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The Day She Disappeared

2.95  ·  Rating details ·  566 ratings  ·  125 reviews
From the bestselling author Christobel Kent, a high-strung, bone-chilling, heart-stopping plunge into the desolate byways of England's Essex, in search of a missing barmaid named Beth

Some say Beth's disappearance was to be expected. She's a rural barmaid from Cornwall, a fly-by-night party girl who can't be trusted. There wasn't really anything to keep her at the Bird in H
Hardcover, 406 pages
Published March 6th 2018 by Sarah Crichton Books (first published May 18th 2017)
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3 stars--I liked the book.

Kent has a strange writing style, almost a stream of consciousness, that at first bothered me but that I grew to like. In fact, this is a very clever book. There are many, many suspects, and we're reminded that we can't trust or truly know anyone--especially men. But of course, the protagonist has to trust men to answer the riddle of who murdered her friend. It's a subtle commentary that is expertly woven into the plot.

I'd give this 4 stars, but I found it depressing.
Bex (Beckie Bookworm)
I did enjoy The Day She Disappeared by Christobel Kent but it did take me quite a while to really get into it, I would say I was about 30% in before I started to zone out.By this I mean when I am reading if I find a book good, I go almost into a book coma, unaware of anything else, I'm sure you get my drift. we've all been there.
So I'm gonna break it down into what worked for me and what I struggled with, but be aware this is just my personal opinion and what I struggled with may not bother you
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have always enjoyed Christopher Kent books and although this book seemed to drag on a bit I wasn’t disappointed with the ending!!
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-books
Thank you to Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Sarah Crichton Books and NetGalley for providing me with an e-galley of The Day She Disappeared by Christobel Kent in exchange for an honest review. This is the first book of Kent's that I have read and I am looking forward to reading her previous novels. This murder mystery takes place in rural England and deals with one murder and the suspicious disappearance of Beth, a barmaid at the local pub. This is not a police procedural because the police do not s ...more
Sandi Wallace
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More in my next Good Reads blog at for February.
Between The Pages Book Club (Gemma M)
I love the cover on this book and have read both of Christobel's books before this one so was a must really! I enjoyed reading this book and finished it in just 3 days. Some would say that it dragged out until the last 5 chapters and I would agree but it all added up to that big ending! WOW. I did not have a clue who did it but wow. This book is easy to read, contains short chapters and has a thrilling story line of who did it? ...  I loved the setting and all the individual characters facing th ...more
..... i tried..... i failed.... i just couldn't get through this ..... the writing seemed so disjointed and the whole story seemed so out of whack .....

thank you netgalley and publisher for the digital copy!
Amanda Bayliss
Jul 07, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Didn't get on with this at all. The way it was written I felt was very disjointed and hard to follow. The plot had promise but it just never came together for me...even though, in my usual way, I had to finish it! Never give up on a might get better....this one didn't so don't bother starting it.
May 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
It took me a while to get to grips with this thriller but once I did I enjoyed it. I liked Natalie and was caught up in her search to find out what happened to her friend Beth. I read a lot of thrillers and this one kept me guessing until the end. I would like to thank NetGalley and Little, Brown Book Group for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it

Title...The Day She Disappeared

Author...Christobel Kent

My " in a nutshell" summary...

Nat and Beth are both working at a smallish pub in a quaint smallish town. Beth does not come into work one day and seems to have vanished. Nat does not believe that Beth simply went away. She left everything she owned behind. Strange things begin to happen in this peaceful town...another murder and lots of unexplained occurrences...Nat continues to search for Beth but the more she does the more her own life an
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.

The Day She Disappeared by Christobel Kent is a slow burning yet completely mesmerizing mystery set in small English town.

Natalie "Nat" Cooper seems to be the only one concerned about her co-worker and close friend, Beth Maxwell's disappearance.  Their boss, pub owner Janine is not overly troubled that other than a handful of texts, no one has seen or heard from Beth since she abruptly left weeks earlier to care for her mum. Now discovering Beth is not returning, Nat is worried enough
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Day She Disappeared: A Novel is my second Christobel Kent novel and it is so much better than the first The Loving Husband. Nat becomes concerned about the “disappearance” of fellow barmaid Beth, even though at first no one else is. Finally, allied with Victor, an elderly and beloved bar patron, with concerns of his own, Nat tries to find out what exactly has happened to Beth. The atmosphere here is tense and closed in feeling and the pace becomes frantic as Nat gets closer to some answers a ...more
I listened to the audio, which on hindsight probably wasn't a good idea. The narrator was not able to "make" different voices for all the characters (and there are a lot) so sometimes when she started another sentence and it did not make sense it was because it was actually a different character in a different situation.
Because of this I found this book incredibly exhausting and not very good. I thought it was repetitive and way too long.
Mandy Gordon
Apr 17, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I can’t say as I enjoyed this book. It was very difficult to get into and to be honest it didn’t get much better. I read half and I’ve put it to one side while I read another book and then I’ll come back to it.
Apr 08, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book took me quite a while to get into. It started really graphically - the sort of graphic that should have a warning on the front. Then it kept jumping between characters and I found it quite hard to follow. But, about a quarter of the way in it started to flow better and the story was great. The ending wasn't what I expected but I found the ending just happened a bit... fast. The story unravelled so quickly after taking such a long time to get into it that I was left feeling a bit... meh ...more
Paula Sealey
I found the first few chapters of this book so difficult to get through because of the strange way they were written. There were far too many split, overlong sentences here and they severely disrupted the flow of the story. I had to re-read many parts to try and make sense of them which was annoying when I was trying to settle into the plot. I was actually in two minds whether to continue from then on, but I'm so glad I persevered as the style of writing at some point changed. It became much mor ...more
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Eh...I wanted to like this as I usually do enjoy this kind of book, but it just didn't grip me. There were too many irrelevant plot points, and I did end up skim reading large parts of it as I just got bored.
Vicki Fitzgerald
This was a great read. I really enjoyed the way the story was written and how it came together.

