Deborah Morgan’s debut novel, Disappearing Home, is a thriller about a young girl, whose life is in danger. It is 1974, ten-year-old Robyn is about to go into senior school. Terrified, but afraid to let Nan know the truth about her home life, she and her mother hide their bruises. Her mother doesn’t have the strength to leave, so Robyn finds the courage to run away, and ends up on the streets homeless. Her true guide is, Nan, who is a comfort and an inspiration, and her friend, Bernie, a young lad who finds her fascinating. Robyn is always looking behind her, waiting for her step-father to find her. And, deep down, she knows he will find her.
Robyn is a young girl who just wants a loving home where she isn’t scared for her own safety as well as her mother’s. It would be hard not to get wrapped up in what is going on in Robyn’s life. My heart literally broke for her as she struggles with friendship, home life and wanting a stable home with a loving family.
Robyn’s ‘dad’ is a nasty piece of work who certainly rules the roost. He takes his anger and frustration out on both Robyn and her mother. Forced into stealing to benefit others, I was so worried for what the future would hold for Robyn and wanted to wrap my arms around her and save her from any further harm.
The story will send you on an emotional roller coaster of a ride. At times I was angry and sad, yet at other times I found the book to be heart warming and endearing. Especially the parts to do with Robyn and her Nan. Robyn’s Nan is a wonderful character who is one of those salt of the earth people who is torn with over stepping the mark with her daughter for the sake of her granddaughter. The parts where Robyn reads to her Nan, I adored and reminds you of that wonderful bond children can have with their grand parents.
Disappearing Home is a commendable debut. From reading the blurb I knew I had to read Robyn’s story and I was so glad I did. We only get to see a short period of time of Robyn’s life and I would have liked to have seen more, solely because I was that invested in it and it does make for some compelling reading. Can’t wait to see what the author brings us next.
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