The author sent me a copy of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review (member of Rosie’s Book Review Team).
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Sixteen-year-old Lisa-Marie has been packed off to spend the summer with her aunt on the isolated shores of Crater Lake. She is drawn to Izzy Montgomery, a gifted trauma counsellor who is struggling through personal and professional challenges. Lisa-Marie also befriends Liam Collins, a man who goes quietly about his life trying to deal with his own secrets and guilt. The arrival of a summer renter for Izzy’s guest cabin is the catalyst for change amongst Crater Lake’s tight knit community. People are forced to grapple with the realities of grief and desire to discover that there are no easy choices – only shades of grey.
Genre: Fiction, Contemporary
“You never know when you might have something really important to write down,” Liam told Lisa-Marie as he waved to her aunt and turned in the direction of the path to Micah Camp.
The book introduces you to Lisa-Marie, a teenager whose grandmother sends her to her aunt Bethany at Crater Lake for the summer. The little community around Izzy – trauma counsellor at Camp Micah – in the cabins by the lake also welcomes another summer guest. I will not tell you more about the story than shown in the Goodreads plot description. This would spoil the fun of reading this book yourself.
With Disappearing in Plain Sight, Francis Guenette has created a story that doesn’t let you off the hook The reader gets to know the community members pretty soon. The characters, their ways of dealing with stuff, their feelings, and the events are very real. You may often think differently, however you know that there are persons in your life who act and feel like the characters in question. The characters and locations are fittingly described; you feel Francis’ love for characters and site. Disappearing in Plain Sight gets you hooked – even if it is not your typical genre. I was drawn into the story right away. I felt close to Lisa-Marie, like being an invisible part of the community. Disappearing in Plain Sight is a great read for contemporary fiction fans, readers who like to uncover the inner demons, and self-awareness.
This is a book to read again.
About the author
I live in a small, off-the-grid cabin in a remote location, right beside a lake. My husband, Bruce and our elderly dog, Lawson keep me company.
Can you imagine a better setting for a writer? I can’t.
We have an alternate power system for our home –a combination of micro-hydro and solar electric panels. I write with a panoramic view of the lake every, single day.
Between May and September, Billy Bob the Bear drops over to graze on the green cover (we don’t have the nerve to call it grass) and eat huckleberries and salal berries. Now and then I spot the tracks of a cougar who has made his way across the property. Life is good here in the hinterlands.
I have a daughter and son – both happily married and pursuing interesting careers. I also have two beautiful and wildly funny granddaughters who constantly provide me with inspiration for writing.
For most of my life I have been an educator of one type or another. I have an MA in counselling psychology and an almost completed PhD in educational psychology. Enough said about that!
If you check out my blog you’ll find out everything you ever might have wanted to know about me – from stories of my journey to self-publish my first novel to what kind of music gets me weepy.
Connect with the Author:
Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading. Now I am asking you. 🙂
My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you? What did you think about Abduction – Disappearing in Plain Sight? Or – if you did not yet read Disappearing in Plain Sight – are you now interested in reading it yourself?
My question for you cinephiles:
If Disappearing in Plain Sight was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?
I am looking forward to reading your comments. 🙂