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When You Disappeared

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  24,830 ratings  ·  1,682 reviews
When Catherine wakes up alone one morning, she thinks her husband has gone for a run before work. But Simon never makes it to the office. His running shoes are by the front door. Nothing is missing - except him.

Catherine knows Simon must be in trouble. He wouldn't just leave her. He wouldn't leave the children.

But Simon knows the truth - about why he left and what he's don
Kindle Edition, 350 pages
Published July 13th 2017 by Thomas & Mercer (first published September 5th 2013)
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Meredith ( on Semi-Hiatus until February)
2.5 Stars

Having read glowing reviews from some of my GR friends, I wanted to love When You Disappeared. But of course, I have to be the person who didn’t love this book!

Married for 10 years with three children, it might seem like Catherine and Simon have the perfect marriage. But when Simon disappears without a trace, Catherine comes to learn that she never really knew the man she married. Flash forward 25 years, Simon has returned determined to punish Catherine for her wrongs. The two share wi
Aug 18, 2017 rated it liked it
A Traveling Sister read with Brenda and Lindsay!


Catherine wakes up in the morning oblivious that her world is about to change forever. Her husband is gone! And she is frantic! He never showed up to work…maybe lying injured or dead in a ditch somewhere. The hours turn into days and eventually fall away into years. Simon has never been heard from again…until now!

We’re also given a view into Simon’s world during his disappearance. What would have motivated him to leave his family? What is the
Brenda - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
Traveling Sisters NetGalley Sister Review by Brenda with Lindsay and Kaceey’s thoughts.

When You Disappeared started off with seven of us for a Traveling Sister Group read, and then they started to disappear with three sisters dropping out and the thread started to read like a thriller itself. Norma with a full weekend ahead had to drop out as well, leaving Kaceey, Lindsay and me as the last standing Sisters for this read

When You Disappeared is a family drama thriller that is heavy on the drama
Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
3 stars. This novel had such potential with a highly enticing premise, however, the extreme lack of believability meant the story fell flat for me.

I enjoyed the way the story unfolded. The novel was told through Catherine and Simon’s perspectives ranging from 28 years ago to a present-day meeting. The author, John Marrs, does a great job revealing pieces of the story in a suspenseful and intriguing way, all the while making me curious to see how the story would play out. Unfortunately, many of
Sep 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Have you ever attended a blind wine tasting event?

The bottles are covered with brown paper bags and you have to taste the wines without seeing the label, and identity the varietal. Or perhaps the region. 🍷

Well, let’s just say, that if you had handed me this book, with the cover and title page covered, and asked me to identify the author...I would have never guessed John Marrs.

His style has evolved so much since this was written.

His work is now darker.
Or more futuristic.
And, I LOVE it! ❤️

Aug 10, 2017 rated it did not like it
DNF.... 50 percent in and just can't anymore.

Boring boring boring.... and plot is just unbelievable and stupid. No thanks 👋🏻.

I did win this in a goodreads giveaway which I was happy about but I Just couldn't finish this book :(. Sorry!!
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: thrillers-uk
Audible version .
When Catherine wakes up alone one morning, she thinks her husband has gone for a run before work. But Simon doesn’t come home and never makes it to the office. Over the years Catherine does everything to find her husband and is determined to stay positive for their children.
However, Simon is living on the other side of the world, he does not want to be found. He has walked away from his family and his old life.
When Simon appears in Catherine’s life again 25 years later we slo
Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
This is a really lovely book by John Marrs, and I have to admit, it was difficult to put down. I saw many reviews and it does seem this is a polarizing book. Some hated it, some loved it, and most hate-loved it. Having read it, I can understand these opinions. I will say that even those who seemed to dislike the book the most, admitted that it really made them feel something, and that is a marker of a great book in my opinion. This is a book I won't soon forget.

