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The Day She Disappeared

A Novel

Christobel Kent


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Digital Audiobook (3/26/2018)
Paperback (3/5/2019)


From Christobel Kent—whose psychological thrillers have been called “terrifyingly good,” “perfectly paced,” “addictive,” “tense, dense, extremely well-plotted and beautifully written”—a new nerve-racking novel about a disappeared barmaid and the friend who will do anything to find her.

When Beth disappears, everyone says she’s run off with another man. She’s just a fly-by-night party girl who can’t be trusted. But Natalie, her best friend, doesn’t believe it, not at all. She’s sure something more sinister is going on. So sure that proving it just might kill her . . .

Meanwhile, Victor, one of Beth’s and Nat’s favorite bar patrons, has fallen and ended up in the hospital. When he hears that Beth is gone, he doesn’t buy it either. And slowly, a hazy memory comes back to him. Something menacing . . . something important . . . something just out of his grasp . . .

As Nat tries to piece together the events—and people—in Beth’s life, it becomes more difficult to discern who can and can’t be trusted. The little town in the English countryside takes on an ominous air, with a threat behind every corner, outside every window. And someone is always watching . . .

Kent’s most recent novel, The Loving Husband, was an international bestseller, and it is in no way hyperbole to declare The Day She Disappeared her very best. It is as brutally unsettling as The Loving Husband, but even more intricate and surprising; as claustrophobic and atmospheric as The Crooked House, but even more heartbreaking in its truths.

Kent has been compared to such masters as Daphne du Maurier and P. D. James. With The Day She Disappeared, a new crop of writers will be compared to Christobel Kent.

Praise For The Day She Disappeared: A Novel

"[A] spooky pas de deux . . . Many talented thriller-writers can make a reader’s pulse race; what elevates Ms. Kent’s writing is her added ability to touch the reader’s heart." —Tom Nolan, The Wall Street Journal

"Kent doesn’t play games with the whodunit plotting, and the novel's water imagery is properly eerie." —Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

"I can't get The Day She Disappeared out of my head, and that's clearly just the way Christobel Kent wanted it. A thriller that is tense and compassionate, brutal and gently humane, mysterious, thoughtful and exciting—now that's a thriller." —Cathleen Schine, bestselling author of The Three Weissmanns of Westport

"The escalating fear in this female-in-jeopardy gripper is balanced with real emotional heft." —Sunday Times

"Christobel Kent is developing into a reliably classy purveyor of psychological suspense, and this is her best book yet." —Mail on Sunday

Sarah Crichton Books, 9780374279554, 416pp.

Publication Date: March 6, 2018

About the Author

Christobel Kent was born in London and grew up in London and Essex, including a stint on the Essex coast on a Thames barge with three siblings and four step-siblings, before reading English at Cambridge. She has worked in publishing and TEFL teaching, and has lived in Modena, in northern Italy, and in Florence. She has written several novels set in Italy, including The Drowning River and A Murder in Tuscany, and lives in Cambridge with her husband and five children.