We Disappear – Scott Heim

Having been enthralled by his first book and less keen on his second, I found that this third book returns to the interesting world of the first, with its missing people, alcohol and drug problems, prison work and storms.

There are the same evocative phrases, e.g. ‘the clouds low and heavy, as though clogged with pearls’; ‘wetly thrapping mop.

There is a moving account of a mother’s death from cancer, reflecting the author’s own experience.

I liked the description of hymns as ‘strange songs with strange melodies’.

I am wondering what revelation will accompany the author’s next book.

(We have not discussed this in the group but it was a ‘spin off’ from one of our meetings and this review is in a personal capacity.)

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