April, 1942. Amid the chaos of a night of bombing in Bath, six-year-old Davy Noyle goes missing. Frances Parry, looking after him at the time, is tortured by guilt and refuses to believe that he's dead.
As quiet falls and the dust begins to settle on the damaged city, a body is found. But it's the body of a little girl, Frances's best friend Wyn, who has been missing for over twenty years.
As Frances continues her search for Davy, this new discovery leads her back to her childhood, and forces her to revisit a crime that has cast a shadow over her life. This time, she vows to uncover the truth, however dark it might be.
'I loved this book. The dual-timeframe story of two mysteries was totally compelling, with complex layers of memory, tragedy and drama. I was rooting for Frances all the way through. The poignancy of Davy and his general sense of neglect really got to me! I keep thinking about his "pale bewildered" last look. Heart wrenching! The cast of characters was finely honed and the streets and scenes around Bath were so well drawn, I could picture every event. This novel was buzzing with life and meaning, by a writer at the height of her powers.'
Rebecca Mascull - author
'Katherine Webb has done it again with this wonderful wartime story, complete with three-dimensional characters you care about; a mystery that keeps you turning the pages; and her trademark elegant prose. Her books are always a huge treat and The Disappearance is no exception.'
Kate Riordan - author
'Immersive, powerful, and beautifully written, The Disappearance had me hooked from the first to the last page. I loved it.'
Judith Kinghorn - author