Vicki FitzGerald, author of crime debut thriller, Briguella.
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It took a long time to build, and when it did it wasn't as thrilling or exciting as I had hoped - which was a shame because the premise was very good and had a lot of potential!
J.L. Slipak
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
From the bestselling author Christobel Kent, a high-strung, bone-chilling, heart-stopping plunge into the desolate byways of England's Essex, in search of a missing barmaid named, Beth.

Some say Beth's disappearance was to be expected. She's a rural barmaid from Cornwall, a fly-by-night party girl who can't be trusted. There wasn't really anything to keep her at the Bird in Hand, they said. But her best friend, Nathalie, doesn't buy it, not at all. Doesn't believe Beth would just vanish like that
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Christobel Kent’s previous thrillers have garnered comparisons to the works of Daphne du Maurier, and for good reason. Complicated heroines, dark secrets and isolated British landscapes define her sophisticated thrillers, just as they did in du Maurier’s. Kent’s latest novel, THE DAY SHE DISAPPEARED, continues this tradition in a multilayered, atmospheric thriller that explores themes of familial and community interconnectedness.

Natalie has always felt a mixture of pity and envy for her fellow b
Graham McGhie
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The novel is based upon a solid plot with hardly a police person featuring: no serious forensics nor police procedural. So Christobel Kent doesn't go for the "padding" so common amongst crime writers but rather concentrates on concocting a really good plot.
"The Day She Disappeared" concerns the disappearance of Beth, fellow barmaid and friend of Natalie. Her disappearance arouses no suspicions as she appeared to most Locals as not
Jan 31, 2018 rated it liked it
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Set in rural England, The Day She Disappeared, tells a story of the various patrons of a pub called Bird in the Hand. The disappearance of Beth, one of the 'barmaids' is taken quite seriously by her friend, Natalie. Others, think Beth was the kind of person who would just decide that after a few months in Cornwall, it was time to go looking for new and better prospects. Beth's reputation was that of a flirt and an easy one night stand. The Bird's owner, Janin
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an author I have not met before, but recently engaged on a mini-marathon or what you might call a box-set binge-out.
This title is the most recent one I read. Kent has two series going. One has an avuncular private ‘tec in Florence. The other tells stories of women-alone-at-risk in Britain. It’s the latter I like. The Italian stories are relatively comfy, with references to food and (probably) vitello, grappa and coffee, honey-coloured ancient walls… Well, I’m inventing, but it’s that kin
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Nat goes into her work at the local pub one day and discovers that her best friend Beth is missing. According to the barmistress Janine, Beth has just decided to move on. But to Nat this makes no sense, especially since she took nothing with her and didn’t tell Nat about her plans. Since Nat is convinced foul play was involved and something awful has happened to Beth, she sets out to prove it and to convince the local police that Beth did not leave of her own accord. While Nat is conducting her ...more
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
I almost put this into the DNF file. I'm glad I didn't.

There are quite a few characters in this book. Nat, Beth, Jim, Jonathan, Ollie, Sophie, Victor, Richard, etc. We hear from most of these but the main focus is on Nat and Victor. We never meet Beth. Her story though is told from the perspective of others. Which was why I had a hard time at the beginning of the book. Part of this was not being use to the dialect of the people, What's a punter?, part was all the different voices. As I continued
Megan Jones
Nat knows something is wrong. Her best friend, Beth, would never have left without telling her and with just a cursory text. No-one believes Nat's concerns. But someone is watching Nat and soon they are all in danger.
This novel is okay, the plot is full of intrigue and an unsettled atmosphere however there was nothing that gripped me and it was a hard slog to finish this. I think this is a hundred pages too long, remove the hundred pages and I think it would have been much more exciting. I found
Mar 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A middling "Girl" book. Light on the violence, which is kind of nice, but also light on the suspense, even more so for being loaded with the all the genre's tropes -- it's just a matter of waiting to find out which apparently trustworthy character is the misogynistic psycho. Honestly, someone needs to write a "Girl" book in which it really is a malevolent stranger menacing the heroine, who, as she's recovering from all her stab wounds, is forced to apologize to all her friends for suspecting the ...more
P Seeley
Apr 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
This is the first book I've read by Christobel Kent and I would definitely read a bit of any others before committing to them. The author gives the reader lots of possible choices for the suspect/killer responsible for the disappearance of a small town barmaid and still manages to pull off an unexpected reveal at the end. But the writing style is really off-putting. The story is told through several characters' viewpoints and while I'm sure we are intended to feel as though we are at any given m ...more
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Took me awhile to get into this one, which falls in the suspense category rather than the classic mysteries I love. Nevertheless, the writing was more than good enough to keep me reading, even though one point of view--inside the killer's mind--is something I avoid whenever possible. (Luckily, those were the shortest chapters in the book.) What hooked me was the dogged effort of a barmaid to find out what happened to her friend and co-worker, Beth, who suddenly disappeared, leaving all her world ...more
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Christobel Kent was born in London in 1962 and now lives in Cambridge with her husband and four children; in between she lived in Florence. She worked in publishing for several years, most recently as Publicity Director at Andre Deutsch. Her debut novel A Party in San Niccolo, was published in 2003.

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