have read by Louise Candlish has a twist. It again is a book that alternates between the main characters Tabby and Emmie. Tabby abandoned by her boyfriend overhears Emmie repeating aloud the code to her front door and then lets herself in Emmie rented house. This starts the 'friendship' link between the women but it becomes obvious that Emmie is hiding a secret and Taby is determined to help her gain control of her life again. ...more
Oct 12, 2018 rated it did not like it
This book is infuriating. I can't stand books that just end like the author decided she's sick of writing it so she just stops. There's no ending, no resolution, you never find out if Emily Marr is alive or dead. It's writing malpractice! Not worth the trouble to read. And Our House was SO good! ...more
Aug 19, 2014 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the story, both settings London and France and the mystery of the characters lives. A great twist late in the story but the ending left me hanging. I don't need a complete ending but this one left no clues and I was honestly looking for a missing page! ...more
Sep 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
A friend recommended this book and I wasn't going too but boy am I glad I did! Great story, I thought I had it worked out but low and behold there was a twist!! ...more
Jul 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Interesting enough to make me want to read her other books, but the lack of conclusion does that I cannot give more than 3 stars.
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May 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-star, 2020
The Disappearance of Emily Marr was officially my first taste at Louise Candlish's writing and I absolutely loved every second of it. Her storytelling is exquisite and her character building is amazing - I was utterly enthralled reading this.

Emily Marr is a woman living in an expensive suburb when she begins to have an affair with an esteemed surgeon, Arthur Woodhall. She is in love. As is he. Both unaware of the chaos they are causing. Arthur's fame causes the news of the affair to hit the
Kirsty Darbyshire
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paperback
A very holiday sort of a read. I loved that it was set on the Île-de Ré where I holidayed a few years ago, it's a place that's near the top of my list of places I want to go back to. It's a perfect sort of a place to pick to go and hide out in exile from the world. (Damn, now I've told you and won't be able to hideaway there myself!)

Tabby turns up on the island when she's near penniless, she was travelling with a boyfriend who dumped her, and she falls in with "Emmie Mason" who it seems is in e
Sep 30, 2019 rated it liked it

London. Sphere

⭐⭐⭐ 3 out of 5 stars 

The sleeve reads, "Some secrets are too dangerous to share . . . When Emily Marr begins an affair with her married neighbour, the celebrated surgeon Arthur Woodhall, she has no idea of the tragedy and scandal their actions will cause. With shattering speed, she becomes the object of a media witchhunt, her only choice to change her identity and vanish. Soon after, Tabby Dewhurst arrives on the Ile de Ré in F
Dec 14, 2017 rated it liked it
I found Louise Candlish only this year this is my third book of hers this year. It took me a long time to find an author that did this "backyard thriller" genre. She is very good at it. Her books are set in affluent neighborhoods in Britain and the characters are the the misfits, they are always young(except in Swimming pool), mostly couples without kids, the girls are bombshells and they basically cannot afford to be living in the neighborhood but sheer luck.
Anyways, The Disappearance of Emily
Mar 18, 2019 rated it liked it
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May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have read a few of Lousie's books and I've been finding that while I sometimes actually really dislike the characters, I like the books and I think the dislike of the characters is part of the reason I like them even more. She doesn't write for you to love everything about the characters she's writing about and it can leave you with interesting feelings. This book really does make you angry over some things and has you feeling really terrible for the main character, but the twist at the end is ...more
Mrs J Warwick
Sep 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lovely cover , intriguing title but such a slow burner. I found the two main characters totally selfish and too similar . Both single girls , damaged goods , both having affairs with married men who happened to be doctors. Both men had 2 children who weren’t given a second thought. Neither were their wives. Tabby was slightly younger than Emmie and didn’t think things through enough, to the point of being naive. Everything fell into place too easily, their shared house , jobs . Then Tabby’s visi ...more
Natalie Liddle
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and having only just found this author she has yet failed
To disappoint.
Did not see the twist in this coming at all. I was racing at the end to find out what happens.
Cleverly written in first person and third person and the stories unwind naturally and sympathetically.
Really made you think about the impact that actions have and also how the press and medi circus can destroy lives so easily and even when it’s old new it’s left a trail of devastation behind it.
Oct 16, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good book overall, well-written and developed characters. It focuses on a woman who disappears after having an affair with a well-known and distinguished consultant. She receives a lot of negative press, and is compared to a modern day Christine Keeler.

I guessed at the ending though which is always a let down, it seemed predictable at times. It also didn’t portray females in a very positive light, the men seemed to come away blameless.

I think the book has been re-marketed as a thriller and i
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