The new novel from the Booker-shortlisted author of ASTONISHING SPLASHES OF COLOUR, an absorbing and thought-provoking tale about a happy family shattered when the husband mysteriously vanishes. What would you do if, out of the blue, your reliable husband disappears? Then you are told he has been involved in money-laundering. Surely the man you know intimately couldn't be a criminal...could he? When Felix Kendall vanishes, his wife Kate is left in turmoil. As she and their children adjust to a hand-to-mouth existence, she looks back on her marriage and Felix's orphaned upbringing in search of clues, confronting the possibility that she has badly misread him. And as Kate gradually discovers strengths she never knew she had, many miles away Felix is coming to terms with just what he has done and lost. This compelling story of deception and self-deception, compromise and second chances questions how far we can know even those closest to us as it probes beneath society's veneer -- in times of adversity, friends fall away and the most unexpected people step forward. With her characteristic wry wit, Clare Morrall delivers a thought-provoking, profoundly affecting and inspiring tale. 'Morrall introduces an ancient, yet fascinating, chestnut: how well can we ever truly know another person? Down at the core, beneath its several layers, THE MAN WHO DISAPPEARED is a well-crafted suspense story: What makes a successful accountant, devoted husband and loving dad turn to white-collar crime, and what happens after he vanishes? Morrall digs beneath the surface to mine psychological nuggets, some of them gold.' -- Rachel Hore, Independent on Sunday
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