I would not characterize this book
Sep 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I found this book very hard to read as the characters were very unlikeable. I did feel sorry for Catherine who was abandoned by her husband. She did not know what happened to him and she was left struggling to look after her three children. Her husband Simon was a very selfish man, not caring about his wife and children and taking advantage of everyone. I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for my e-book in exchange for a honest review.
For a debut novel this is quite good but i think i expected more because of all the hype. Its good but felt quite dry and while the main character is meant to be unlikable, i disliked everyone so this wasn't the best reading experience for me. ...more
Linda Strong
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Catherine wakes up one morning to find her husband gone. She checks his shoes .. no, his running shoes are right where they always are. His car is still there, his keys are not missing. His wallet is on the dresser. Where is he and what has happened to him?

Twenty Five years later Simon appears on her doorstep. He has all the answers, and he knows it's time that Catherine had them, too.

But neither of them know the whole truth!

The story line is perfect. When Simon shows up, he confesses to all he
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 I've been told that the secret to a lasting relationship is communication. So it's the same with Catherine and Simon.

Alternating from the perspective of Catherine and Simon 25 years ago to present. Simon is the perfect father and husband. One day he doesn't come home. The police are called, the community rallies up search parties with no luck. Family and friends start to suspect Catherine has something to do with it. Over time he's presumed dead and Catherine and their 3 children try to move
WHEN YOU DISAPPEARED is a family drama debut novel by John Marrs.

Catherine wakes up alone one morning, to find she and her three children had been abandoned by her husband, Simon. He had gone for a run before work, but never makes it to the office. Man Missing in Action!

But Why would Simon do this to his family? What a selfish man. He knows the truth - about why he left and what he's done. He knows things about his marriage that it would kill Catherine to find out. Her memories are all based on
Al *the semi serial series skipper*
At first I was not going to rate this because I felt I would not be able to separate my feelings for the characters from the overall story, then I decided to sod all and rate.

Have you ever read a book where you hated the MC, absolutely hated. I hated Simon, I hope he is in the hottest place in hell.

Before I get into the why of my hatred let me talk about the book. I didn't like the back and forth time jumps to be honest, I almost gave up. I hated being yanked out of the story. Secondly, it was s
Dec 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book, how it goes from the time Simon went missing - from his point of view and from Catherine's and also the time now, 25 years later, when Simon has gone back to his old home to explain why he left.

This author is unbelievably good at making characters be hated. Even with the sad past of Simon's I had no sympathy for him. Even less so when it goes back to how Billy died. That was the worst part in the book for me because I hate reading things like that, I had to skip over i
Mar 06, 2018 rated it liked it
3 Stars

While some aspects of this Brit-Lit Thriller were good and extremely captivating, others were a bit far-fetched.

Catherine and Simeon have known each other since they were eleven years old, have been a couple longer than most people can remember and are now married with three children. Although their family recently suffered a devastating loss, their marriage seems incredibly solid. Just when they seem to be healing from their loss and the whole family is beginning to move forwar
Jul 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another exceptional read by John Marrs. I only recently finished What Lies Between Us and thoroughly enjoyed it and then you are a psychological drama fan then read this one.
I'm not going to go into the story itself...but just so you know I really hated Simon BUT I did find it interesting to find out the reasons for his abhorrent behaviour.
This is a 'mouth open, eyes wide, nooooooooo' kind of read. Soooooo good.
Yes the characters are unlikeable but if you can let that go (it did
Lisa-Books Smiles
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars
Jun 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-shelf, mystery
Leaving the final reveal aside, I was consistently impressed by how easily I was drawn into the characters, made to identify with them, and how smoothly I was led to give both sides the benefit of the doubt...

Even when the slow, out-of-order reveals gave me a very disturbing sense. It's one thing to know it's a thriller, that there are some really horrible secrets buried in the tale somewhere, but it's another to find just how deep the hole goes.

The order of the tale matters so much more than t
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Audio...5 Stars
Story...3 Stars

I need to do better with my John Marrs book selection, because for such a popular author, I'm only mildly impressed so far.

