Those Who Disappeared by Kevin Wignall

Having read all of the awesomely named Kevin Wignall‘s books, when given the opportunity to grab Those Who Disappeared on NetGalley I jumped at the chance. And like most Wignall books, I can say that I enjoyed this one and read it pretty quickly.

When a man’s body is discovered in a Swiss glacier thirty years after he went missing, his son, Foster Treherne, hopes he’ll finally have closure on what happened to the father he never met. But then the autopsy reveals signs of a struggle, and what was assumed to be a tragic accident suddenly looks more sinister.

Foster tracks down his father’s old friends, but when he starts to ask questions it becomes clear that there’s something they don’t want to tell him. While some are evasive, others seem to wish the body had never been found. What exactly is their connection to each other, and why are they so reluctant to discuss the day his father disappeared? Who are they trying to protect?

If he wants to uncover what really happened, Foster must follow the trail of secrets and lies—no matter how devastating the consequences, and what they might reveal about his father. Because the truth can only stay buried for so long…

It was a thought provoking and engaging read. Wignall’s characters are always interesting and unique and Faster is no exception

However, I was kind of put off by the ending (which I won’t spoil). I think it was the lack of clarity or resolution that left me unsatisfied.

Like many of Wignall’s books, particularly the early ones, there is moral question(s) in play that sometimes make me uncomfortable/annoyed. There were a couple of interactions between characters where I felt like either I was missing something or the characters seemed off morally. The conversation between Foster and Tolman in particular.

It could be that I just have an issue with characters that bring a cold/amoral perspective and Wignall enjoys exploring this exact type of character.

But no matter if some of these characters get under my skin, I keep reading Kevin’s books and I recommend you do the same.

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I work in communications and public affairs. I try to squeeze in as much reading as I can while still spending time with my wife and two kids (and cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers and Michigan Wolverines during football season).

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