Hattie’s summer isn’t going as planned. Her two best friends have abandoned her: Reuben has run off to Europe to “find himself” and Kat’s in Edinburgh with her new girlfriend. Meanwhile Hattie is stuck babysitting her twin siblings and dealing with endless drama around her mum’s wedding.
Oh, and she’s also just discovered that she’s pregnant with Reuben’s baby…
Then Gloria, Hattie’s great-aunt who no one previously knew even existed comes crashing into her life. Gloria’s fiercely independent, rather too fond of a gin sling and is in the early stages of dementia.
Together the two of them set out on a road trip of self-discovery – Gloria to finally confront the secrets of her past before they are wiped from her memory forever and Hattie to face the hard choices that will determine her future.
How did I get the book? From publisher in exchange for an honest review
Previously reviewed: The Year of the Rat
Review: Oh wow… I loved this book.
Given how much I adored The Year of the Rat I know that How Not To Disappear would be good but just how good, that was the question. Well Clare Furniss continues to be an absolutely superb writer. Every possible expectation I had was met.
Hattie and Gloria are splendid characters to read. They are alive on the page so that you become so attached that the more you read the more your heart sings and suffers, depending on which page you happen to be on. 😉
Like I said, I loved How Not To Disappear, because it had me so utterly invested in the characters journey (in Hattie’s current decision and Gloria’s past) and my love for the narrators, the writing and of course the story.
I know Clare Furniss will be a permanent resident in my bookshelves for many many years to come.