What I liked about this story was that it kept me guessing. That in itself is a huge plus. But the way the story was told was frustrating as heck, and very confusing in the beginning. Once I got used to the pattern, the story was easier to follow, but it was no less frustrating.

The chapters are long, and within each chapter there are past and
Jan 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I started this book last night and it's now just after 2am, that's how addictive it is I just couldn't put it down. This is I believe the first book by this author which is incredible, what a first book!
In general I prefer my books lighter than this with a male character that I actually like but wow you should really give this book a chance, I only intended to read the first couple of pages to see if it's a book I'd want to read in the future and that was it I was hooked, couldn't put it down.
Tracy Fenton
Sep 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a brilliant debut novel. I literally could not put it down and have recommended it to everyone I know! So many twists....a gripping book. Can't wait for the author to write another book. ...more
Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
After reading both of his novels I can say that I’m officially addicted! He’s got what it takes to completely transport me to another country and another lifetime and he really let the characters come alive so much in this novel that they crept under my skin. When You Disappeared is a deeply character-driven family drama and I was really invested in the characters (or one of them at least). This is a novel that’s all about the journey and isn’t fast-paced in that way but more of a slow unfolding ...more
Danielle (The Blonde Likes Books)
John Marrs gets me every time! After reading (and loving) The One earlier this year, I was eager to pick up his other books! While I was reading this one, I kept thinking about how it was good, but not as twisty as The One...then I got to the end, and WOW. It was twist after twist, and I LOVED it! This was easy to read, and once the story got going, I didn't want to put it down. I loved how things played out, and loved to hate Simon. I especially enjoyed the ending of the book! ...more
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: drama, ku
2.5 stars. This was ok, but I can't honestly go as far as saying that I enjoyed it. Quite a frustrating read. I had the urge to slap the male protagonist, Simon. He had no redeeming features whatsoever. On top of that, I couldn't even find a lot of sympathy for the female lead, Catherine, who ends up raising their three children by herself after Simon simply disappears one day. Told from Simon and Catherine's perspectives and switching between the present and the past, this was a character drive ...more
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
For me, this wasn't so much a thriller but I still thoroughly enjoyed it. I was hooked right from the start and needed answers. A great page turner. This is one that has sat unread on my Kindle for a while and I'm so glad I finally decided to start it. ...more
Dec 06, 2020 rated it did not like it
Holy crap Dita! You weren't joking when you said there is a trigger warning for any and everyone in this book.

This was so dull for the first 50% then ridiculous after ludicrous twist started popping off until the absurd, appalling ending.

I am shocked this is John Marrs. The One was one of my favorites from last year and I really really enjoyed The Passenger. If you've never read Marrs, DO NOT READ THIS AS YOUR FIRST (or ever, honestly). This is not the same author.

Maybe this is a silly thing to
The Book Review Café
Imagine one day your husband disappears, you have no idea what has happened to him, as time passes you grieve, you go on to build a life without him and then when you least expect he turns up on your doorstep, I’m sure you would be shocked to say the least! and even more so when he reveals what he’s been up too! And this is pretty much the premises for When You Disappear. The story opens with the day Simon left and follows the impact this has on his family, and on Simon himself, when he reappear ...more
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
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When You Disappeared is my first John Marrs book & it certainly won’t be my last. I love any book with a George Michael reference.


Years ago, my husband was a stay at home dad. He took care of both kids, cleaned, did the laundry, ran errands & much more. He was & is the backbone of our
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm usually pretty good at interpreting timelines in books, but man, this one gave me a run for my money for probably the first 25%. Not only does it alternate viewpoints between Simon and Catherine, it also alternates time periods...sometimes within the same chapter. At the start of each section, I literally had to sit and put some thought into which Simon/Catherine I was reading about (child, young adult, or older adult).

This is the second book I've read by John Marrs. The first, The Good Sam
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