Watch Me Disappear Paperback – 11 Jan 2007
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'Slow-burning, spine-crawling...It is a compelling, haunting and intelligent read.' (Amanda Craig, Daily Telegraph )
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'The flavour of the 1970s is so accurate you can taste it...An unusually skilful and haunting novel' (Sam Phipps, Sunday Herald )
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'A chilling and sharply articulated exploration of memories, identity and family relationships' (Anna Millar, Scotland on Sunday )
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Tina Humber lives a seemingly enviable existence: she's a successful English-born marine biologist who has made a life for herself in the United States with a loving partner and a happy, gifted daughter.
Yet when she accepts an invitation to go to her brother's marriage in the Fenland home of her youth, she is taking on more than a simple familial obligation. She is about to revisit a childhood world in which her school friend Mandy Baker goes missing, never to be seen again. This is a place where innocence is shattered and the dark secrets of family life seem to threaten even her own survival.
Watch me disappear is the fifth novel by the Whitbread and Orange Prize nominated author Jill Dawson whose previous works include Fred and Edie and Wild Boy. The characters, landscapes, dialogue and imagery are natural yet eerily haunting throughout; it's a work seems to move effortlessly from the page into the recesses of the reader's mind, yet clearly it can't have been an easy subject for a mother-of-two to enter into so profoundly.
Much like dreams themselves, the inherent elusiveness of memory is a constant theme throughout a novel which refuses to give simple, two-dimensional solutions to traumatic childhood events viewed through an adult's subjective perspective.Read more ›
The world of childhood in the seventies is brilliantly evoked, as is the onset of sexual awareness and the way it confers both power and vulnerability on young teenage girls.
The novel slides effortlessly between the present and the past, the reader's understanding deepening along with Tina's. She is a marine biologist and one of the delights of the book is the way that her work with seahorses is woven into the story.
The fens which are the backdrop for the story are powerfully described, making their presence felt almost like another character.
Everything is described with pin-sharp detail that's very enjoyable and yet the story is very readable; it bowls along to the end, when I felt satisfied, yet sorry because it was over. But I cheered myself up by thinking I could read it again - it's the sort of many-layered book that you can return to more than once.
"Watch Me Disappear" is an absorbing novel, with beautiful descriptions of the Fens, the fragility of memory and the lurking fears at the back of the mind which you don't want to examine too closely. It has a loose episodic structure, which is ideal if you want to dip in and out of the book. However, this structure also means you can get quite impatient: just when Tina is talking about something interesting, she will veer off and focus on something else; while realistic, this becomes increasingly irritating as the climax draws closer.
Moreover, the disappearance of a child in a small community has already been written about in a book published last year, the excellent "Eve Green" by Susan Fletcher. There are enough differences in the storylines to keep both books fresh, but anyone who has read that will find some portions of this book rather familiar. Sadly, although the writing was good, I'd guessed who was responsible for the disappearance before I was half way through the novel.
Buy this book for its fine writing and musings on life and memory, not for plot twists.
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This is a wonderful book. It makes its point subtly but with the dynamics and resonance of a gong in the room. I cared about all of the characters, even Tina's father. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Mrs. Elizabeth Haynes
It was a bit obvious and no real revelations, twists or turns.
I thought the ending just seemed to drift off.
Tina is a scientist studying seahorses, living in America, married with a child. She returns to Britain for her brother's wedding and while she is there she has flashbacks to the... Read morePublished on 24 April 2011 by Moonlit
Since there are lots of reviews, previous to this one, which have done a wonderful job of explaining the content of this book, so I will not repeat what others have said. Read morePublished on 5 Nov. 2009 by Campbell79
There are so many books out now about those left behind when children disappear and sadly I felt that this book did not provide enough beautiful prose, believable well formed... Read morePublished on 28 May 2008 by Claire R
A difficult subject, sensitively handled alongside a vivid description of growing up in the seventies. Read morePublished on 4 May 2008 by gerty guinea
Watch Me Disappear by Jill Dawson came to my attention via a review by John Self. While I was vaguey aware of her through her novel Fred & Edie, the striking cover of which... Read morePublished on 25 Mar. 2008 by Kirsty D