In the hot summer before the millennium, seventeen-year-old twins, Kate and Ben, go on vacation from England to the United States with charismatic American twins of the same age.
They fail to return. Their devastated parents, Sarah and Alec, try to discover where their children are and why they haven't been in touch. Various clues lead Alec to suspect the twins have joined a fundamentalist sect. He goes to the States, determined to find them. Sarah knows in her heart she will never see her children again.
Their different response to the disappearance of the twins leads to the disintegration of their marriage and they begin to lead separate lives. Sarah finds some solace in painting and falls in love with a widower,
Oumar, who has a fourteen-year-old daughter. Sarah bonds with her and feels she is being offered a second chance at parenting.
She intends to ask Alec for a divorce so that she and Oumar can marry. But Alec has a secret of his own that forces Sarah to reconsider her options.
Gripping novel, powerful characterisation, absorbing, unputdownable account of how a married couple come to terms with the loss of their children. The choice of setting at the time of the millennium adds a special dimension.
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In the hot summer before the millennium, seventeen-year-old twins, Kate and Ben, go on vacation from England to the United States with charismatic American twins of the same age. They fail to return. Their devastated parents, Sarah and Alec, try to discover where their children are and why they haven't been in touch.
Sarah finds some solace in painting and falls in love with a widower, Oumar, who has a fourteen-year-old daughter. Sarah bonds with her and feels she is being offered a second chance at parenting. She intends to ask Alec for a divorce so that she and Oumar can marry. But Alec has a secret of his own that forces Sarah to reconsider her options.
This is definitely a diamond in the rough type of book! The way the author tells this story is so vivid and detailed that you feel as if you are apart of the mystery yourself. I couldn't race through this book fast enough, I so desperately wanted to figure out what happened to these twins that I couldn't stop reading until I finished it.
Thanks to #NetGalley for the ARC of #Gone
Pub Date: 19 Oct 2018
Gone is so well written I felt like I was reading someone's memoir rather than a novel. Every parents nightmare is a child going missing but for your twins to both disappear is hell. I highly recommend this book.
This was the first book I received on NetGalley, and while it wasn't necessarily the genre of material I normally read, I started it and realized that I couldn't put it down.
It was very intriguing, however every once in a while the characters became hard to follow, but I was able to get right back on track, and truly appreciated the atmosphere of the book and how the story played out.
A well written book.
Such a sad story its really heartbreaking.
Strong p,it, characters well written
Thank you to both NetGalley and BooksGoSocial for my eARC in exchange for my honest unbiased review
A very interesting look at what happens to a close knit family after twins, Ben and Kate, leave the UK for the USA with another set of twins and simply disappear.
We often see on tv that kids are just gone. No bodies found, no trace. This book is written from both the mother and father's perspectives, and how they try to come to terms with their children who are simply Gone.
Well written and easy to read. It's a rare glimpse into what happens after the police are gone and everyone has basically given up, except the parents.
I try to review every book of fiction that I read and received a copy of the eBook from Netgalley.
This is a fantastic read full of uncertainty and towards the end, the possibility of second chances although it's not clear just what Sarah will decide. This book is going to stay with me for a long long time. I would definitely recommend reading it and I would like to thank the publishers and netgalley for letting me have the book to review and the opinions expressed are entirely my own views.
I gave this book a 5 out of 5 star review. It was an enjoyable and I would recommend. to others. Generously provided to me through NetGalley
''A riveting tale about a parent's worst nightmare , losing their children, and the endless search for them , also the strain on their marriage..
I hoping for a 2nd book in the journey of this incredibly strong couple it truly can't just end there!
GONE by Jeannie van Rompaey is a very unique book, one of its kind. The books is initially established in UK where a small family of four lives happily. Sarah and Alec raise their twins Kate and Ben in a very healthy environment. When another pair of twins visit them from USA to live with them for the holidays, the entire story turns into a nightmare for Sarah and Alec. Kate and Ben develop a strong bond with the American twins and eventually they leave to US on a so-called holiday but never come back.
Alec leaves to US in search of the twins and discovers a variety of truths about religious groups, cults and other strange groups. Sarah, on the other hand, realizes that she is never going to see the twins again in her life, drowns herself in art, painting and eventually gets herself busy in exhibitions. Alec finds a homeless young man of Ben's age in US and brings him home and fosters him. Alec's presence in UK with Sarah gradually decreases and he starts spending more time in US since Alec finds relief in taking care of the youngman.
Sarah falls in love with a widower Oumar. Sarah finds peace in bonding with Oumar's fourteen-year-old daughter. Sarah decides to ask for a divorce from Alec but finds a conflict in her heart when she learns about Alec's little secret, his foster son.
The story is very gripping with a lot of pain, grief, hope and love. If you ever loved someone and lost them, you must read this book. I liked how the author shown the characters of the story dealing with grief in different ways. Very engaging book and beautifully written.
What a very well written book this is and one that I highly recommend.
Gone is the first book I have read from this author and hope to read many more in the future.
The story starts off in the middle of summer with twins Kate and Ben going on vacation to the US. The twins disappear, a parent's worse nightmare. And, so the search begins.
Intriguing with well-crafted characters.