Sigel displays both sensitivity and complexity with his spare, yet vivid narrative.
From the first paragraph of lush, gorgeous prose, in which Sigel describes Joshua running toward the light in The Hollow, I knew this would be a heartbreaking, yet uplifting book. The title is a bit misleading, as the mystery behind the disappearance of 14-year-old Dan Sandler plays second fiddle to its aftermath in the lives of his parents, Joshua and Nathalie. When they return to their real lives in New York after the disappearance, Joshua throws himself into work while maintaining a grueling schedule of investigation in The Hollow: calling the police chief twice a day, spending his weekends interrogating neighbors. In The Disappearance, Efrem Sigel has crafted a haunting, beautiful novel of tragedys aftermath, with deeply human characters and a satisfying resolution.
The two parents -- Joshua and Nathalie -- dote on their 14-year-old son Daniel. So, one ordinary afternoon, when Joshua and Nathalie run a mundane errand into town and leave Daniel behind, they have no reason to think twice about it. But as the hours pass and Daniel doesn't show up, Joshua and Nathalie begin to worry. And, then, the mystery of what happened to Daniel is solved -- but is it too late for Joshua and Nathalie? The mystery of what happened to Daniel is really almost secondary to the primary story -- which is how Daniel's disappearance affects Joshua, Nathalie and their marriage. In fact, the mechanics of solving the mystery of what happened to Daniel were the least satisfying aspects of the book. Of course you want to know what happened, but I felt the driving force of the book is not solving this mystery. Instead, the book is a well-written character study of Joshua and Nathalie and how Daniel's disappearance affects them. Their marriage suffers, and the mystery of whether they would be able to find each other again was as compelling to me as finding out what happened to Daniel.
The Disappearance by Efrem Sigel is a gripping novel about a search for truth and what is behind the mysterious disappearance of Dan Sandler. Sigel presents a powerful main character, Joshua Sandler, who relentlessly pursues what happened to his son. Joshua, Nathalie, and Dan Sandler seemed to have the idyllic life. Dan, the Sandlers only child, suddenly disappears from their home on a warm summer August day.
While many books focus on the child's aspect of things, Sigel's book takes you into the lives of 2 grieving parents who are trying to figure out how to live life when their son is missing.
The book focuses on how Dan's parents deal with this terrible situation. Instead of focusing on the mystery of what happened to Dan, it deals with the people affected by his disappearance.
JOSH, NATALIE AND THEIR SON DANIEL LIVE IN NEW YORK CITY - BUT KEEP A SUMMER HOME NEAR THE BERKSHIRES IN MASSACHUSETTS. I WOULD HAVE LIKE THE BOOK BETTER IF THERE WAS NOT SO MUCH INTROSPECTION ON JOSH AND NATALIE AND THEIR MARRIAGE AND MORE ABOUT SOLVING THE CRIME.
But I did mind how SLOW this book was.